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Vote NO: S.4029 Preventing Sex Offenders Access to Children in Our Communities Act of 2010

Latest Title: Preventing Sex Offenders Access to Children in Our Communities Act of 2010 
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 12/15/2010) 
Co-Sponsors:Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] - 12/15/2010 
Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] - 12/15/2010 
Latest Major Action: 12/15/2010 Referred to Senate committee.
This bill will restrict opportunities for employment and volunteerism under the assumption that all sex offenders are the same. If we keep in mind that 93% of offenses are committed by family or known to the family, and that 97% of sex offenders who are caught do not re-offend (Bureau of Justice 2004) , then it would seem that most registries or residency restrictions or tracking of individuals will be very close to a waste of time. Such procedures will not make our communities any safer. In fact, there's evidence such measures will do the opposite. 
• Social stability and support increase the likelihood of successful reintegra¬tion for criminal offenders, and public policies that create obstacles to commu¬nity reentry may compromise public safety (Petersilia, 2003). 
• It has been found that sex offenders who maintained social bonds to communities through stable employment and family relationships had lower recidivism rates than those without jobs or sig¬nificant others (Kruttschnitt, Uggen, & Shelton, 2000). 
• As well, the stigma of felony conviction can interfere with the ability to assume pro-social roles across multiple domains, including employment, education, parenting, and property ownership (Uggen, Manza, & Behrens, 2004). Uggen et al. emphasized that self-concept, civic participation, and social resources are an essential link to an offender’s identity as a conforming citizen and ultimately to his or her desis¬tance from crime. 
• Because sex offender policies can lead to ostracization and underemployment for sex offenders, many of them end up living in socially disorganized, economically depressed neighborhoods that have fewer resources for mobilizing community strategies to deter crime and protect residents (Mustaine, Tewksbury, & Stengel, 2006; Tewksbury & Mustaine, 2006; Zevitz, 2004; 2006b). 
If we keep in mind the reality that once a sex offender is caught, most of the problem ceases, that preventative programs can cure almost all the rest of the once caught, then clearly treatment must be the goal. When you hear a politician calling for tougher sentences and not backing it up with dollars for treatment programs, then he is looking for votes, not solutions. 

Sincerely wanting to see a better change for all,

Lets work together to get rid of the registry and all these crazy, useless laws.

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