Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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UK - Home Office Sex Offenders




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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ARC RADIO - Special Guest - Terry a Julia Tuttle Causeway Resident

Please join us July 29, as we hear at American’s Reality Check (ARC) welcome Terry, a Julia Tuttle Resident, to the show.

Terry, was placed at the Julia Tuttle Causeway, by local police once he was found living on a Florida beach. Police moved him to the bridge, in which Terry recalls, ‘were very nice towards him’. However, after seeing the living condition in daylight, realizing this is his new home due to the residency ordinance, he was shocked to find himself in such squallor.

Like the others at the Julia tuttle Causeway, Terry is speaking out against these residency ordinances and the myth they protect children.

Please join us and Terry as once again we see life through the eyes of another resident of this bridge of hell.

Warm Regards,

ARC Hosts Kevin and Mary (Rickysmom) http://www.americansrealitycheck.com




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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UK - Man ‘lured to quiet spot and beaten’ after being wrongly accused of being a child molester

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07/28/2009

A MAN was lured to an isolated place surrounded by trees and badly beaten after being wrongly accused of being a child molester, a court has heard.

_____ claimed he was deliberately led to a quiet, dark area by a person who offered to help him get home.

But it was alleged that after being led to an area shaded by trees, he was suddenly grabbed around the neck and pushed into a set of railings by the person who offered to help him – 23-year-old Joseph Casoria.

Mr _____ had been drinking in the Grand Slam pub in Pentwyn, Cardiff, before the alleged attack.

Standing nose to nose with him, the defendant put his hands into Mr _____’s pockets, asking what he had on him,” prosecutor Nuhu Gobir said at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday.

He helped himself to a tobacco tin and £2, then punched him in the face.”

Mr Gobir said when Mr _____, who had been mistakenly called a paedophile in his community many years ago, tried to run away, he was chased and then he fell over.

Joseph Casoria stood over him and then punched and kicked him a number of times to the head,” Mr Gobir added.

He must have lost consciousness because when he woke, the defendant was gone and so was his property."

His clothes were soaking wet from where he had been on the grass."

The next day he went to the University Hospital of Wales where injuries to his face were treated.”

Casoria was not arrested until a year later – in May 2009 – when he told police he remembered the night in the Grand Slam pub.

Casoria is said to have run after Mr Greenslade to check he was all right.

But after chatting to Casoria for a while, Mr _____ said he was suddenly worried that he was about to be robbed.

At that point, he said he handed over his tobacco and added: “Take my stuff, but don’t hit me”.

Mr Gobir told the jury: “Mr _____ said the next thing which happened was Mr Greenslade, having asked him to take his things, produced a knife."

He claims he had to disarm him he and acted in self defence.”

The prosecutor said that in the Grand Slam, someone had aggressively told Mr _____ to leave because he “shouldn’t be in here”, an alleged reference to false allegations made against him 20 years ago.

People had mostly forgotten about it before this night,” he added.

His girlfriend, who was with him, told the man in the pub ‘If he was a paedophile, I wouldn’t be with him.’

Casoria denies a charge of robbery.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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NC - Two fake sexual assaults in two days, but false reporting is rare

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07/27/2009

By Christina Hernandez

Things are starting to get back to normal for students at Edison State College in Charlotte County.

Thursday, a woman reported being attacked and raped at knife point in a bathroom on campus. Because of the alleged crime, the school was shut down Friday, but later that night, deputies said the alleged victim made the entire thing up.

Both students and staff are trying to get back into their usual routine, but at the same time, the false report could keep real victims from reporting a crime.

"I was a little scared at first," Nicole Soules said. "It was shocking that something like that had happened."

Nicole Soules has been going to school at Charlotte County's Edison State College for two and a half years. She said she's never heard anything even close to a crime happening there.

"We did have a number of people who were traumatized by the thought that this could happen in this environment," Campus President Dr. Pat Land said.

Campus President Dr. Pat Land said that thought quickly turned into something else almost two days later.

"The first thing we were trying to do was reassure people that the charges - the story - was entirely false, and that our campus is indeed a safe learning environment," Dr. Land said.

On Friday, a woman living in Cape Coral said a man broke into her home and sexual assaulted her. Police said she made it up.

The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies, Inc. said even though there were two false reports in two days, it's rare for people to make up these kinds of stories.

Mary Baer, Director of Sexual Assault Services said, "Only two percent of rape reports are false, and that is about the same number of false reports of any other crime."

Mary Baer also said false reporting not only wastes time and money, but it could also keep real victims from coming forward - fearing no one will believe them.

"False reports just feed into the myth that women lie about rape, and it's not true," Baer said.
- They do, and this article proves that.  A majority do not, but some do.

In this case, it has some college students wondering why anyone would make something up, and at the same time, scare hundreds of people.

"I think that is was a really crazy idea on her part," Soules said.

Right now Charlotte County has not pressed any charges against the student, but the school is looking into their Code of Conduct to figure out what to do next.

Cape Coral police have not yet charged the woman who also filed a false report.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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Stranger Danger (Full Episode)

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Stranger danger is the danger to children presented by strangers. The phrase stranger danger is intended to sum up the danger associated with adults whom children do not know. The phrase has found widespread usage and many children will hear it (or similar advice) during their childhood lives. Many books, films and public service announcements have been devoted to helping children remember this advice. The concept has been criticized for ignoring the fact that most child abductions and harm are not due to strangers, but rather someone the child is familiar with or related to.

WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE, DISCRETION ADVISED!


FL - Get-tough stand is too expensive, isn't productive

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07/28/2009

By FRED GRIMM

It's not enough to know we've overreacted. Not hardly. Not when it comes to criminal justice.

