Child Molesters, Rapists And Sex Offenders, Who Ar Essay

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Child molesters, rapists and sex offenders, who are they, how they operate and how can we protect ourselves and our children.Final Project.Moises Sandoval.Instructor: Miranda Saake.College Composition II.Bachelors in Science in Legal Studies. | Thesis Statement. Because the rate of recidivism for sex offenders is so high, and because of the devastation this particular form of violent crime has on its victims, the penalties for even first time offenders should be dramatically increased in the interest of public safety. Origins of the problem of sex offenders. Most people think the sex offender registries were only recently established. However, the registry of today is the direct descendant of a program that started in the 1930s. Originally intended to keep Mafia gangsters from setting up shop in Los Angeles, it later became a tool for harassing homosexuals in the McCarthy era. Prior to 1994 few states required convicted sex offenders to register their addresses with local law enforcement. As recognition of the severity of this problem grew, Congress passed the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act, 42 U.S.C. §§14071, et seq. ("Wetterling Act"). This requires state implementation of a sex-offender registration program or a 10 percent forfeiture of federal funds for state and local law enforcement under the Byrne Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Justice. Today, all fifty states and Washington, D.C. have sex offender registries. The registration was not enough came after the tragic murder of 7 year old Megan Kanka that I will be covering in a future section, by a released sex offender living on her street. This case created a call for programs to provide the public with information regarding released sex offenders. In 1996 Congress passed a federal law mandating state community notification programs. Megan's Law

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