Saturday, August 8, 2009

OH - Neighbors notified of sex offender IN ERROR

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Yes, this is a HUGE mistake. They wasted tons of money printing out bogus fliers, and with vigilantes out there, this man could have been the victim of a crime by a vigilante, due to the sheriff's mistake. And yes, this can happen to you as well, and you could possibly be harmed as well.

08/06/2009

Toledo man is not the person on a card sent by the sheriff's office

A Toledo man gets a letter saying a sex offender lives at his house. Even his neighbors were notified!

The problem: he's not a sex offender and he's the only one living there. It's a major mistake by the Lucas County sheriff's office that could happen to you.

A card shows a 23-year-old sex offender living on Nevada. The guy who actually lives there is forty years older than that. _____ may look young for 67, but he's certainly no 23-year-old.

_____ and his neighbors got a postcard saying registered sex offender _____ lives at his home at 1721 Nevada. Neighbor _____ says, "You would think before they pass cards out, someone would come out here and question who lives here."

So we went to find out why nobody in the sheriff's office checks these addresses. Acting Sgt. Becky Hussing told us, "We have 900 sex offenders in the city and one detective for all of them."

One detective to keep 900 sex offenders honest. When we asked how effective is the program, Hussing said we would "have to check with the detective and the lieutenant, and they're both on vacation."

In the meantime, the acting seargent in the records bureau tells us new cards will go out to _____ and his neighbors with a correction.

A neighbor said, "Should have had somebody come out here and make sure he lives here before start printing these papers." But it didn't happen and with one detective to check, it could happen again.




"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 - Heart And Soul - Guilt, Repentance And Forgiveness

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08/08/2009

Is there such a thing as the unpardonable sin?

If there is, people in many societies would be clear what it is: child sex abuse.

It's a crime that triggers more rage and horror than almost any other.

Yet for Christians, there's a strong call to forgiveness, whatever the nature of the sin.

So where does that leave a Christian family where a father has abused his own daughter?

Join Michael Ford as he hears the story of how one family resolved a near-impossible dilemma.

Broadcast on: BBC World Service, 5:32am Saturday 8th August 2009

Duration: 28 minutes

Available until: 12:00am Thursday 1st January 2099

Category: Religion & Ethics


"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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FL - Fla. man blames cat paws for child porn downloads

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I wonder if the cat will be on the registry for life, and be made to not live 1,000 feet a way from where kitten's congregate?

08/07/2009

JENSEN BEACH – Florida investigators say a man accused of downloading child pornography is blaming his cat. _____ of Jensen Beach is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 images on his home computer.

According to a sheriff's report Friday, _____ told investigators that his cat jumped on the computer keyboard while he was downloading music. He said he had left the room and found "strange things" on his computer when he returned.

_____ is being held on $250,000 bond in the Martin County jail. It is unclear if he has an attorney.


"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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Burn Your “Sex Offender” Map



08/08/2009

Okay, here is some weekend reading to sink your teeth into. It’s an article from the Economist:

Unjust and Ineffective: America has pioneered the harsh punishment of sex offdenders. Does It Work?

The short answer is “No.” We are putting people on sex offender registries who do not belong there at all. People who peed in public. Streakers. Johns. Teenagers who had consensual sex. The registry does not discriminate between violet pedophiles and once-horny young folk who are now 30-year-old housewives, like one of the people profiled in the piece. Wendy Whitaker was 17 when she had sex (at school — dumb!) with her underage-by-three weeks boyfriend. She was arrested for it and her lawyer told her to plead guilty to get it over with. She did. But it was never over.

One of the plea bargain conditions was that she check in regularly with her probation officer. When she didn’t, she was thrown in jail for more than a year. She finished probation in 2002 but she’s still on a public registry that does not exmpain what she did. So, as notes the article, “it looks like she did something terrible to a helpless child.”

In all, according to the Economist, about 5% of the people on the sex offender registries pose a serious risk to children. Usually, when not in jail, these people end up wearing ankle bracelets. But when you pull up one of those Sex Offender Maps — really easy to do on the Web (and now on the iPhone!)– it looks like wherever you turn, there’s another child rapist. Which, of course, leads to more fear on the part of parents. That is understable. Our pig-headed insistence on lumping everyone together on these lists and never taking them off is not. Especially because — get this: “Registering sex offenders and warning their neighbors cost millions & had no effect on the number of sex crimes.”

No effect. One more quote from The Economist, which says that the sex offender laws, “get harsher and harsher. But that does not necessarily mean they get better. If there are thousands of offenders on a registry, it is harder to keep track of the most dangerous ones. Budgets are tight. Georgia’s sheriffs complain that they have been given no extra money or manpower to help them keep the huge and swelling sex-offenders’ registry up to date or to police its confusing mass of rules. Terry Norris of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association cites a man who was convicted of statutory rape two decades ago for having consensual sex with his high-school sweetheart, to whom he is now married…. “We spend the same amount of time on that guy as on someone who’s done something heinous.’”

From a Free-Range standpoint, it is appalling that these sex offender registries make it seem as if children are unsafe on any street. From a humanitarian viewpoint, it is appalling to think of our government is not ready to revamp the whole thing. Kids — and grown ups caught peeing in public — would all be safer. — Lenore


"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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