The Sex Offender Registration Act Essay

1062 Words Dec 10th, 2016 5 Pages
In the United States the idea of registries for ex-offenders originated in the 1930s. These early registries focused on repeat offenders including sex offenders. They functioned as a way to “drive out persons who were undesirable” (Quinsey & Berliner, 1998). Current sex offender registries make sex offenders more visible to law enforcement and the public and intend to create public safety. The first sex offender registry was created in California in 1947. By 1989 twelve states had sex offender registries and that same year a devastating crime would occur that would greatly affect federal legislation for sex offenders. In the aftermath of one high-profile case, forty-six states would have sex offender registries by 1995 (Wayne).
The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act (the Jacob Wetterling Act) is an act that was created and implemented in 1994 in response to a child abduction case that captured the nation. Jacob Wetterling was abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered by a stranger when he was eleven years old. October 1989 in rural St. Joseph, Minnesota Jacob, his bother Trevor and their friend Aaron Larson were walking their bikes home from a Tom Thumb convenience store. Around 9:00 p.m. they were approached by an armed, masked figure. The masked figure, a man, told the boys to throw their bikes in a ditch and lay face down before he demanded to know each other their ages. Trevor responded, telling the man he was eight…

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