Missouri bill would change sex offender registrations

Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 7:30 a.m. CST; updated 9:27 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 16, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House member wants the state to change who is listed in its sex offender registry and what information is available about them.

A bill sponsored by Republican Rodney Schad, of Versailles, would exempt people from registering if they have been convicted of some non-contact offenses, such as indecent exposure. Only the names and information of people convicted of the most serious sex crimes would be listed on a state website.

The website would not include the school, work and addresses of adult sex offenders, nor any information about juvenile offenders.

About 12,000 people are currently on Missouri's active sex offender registry. Schad said the current format makes it difficult to tell which offenders pose a danger to the public.


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gregory brown February 16, 2012 | 10:34 a.m.

I've used the SOR a few times. Without fairly close reading, it's hard to differentiate offenders convicted of relatively minor (non-contact) crimes from some real monsters. Everybody is tarred with the same emotion-laden brush. It's necessary to know as much as possible about child rapists, domestic sexual abusers and others, but simply being listed and pictured is enough for the others. They are being punished. Subjecting them to closer scrutiny is cruel and vindictive.

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lisa rad February 18, 2012 | 8:56 p.m.

The current sex offender laws in Missouri needs to be reformed. There is no way to determine what level risk a sex offender is by looking at the existing sex offender registry the way it stands. Not every sex offense is the same, and not every offense on the registry is a felony offense. Excessive amounts of money, time, and personnel are expended to enforce these current restrictive laws based on the registry. The registry was designed to help protect children, instead it has ruined many of their lives.

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Erik Henson February 19, 2012 | 12:17 p.m.

The current Registration Laws in Missouri need to be "common sense" laws. The registry WILL NOT prevent future offenses from occuring. The registration prevents those who are trying to reintegrate back into society from moving past their offense. There are no jobs, no housing, no government programs to assist some one labeled as an offender. You can commit murder and get government help after incarceration. Many sex offenders do not serve time and some receive suspended sentences, meaning the judges and prosecutors do not feel the offense warranted prison time. That means they are not deemed a threat to society. Those who are are given sentences are more at risk, typically. The public notification does nothing more then create a sub class of people and this discrimination is passed on to their children. No one is saying there should be NO registry period. I attend a church and they are fully aware of what I have done. A daycare moved into the other end of the strip center. As the law reads I can no longer attend church where I have been attending for over 3 years. I have custody of my three children, 15, 10 and 8 but I can not attend a church in the same building of a daycare. Enough is enough. COMMON SENSE laws. What is next, no more christmas, no easter?

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