Friday, May 1, 2009

Americans Reality Check - Latest Shows (PLEASE LISTEN TO THESE SHOWS)

Hosted by: RealityUSA
Title: **SPECIAL NIGHT**American Citizens Living under a Bridge
Time: 04/30/2009 09:00 PM EDT

Episode Notes: Co-host Mary and her son Ricky (http://www.rickyslife.com) will be talking about their Trip to Florida to be on a national Spanish show called The Cristina Show and will also be talking about the trip that they made down to the Julia Tuttle Causeway and met some RSO's Forced to living under a bridge cause of the Residency Restrictions in Florida. Mary, has also made a new acquaintance, with one of the men whose license reads Julia Tuttle Causeway and as a special surprise he will join us on this special night and time to discuss first hand the actual living conditions under the bridge and what is being done in Florida, if anything to stop this violation of Human an Civil rights. Please join us on this special night!!





Hosted by: RealityUSA
Title: Deb to speak about 18 year old son's case- 40 years in Prison
Time: 04/29/2009 09:30 PM EDT

Episode Notes: Come join us to hear about Derek's story where his mother Deb will be live on the show to explain what had happened to her 18 year old son that has him in prison for 40 years, yeah that right no misprint 40 years! Here is the blog that has been set-up for Derek. Everyone get ready this story is a Heart breaker! http://www.derekoftexas.blogspot.com/


CA - Fresno drops GPS sex offender plan

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04/30/2009

By Russell Clemings - The Fresno Bee

City's initiative to monitor beyond parole on uncertain legal legs.

An hour after she took office in January, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced her first major initiative -- a plan to use GPS devices to track the city's convicted sex offenders even after they finish their parole.
- Of course, she's got to get in good with the sheeple!

Thursday, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said that the plan was being dropped because of doubts about its legality. The city will now wait until state law can be changed. In the meantime, his department will free two detectives for stepped-up monitoring by traditional methods.

"It ended up being a much bigger and more volatile issue than we anticipated," Swearengin said.

Using federal grants, Dyer said the Police Department will hire two retired officers to handle sex-offender registration and related data-entry duties. That will free the two detectives who now do that work to focus on monitoring compliance with the registration rules.

Swearengin said the new approach was "really the backup, but we think it will get us where we need to be."

Dyer said the original plan was first thought to be legal based on information his department had received from state parole agents, who use GPS devices to monitor convicted sex offenders on parole.

"They sent us letters that, in essence, said prior to the removal of the GPS we would be happy to meet with you so that when we take our device off, you can put your device on," he said.

But before moving ahead with the plan, which would require a new city ordinance, Dyer said he briefed state Attorney General Jerry Brown. After a series of conversations between Brown's staff and the city, the two sides concluded that the law on GPS tracking of sex offenders did not clearly allow the city to take over that duty from parole agents.

"It's vague, subject to interpretation," Dyer said. "Although [Brown's office] didn't issue a formal written opinion, they felt that if we went forward we would certainly be a test case" in a lawsuit challenging the practice.

"It wasn't worth the risk," Swearengin said.

Dyer said that the city is now working with the original author of Jessica's Law, which authorizes GPS tracking by parole agents, to make revisions that would allow the city to proceed with its original plan.


TX - Tracking Sex Offenders

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Judy Cornett (Blog, Predator Patrol, Twitter, BlogTalkRadio) is another woman, who lost her son, which should never have happened, but, now she is a self made vigilante who goes around harassing sex offenders, and whipping people into a frenzy to justify her son's death. She has been on many shows, like Geraldo, Oprah, 20/20, etc.

05/01/2009

COLLEGE STATION (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- They are startling facts -- one in five girls and one in seven boys will become the victims of sexual abuse by the age of 18. Records of where sex offenders live are mostly outdated or inaccurate, but police now have a new tool to help keep your kids safe from predators.

Judy Cornett is on a mission.

"I wish someone would have done this and saved my son," Cornett told Ivanhoe.

Her 11-year-old son was raped by a sexual predator. Now, she makes sure everyone in her community knows where the dangers are. Cornett's work will soon get a little easier. A team from Texas A&M College of Architecture is developing computerized mapping techniques to help police track locations and estimate risk levels of each registered sex offender.

