Friday, April 30, 2010

FL - Confined for safety, but feeling punished

Original Article

04/30/2010

By Warren Elly

TAMPA - Three high profile cases, three women behind bars, and now all three have a beef with the Hillsborough County Jail. It's all spelled out in a letter written by sex offender _____.

In jail, awaiting their day in court, most pretrial inmates live in open pods, free to use phones, socialize, check the court computer or watch TV.

But act up, and you go to confinement. For example, a woman was put in confinement for having a pen, a potential weapon, without permission.

"I've been in here eight days," she says.

But others end up in confinement because of who they are, not because they broke the rules.

Like ex-teacher _____, who admitted to having sex with two of her students.

Accused lotto killer _____, and alleged baby snatcher _____ are also in confinement. Jail officials defend their isolation, saying it's for safety reasons.

"Everybody's heard the term, 'jailhouse justice.' Well, there's not going to be any jailhouse justice here, and we're going to ensure people's safety," said Colonel Jim Previtera.
- So why aren't you doing anything to prevent "jailhouse justice?"

Still, the three women, held together in confinement, began to press jail officials for improvements. _____ wrote a handwritten letter to Previtera suggesting that that their confinement ought to have the same privileges folks do in general population.

"It would pose little to no security risk to allow confinement inmates to attend GED or church services," _____ wrote. She and the others also lobbied for free access to phones and the like, instead of only an hour a day in confinement pods.

"What they're asking us for is the luxury of choosing how the jail is operated," Previtera said.

Any free interaction between confinement inmates would put folks in danger, and that's why he says, everything, from books to meals, are brought to individual cells.

Previtera said _____ got credit for a well-written letter, but still Previtera said "we're satisfied we're doing things right."

Of the three women, only Pereira remains in confinement, and that, says Previtera, is by her own choice.




"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.." - Benjamin Franklin


CA - Sex offenders forced to live on OC streets

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The very laws being passed by politicians who want to exploit peoples fear and sex offenders, by passing unconstitutional laws that make it impossible to find a job and home, are what is causing this problem. Until the media reports the facts and expose the issue, this will continue to be a problem. Stop spreading lies for votes and ratings. The NIMBY mentality has swept the nation due to this misreporting and fear-mongering.

04/29/2010

By Robert Holguin

ANAHEIM - In an Eyewitness News exclusive, predators and sex offenders camping out on streets just like yours. How is this all legal?

Most of the homeless sex offenders are camped right around the parole office in Anaheim. What's happening here can be traced back, in part, to "Jessica's Law." It bans sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools or parks.

As a result, sex offenders in Anahiem are often unable to find a motel or apartment that's in compliance with the law. Others simply can't afford one. So they're registered as "transient offenders" and they are assigned to certain streets in an Anaheim neighborhood.
- And when they do find a motel or apartment, out comes the mob and the vigilante media to get them kicked out so they continue to have something to bitch and moan about, or something to report on!

The cars and recreational vehicles that line the streets in a northeast Anaheim neighborhood are not here by chance. They're all parked there by design.

That's because the men who live in them are not just homeless. They're also registered sex offenders, parolees who are assigned to live on these streets by their parole officers.

"Would you rather have us in a compliant place where we're there, inside, or would you rather have us roaming the city and streets at night," asked "Steve," a registered transient sex offender.
- Apparently they'd rather have you roaming the street!

"There's all kinds of cuckoos that are in this area," said "Carlos," another registered offender. "We get thrown out here in the mix and we're on our own."

"We try hard to make it and they keep throwing loops at you," said "Tim," another registered offender. "We just keep jumping through the loops and doing what they want."

All three of these men are paroled sex offenders. None of them wanted to use their real names for fear of retaliation from their parole officers. But all three are among dozens of homeless sex offenders who live along Coronado Avenue in Anaheim.

"We learned that there were between 30 and 40 transient paroled sex offenders in this area," said Anaheim Police Lt. Julian Harvey. Harvey says his department has been dealing with this issue for the past several months.

