Leave it up to the media to get it wrong, the Adam Walsh Act DOES NOT REQUIRE juveniles to be added to the registry. What the Act says is, CERTAIN JUVENILES must be added to the registry, those convicted of specific types of serious offenses, but not ALL. And by saying "you do this, we'll give you grant money, and if you don't you will lose money," is basically extortion!
Read the bill for yourself, attached, and see for yourself.
The state could see a 10 percent decrease in their grant if they don't start adding juveniles to the sex offender lists.
Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in 2006. The Byrne Justice Assitance Grant funding helps with law enforcement programs.
The legislature is looking at an interim study proposal, which includes concerns on public safety.
The executive director at the Office of Juvenile Affairs said that complying with the act may not even be worth it, because the state would be losing even more money with costly programs added to the system.
"Complying with the Walsh Act may cost more than the grants that's going to be saved," said Gene Christian, Executive Director at the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
The state currently does not have any registered juvenile sex offenders. The Office of Juvenile Affairs sees an average of 90 teens committing sex crimes each year.
The state has until the summer of 2010 to come into compliance with the act.
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