The adverse effects of a sex crimes conviction are many: incarceration, a criminal record and potential scorn from community and family. But the most enduring consequence may be the requirement that the offender’s residence is registered and publicized. In 21st Century America, this is a scarlet letter that can follow a person for life.
With ongoing economic problems depleting state budgets and funding for sex offender tracking, the federal government is providing assistance in jurisdictions that fail to meet compliance standards. This significant imposition of federal policing resources within local communities is authorized by landmark legislation passed by Congress in 2006. The law’s provision for incarceration of some offenders beyond their authorized sentences recently survived a U.S. Supreme Court challenge, and the reach of this legislation is very broad.
The U.S. Marshals Service works directly with state and local law enforcement to check with neighbors of sex offenders, ensure community notification, conduct sex offender sweeps and verify addresses. The agency places the number of registered national sex offenders at over 700,000, and claims that the whereabouts of 100,000 are unknown.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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