The men file in, a few wearing pressed button-down shirts, others jeans caked in mud from work on a construction site. They meet in the living room of an old taupe bungalow on a leafy street in a small Southern city. Someone has shoved a workout bike into the corner to make room for a circle of overstuffed chairs dug up at the local Goodwill.
Special to The Colorado Sun. The laws requiring the names of convicted sex offenders nationwide to be catalogued, and available to the public, bear the names of children sexually assaulted and murdered by predators who had committed sex offenses before. The goal was to prevent the same from happening to other children.
A person who has been convicted of sexual offenses under federal or state laws can be a registered sex offender. In many cases, these defendants are required to submit their personal information, including their names and addresses, to government records, where they are kept in a database often known as a sex offender registry. Often crimes such as rape, child molestation, harassment, or other types of sexual abuse will require a defendant to register their information.
The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is a sex offender registration and public notification law designed to protect the public from sex offenders. This law requires adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement authority of the city they reside in or, if the sex offender does not reside in a city, with the local law enforcement authority of the county they reside in. Registration involves the sex offender providing the local law enforcement authority with information that includes, but is not limited to, the sex offender's name and address, a color photograph, and the offense the offender was convicted of or adjudicated for. Registered sex offenders are required to periodically report to the local law enforcement authority to verify the accuracy of the registration information and to promptly report certain changes in the information as those changes occur.
S exual violence remains a serious social problem with devastating consequences. However, resource scarcity within the criminal justice system continues to impede the battle against sexual violence. The challenge of "making society safer" not only includes the need for resources, but also requires a comprehensive understanding of accurate offense patterns and risk.
Informational Only. The California Department of Justice has not considered or assessed the specific risk that any convicted sex offender displayed on this website will commit another offense or the nature of any future crimes that may be committed. This penalty does not include viewing information on the Main page or within the links on that page.
There are few crimes more heinous than child molestation. Whether violently attacked by a stranger or preyed upon by a trusted adult in the home, school or place of worship, children who survive such assaults are often left to walk a lifelong path of sorrow and pain. Unfortunately, our government has failed to take steps that will make a meaningful difference in preventing sex offenses.
Nicholas Blagden is affiliated with the Safer Living Foundation charity which works to prevent sexual offending and reoffending. As Associate Head of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, he receives funding to research people with sexual convictions and evaluate interventions with this group. Belinda Winder is affiliated with the Safer Living Foundation charity which works to prevent sexual offending and reoffending.
Many people, communities, groups and organisations are dedicated to making sure the people who commit these crimes are identified, convicted, and punished appropriately. These agencies have a mandate to help create safer communities through protecting the public and reducing re-offending. People who commit violent or sexual offences live in all communities and are of no single age, gender, ethnicity, or position in society.
Upon release to the community following a conviction for a registerable offense, a sex offender is required to register with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. In order to determine the level of community notification and duration of registration, a hearing is held by the sentencing court. After examining the facts in a particular case, including, but not limited to, the use of force, weapons, alcohol or drugs, victim's age, number of victims, assault or injury of the victim and relationship to the victim, the court makes a determination regarding the offender's level of notification, commonly called the risk level. The risk level is based on the court's assessment regarding whether a particular offender is likely to repeat the same or similar registerable offense and the danger the offender poses to the community.