Thursday, May 7, 2009

NY - Sex Offender Safety? Or just a conference to spread more lies and promote a web site?

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Sex offenders can live anywhere.

That's the message behind a Sex Offender Watch Forum held in Sidney.

It aims to create communities that are more aware, and more cautious.

This round table discussion at the Sidney Civic Center teaches community leaders how sex offenders are identified and monitored.

"A sex offense is a violent crime. And the chance of re-offending is the big issue. These people will re-offend and that's why we want to make sure our citizens are notified of these people," said Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin.
- Just shows how ignorant this sheriff is.  He is NOT an expert in the field of sex crimes, but law enforcement.  There are MANY studies which disprove what he said above.  Sex offenders are less likely than any other criminal, except murderers, to commit another RELATED crime.  Just read those studies, and check the web for yourself.  And not all sex crimes are violent crimes.

The Otsego County Sheriff's Office has an on line resource called "Offender Watch".
- That is what it's about, promoting their own web site!

People can scan its website and find where sex offenders live relative to their home, school, or business.

"It's too real, and in many ways it's so close we try not to pay attention to it," said New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez.

"Rural School Districts like Sidney are spreading the message to their students. But counselors say more can be done to make them aware of on line predators that can be found on many social networking websites," said Action News reporter Erik Burling.

Joanne Moxley believes peer to peer counseling could be a plus for sex crime prevention.
- This is nothing to do with "prevention!"  It's about spreading lies and myths, and promoting ones own web site!

"If we could have some of our students who have probably had the experience of sexual assault and perhaps a date rape situation, being able to empower them to come forward and share their story," said Joanne Moxley of the Bainbridge Central School District.

And explain where the danger lies.

The forum was sponsored by the New York State Assembly Minority's Sex Offender Watch Task Force.

So others will not have to feel the pain of becoming the victim of a sex crime.
- Yeah right!  Your placebo laws will not prevent another sex crime.  The death penalty doesn't prevent murder, now does it?  So why do you think this will?

The War on Sex Offenders: Community Notification in Perspective

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November 2000:

This article explores the contemporary phenomenon of ‘naming and shaming’ sex offenders. Community notification laws, popularly known as Megan’s Law, which authorise the public disclosure of the identity of convicted sex offenders to the community in which they live, were enacted throughout the United States in the 1990s. A public campaign to introduce ‘Sarah’s Law’ has recently been launched in Britain, following the death of eight-year old Sarah Payne. Why are sex offenders, and certain categories of sex offenders, singled out as targets of community notification laws? What explains historical variability in the form that sex offender laws take? We address these questions by reviewing the sexual psychopath laws enacted in the United States in the 1930s and 40s and the sexual predator and community notification laws of the 1990s, comparing recent developments in the United States with those in Britain, Canada, and Australia. We consider arguments by Garland, O'Malley, Pratt, and others on how community notification, and the control of sex offenders more generally, can be explained; and we speculate on the likelihood that Australia will adopt community notification laws.

NJ - Court strikes down sex offender residency limit

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TRENTON (AP) - New Jersey's Supreme Court says towns around the state cannot ban sex offenders from living near schools, parks, or other places where children gather.

Thursday's ruling, involving Galloway and Cherry Hill townships, will affect 120 other New Jersey towns that have passed ordinances restricting where convicted sex offenders can live once they've been released.

The Supreme Court upheld last year's lower court ruling that said the ordinances conflicted with New Jersey's Megan's Law. The landmark 1994 legislation requires released sex offenders to register with law enforcement and notify authorities when they change addresses.

WI - Silver Lake passes sex offender residency limits

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SILVER LAKE - The Silver Lake Village Board Wednesday approved a new ordinance preventing sex offenders from residing near children in the village.

The vote came after Ruth Donalds, a supervisor with the state Department of Corrections, and Jennifer Arndt, a sex offender registration specialist with the department, suggested ordinances such as this undermine the registry, the supervision process and ultimately public safety.
- So what type of talent and skills does it take to become a "sex offender registration specialist?"

Arndt said research shows ordinances such as this cause some sex offenders to become homeless, which “drives them underground,” after which they fail to remain in compliance.

Donalds said there are offenders being released from the Kenosha County Jail for whom they are having trouble finding residences.

It is making my job difficult,” Donalds said. “They don’t have places to go.

She said there are strict rules for sex offenders, some of whom are tracked using global positioning systems and electronic bands.

Trustee Barb Ironside, chairwoman of the Police, Fire and Judicial Committee, said with neighboring municipalities considering or having approved similar ordinances, Silver Lake must to do the same or it may see an influx of sex offenders.

I think we would hear more if we didn’t pass one,” Ironside said.

The ordinance prohibits sexual predators and sexual offenders from establishing temporary or permanent residency in close proximity to locations where children are present, which include schools, day cares, parks and trails, playgrounds and places of worship.
- Again, this is about sex offenders, so why insert the "sexual predators" in there?

The exact proximity is detailed in the ordinance. For example, offenders who are not placed pursuant to Department of Corrections guidelines cannot establish residency within 2,500 feet of a prohibited location. If they are placed in compliance with guidelines, residency cannot be established within 500 feet of a prohibited locations.

The ordinance also prohibits offenders from participating in a holiday event involving children under the age 18, and prohibits property owners from leasing or renting to an offender if the location is prohibited by the ordinance. It sets a $500 per day fine for violating the ordinance.
- So if an offender has kids, they have to forget Christmas and other holidays?  I can see some law suits coming!

NM - Group offers help for sex offenders

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Boy, the Sheriff looks like an a-- in the video!


By Joe Vigil, KOB-TV, and Joshua Panas,

The Bernalillo County sheriff is blasting an unusual letter, which offers to help hundreds of Albuquerque-area sex offenders.

A group wants to provide emotional support along with help finding housing and jobs.

Some convicted sex offenders say they can't escape punishment for their crime because they have to appear on public sex offender websites. Many claim they can't get work or find a place to live because of the stigma.

But that's where the group "Citizens for Change" is stepping in. The group is now offering to help sex offenders find housing and employment, along with emotional support.

East Mountain resident Alice Benson is sending out the letters. Her late husband was a pastor who counseled a sex offender, and she plans to continue his work.

She says the group is working to reform public registries. For instance, Benson says only violent sex offenders or serial pedophiles should be required to appear on public websites.

She says if someone molested a child years ago and has been crime free for years, they should be taken off the site.

Other members say public shame isn't the best way to keep the public safe. They say that can be done by successfully re-integrating sex offenders back into society.

Sheriff Darren White says the group is offering sympathy to the sex offenders, almost like they're victims.
- Give me a break!

"If this is an inconvenience for them, too bad. It pales in comparison to what they have done to their victims," Sheriff White said.

Benson says of the 500 letters sent out, about 20 people have expressed interest in learning more about the group.

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