"Who Killed Adam Walsh" and "How the Adam Walsh Act was Named"
Congress recognized that public registries do cause registrants and their families to become targets for all sorts of harmful acts, accordingly Congress wrote into the Adam Walsh Act the following (Note the word SHALL which means it must be in any public State registry):
42 USC 16918 SEC. 118. PUBLIC ACCESS TO SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION THROUGH THE INTERNET.
Some states, even before AWA also had various messages to WARN the public against harming registrants, but Congress went beyond, including registrants and their families, when Congress learned of several attacks against family members, at least one resulting in the death of the wife of a jailed accused offender. Other acts by all sorts of persons including vigilantes can be found in our "Vigilantism" blog and also in our "Murdered / Killed" blog. Interesting note: The State of Washington DID NOT have a centralized sex offender registry until March of 2009; this state has had 16 persons killed who were registered sex offenders or persons accused of a sex offense.Because of those acts over the years, eAdvocate has been a staunch supporter of -AT A BARE MINIMUM- these WARNINGS messages, and now the Community Room also supports them. However, what we have found is, States may have the warning but sometimes it is tucked into their public registry where the public may or may not see it. Such makes it useless.
It is our belief that such WARNING MESSAGES should be on the Opening Page of the public registry, and on any displayed page of a registrant's information. In addition it should be BOLD like banks are required to do with percentage rates. We will always push for that minimum.
States, Tribes and Territories
which are considered in Substantial Compliance with:
The Adam Walsh Act SORNA Title-I
For now, have a great day and a better tomorrow.
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