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The Adam Walch act is such a waste of money and resources and this bill wants to waste even more!

25 Mar 2017 9:00 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

UPDATE: The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act Reauthorization is legislation introduced again Feb 16, 2017 that will just make a failed system even more expensive and wasteful with no improvement to public safety. It will cause a decrease in public safety, and an increase in suffering to millions of children and family members. These children are already suffering because they have a parent or family member that can not earn a living because of the public registry of former sex offenders listing their home address. These children suffer because all of their potential friends know that they are off limits because school officials make sure that everyone knows that they have a parent on the public registry. These millions of children know all to well "The hateful and hurtful whispers of cruel former friends" (quoting Lauren Book). Even after they graduate from high school the stigma follows them they have great difficulty attending college due the the financial hardship and the stigma and hateful and hurtful whispers, etc, because of the family’s situation and even co-workers treat them differently because they know that their parent or family member is listed on that list of former sex offenders.. Across the United States with 844,000 citizens addresses listed on that public registry there is a loss of more than 20 billion dollars in income tax revenue because of their unemployability and a cost of more than 20 billion in public aid support of their family because their primary breadwinner can no longer find gainful employment. There are many millions of dollars spent on police efforts to keep the registries up to date and to harass the former offenders and to notify all of their neighbors every year and 4 times a year. Well over 40 billion dollars cost to taxpayers and after decades no decrease in the incidence of sex offences, no decrease on the rate of recidivism which has always been the lowest of any crime category at between 1% and 7% depending on which states were examined. And the extremely rare incidence of brutal rape and murder still remains constant at less than .001%, unaffected by the public listing of former sex offenders. With the current laws on the books it is more likely that your child will be put on the public list than that they would ever be touched by someone on the list. 95% of sex crimes are committed by first time offenders that are not on any list. Most likely, children will be sexualy offended by a close relative or by a public official such as a police officer or school teacher or other person who has been trusted. Of the 844,000 on the public registry, less than 5% will ever reoffend. These statistics are backed up by countless research reports from government agencies and scholars. A sample of those reports can be found herehere, and here

Please join the action to stop legislation in it's tracks that would make our nations children more at risk.  Stop the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act Reauthorization of 2017, that would waste another $86 million dollars each year with no benefit to anyone other than those whose pockets it lines.  

Oppose U S House bill  H.R. 1188   seen here


July 27th, 2016 did mark the 35th anniversary of Adam Walsh's abduction and lawmakers wanted to pass this bill before then but failed. Now they have introduced another version of it in 2017. Contact your representatives directly and educate them about how damaging the Adam Walsh Act is. Then do the same for your senators who will most likely see this bill very soon.

Don't accept lawmakers canned responses, demand their direct attention to this issue.


  • 10 Mar 2016 3:12 PM | Anonymous
    The rhetoric and the reality of the AWA are light years apart. The rhetoric says the AWA “was enacted in response to multiple, notorious cases involving children who had been targeted by adult criminals, many of them repeat sex offenders.” The reality is that the cases that drove the legislation are the rarest of rare crimes. They are crimes of murder. They are crimes that would not have been prevented by the AWA or by a thousand sex offender registries.

    The reality is that the crime that set John Walsh upon his crusade, the murder of his son, was not committed by a person on the sex offender registry at all.

    The reality is that the 800,000 persons on sex offender registries across the nation -- ranging in age, according to the various registries, from nine years old to well over a hundred – have not killed anyone. The reality is that the vast majority of them are not repeat offenders but one-time offenders who, after completion of their sentences, live in our communities without ever committing another offense.

    The reality is that the many, many millions of dollars and many millions of law-enforcement hours expended in public notification and public registration of those who have committed sexual crimes do not advance public safety. A huge and growing body of evidence attests that they do not affect the rate of first time sexual offenses, of repeat offenses, or of child sexual offenses.
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  • 03 May 2016 7:19 PM | Anonymous
    I'm sorry that John Walsh's Child was Murdered, but he was NOT sexually assaulted, Walsh wants you to believe, even the guy who killed Adam Walsh said that he did NOT sexually assault Adam He murdered him by cutting his head off, i was 12 years old when that happened. What i would like to know is why John Walsh is not on the registry him self, i read his bio,where he started dating his wife when she was 16,and he was 23,correct me if i am wrong,but that is a 7 year gap,between ages,and you know damn well they were having sex back then so why is that prick not on te registry.?for rape of a minor. I bet there was no age of consent back then either. He is a dirty old man,and a hypocrite in my opinion. THROW HIS ASS IN JAIL and PUT HIM ON THE REGISTRY.
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  • 05 Aug 2017 5:06 PM | Anonymous
    This law is destroying families and preventing someone who has completed their sentence from re-establishing their life. This law is contradictory. It claims to protect but in all reality it causes more harm than good. These people cannot get good jobs, they can't get good housing. Their innocent families are punished for something they had nothing to do with. Children cant have friends and are always bullied because their parent is a "sex offender". People get thrown back in jail for "failing to register" only making it even harder on everyone else including taxpayers. And once youve beaten the "offender" down so much they can't even survive what do they do? Probably go out an commit another crime because you've left them no choice. This law has good intentions but that doesnt mean it works.

    It shpuld be repealed because the bottom line is that it's only purpose is giving a false sense of security and it just doesn't work.
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