Sex Offenders

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Sex Offenders

The AWA or Adam Welsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 asserts that it, “strengthens reporting requirements by mandating sex offenders submit information including SSN, employer and school information, fingerprints, physical description, photograph and a DNA sample” (Rogers, 2007, p. 1). This act was signed in by President George Bush in an effort to standardize the laws and public sex offender web sites (Rogers, 2007). Sex offenders are considered special circumstance offenders. The mental damage caused by sexual offenses leave those on the receiving end crying for harsh punishments. On the contrary, the wide net that catches various low level offenders leaves them requesting to be free from the harsh punishments. This paper will look into the needs of sexual offenders, making sure not to disregard the emotions of the victims. Sex offenders are not remarkably unique from other offenders. In many ways, they actually posses characteristics of other offenders.

Sex offender laws have a base national criteria and then vary widely by state and even by county. These variations allow room for large gaps in punishments and community notification methods. For instance, Iowa recently adjusted its laws to tighten the grips on the mere existence of registered offenders. Prior to 2009, laws prohibited offenders from living within certain distances from places where minors frequent, such as schools, libraries, and parks. Offenders were free to wander their towns as long as they were not residents in these areas. In 2009, it was decided that residence was not enough to restrict; offenders needed to be prohibited from even being in these areas (Meirick, 2011). This law is a great example of the extreme measures ...

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