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SORNA along with all its rules and regulations was no doubt created with good intent. Horrendous but rare acts involving children are a tremendous motivator. However, SORNA was created based on fear and emotion not facts and evidence, What was the intent of SORNA? Hopefully, public safety was its clear motivation and intent.. laws should aid in preventing horrendous acts. With that intent in mind, what research, evidence and professional information was used to create this massive act? Evidence suggest that emotion was the main criteria used since virtually all available research, evidence and professional opinion agree that SORNA does not provide for public safety. SORNA is a massive, high cost, act that is not based on the ever growing evidence and research that does not support its effectiveness. It appears that lawmakers did not research the issue. Valuable time and resources have been wasted for years because these laws were not based on facts. Neither are the new proposals. Had those proposing this act and all its changes done even a little research they would be aware of even a very small portion of the research that verifies that:

95% of new sexual crime is committed by persons NOT on a registry.
http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2008-18509-003 https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/231989.pdf page 15 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232505213_Does_a_Watched_Pot_Boil_A_TimeSeries_Analysis_of_New_York_State’s_Sex_Offender_Registration_and_Notification_Law
Many minor, non violent acts such as underage sex and indecent exposure can trigger a requirement to register.
https://www.hrw.org/report/2007/09/11/no-easy-answers/sex-offender-laws-us third section
Very few off those on registries are truly high-risk.
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/231989.pdf page 11
Stranger-danger is rare; 90% or more of victims know their offender..
https://www.rainn.org/statistics/perpetrators-sexual-violence https://www.innovations.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/105361.pdf page 7
Re-offense is rare. The DOJ has reported a 5.3% re-arrest rate, and a 3.5% reconviction rate after 3 years.
https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/231989.pdf page 7
Research studies have found no relationship between having a registry and a decrease in sex offenses.
http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2008-18509-003 https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/225370.pdf pp. 7, 41
Sex offender registries harm innocent family members..
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12103-008-9055-x https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/231989.pdf pages 9-10
Former sex offenders are less and less likely to reoffend the longer they live offense-free.
https://www.hrw.org/report/2007/09/11/no-easy-answers/sex-offender-laws-us http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0886260514526062 https://ofm.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/legacy/sgc/sopb/meetings/board/2015/10/research_outline.pdf https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/024_hanson_decl_11.7.12.pdf

Changes do need to be made to SORNA but not as proposed. SORNA must be based on facts if it is going to be of any benefit to public safety. To continue in its current form with even more additions not based on fact, is extremely costly in dollars, time and safety. Please use the facts to create a useful act that will be of benefit to our nations safety. Helpful, factual resources are readily available.

Defend the truth, knowing that at times it may challenge the views you hold. At times it may not be public opinion. But hold yourself to the truth even if you stand alone. Facts do not lie. (Martin Baron)

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