NARSOL E.D. Brenda Jones interviews on MO’s Halloween restrictions for registrants

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By Liam Garrity . . . Across the nation and the Ozarks, police departments are checking in on sex offenders to make sure they are compliant with Missouri’s Halloween law.

Buffalo’s police chief, Chris Twitchell, said the Halloween law in Missouri was put in place in 2008 to limit sex offenders from contact when a large amount of children are outside.

Twitchell said, if a person is not compliant, they can be charged.

“They get wrote up on their compliance check,” said Twitchell. “They can be charged with up to $1,000 fine and a year in jail.”

Brenda Jones is the executive director of the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL), a group for civil rights for sexual offenders. She believes this practice is outdated.

“It’s a totally wasted effort,” said Jones. “They have much better results in terms of protecting children by monitoring the traffic on the streets.”

Heidi Moore, a member of NARSOL said police could be using their time in a better way.

“Children are more likely to be harmed in a motor vehicle accident, or relationship to motor vehicle accidents tonight,” said Moore. “So why are we sending those resources to a place where statistics show it’s not a good utilization of their time?”

The NARSOL members said the checkup initiatives across the county make the issue of sex offenders attacking kids on Halloween bigger than it is.

“It’s an urban myth that has taken on a life of its own,” said Jones.

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  1. Dwight

    This practice will never end till there a lawsuit and a judge that sees the constitution for what it is not a politlical tool. Its sad that urban myths can take a life of its own but until we get proactive nothing will ever change

  2. Jacob

    GOOD JOB getting in the media, NARSOL!

  3. CherokeeJack

    How much evidence does it take for a judge to rule all of the probation like regulations on former offenders as punishment? I mean every single rule, law, regulation and ordinance they pass and get away with, just empowers the higher ups to push the envelope further and further.

    I know when I was on probation, I was told I basically I had no rights (That is wrong) and no life (That was kind of true). That, no one denies is punishment and punitive in nature. It was part of our sentences. But many of us are pre-registry sentenced and were retroactively put on with more and more restrictions with every meeting of the law makers and powers that be.

    What is next, having to be escorted to the grocery store with law enforcement and a list of all places we will be each day? Tracking devices on our vehicles and even ankle bracelets?(That one was tried in some states)
    The old saying “The straw that broke the camels back”? We are well past that.

  4. jim

    Its simple, we all just need to say F-You when they do stuff like this. They are all accustomed to sex offenders saying OK when they make BS rules against us. if we keep complying they WILL keep making BS rules. Time to stand up

    1. Tony

      I totally agree with you on that! I live in Iowa and am on the registry for a kiss (nowhere securely with a 17yr.old when I was 37. Yes it was wrong however, a kiss. I was charged with sex third and plead to assault with intent. Anyway, I served my time, got off parole. The fact that a cop told me he didn’t like it my property had a 8 foot fence all the way around it with a gate (on the driveway. I looked at him and told him he don’t like it because here I have the key to the gate, lol. The look on his face was priceless. I’ve never seen that cop again!! We all need to ban together and class action every state.

    2. mut

      i think its the ‘ive been bad i must be punished syndrome’.

  5. Mike

    I remember here in WI having the “Halloween” talk in SOT and the rules. I was not even on the registry but because I was charged with a sexual offense (not convicted) I still had to obey these rules during my 5 years on probation.

  6. Facts should matter

    “You have to be proactive. So you’re not reactive,”

    Actually, they ARE being reactive, per-emptive and anticipatory in nature with all compliance checks, not just Halloween. It’s delusional behavior They’re chasing their own tails while thinking while garnering a false sense of relevance.

    They’re not being “proactive.” They’re taking ill-earned and false credit for thwarting, curtailing and combating non-existent phantom threats.

  7. Terry

    There is too much money involved they will never change the laws regarding sex offenders. Tv and media has painted pictures of predators everywhere. They have instilled hate and fear about ppl they know nothing about. But in the end its all about the money.

    1. mut

      money or prison? if i forced someone from their home or immediate vicinity for my financial gain and luxury i would be in prison.

  8. Daphne Thomas

    Sent this to the Sheriff…I’m really confused. If parents, and the sheriff department, are concerned about our children’s safety, WHY are you spending so much time concerned about people required to register? Study after study show that these people will NEVER reoffend yet your efforts are on making sure they stay inside, with lights off, and become invisible for the night. And NEVER in the history of all of life has a person required to register EVER placed harm on a child on Halloween. So…doesn’t this seem like a waste of your resources (time and taxpayer money)???? If you really want to keep our children safe, why don’t you concentrate on things that are a threat to our children…such as drinking and driving, texting and driving, and being hit by a vehicle while crossing the street. If you did the slightest bit of research, you would see that THESE are the REAL threats to our children on Halloween.

    1. H n H

      It’s not about the blessed Precious Moments children. It’s 1000% about control over people forced to register and shaming them into non-existence while creating the facade of protecting said Precious Moments children who could be charged as an adult if they commit certain offenses. All people forced to register are automatically assumed by the powers to be to be pedophiles, beyond control, and will automatically assault any child anywhere given they are in any proximity to said child. No proof of any predatory behavior or past is needed, it’s an automatic assumption by the powers to be to give the public a false (very false) sense of safety and security.

      Personally, it’s my opinion that such people in power are completely insane and delusional, beyond help whilst lacking the basic capability/ capacity to acknowledge reality.

    2. Jeremy from Indiana

      Never is a strong word and your statements are not factual, so it would fall on deaf ears. Studies show they have a low recidivism rate. That’s not never as some do reoffend. The second claim may be true, but that’s only because when a prior offender did do something on Halloween, the registry didn’t exist yet since it’s only been active for about 25 years or so. Had the registry been around in the 60’s or 70’s, that second claim would be false. Read Narsol’s recent report on that (The victim’s name started with an “L” like Lori or something, but I can’t remember).

      If you’re going to present facts to a government agency, the best way, in my opinion, to make sure you’re heard is to verify your facts are accurate and cite the actual studies. You should read some of the Amicus Briefs Narsol submits for SCOTUS cases (One of the best things NARSOL does in my opinion)

  9. Perry P.

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. When some of the kids; who have a Parent or other Close Relative doing time for a Sex Offense-and they were not Victimized by said Parent or Relative-grow up and become Legislators themselves, look for The Seeds of change to begin…IF they even get Elected of course. That is one thing that it seems MUST happen in order for this Super-Stupid, and Insane MONEY SCHEME to begin being Eradicated from Law altogether. Aside from True Criminal Justice Reform that includes The Registry-Highly Unlikely-nothing else seems possible if ever at all!