Not even when it becomes obvious that "get tough" policies have become counterproductive and insanely expensive.

Florida's get-tough sentencing policies have packed the state's 60 prisons with 100,000 prisoners, too many of them of the non-violent, drug-addicted variety. We'll spend $2.4 billion this year to warehouse state prisoners. The trend lines indicate we'll need another 15 prisons within the next five years to maintain our irrational exuberance for harsh sentences with no rehab.

PRISON COSTS RISING

Prison costs go up in a budget-slashing year because we insist on packing druggies and juvies off to prison while spending relatively little on counseling or drug treatment or job training or in-prison education. Half of Florida's inmates, released unprepared to cope with the outside world, re-offend.

Earlier this month, Florida's Collins Center for Public Policy sent "an open letter to the governor, the Legislature and the people of Florida," asking for "a bold and serious conversation about justice reform."

Florida, the letter stated, has "too many prisons needing to be built at an astounding cost." Too many non-violent individuals get locked up. Too many youngsters are tried in adult court. Too many ex-offenders go back to prison "because while behind bars, they received little or no job training, mental health and substance abuse treatment and the necessary life-skills tools to legitimately re-enter civil society."

FAMILIAR ISSUES

Old stuff, really. Corrections experts have been saying this for years. But this was signed by three former Florida attorney generals, the directors of Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the Florida Chamber Foundation, Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Association of Counties. Not a bunch of bleeding-heart egg-head academics, but conservative leaders who can't stand frittering away billions on bad prison policy.

Still, finding politicians brave enough to undo get-tough policies won't be so easy.

Miami knows that too well. South Florida cities and counties have clung to ill-considered ordinances that by now have forced upwards of 80 sex offenders to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway -- recasting Miami into a place given to medieval justice.

Newsweek, in this week's issue, became only the latest national publication to eviscerate Miami's image, describing the causeway camp as "a squalid and dreary place. The air is thick and stifling, reeking of human feces and of cat urine from all the strays that live there . . . Makeshift dwellings sprawl out in every direction -- tents clinging to concrete pylons, rickety shacks fashioned out of plywood, a camper shell infested with cockroaches. There is no running water or sewage system; inhabitants relieve themselves in shopping bags and toss the sacks into a pile of refuse that they burn periodically."

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

The Newsweek article describes how Ron Book, the lobbyist who had pushed for the Draconian residency restrictions for sex offenders, now recognizes the escalating unintended consequences.

But even Book may find that city and county commissioners who originally voted for his get-tough ordinances won't be so receptive to a softer approach.

Policitians are not easily convinced to back off the concept of getting tough, even when the policy equates to getting stupid.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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TX - Dallas girl, 12, arrested in sex assault of four children, ages 4-7

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07/27/2009

By STEVE THOMPSON / The Dallas Morning News

A 12-year-old girl was arrested on aggravated sexual assault charges Sunday, accused of coercing four younger children to perform sex acts on one another.

Dallas police say she told the children – two girls 5 and 7, and two boys 4 and 5 – that she would shut them in a closet Saturday afternoon if they didn't do as she said.

One of the children later told a parent, who called authorities Sunday. Police say the children, interviewed separately, gave similar accounts of what happened.

The mother of two of the victims said Monday that she wants to see the arrested girl, who is her niece, get help – but not severe punishment.

"I feel she should be punished, don't get me wrong," the mother said. "But I think being registered as a child [sex] offender for the rest of her life is going to hinder her from ever doing anything in her life."

"At 12, I think therapy is where they need to be," the mother said. "I really feel that she needs to be in a positive environment, and she needs to get positive help."

Her kids were with two other children playing together with the 12-year-old Saturday at the arrested girl's apartment in the 8500 block of Park Lane in Northeast Dallas, the mother said.

"Their kids play together all the time, and of course my kids go over there periodically as well," she said.

They were in the care of the boyfriend of the 12-year-old's mother.

"According to him," the mother of the victims said, "because they were making so much noise, he told them to go in the other room."

Once inside the room, the mother said, her niece apparently made the girls perform oral sex on the boys. She said her niece has not been in serious trouble before.

"She's stubborn, and she has her own little ways, but I think that she has a good heart," she said. "I was heartbroken every time I thought about them putting her in handcuffs."

She said the family suspects the arrested girl may have been molested years ago by a man who used to be close to the mother.

"Nobody liked him; everybody thought he was giving her too much attention," she said. "Now he's in the pen for molesting an 11-year-old girl."

The mother of the arrested girl waited in tears Monday for the outcome of a hearing, during which a judge ordered the continued detainment of her daughter.

"She really is a good kid," she said. "This is just a random thing that happened."

"The only thing she's thinking about is they're going to take her away," the accused girl's mother said. "That's all she keeps asking me."

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TX - CHILDREN ON SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

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07/28/2009

A recent Dallas Morning News analysis found about 4,000 people on the Texas sex offender registry for crimes committed as juveniles.

About a thousand were younger than 14 at the time of their crimes. Children as young as 10 have been on the registry.

"I'm absolutely a little bit shocked that kids that young can be on the list," Michele Deitch, a University of Texas law professor who teaches juvenile justice policy, said in a recent interview.

She and other experts say public registration of juveniles contradicts the purpose of juvenile justice: to give kids a second chance.

A child must be at least 10 to be handled by the state juvenile justice system, so a judge may order an offender that young to register.

Some experts say most juvenile offenders do not reoffend. Their chances for rehabilitation may be hampered by public registration. Publicizing their names and addresses often leads to social isolation because other parents don't want their kids associating with sex offenders, they say.

For one family's story and a deeper look at the issues reported by Diane Jennings, go to dallasnews.com/crimeblog.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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