Tonight's special guest is Tim Fisher, a returning NAASCA family member who lives in the Las Vegas area and runs Juvenile Justice Now. More than 100,000 sex offenders are in violation of state and federal laws by not registering their current addresses with local law enforcement. The Juvenile Justice Now web site operates as a public service, and uses the Internet by way of displaying pictures of people who are currently not in compliance with current sex offender registration laws. Users are encouraged to keep the available information on registered offenders current and up to date. Tim cautions that each state has it's own information collection and privacy / confidentiality policies, as well as policies / disclaimers / terms and conditions for access to information contained in state sex offender web sites (review individual state conditions of use). Megan's Law, signed into law in 1996 by President Clinton, allows states discretion in establishing criteria for disclosure, but compels them to make private and personal information on registered sex offenders available to the public. Tim's current project is “Find the Offender,” where he's researching the states registries' non-compliant offenders and attempting to locate them in compliance in other states. With this project he hopes to encourage communication between state agencies. "I started the project as a way to mark the 30th anniversary of my abuser's arrest," Tim writes. "At first the goal was to find 30 offenders in 30 days. I will take a count of how many records I have submitted for each state for their verification of my research as we get closer to the air date. I believe I have found more than 100."
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