"When Parole tells them, 'We want you in this area, we specifically want you on this street,' for example, 'after this hour of the day, we expect you to be within this radius,' it's almost -- they're telling them where to live," said Harvey.

"'Transient' is defined as a parolee who has an obligation to register as sex offender, and who has no residence," said Ken Ford, Calif. Dept. of Corrections chief deputy regional administrator.

Ford would not agree to an on-camera interview, but in a telephone interview Ford said the department has few options when the paroled sex offenders have nowhere else to go.

"Some of the people are indigent," said Ford. "So they probably didn't have housing in the first place. Some of these individuals just don't have any place to go because the residences they were staying in, or could stay in, are not compliant, and they don't have any other resources in the community."

"It's like living a double life," said "Tim," a registered transient sex offender.

Tim has a wife and child who live in Anaheim. But his house is not in compliance with Jessica's Law, because it's too close to a school. So he sleeps in his truck on the street. Otherwise he's in violation of his parole.

"Some people get to go home for a couple hours a day to shower and do all that, and other people are using other locations. They're bathing at the gas station," said Tim.

The fact that they are living on streets means that they are breaking the law in Anaheim. But local police say they try to deal with the situation as best they can.

"It's vagrancy. It's loitering. I mean, they have us breaking the law," said "Steve."

Local police say they're trying to deal with the situation as best they can.

"There's no simple fix," said Lt. Harvey. "A lot of business owners and residents are frustrated. We get it. We understand the frustration. But there is no quick solution to this problem."
- Sure there is, repeal the unconstitutional residency restrictions.

The neighborhood is primarily industrial with no homes in the immediate area. But neighboring businesses have complained to police.




"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.." - Benjamin Franklin


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"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.." - Benjamin Franklin


FL - I-Team: Sex Offenders Found Living In U.S. Hotels (Oh my lord, run for your lives!)

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Just the usual fear-mongering by the I-Team! The very laws that have been passed are what is causing this, and even if the laws did not exist, they have to live somewhere, and just because an ex-offender is living in a hotel or motel, because it's cheap, doesn't mean they are foaming at the mouth looking for someone to molest! But the media would want you to believe that!

04/29/2010

By Michele Gillen

MIAMI - As you think about your summer vacation plans, you might want to think about this: A sex offender could be living live at the hotel you're booked to stay in. What some experts tell us will have you being more careful next time you check in.
- Yeah, they could be hiding behind that bush in your front yard waiting to pounce on you as well!  Give me a break.  This is pure fear-mongering, as usual, from the I-Team or "Fear-Mongering Team!"

"He was alone with my son for three to five minutes, and he utilized that time for his own pleasure." So begins the chilling tale of a Miami mother who will never forget the face of a sexual predator _____.

_____ is a man she hoped would never be in position to hurt another child. In 2007, _____, a computer service technician who visited her Miami home, was convicted of attempting to sexually molest her 4-year-old little boy. He was sentenced to 10 years community supervision.

Exactly two weeks ago he was arrested at a South Florida Winn Dixie for allegedly trying to fondle a three year-old boy. _____'s name first surfaced on the CBS4 I-Team radar in an unprecedented review of sex offenders and predators living in hotels and motels across Florida and the nation.
- Guess they don't have nothing else to report on, like all the corrupt cops committing sexual crimes or other stuff, and guess what, I heard it's sweeps week as well, so bust out the sex offender issues!

"Some of these men are violent felons and their crimes are very, very graphic,'" says Wes Bledsoe, Founder of A Perfect Cause, which is based in Oklahoma. Bledsoe spent days with the I-Team, ultimately months, uncovering violent felons and child molesters living among guests staying at hotels -- with their children.
- Yeah, there are also violent murderers, gang members, drug dealers, DUI offenders roaming the streets, motels and hotels as well, but do you see any new reports about them?  Of course not, sex offenders sell!

"It says the system is out of control; it says that there are more people in harms way than we thought," says Bledsoe.
- Really, is that what this tells us?  To me, it tells me, the laws are not working, and the laws are what is forcing ex-offenders to move into hotels and motels, because they cannot live anywhere else, get a job, and they are today's scapegoat and modern day lepers.  Society always needs someone to treat as the monster, and sex offenders are today's monster!

