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    My reply from Senator Coburn in Oklahoma

    For your information:

    Dear Mrs. Gray:

    Thank you for writing me about the very serious issue of improving our sex
    offender laws and registries. I am very sorry for the delay in my
    response. I read every letter that constituents write to me.

    On Friday July 29th the Senate passed by unanimous consent: S.792, a bill
    to create a national sex offender registry. This legislation has unique
    opportunities for concerned citizens. Statistics show that many people do
    not register or often register under an incorrect address. According to
    the author of this bill and the Department of Justice, the national sex
    offender registry will allow you to search individual names; such as
    neighbors, baby sitters, and anyone else that may have access to your
    children. This is valuable because if you were to do a proximity search,
    as you would now, you would not learn if your neighbor was a sex offender
    that neglected to register. However, if you search his name, you can find
    out that he was convicted in say, Illinois and registered there but you
    will know that he actually moved and lives near you. This is valuable
    both for you and your children, but also for the law enforcement that you
    can notify.

    There are additional bills being considered. The U.S. House of
    Representatives recently passed a bill out of the Judiciary Committee to
    make improvements to the national sex offender registration program. The
    bill HR. 3132, offers many important improvements. For example, it
    mandates minimum sentences for first time sex offenders, whereas our
    current law allows zero days in prison for convicted sex offenders. It
    also has an automatic lifetime sentence for serious second time offenders,
    so that those who rape two times will never be let out on our streets to
    victimize a young person again. It also mandates that a person must
    register prior to being released from prison and that the person must
    maintain his registry two times per year in person. This way, it will be
    easy to identify those that are noncompliant and track their Social
    Security number to learn where they work and press charges. This
    legislation was reported to the House Ways and Means Committee and was
    passed by the House of Representatives.

    The Senate has a few different versions of a similar bill that were
    unanimously agreed upon in the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I am a
    member. I hope that as we thoroughly review this matter, we will develop
    a system that is more accountable and where those who hope to recommit a
    sex crime can either be deterred or put away so as not to harm innocent
    women, children, and in some cases even men. Thank you for writing.

    Sincerely, A
    Tom Coburn
    United States Senator

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    Quote Originally Posted by weenluvinwoman
    For your information:

    Dear Mrs. Gray:

    Thank you for writing me about the very serious issue of improving our sex
    offender laws and registries. I am very sorry for the delay in my
    response. I read every letter that constituents write to me.

    On Friday July 29th the Senate passed by unanimous consent: S.792, a bill
    to create a national sex offender registry. This legislation has unique
    opportunities for concerned citizens. Statistics show that many people do
    not register or often register under an incorrect address. According to
    the author of this bill and the Department of Justice, the national sex
    offender registry will allow you to search individual names; such as
    neighbors, baby sitters, and anyone else that may have access to your
    children. This is valuable because if you were to do a proximity search,
    as you would now, you would not learn if your neighbor was a sex offender
    that neglected to register. However, if you search his name, you can find
    out that he was convicted in say, Illinois and registered there but you
    will know that he actually moved and lives near you. This is valuable
    both for you and your children, but also for the law enforcement that you
    can notify.

    There are additional bills being considered. The U.S. House of
    Representatives recently passed a bill out of the Judiciary Committee to
    make improvements to the national sex offender registration program. The
    bill HR. 3132, offers many important improvements. For example, it
    mandates minimum sentences for first time sex offenders, whereas our
    current law allows zero days in prison for convicted sex offenders. It
    also has an automatic lifetime sentence for serious second time offenders,
    so that those who rape two times will never be let out on our streets to
    victimize a young person again. It also mandates that a person must
    register prior to being released from prison and that the person must
    maintain his registry two times per year in person. This way, it will be
    easy to identify those that are noncompliant and track their Social
    Security number to learn where they work and press charges. This
    legislation was reported to the House Ways and Means Committee and was
    passed by the House of Representatives.

    The Senate has a few different versions of a similar bill that were
    unanimously agreed upon in the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I am a
    member. I hope that as we thoroughly review this matter, we will develop
    a system that is more accountable and where those who hope to recommit a
    sex crime can either be deterred or put away so as not to harm innocent
    women, children, and in some cases even men. Thank you for writing.

    Sincerely, A
    Tom Coburn
    United States Senator
    Have you or could you post the letter you sent that initiated this response?

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    I'm sorry Christine, I tried to find my email I sent but I guess I deleted it. I had looked before posting his response, to no avail. It was something similar to your email, but not the exact same wording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weenluvinwoman
    I'm sorry Christine, I tried to find my email I sent but I guess I deleted it. I had looked before posting his response, to no avail. It was something similar to your email, but not the exact same wording.
    Okie dokie, thanks fer tryin'

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    WOW he really took his time to write a long letter.

    This is great!!
    You guys rock!!

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    That is great that the senator took the time to write a letter and that your state recognizes the need for stricter laws concerning sexual predators.

    I live in Washington state and we are up to snuff on all of the laws too.

    There are five or six states that haven't and don't plan to do anything to crack down on sexual predators. They just really don't care about our children. I know that Bill O'Reilly has the states on his web site. If I lived in one of those states I would be emailing every person that has their hand in politics. I remember that Vermont and Oregon are two of those states. One of the politicians in Oregon said that they don't have enough money to keep throwing the predators in jail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel
    That is great that the senator took the time to write a letter and that your state recognizes the need for stricter laws concerning sexual predators.

    I live in Washington state and we are up to snuff on all of the laws too.

    There are five or six states that haven't and don't plan to do anything to crack down on sexual predators. They just really don't care about our children. I know that Bill O'Reilly has the states on his web site. If I lived in one of those states I would be emailing every person that has their hand in politics. I remember that Vermont and Oregon are two of those states. One of the politicians in Oregon said that they don't have enough money to keep throwing the predators in jail
    Can you post a link that will give us the names of the politicians and the States? I think if we put enough heat on them, they just might be able to FIND the money they need. It's time for them to show more concern for the children than their pet projects.

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    Great to see a response.

    If someone would come up with a "form" type letter that we could send out, I would love to send them to all that I can in Texas.


    Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by anneoakley63
    Can you post a link that will give us the names of the politicians and the States? I think if we put enough heat on them, they just might be able to FIND the money they need. It's time for them to show more concern for the children than their pet projects.
    anne, here's your list: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36725
    You put the light in me...



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