"We want to know, given the addresses of the sex offenders in the county, how many live within 1,000 feet of the schools and the daycares and the parks -- places where children play," Douglas Wunneburger, Ph.D., assistant research scientist in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, told Ivanhoe.

The maps give police officers instant access to where sex offenders live.

"We were able to take those addresses and put them on a map, and then we took the locations of the schools and the daycares and put them on the map and compared them to safety zone buffers," Dr. Wunneburger said.

The maps are layered. Red dots show where the sex offenders live. In another map, dots show where the safety zones are.

In the city of Bryan, Texas, the maps revealed that 54 percent of all registered sex offenders were out of compliance with state laws -- living inside safety zones, near schools and parks.

"We had a report of a kid who disappeared in a certain area, and within five minutes, we've done buffers and we knew all the registered sex offenders in that area and we knew their vehicles," Gustavo Roman, IT Director for the City of Bryan, Texas, told Ivanhoe. "We knew what they drove. We had pictures of them out to our police officers."

After using the more detailed maps, the number of sex offenders rose from 143 to 200 in Bryan.

Many states already list addresses of registered sex offenders, but the information takes months to be inputted into the computer. This mapping system gives each probation officer access to update information daily.

"If you go to the mapping service, you will find information that's accurate and true," Miriam Olivares, a graduate student at Texas A&M University, told Ivanhoe. "The other ones will give you a sense of what's going on."

"Police probably had a good idea who their sex offenders were," Dr. Wunneburger said. "I think they probably knew where they lived. What they didn't know was if they were in or out of compliance with state laws."

Detailed mapping like this will help police get information more quickly and hopefully keep more children safe.

Dr. Wunneburger said during his research for the mapping project, he found sex offenders typically travel much farther than the 1,000-foot safety zones to commit offenses. Actually, they travel an average of two miles, and only those who have been convicted of their crimes are registered. Parents need to be aware at all times, everywhere -- not just near where known sex offenders live.
- What a crock!  Studies show that 90% or more of ALL sexual crimes, occur in the victims own home and family, not by some stranger.  But, you don't care about the facts, that is obvious!

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences contributed to the information contained in the TV portion of this report.

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Child Porn Blacklist Group Claims Its Approach Is Working, But There Are Lots Of Questions



04/30/2009

from the fun-with-self-reported-statistics dept
The Internet Watch Foundation, keeper of the UK's child-porn blacklist that's used to block access to offending sites (as well as other innocuous ones), has released some new stats saying that it's seen a reduction in the number of child porn sites in the last year. However, sort of like the group's methodology, the figure has quite a few holes. The figure is apparently based on "domains known to the IWF", which is a fairly subjective, and hardly comprehensive, criteria. Also, given the way that the IWF has blocked the likes of Wikipedia and the Internet Archive, how many sites that aren't actually child-porn sites are included in that number? But perhaps more damning is the rest of the report, which highlights just how ineffective the IWF's blacklist really is at tackling the root of the problem. It's well-established that these sorts of filters don't work, despite the IWF implying it can take credit for reducing the number of child porn sites. The IWF says that less than one percent of the sites can be traced to hosts in the UK, and that a huge portion of the commercial sites it's found can be traced back to just ten domain registrars. This illustrates how non-filter solutions, such as working through these registrars to track down child-porn hosts and producers, promise a more effective solution to the real problem -- the production and sharing of the images. Trying to stop consumption via filters really just masks the issue, despite claims that by cutting off demand, the market will shrink. That might work, if the filters actually worked. The IWF does offer some suggestions for more comprehensive solutions to tackle the problem, but as long as it keeps "Public/private partnership involving service providers working through a system of self-regulation" -- basically its current model of getting ISPs to use its blacklist -- at the top of the list, it seems doomed to ineffectiveness.



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SEX OFFENDER RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS: HOW COMMON SENSE PLACES CHILDREN AT RISK


I had originally placed this article over on the Studies blog, but am also copying it here.

