Sex offender registries require that visitors to the internet sites acknowledge that it is a crime to use the information to harrass or injure sex offenders, and that the visitor may be prosecuted for doing so. However, the rash of hate crimes that have been instigated against prior offenders who are listed on such registries, and thier families, has proliferated directly in proportion to the registries themselves.
Many family members of registered persons assert that registry statutes punatively compromise both rehabilitation of prior offenders and the right of family members to fully take part in society to pursue thier own liberty and safety. A good example of this is found within the TAB regarding the killer that murdered sex offenders: Twenty eight year old Gary Lee Blanton and his wife were not estranged. They wanted to live together in the same home with their children. However, registry laws in Washington state irrationally placed restrictions on Gary from living in his home with his family. As a father who wanted his children to have reasonably normal social contacts with friends their own age, he came to realize that although his crime was not in a family setting nor against under teenage children, that unless his wife was at home with him, registry laws required that Gary's own children could not have their friends over to visit when he was there. Consequently, the Blanton's made the decision that Gary would move out but never the less visit and bond with his family as much as legally possible. Despite the fact that crimes against the families of prior offenders has risen in parallel to the size of registries, Washington state has not made an effort to curb that trend either by public education nor by enforcement. Discrimination against registered offenders is high. Public Safety was not improved by the provisions that drove Gary Blanton from his family home, and Public Safety had decreased with respect to his own choices for safe residence as well as for his family which was without his presence. As a direct result of these unnecessary government intrusions, Gary Blanton unwittingly placed himself at the mercy of the mentally ill murderer that killed him, and stripped his family of his support which reasonably should have lasted another fifty years, through graduations, weddings, careers, and all of the necessary family support emergencies in between. Gary Blanton's murder and removal from the family that depended upon him is representative of tens of thousands of families suffering from systems abuse at the hands of irrationally constructed registry statutes and their amendments that retroactively punish prior offenders and their families decades after their crime occurred. New fees, more regulations, less liberty and opportunity, with little or no benefit to public safety.
The vast majority of new sex crimes are committed by dangerous persons who are not on registries, and the twenty five percent that are re-offenses are mostly done within five years of release. Statistics prove that after twenty-three years of release those who have not re-offended will never do so. Neither public safety nor the provisions of the United States Constitution were ever protected by retroactive application of arbitrary punishments that are embedded within registries. This is because even the tracking of those offenders that ultimately do re-offend has not offset the damage done to the family structures of the 3 in 5 who never re-offend in a lifetime. Damage done with a disposition of meting out retribution retroactively in violation of the prohibition of ex post facto laws in the Constitution. Had justice not been so blind, it surely could have found a better way to track the 2 in 5 who re-offend. Knowing that, it is time to do so without destroying innocent families and repentant offenders.