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How well does your state protect registered sex offenders and their families?

This is a major issue for anyone on the registry because by virtue of the registry registrants are automatic targets for every Tom, Dick and Harry that wishes to harm registrants or their families.

The two key incidents that most folks are aware of:
Washington State: August 2005, two registered sex offenders were gunned down in their home by somone posing as a FBI agent;
Maine: Easter Sunday 2006, two different registered sex offenders answered their doors to find someone there who shot them, they both died.

Those incidents, multiple deaths, while well known, are just the tip of the iceberg. Most folks are shocked when they actually find out what has happened and has not been widely publicized.

Accordingly, we have developed a short, state by state, review of what the states are doing, or not doing, to protect registered offenders and their families. The four areas we focused on, knowing there are many other concerns, are:

Section A: What does federal law require of your state, and how well does your state follow that law?

Section B: Exactly what has happened in your state to folks on the registry, and folks who are otherwise involved with sex offenses?

Section C: What are lawmakers and public speakers saying about sex offenders in your state?

Section D: How many RSOs are in your state, truth? (What the state claims) -vs- reality? (What the state doesn't tell the public), this is an eye openeer.

Now, click on your state:

ColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of Columbia
MontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Hampshire
New MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennessee
WashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming
California**New Jersey**  

** States which have special laws to prevent discrimination against registered sex offenders in housing, credit, insurance, employment, etc.. These laws are in addition to the registry laws, or found within the registry laws. No other states have these laws. In California there is some talk about repealing these laws.

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