04/17/2009

By Lindsay A. Wagner

Introduction:
Sex offender residency restrictions (SORRs) are a manifestation of the American public’s retributivist attitudes and biased fears—attitudes and fears that ultimately result in ineffective policy choices. Over the last quarter century in the United States there has been a reemergence of “just deserts” as a generalized theory of policy. This retributivist policy is particularly salient in recent civil sanctions levied against sex offenders after their release from prison. Sex offenders, as a group, incite the public’s fear and hatred, and politicians seeking to curry electorate favor often support increasingly harsh sanctions against these “political pariahs of our day.” Most recently, in an attempt to keep communities safe, at least twenty-two states and hundreds of local municipalities have placed severe restrictions on where sex offenders may live after being released from prison. These restrictions typically exclude sex offenders from living within 1000 to 2500 feet of schools, parks, day care centers, and other areas where children congregate. However, research indicates that these fear-driven laws are ill-advised policy choices based on faulty reasoning. They aggravate recidivism risk factors, and hence may actually make communities less safe.

By framing these public safety laws in the context of modern criminal policy, this paper highlights the possible mechanisms responsible for the restrictions’ development and proliferation despite the growing body of research evidencing their counterproductivity. Understanding the context in which these laws have developed will help shed light on the most useful avenues of sex offender legislation reform. Instead of focusing on the constitutional rights of sex offenders, as most legal scholars have done, strategies for sex offender legislation reform need to focus on uniting the political and legal aspects of the reform effort. More effective reform can be sought through a better informed public, rather than a protective judiciary.


NY - Ball unveils statewide child safety zone legislation

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He is just using sex offender issues to get him brownie points and votes for the elections.  On this site, he is also using Obama's "change" slogan!  What a jerk!  And you will notice, he is standing outside the school, because he knows that will bring more "brownie points" for him, so he looks like he's "for the children!"  Politicians are so stupid, IMO!  It's all about making themselves "look good" to the sheeple who suck it all up!

Assemblyman Greg Ball (Email) (R, C, I Patterson) was joined by local officials and concerned residents outside Van Cortlandtville Elementary School at a press conference today to highlight the urgent need for Westchester County to enact Child Safety Zones legislation.
- So why is it urgent Mr. Ball?  So you can get the votes you need?  How many kids have been victimized at school?  Why don't you answer me that question?

The bottom line is that a convicted level 2 sex predator lives right around the corner from this school. With the recidivism rate as high as it is for sex offenders, Westchester children are clearly in danger. It is far past time that the County Legislature enact some meaningful, common sense legislation to protect children from these sick predators, said Ball, who as a member of the Assembly Republican Sex Offender Watch Task Force recently brought the task force to the Yorktown Town Hall to vet the proposed legislation.
- What high recidivism rate sir?  You are just fear-mongering, and using bogus statistics, when many studies prove what you say is wrong.  Sex offenders are LESS LIKELY than any other criminal, except murders, to commit another related (sexual) crime.  But, that would not help you get voted for, now would it?  And once again, you use the term sex offender and predator as if they are one and the same, and they are not, but again, it's just to make you look better to the sheeple, isn't it?

For too long, the Westchester Board of Legislators has sat on this important legislation to keep our children safe from deviant predators, Westchester Legislator George Oros said. While local legislation is a step in the right direction, it should also be a priority to enact child safety zone laws statewide to clarify the recent court decision in Rockland County.
- So where is all the proof to back up your statements that this is a "high priority?"  I think it's only a high priority because you are wanted to be elected.

This is simply unacceptable, stated Dr. Terrence Murphy, who serves as President of Keeping Westchester Safe. As a parent of two young children I would be appalled to know such an individual lives mere feet from where my kids spend several hours a day. This is precisely why this county needs to pass and enact the Child Safety Zone Laws.
- Why?  Just because it would appall you?  So, with this guy living around the corner from a school, has he committed a sex crime?  Nope!

The Child Safety Zones legislation would prohibit convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of any school property, playground, school bus stop, or other areas where children congregate. The level 2 sex offender living near Van Cortlandtville Elementary School currently lives within 1,000 feet of the school property.
- So how many children have been harmed within 1,000 feet of any of these places?  Studies show that 90% or more of all sexual crimes, occur in the victims own home, not near any of these places, but, like I said, it's all to scare people into voting for you, isn't that right?

It's critical for our lawmakers to enact this common sense legislation protecting our most vulnerable citizens- our children, said Dan Schorr, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor. He continued, The Westchester District Attorney must work more closely with Westchester's legislators to ensure that we have the tools necessary to prosecute sex offenders and keep our children safe.
- How many times are you going to repeat this?  Where are the facts to back up your statements?

