This blog holds various articles and research referenced by other blogs and articles. This blog is likened to a Topical Personal Archive. Article dates will be original date of news or research. Blog also contains "Informational" posts.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA): Funding over the Years

5-21-15 Washington DC:

How much has been spent or appropriated on AWA/SORNA? Federal, State, Tribal, Unfunded Mandates (might be bigger than we think)? WOW! Just to give folks an idea of what is involved on the FEDERAL level.

I started with the old congressional website (Thomas) which is still updated daily, I did this because it has search capabilities which do not exist in the new congressional website.

Using the multiple congresses search option I searched for AWA (Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act) and got 12 responses, I've reordered them below for easier understanding which congress passed what.
There are two links for each bill. The PDF links to the OLD Congressional website, while the bill number links to the NEW Congressional website. Reason, the NEW site is often down (or not updated as quickly as the old site) and you can use the other and still get research done.

3 . [109th] Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] - ENR)[H.R.4472.ENR ][PDF]

First, using the main AWA law above, page search (bill/PDF) for every place it shows "GRANT" that will show you every individual grant authorized by AWA. Now, below I show every later congress which appropriated funding for AWA and the bills congress used back then.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bob Dyer: Sex offender statistics surprising

5-10-15 National:

by Bob Dyer Part-3 of 3

How are sex offenders different from you and me?

They just are, says a college professor who not only has multiple degrees in psychology and sociology, but also worked for 30 years in Ohio’s prison system.

“A person’s sexuality is something that no one really knows where it comes from,” says Norman Rose, an assistant professor of sociology at Kent State. “It’s not changeable.

“Homosexuals, for example, don’t choose to be homosexuals. They are.

“So if someone’s a pedophile, they are a pedophile. If I’m a bank robber or thief or carjacker or something, I can be taught to change my values on that. But if a person has a sexual orientation that’s criminal, that’s not changeable.”

This subject has been a topic of conversation since the recent firing of the Akron RubberDucks public address announcer, whose offense dated back to 2003.

Bob Dyer: Sex-crime punishments incredibly inconsistent

5-6-15 National:

by Bob Dyer Part-2 of 3

We seem to have no trouble differentiating between a minor fistfight and an assault with a crowbar that turns someone into a vegetable.

But for some reason, we tend to lump all sex crimes into one big category.

On Sunday, I wrote about the firing of Akron RubberDucks public address announcer Scott Foster, who was canned as soon as the team discovered he committed a sexual offense 12 years ago.

In 2003, the former teacher sent sexually explicit emails and made sexual comments to two 13-year-old students at a Medina middle school.

Nobody in his or her right mind would consider that insignificant. As I mentioned Sunday, had I been the father of one of those girls, I probably would have tried to hand down my own sentence. Those kids, now in their mid-20s, quite likely are still battling the psychological repercussions of Foster’s disgusting incursion into their lives.

But what Foster did is not the equivalent of murder.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bob Dyer: Are sex offenders ruined for life?

5-2-15 National:

by Bob Dyer Part-1 of 3

Well, here’s something new.

How about an 85-year-old woman from a small Wayne County town rushing to the defense of a convicted sex offender she doesn’t even know?

And how about that same sex offender agreeing to sit down for an interview with the Beacon Journal just days after a thorough public shaming?

Orrville resident Donna Dale Davis, a self-described “little old lady,” phoned me to express her disgust with our favorite newspaper, which had run a story at the top of Page 1 about the firing of the new public address announcer for the Akron RubberDucks.

Turns out the Ducks, who apparently didn’t do even a basic background check, had no idea that their new voice, Scott Foster, was a former sex offender.

The same day a Beacon Journal reporter asked about Foster’s history, the Ducks canned him.