Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Getting the facts

10/6/2009 10:00:00 PM
Getting the facts
To learn more about sexual assaults, recidivism rates and myths regarding sex offenders, the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the Center for Sex Offender Management have lots of info here: www.csom.org/prevedu/index.html
To find a list of registered sex offenders in the community, and to learn how Illinois treats and manages sex offenders, the Illinois State Police has a user-friendly Web site at the following address: www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm

What the labels mean?

In 1998, Illinois began classifying certain sex offenders as "sexually violent." That category is in addition to "sexually dangerous" and "sexual predator." Once released, predators must register annually with local law enforcement for the rest of their life. The violent and the dangerous must register every 90 days for the rest of their life.

The state's definition of a sexually violent person is as follows:

A person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, has been adjudicated delinquent for a sexually violent offense, or has been found not guilty of a sexually violent offense by reason of insanity and who is dangerous because he or she suffers from a mental disorder that makes it substantially probable that the person will engage in acts of sexual violence.

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