As the investigation unfolded, _____ turned up living at the Homestead Studio Suites in Miami, where computer records revealed that as many as 30 sex offenders at one time had notified the state they were living there.
- Yeah, and who put them there?  Good ole' lobbyist Ron Book, who had a major fire to put out at the Julia Tuttle Causeway, which was caused by his lobbying for tough laws, so when the fire erupted, he had to shut down the camp and use tax payer money to move them elsewhere, and this is one of the places he moved them to.  If the reporter was actually reporting issues, then that would be brought to everyone's attention, but, Ron Book is a powerful man in Florida, so they don't want to tick him off or make him and/or Miami look bad.

"It is horrific. It is just unbelievable. A hotel where he has access to other people's children, it is unacceptable," the mother of _____'s four year-old victim told Chief I-team Investigator Michele Gillen.

The I-Team investigation uncovered sex predators like _____ and hundreds upon hundreds of other sex offenders living in hotels and motels across the nation. Children were everywhere when the I-Team visited one hotel in Orlando -- teaming with families heading out to the state's most popular attractions. The hotel's general manager said he was shocked to learn state records indicated a sex offender had reported as staying there.
- Which hotel owner?  If it's for the above mentioned place, then he KNEW about them, Ron Book helped put them there.

The I-Team also traveled to hotels in Kissimmee.

"You are listed as a registered predator aren't you?" Gillen asked a man at one hotel standing next to children's bicycles.
- Registered predator or sex offender?  There is a big difference, but hey, that would not shock people into viewing your news, would it?

He, like most offenders Gillen spoke with, said he thought hotel management had to be informed, and guests should be informed.

"Do you think it's a good idea for people checking in with kids to know offenders are living in a place?" Gillen asked.

"Yes. All the time. I may not be the bad guy. Not thinking about doing something like that. You never know there could be someone that is," he responded.

If you checked into the Friendly Village Inn and Lodge in Kissimmee, state records showed that on this April day, 12 registered sex offenders including 3 sexual predators had told the state they were living there. While there was a child running about on property, records indicate the majority of the offenders registered at that hotel were all on probation and/or state supervision.

The I-Team also took a visit to Naples, Florida, where the I-Team met a man standing behind the front desk who told Gillen: "I am just selling rooms here."

The I-Team learned he was renting rooms at that hotel and one across the street where -- according to state records -- nine sex offenders had notified the state they were living there.

May I ask you, are you a registered sex offender?

"Yes, I am," he responded.

That's right, the man renting the rooms is _____, a registered sex predator.
- Again, is he a predator or just a sex offender?  Also, I searched the Florida registry, and the National registry, and he is not listed, so are you sure about that?

Most of the offenders say their probation officers know where they are living and often directed them to the hotels.
- Yep, that is correct, so why don't you go after the source, Ron Book and the DOC, instead of harassing sex offenders?  And if I am not mistaken, using the registry to harass someone, is a crime!

"Then by God, tell us about it. Let us know so we can make that decision, if want to stay there or not," says Bledsoe.

Crimes are now surfacing at hotels across the country. Just one week ago a sex offender was arrested in a Georgia hotel for luring a nine year-old into his hotel room.

In Tennessee, sex offender _____ was convicted of aggravated sexual battery on a nine year-old girl who was staying with her family in the hotel room next door. And just last month sex offender _____ was arrested in Mobile, Alabama for allegedly raping a teenager in his hotel room. _____ once lived in Miami. Records indicate he told the state he was moving into the Homestead Studio Suites, directly from his prison release.

As Bledsoe continues to scan communities across America -- in just a handful of states he has reviewed -- he has documented nearly 1,000 sexual offenders and predators notifying their respective states they are living in hotels and motels. That ominously adds up to one piece of advice. He says: "For every young woman traveling on business, for every family traveling with their children, they need to make sure that from here on out. They need to check the sex offender registry to make sure the hotel they are staying at does not have a sexual offender staying under the same roof."


"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.." - Benjamin Franklin