Additionally, Ball is working with these local officials as well as Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef to develop a uniform state standard protecting children from dangerous sexual predators. While the Assemblyman will continue working at the local level, he has also introduced statewide Child Safety Zone legislation, Assembly Bill 7948. This bill is sponsored by democrat Craig Johnson in the State Senate, who as a county legislator, drafted Nassau County's child safety zone law.

Putnam County Legislator Dan Birmingham said that (in Putnam County) we are amending our law to get around the preemption angle that state supreme court has ruled on in Rockland, and we're exempting all those folks that are under supervision with the department of probation. We believe our law as amended will pass constitutional muster.

Balls child safety zone legislation addresses the courts concerns. Ball is also the sponsor of four other statewide bills to safeguard children from sex offenders: A.2187 creates the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in a sexual manner as a class E felony; A.7047 would ensure residents are notified of a sex offenders relocation into their community immediately; A.6796 calls for level 2 and 3 sex offenders to wear monitoring devices; and, A.6792 establishes guidelines for the location of sex offenders, authorizing municipalities to reject the placement of a sex offender or community residence for sex offenders.

The most sacred role of government is to protect the most vulnerable and innocent. This law does that by protecting children against level 2 and 3 sex offenders. It should be put here in Westchester County and statewide, Birmingham added.
- I think the most sacred role of the government, is to stay out of people's lives, and treat all people equally!

This week is National Crime Victims Rights Week, which falls during both Child Abuse Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as enacted by President Obama.


GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes

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04/30/2009

By Thomas Claburn - InformationWeek

GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.

GPS location data from tracking devices and mobile phones has become an important component of court cases as a way to establish where people have been and when they were there.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on the constitutionality of warrantless GPS tracking, a more fundamental question may be whether GPS data is reliable enough to be admissible in court.

Todd Glassey, chief scientist of Certichron, a time data trust service, and founder of the U.S. Time Server Foundation, argues that GPS devices can be easily jammed and that their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems -- as offender tracking bracelets may be.

This isn't a novel concern. The U.S. Department of Defense has forbidden the use of L1 GPS -- the version of GPS available to civilians -- for military purposes since 1998, owing to data integrity and security shortcomings. The military relies on L2 GPS, which is encrypted and more accurate.

A 2003 Los Alamos National Laboratory research paper by Jon S. Warner and Roger G. Johnston, members of the lab's Vulnerability Assessment Team, states, "Civilian Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers are vulnerable to attacks such as blocking, jamming, and spoofing." The VAT had previously demonstrated that claim by simulating the hijacking of a cargo truck monitored by GPS.

The FCC has tried to prevent the sale of GPS jammers, which are illegal under the Communications Act of 1934. But schematics for a do-it-yourself GPS jamming device can be easily found online and built for less than $150. And they can be bought online through various Web sites.

For less than $2,000, says Glassey, someone could acquire the gear necessary to spoof the location of GPS bracelets issued to sex offenders or other parolees. The potential risks are obvious.

Many law enforcement entities have opted to use L1 GPS tracking bracelets to allow defendants to remain free prior to trial and to track high-risk releases like sex offenders. Often, they wed these systems to voice-recognition systems and cellular location-sensing backup systems.

But according to Glassey, the availability of call-redirectors, Vonage, Skype, and other VoIP systems means that system safeguards aren't sufficiently secure.

"The knowledge of the use of GPS test equipment to alter or affect the readings inside of GPS receivers has already made the jump from the technology community to the hacker community such that commercial products and general knowledge of how to spoof L1 GPS systems is available everywhere," Glassey explained in a technical brief he prepared for the D.C. Circuit appeal of U.S. v. Jones.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed an amicus brief in that case in support of a claim by defendant Antoine Jones that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated by the warrantless placement of a GPS tracking device in his car.

But constitutional considerations aside, Glassey maintains that L1 GPS data should not be admissible in court without some other form of corroborating evidence. He contends that the reliability claims made to the court by manufacturers of GPS tracking devices are misrepresentations.


