Sick of the elections yet? I know I am, and we're still a month and a half away. I'm only interested in one issue, of course, so I haven't followed much of the other rhetoric. Below is a brief guide on each main candidate's stance on the issues:
Democrats: Hillary Clinton
"Last Thursday, the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Database Act of 2005 or Dru's Law was passed by the U.S. Senate and now awaits approval by the House of Representatives. At the press conference today, Senator Clinton and Congresswoman Lowey, backed by Rockland County Officials, called on the House of Representatives to pass the bill and on the President to sign it when it reaches his desk. Senator Clinton is also a co-sponsor of S. 1086, a more comprehensive bill aimed at cracking down on sexual predators. S. 1086 contains Dru's law as one of its provisions. It also provides for Global Positioning System tracking devices on all violent sexual predators, establishes a new, federally maintained sex offender DNA database to be used by law enforcement and prosecutors, and makes failing to register as a sex offender a deportable offense. (This later became the Walsh Act)."
She also boasts of supporting the alleged victim of Brock Turner, pushing the 1 in 5 campus assault myth, and uses the human trafficking fear as a central piece of her campaign.
Hillary is not good for registrants. Don't forget her predatory hubby signed Megan's Law and the Wetterling Act.
Republicans: Donald Trump
"You don't cure these people. You don't cure a child molester. There's no cure for it. Pathological, there's no cure for that."
Trump feels we need to be "tougher" on crime. It is speculated Trump could undo certain legal reforms like the 'Ban the Box" initiatives.
"We can have safe streets. But unless we stand up for tough anticrime policies, they will be replaced by policies that emphasize criminals’ rights over those of ordinary citizens. Soft criminal sentences are based on the proposition that criminals are the victims of society. A lot of people in high places really do believe that criminals are victims. The only victim of a violent crime is the person getting shot, stabbed, or raped. The perpetrator is never a victim. He’s nothing more than a predator." Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p. 93-94 , Jul 2, 2000
In some ways, Donald Trump could be even worse since he seems to be swayed heavily by popular opinion.
Bottom line: The big two sucks for true reform. What do the two main third party candidates offer in this department?
Libertarians: Gary Johnson
Johnson was the governor of the LAST state to adopt Megan's Law, New Mexico, in 1999, primarily as a response to potentially losing federal funding. Still, he signed Megan's Law in NM. So, I doubt he's much better for us than the big two. I can't expect much from a candidate from a party who almost had a notorious internet troll as their presidential nominee.
Green Party: Jill Stein
Jill Stein is the only candidate I know of who has been arrested for engaging in an act of civil disobedience. As a candidate who seems genuinely concerned about criminal justice reform and someone who is willing to stand for her beliefs even if it means arrest, I feel she would be open to hearing from anti-registry activists as well. Of the four candidates, Jill Stein seems to be the one who would be the most open to our messages of reform.
Here is another page that summarizes each candidate's views on the criminal justice system: