Is The US Sentencing Commission Dragging It’s Heels On Child Pornography And Sex Offender Agenda?

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Over the past 5 years I ‘ve followed the goings on at the US Sentencing Commission. Public comment letters meticulously drafted were sent to Washington whenever the topic of child pornography/sex offender registry was on the agenda. I’ve received return form letters from Washington that had absolutely nothing to do with the topic of changes in the sex offender laws. Most  recently I watched the March 16 broadcasted public hearing on possible changes to child pornography amendments, listened to and tried to make sense out of all the legalize which seems intended for anyone but the general public.

The past 5 years the Sentencing Commission’s agenda has included topics such as white-collar crimes, immigration, changes in drug laws, prison reform and  last but not least , child pornography.

There has been the Fair Sentencing Act, Sentencing Reform Act, Mandatory Minimums, Recidivist Provision, Firearms and Armed Career Criminal Acts, to name a few. Most of them, when addressed by the US Sentencing Commission, deal with changes in drug laws and prison reform for drug offenders. There’s been nothing addressing the need for changes in sex offender laws  or changes in the sex offender registry.

I’ve come to expect child pornography/sex offender issues to be last on the Commission’s agenda, no one in Washington wants to speak about the issue, it  gets glazed over and put on the back burner until the next session.

Am I disillusioned after 5 years? Perhaps. It appears that  when it comes to the US Sentencing Commission, the old adage that the “wheels of justice grind slowly” seems to pertain to sex offences, child pornography and the registry while other topics are on the fast-track for change.

Sooner or later our voices will be heard  and change will come. Our cause deserves the same time and attention, the same chance at  sentencing reform, as any other on the Commission’s agenda.

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