NJ - Feel-good rule is a hidden hazard

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04/30/2009

By Gregg D. Trautmann

Last month, New Jersey became the first state to require probationary drivers -- usually teenagers but also other young adults up to the age of 21 -- to place a large decal or target upon the license plates of their cars identifying to all their age and purported inexperience.

The alleged rational given by the governor for this law is that it will enable police to better monitor probationary drivers and "while ensuring that our young people are better prepared to safely take to the roadways." In contrast, the overwhelming belief of the citizens of this state is that it will unreasonably place those very people at greater risk for harm.

Upon learning that this ill-advised, feel good, and over-reaching legislation had been signed into law, I decided to file a lawsuit against the state and Gov. Jon S. Corzine. That lawsuit, being pursued on a pro bono basis, seeks to have Kyleigh's Law declared unconstitutional on several grounds.

The two principal reasons for filing this suit are, first and foremost, the goal of preventing hundreds of thousands of young persons from becoming the immediate targets of pedophiles' perversions. Where once young girls could park their cars anonymously at suburban malls, upon city streets or dimly lit parking garages, now upon their return they will have to wonder if the target on their license plate has attracted the attention of a rapist, stalker, or other degenerate. Maybe she will return to find an unexpected malfunction -- perhaps a flat tire -- and miraculously a seemingly handsome mild-mannered stranger will happen by and offer assistance.
- Give me a break!

Or perchance, she will be driving along a remote road and notice that car behind her that has been following her for quite some time has suddenly pulled close alongside. Scenes like this will play out and only after tragedy will our government leaders realize that requiring a target on young persons' cars will be every pedophile's dream and every parent's nightmare.
- Yes, I agree, a target on a persons car, any persons car, is dangerous, but using the excuse of a pedophile is just typical.  Use the sex offender issue, to make your point!  Well, like you say further below, you are ok with a target on a sex offenders car, but not in this case.  Sounds a little hypocritical to me!

The second reason for attacking this law is ideological. Our government is one of limited powers, yet the actors in our state government behave as if there is no limit upon the requirements they can impose upon the citizenry. I believe this law amounts to a constitutionally unreasonable search and thus an improper intrusion upon our liberty. Finally, mandating these targets on some but not all new drivers creates a suspect classification that is not rationally related to any legitimate government purpose. It is one that cannot pass either the intermediate or strict scrutiny standard of review that must be employed by the court when considering these issues.

Consider also the dichotomy that New Jersey does not require that registered sex offenders place any sort of target on their car. However, they are required to register with police and provide addresses where they live and work all for the public's protection. This begs the question, why not require registered sex offenders to emblazon their automobiles with a distinguishing target?

The answer is simple - reprisal. Our government recognizes that putting a target on a registered sex offender's car will likely lead to an attack. Why then does it not understand that a similar result will follow if young people are forced to affix a target to their car.
- So they admit, putting a target on a sex offender, will likely lead to an attack.  Well, the registry is a target!

The rubric known as "the law of unintended consequences" holds that any purposeful action will produce some unintended consequences. If this law stands, New Jersey will undoubtedly learn a hard lesson.

Florida has some experience with this concept. In the 1990's, Florida required that license plates on rental cars begin with the letter "Y." As a direct result, criminals targeted these vehicles because they were fairly certain that the operator had cash, no weapon, and was unlikely to return for any trial. Some tourists were carjacked and others were shot and killed. Realizing the mistake, Florida changed its laws to remove any identifying markings upon rental cars. Since then the problem of rental cars being targeted has gone away. New Jersey should learn from Florida's experience.

The goal of reducing accidents by inexperienced operators of motor vehicles is laudable. However, this law will unnecessarily place young people at risk. Corzine should reconsider this law and repeal it immediately.


CA - Pico Rivera tightens laws for sex offenders

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04/30/2009

By Airan Scruby

PICO RIVERA - Council members took steps on Tuesday to tighten restrictions on sex offenders living in the city.

"The council has taken a great interest in this issue as many cities have," Assistant City Attorney Matt Gorman said. "It's not for punishment, but it's for public safety."
- It's all about punishment!  There is no proof whatsoever, that residency restrictions protect anybody, but there is proof it forced sex offenders into homelessness, joblessness, and living like modern day lepers!

