(Closed) NWR: Not exactly the happiest thread but…

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

There is a registered sex offender in the cul-de-sac across from us, and there are quite a few in my town, but not many. 

ETA: I don’t think she was doing this to argue the legalities of how you can become a registered sex offender. I think she was just showing people the website to make them more aware of the people they are living around.

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Uhm…couple of ways to look at this. Yes, there are people who have committed crimes who live among us. But, current laws often require people to register as sex offenders for pleading guilty to certain crimes that are not child molestation/rape. Describing everyone who has to register as a “scum bag” is over-inclusive, to say the least. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

The ones who aren’t registered scare me the most 😉

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with sarhrun. The sex offender registration system is far from perfect. I dated at least 5 over-18 men when I was under 18. If my mom was psycho, any one of them could’ve ended up as a registered sex offender for the rest of their lives–including my husband.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

24 offenders; 5 non-mappable offenders.

There are supposedly none on my street. Which I don’t believe, as we still live in an apartment for now.

What’s great? I live within 5 minutes of the University I go to Grad School at — there are 3 boxes basically on top of the school…….

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A guy that was in my class in grade-school is a sex offender. (I had a really small class, under 40 kids. In a town under 1500 people.)

In the default search size on that site, 320 offenders show up.

1 of them is just 2 blocks from me, another several within 10 blocks. Which is a little unexpected because I live in a somewhat nice neighborhood!

 

 

Here’s another interesting website, it shows meth house busts. The house next door to where I lived in college my fiance and I always joked was a meth house… turns out it actually was!

http://www.justice.gov/dea/seizures/index.html

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@sarahrun: I completely agree.  Yes, many probably are scum bags, but not all to say the least.  There’s almost always more to the story.  I do research in criminal justice and psychology, and it has really changed my perspective on things like this by opening my eyes to cracks in the “system” and lots of other lesser known details. 

With that said, it is a good idea to know your area.  You should definitely look into the sex offender registration, and do know you can find other crime statistics about your zip code, such as who all is on parole/probation for any offense.  Just keep an open mind about it rather than assuming each of them is a horrible person.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@sarahrun: You’re right, but I think most of us realize that not all offenses are as “bad” as others. It’s not a bad thing to be aware though, which I think was the point of the post.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You are aware how easy it is to get labeled a sex offender right? And the reality is most sex offendors do things like, the Naked Mile in Michigan where their intent is NOT to harm somebody. And that the recidivism rate is pretty low? And that most sex offendors do things and regret them and are just trying to make their life better but people are so caught up on the label and assume they are all dangerous so they have less of a chance of leading a normal life and that is known to be the highest cause for them ro offend again, of they do. The guy living next door probably stole something at some point. Should we now lock up every possible thing we find of value just because it was something they did when they were 20? Or how about the guy who sent a picture of himself to his girlfriend at 16 and is now a registered sex offender because his girlfriend was also a minor? People don’t give people second chances or take the time to think about the whole story. Are some people dangerous? Yes. But that sex offender is just as likely to offend as the once theif next door. Sorry but I just don’t understand why people don’t think about this.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have to third what sarahrun said…  not all of the offenders that have to register are actually from a sex offense.  My Fiance once got a ticket for relieving himself in the back of an alley next to a bar when he was drunk and waiting in line to get into said bar, and they told him if he gets caught doing something like that again, he will technically have to register as a sex offender.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I hate when they classify someone that’s 18-19 who had sex with their 17 year old girlfriend as a sex offender. That’s just a low blow in my opinion.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@abbyful: wow Colorado had a lot, maybe that map the other day (what is your state known for) saying meth was what Colorado is known for was right!

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