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SORNA should not be enacted in Oregon. It will cost too much money. Oregon cannot afford this legislation.
SORNA, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, is a badly written and cost-ineffective piece of legislation. If you think you’ve never heard of SORNA, you may be mistaken. The media (and everyone else) named SORNA the “Adam Walsh Act” after the son of John Walsh, best known as the crime fighting host of TV’s Americas Most Wanted. While the goals of SORNA may have been genuine, the law that ultimately emerged was a poorly drafted, non-evidence based, one-size-fits-all approach that Oregon would do well to avoid.
SORNA is a federal bill, meaning the Oregon state legislature can vote on whether or not to put it in place in Oregon.
It works like this, if Oregon were to enact SORNA, then Oregon would have to change the way it deals with sex offender registration. This would cost a tremendous amount of money, and decrease the ability of law enforcement to track and hold people accountable who truly do constitute a risk. This is because SORNA mandates frequent, in-person registration for former offenders many of whom committed offenses long ago, and have proven they constitute little or no risk. SORNA also mandates lengthy mandatory state prison sentences for a myriad of minor technical violations of SORNA.
Additional Federal money provided for complying with SORNA does not begin to cover the cost of implementation and enforcement, requiring the diversion of scarce resources away from programs that actually do help protect the public.
In some states, the grant money that the federal government provides for complying with SORNA has been touted as a justification for implementing SORNA. However, when calculating the real costs of implementing SORNA and comparing that to the federal money that would come in for doing so, SORNA will COST Oregon MORE that it will SAVE.
By enacting SORNA, Oregon will push itself further into debt.