The City Council approved the introduction of an ordinance that would expand Jessica's Law, which requires sex offenders to register their addresses with law enforcement and prohibits parolees from living within 2,000 of schools and parks where children congregate.

Under Pico Rivera's expansion, all registered sex offenders would be restricted as parolees under Jessica's Law.
- So therefore, the state has already passed a law, and they are making it more strict, by passing an ex post facto law, adding to the punishment of sex offenders.  When will it end?  What is the ultimate goal here?  If it's to prevent further crime, then this is not, and will not, work!

Offenders would also be prohibited from loitering in areas frequented by children, including public libraries, commercial establishments providing a child's playground, child-care centers or school bus stops.
- So how many children can you name, have been harmed sexually at ANY of these places?  Studies show that 90% or more of all sexual crimes are in the victims own home, not at some bus stop or by some stranger.  But, you don't care about facts, but only myths, so you can heighten the fear factor, and use it for news reports, ratings, and votes.

It would also be illegal for more than one sex offender to live in any hotel or motel, and managers of those establishments would be required to post a sign for patrons, saying that a sex offender was staying on the premises.

The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the new measure, but Councilman Gregory Salcido expressed reservations, saying he did not want to infringe on the rights of sex offenders who had already done their time and paid their debt to society.

"It's not unreasonable to do what we're doing, but I think we're going to lump people in," Salcido said. "I'm just very reluctant to put (offenders who do not target children) in this situation."
- Not unreasonable?  Well, that depends on how you look at it.  If you look at the facts, then yes, it's unreasonable!

According to Pico Rivera Sheriff's Capt. Mike Rothans, 74 sex crimes were reported in the city in 2008. About 100 offenders are currently registered in the city.
- And how many of those were at a park, day care, school, bus stop, or hotel/motel?

According to Rothans, his detectives have already been working with local motels to cut down on the number of transient sex offenders.
- What?  If a person is transient, then I don't think they are living in a hotel or motel.  Transient means you are without a place to stay.  Maybe you should bust open a dictionary some time!

He said his department has been notifying motel owners of which tenants are sex offenders, so owners can ask people to leave if necessary. This has already reduced the number of offenders in the city from 160 to 100 in three months.

Rothans said the ordinance will help ensure that the department's successes aren't lost.

"It's OK now, but I don't know what's going to happen a year from now," Rothans said. "I don't know what's going to happen two months from now."

Attorney Jon Roger Diamond said he did not know whether the ordinance would be an infringement on the rights of sex offenders without researching the language, but he said it is important that sex offenders will be able to live somewhere within the city.

"The city has a right to zone where a business can operate, but where people can be is a little different," Diamond said. "It is not permissible for a city to either ban them completely or make it impossible to live some place."

Rothans said he does not believe the restrictions will completely close the city to sex offenders. He said the measure is designed to protect kids, and to keep sex offenders from outside Pico Rivera from settling here.
- Well, if they can live in 1% of the city, then those in that 1% of the city, will just bust out the pitch forks and the mob, and then what?  You have then eliminated the whole city!  And again, this does NOTHING to protect kids.  If someone wants to harm a kid, they will, period!

The new restrictions will not apply to sex offenders already living in a newly restricted zone, he said, and there should still be ample places for offenders to stay if necessary.

"Sex offenders have a right to live somewhere," Rothans said. "But we didn't want the community to be a dumping ground for other communities."
- I am so sick and tired of hearing these generic sound-bites.  When you make residency laws, you basically push sex offenders into certain areas of the state, so therefore, you are creating the so called "dumping ground!"


CA - 17 Investigates - Who's watching missing sex offenders?

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So I guess this vigilante news organization expects the police to be psychic now, and know where everyone is 24/7/365? So the vigilante media, who are apparently hard up for a story, take it upon themselves to stalk and harass people.

04/30/2009

Sexual predators who are supposed to be monitored by the state, but sometimes they're roaming your neighborhood, and you have no idea. And neither do police.

It happened earlier this month in Kern County and 17News discovered it's not the first time a paroled sex offender escapes surveillance and the public is not informed.

All over Kern County state agents stash paroled sex offenders in motels, apartment buildings, and trailer parks. An employee at a motel on Union Avenue says sex offenders no longer live at his motel, but according to the Megan's Law website there are 17 registered sex offenders living at the Bakersfield Lodge.

We found seven more living at a trailer park down the street and one of the managers on site refused to answer our questions. “No I can’t tell you because I am not answering questions,” the woman said.

Its taxpayer money that houses paroled sex offenders but the state department of corrections won't tell us where paroled sex offenders live in Kern County. So we filed a Freedom of Information request to get that information for you, the state has 10 days to respond but already said it doubts it will turn that over to us.

But what if one of these sex offenders skips out on their parole and goes missing again?

Would you want to know?” 17’s Alex Valle asked. “Of course,” resident Alex Lopez replied.

So we could be alert, stay home, and have our kids safe,” resident Maria Magallon said.

You just need to know to be on the safe side. You never know if they are dangerous,” resident Linda Romo said.
- The typical sheeple, who want the "government" to protect them from the bogey man!

Well six weeks ago a man named _____, who police call a violent sexual predator, cut off his GPS tracking device, threw it on the freeway, and fled. His parole agents in Bakersfield never warned the public or informed local law enforcement that _____ was on the run. Two weeks later a Bakersfield police detective did a random check at _____’s group home and discovered... he was gone.

I was appalled. I was appalled,” Caroline Aguirre said.
- Appalled?  Yeah right!  You are just saying that because it's on the news.  People should be appalled at you, for not doing you job!

She is a retired parole agent. Aguirre worked for the Department of Corrections for about 20 years and contacted 17News after our story on _____ aired. Aguirre says parole agents rarely communicate with local law enforcement.

They are not following the rules and the guidelines. And I think they are afraid that if they are confronted by the community and when the community and law enforcement gets wind of what they are doing and that they are not following the letter and the spirit of the law… Administrators will not have their positions,” Aguirre said.

And Aguirre says this is not the first time it’s happened. Last year a high risk sex offender on parole for rape went missing and she says his parole agents did not cooperate with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. She says three weeks later the sex offender broke into a home and raped another woman.

The department is no longer concerned with welfare and safety of the community, I am not sure what it’s concerned with,” the retired parole agent added.

As for the parole office in Bakersfield, when _____ disappeared District Administrator Rodney Armstrong sat down for an interview and showed us how the GPS system works but when we went back to find out why they didn't notify the public about _____'s disappearance they refused to answer our questions.

Over the phone on Thursday a spokesperson from Sacramento told me the Department of Corrections issued a warrant for _____ when he fled and fed the information on an electronic system available to all law enforcement agencies. But local law enforcement officials say they would have only seen that warrant if they ran a search for _____'s name. In other words, they would have had known _____ was missing- but they were never told.

Informing the public could definitely impede the Apprehension Team. If the public gets notification or if something goes out on a scanner and the individual hears that law enforcement is closing in on him or he thinks that, he is could run further or he could take action that might put public safety at risk. There are a lot of reasons why public notification is not always in the best of apprehending an individual who is a PAL,” spokesperson Gordon Hinkle said.

Two days after Bakersfield police notified the public, officers found _____'s RV in Bakersfield and four days later he was arrested in Las Vegas.
- Just goes to show you, no matter how many draconian, unconstitutional, placebo laws you pass, it will not stop someone who is intent on committing another crime, or vanishing!  But, the sheeple will believe anything!


IN - Indiana Supreme Court overturns sex registry conviction

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So, in some cases it's unconstitutional, and in others it's not.  Sounds like a corrupt system to me.  It's either one or the other, and if it's unconstitutional, then it should not apply to all those who were convicted before the law came into being.

04/30/2009

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Supreme Court has overturned a man's conviction for not registering as a sex offender.

In a unanimous ruling today, the court said the subsequent conviction of _____ two years ago violated the state constitution's prohibition of retroactive laws. He had already completed a sentence for child molesting before the state's Sex Offender Registration Act was enacted.

_____ pleaded guilty to one count of child molesting in 1989 and was given a 5-year suspended sentence plus probation. The 1994 law requiring registration of sex offenders was amended in 2001 to require registration regardless when the offenders were convicted, and _____'s ex-wife notified authorities in 2003 that he had never registered.


IN - The Indiana Supreme Court - Under certain circumstances - Declares Sex Offender Registration an Ex Post Facto Violation


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