A call for journalists: Consider the ethics of truth about registered citizens

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      Sandy Rozek
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      By Steve Yoder . . .Local reporters, you’re a national treasure. You’ve got one of the tougher jobs going—coming up with story ideas, tracking down so
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      Rob

      This is an excellent idea and long overdue. We need quality journalism reporting with ethics and a substantiate evidence of background when reporting. Thank you for this article and I hope that it brings the best out in journalism.

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      Donnie G

      In a politically charged country on the very brink of armed revolution and martial law the rights of offenders is going to seem like a secondary (or lower) problem to be addressed. In the world of an idealist it seems “right” that person who has served his time be restored to the statis of a protected citizen once again but this just isn’t realistic. In a political ,corporate or legal arena it is accepted that scapegoats are employed to divert attention from the actual fault. A convenient place to “dump the trash” if you will. In our society sex offenders fit the scapegoat requirement perfectly. We have few resources, we are universally dispised and we are already guilty of something. True offender reform is a noble and “right” action but I believe that no politician or lawmaker is likely to give up his favorite whipping boy, it would be hard to think of a more perfect target group then people with few rights or recourse. (for the record I was convicted during a District Attorney election year, you do the math) As much as I’d like to live a fuller, more rewarding life I can’t see anyway for it to happen. I think the best we can aspire to (and it angers me greatly) is to do just what the establishment needs us to (remain fearful of a misinformed public and comparatively powerless ) , stay out of trouble and always be mindful that things will get a lot worse before we see improvement.

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      SoSad

      A great article on journalistic responsibility. It should be forwarded to EVERY journalist out there, along with the links. Sad to say, but the majority will continue on their crusade of fear mongering and sensationalism all in the name of “the public needs to know.”

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      Chuck K

      Great article. Great idea. Those of us who wish to see real change in SO laws need to realize that we are tilting at windmills as long as politicians get politically rewarded for tougher and tougher stands on registration laws. The only way this can be reversed is to get public opinion shifted, and the only way that will happen is if the press starts publishing more articles with facts about these laws. Once the public realizes what works and what doesn’t and where the real threats to their children are, then the political process can reward those who make sensible laws that save taxpayer money and actually protect people.

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      Sona S. Nast, LCSW, LSOTP

      Excellent article. As a treatment provider for convicted sex offenders, I applaud any effort to shine a light of rational and evidence-based reporting.

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      W.C._TN

      Even with ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND FACTS on our side, changing public opinion is still going to be an up-hill battle every step of the way. We have to recognize that sex offenders are hated and loathed by the public; especially those sex offenders who have molested young children in the 12 and under age group. These laws are not based on fear, in my opinion, but on a blind, visceral hatred and general absence of intent to forgive. For years the mantra of child advocates has been, “When a child is molested, they’re ruined for life. The abuse is a life sentence to the victim.” This is where the old “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth” mentality comes in. Society figures that if the abuser ruined their victims for life, then the offender should also be ruined for life. In the public’s estimation how fair is it for the victim to have to pay for the offender’s abuse for life when the abuser “only has to serve a few years in prison and then go on with his life like nothing ever happened”??

      This is really what’s at the back of these laws. Not fear or misinformation, but blind, visceral hate. We can cite all the facts and true stats in the world, but in the end public opinion won’t be swayed by one iota.

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      Alan R Hyde

      I am in Texas…

      Sex offenders are listed under CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, TITLE 1. CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
      please read the following:

      CHAPTER 62. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION PROGRAM

      Art. 62.002. APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER. (a) This chapter applies only to a reportable conviction or adjudication occurring on or after September 1, 1970.
      (b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), the duties imposed on a person required to register under this chapter on the basis of a reportable conviction or adjudication, and the corresponding duties and powers of other entities in relation to the person required to register on the basis of that conviction or adjudication, are not affected by:
      (1) an appeal of the conviction or adjudication; or
      (2) a pardon of the conviction or adjudication.
      (c) If a conviction or adjudication that is the basis of a duty to register under this chapter is set aside on appeal by a court or if the person required to register under this chapter on the basis of a conviction or adjudication receives a pardon on the basis of subsequent proof of innocence, the duties imposed on the person by this chapter and the corresponding duties and powers of other entities in relation to the person are terminated.

      I have a issue for which the judge had set aside the matter but the state don t see it as that.
      I now must find a way to gain 20,000$ to hire a attorney and sue the state as a SOR. because the state refuse to enforce the court order for which had set aside which the duties imposed on the person by this chapter and the corresponding duties and powers of other entities in relation to the person are terminated.

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      kind of living

      journalism has been a thorn in the side of alleged sex offenders for a good many years , because (1) the journalist don’t ever really do the real foot work to see what both sides of the story is , no , what they do is put what ever spin on it necessary to sell papers , and you can bet it paints a picture of some one in a trench coat with a bag of gummy bears trying to pick children up , (2) the very same journalist have no idea bad how that truly is when it comes to picking a jury saying they read no papers or watched no news ,in most case’s of course that is a lie , prospective jurors read the papers and listen to the news and go to the court house with a twisted idea of punishment based on so called facts that journalist take no responsibility for as a result ending up in more plea deals with the courts , rather than fighting the case and winning ,(3) after the person or persons do their time they have to register as sex offenders even know the deal they made in court said nothing about having to register , you must understand that the person that did there time and parole not only are they on the registry but there family’s friend as well , cars they drive , for life! making it hard to hold jobs down , a secure home often ending up home less , very few journalist really point out how counter productive this is , even vigilantism is carried out on the these people / family , yet the press still cheerleading on this activity , only backing the agenda of what ever political ideology that is being pushed at the moment by some politician that’s only thinking of votes , ,,, whos job is it to report the truth based facts for all to see ?

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      Saddles

      Listening to the President talk about this “Unite the Right” Rally in Charlottesville being favorited one over the other as unequality sounds like the President doesn’t want to put the blame on either side, all that aside for a minute or two.
      Let us all look at these internet sex sting operations. Who is giving the opportunity at first? Who is on an adult chat site at first? Who is pretending to be someone that they are not? Yes, when reality comes to realism we find that whats really their is a government that presses the panic button on the american people all in the name of public safety.
      Public Safety is someone on the street corner that prostitutes themselves and ask for your money in a real time situation not thru an internet situation. So that right there is an inbalance. Than they strive to get you to come down to meet and than dress it up as attempt.
      Law enforcment are slick willy’s. Sure no one wants to admit their faults but believe it or not with these internet encounters it is the fault of the police duping the public thru internet. Sure the general public would love to hear of their next door neighbor get caught up when that neighbor could of just as well been caught up in this same situation. Newspapers don’t report the real truth. They try and glamorize it for one side.
      Police should abandon all this deception. One can call a spade a spade or a spade a shovel, but the main thing is where does love come into all this picture. It doesn’t. It seems one side want’s to be right the other side wants to be right. This thing in Charlottes was about some statue about tearing it down because it was offensive to others. Well it stood their for a long time now someone say’s its time to tear it down. Lets all rally to tear it down.. Where is the reasoning in that. Should we now go around and tear down a naviety scene and yes we all know that they tore down the commandments but if we all come to reason on this sex offender issue one will find that law enforcment are going a bit too far in a lot of these matters.

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      John D

      Excellent article, thank you. If you look at the click rates for stories on the internet about registered citizens they are substantially higher than those of any other crime including murders. People like to read about these articles, which is why journalistic ethics should be used even more than usual. I suspect that is the reason they like to sensationalize these pieces.

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