Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 19, 2009
Family Watch Toolbar, Newport Beach based company announces that Family Watch Toolbar, a live database of sexual predators, is now available on Microsoft's website http://www.ieaddons.com. This tool is very useful to protect against convicted sex offenders even in absence of implementation of of Adam Walsh Act to track and keep an eye on movement of sexual predators.
Adam Walsh Act that requires child sex offenders to register with local sexual predator authorities who provide the database information to technology firm who in turn help parents map child predators in their community seems shadowed by lack of budget for its implementation. Although Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech to National Association of Attorney Generals recently on Department of Justice's support to Adam Walsh Act, yet the Department of Justice budget of 2010 has little provision for implementation of Adam Walsh Act. (Reference: http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/05/defunding-the-fight-against-sexual-predators/)
There has been a significant opposition to the compulsory registration of convicted sex offenders in publicly available sexual predators' database, which may be the cause for this lack of financial support. The opponents of Adam Walsh act propose 'risk assessments' that are subjective analysis of convicted sex offenders' future intentions and motives. This risk assessment is based on interview of convicted sex offender by law enforcement person, with unknown qualifications, regarding likely future behavior of the convicted sex offender. The interviewer will then decide subjectively whether or not the convicted sex offender poses risk to society. Though there is no consensus in professional literature on the accuracy of these risk assessments at all, yet this is exactly what opponents of mandatory conviction-based registration are urging Congressional leaders to adopt. (Reference: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/WorkGroups/sexoffenders/AWA_SORNsummary.pdf)
However, even if Adam Walsh Act's implementation is bogged down by these opponents, there are some companies in private sector that hold vast databases of sex offenders that provide detailed reports to communities across the country on a cost free basis. However, despite their independence from government databases, they may be forced to make adjustments to their reporting if government sexual predator databases are diluted by the opponents of the Adam Walsh Act. "Without a feed from government databases, we'll be forced to make adjustments on how we deliver information about sexual predators to our toolbar users", says Paul Joseph, spokesman for The Family Watch Toolbar. "If the government won't publish or provide accurate, full disclosure, we will continue to provide an accurate, cost free map of predators in every American community."
The specter of subjective risk assessments being the determining factor in whether or not a convicted sex offender is included in the publicly available sex offender registries is very real. Leaving the decision to list or not list a sex offender into the hands of any person is irresponsible and may cost lives.
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