Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CT - Coutu wants sex offenders to serve their full sentence

The Constitution guarantees all people are created and treated equally. It seems those who took an oath to defend this document and peoples rights, lied!

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Connecticut Democrats proposed a bill that will offer "good behavior" credits to inmates that they can use to earn an early release from prison. Republicans offered an amendment that would prevent sex offenders from getting out of prison early. Democrats voted down the amendment.


TX - Former West Texas officer (Richard Lee Lewis) faces child porn charges

Original Article

Just click the "/CRIME-POLICE" label above, and look at all the perverted cops. It sure seems like most sex crimes are by cops or politicians, especially Florida. The ones who are suppose to uphold the laws, are the ones breaking the laws!

05/24/2011

LUBBOCK — A former West Texas police officer who resigned after federal authorities searched computers at his home and work earlier this month faces charges of possession of child pornography.

Fifty-year-old Richard Lee Lewis surrendered to federal authorities Monday and was freed on his own recognizance the same day following an appearance in federal court.

Lewis attorney Mark Snodgrass says the former officer in Slaton, near Lubbock, was cooperating with authorities.

According to court documents, federal agents seized three computers, 80 CDs and 10 VHS tapes from Lewis' home May 11.

Slaton police Chief Royce Goodson said Lewis, a divorced father with daughters and granddaughters, resigned a day after the items were seized.

Goodson says Lewis worked for the department about 10 years.


CA - Westminster to consider sex-offender ban in parks

Original Article

So are they going to get a tax break since they cannot use public spaces?

05/24/2011

By DEEPA BHARATH

WESTMINSTER – City Council members will consider an ordinance Wednesday that would ban registered sex offenders from entering city parks without written permission from the Westminster Police Department.

Westminster's ordinance comes in the wake of the Orange County Board of Supervisors' vote last month to adopt a similar ordinance banning registered sex offenders from county parks.

Westminster Councilman Tyler Diep said he believes this ordinance is important because the city has a "sizeable population of registered sex offenders." According to a staff report, 137 sex offenders are currently registered with the Westminster Police Department.
- So what?  Not all sex offenders have assaulted people in parks, or children.

"We would prefer that these individuals are not near women and children," he said.
- This just shows how ignorant these politicians are.

Diep said the purpose of the ordinance is also to discourage opportunities for crime in city parks. The councilman says this is a growing concern with the release of an increased number of inmates from state prison as well.
- So why don't you ban all criminals from the parks?

If convicted of a first-time violation of this code, an individual could face up to six months in county jail and a $500 fine.

Under California Penal Code section 290, individuals convicted of certain crimes are required to register as sex offenders with local law enforcement agencies.

The cities of Fullerton, Tustin and Orange already have similar ordinances in place while cities such as Irvine and Huntington Beach are still discussing the issue. Fullerton's council voted in September to allow the fining and jailing of registered sex offenders who moved within 2,000 feet of a park or a school.

However, Westminster may be the first O.C. city to take the county's lead and enact the ordinance, Diep said.


NY - Brittany's Law (Violent felony offender registry)

Sen. James Seward
Original Article

Why stop at just violent offenders? Why not put all criminals on one registry?

05/24/2011

By Senator James L. Seward (Website, Facebook)

There is a saying that knowledge is power, and when it comes to information about the dangers that surround us each and every day no truer statement has ever been uttered. That is why I am pleased to announce state senate approval of Brittany’s Law.

Brittany’s Law is named for 12 year old Brittany Passalacqua. In 2009, in Geneva, N.Y., Brittany, and her mother, Helen Buchel were murdered in their home by Helen’s boyfriend. It was later learned that the murderer was a violent convicted felon, John Edward Brown, who had been released from prison after serving 2 1/2 years of a three year sentence for assaulting his infant daughter. Neither Brittany nor Helen knew of their killer’s violent criminal background; if they had, they would have never associated with him, and they would still be alive today.

The goal of Brittany’s Law is to make sure individuals who have been convicted of a violent felony can’t slip unsuspectingly into a family’s home. Instead, such criminals will be required to register with a statewide violent felony offender registry through the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The violent felony offender registry would be similar to the New York State Sex Offender Registry. Offenders would be required to register once released from prison and must re-register annually. Information about the offenders would be compiled in the database and available to the general public and police agencies. Other states have established a violent felony offender registry, including Montana, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

Alerting individuals to a violent criminal’s past is a crucial crime prevention step because many become repeat offenders. A recent study by the University of Wyoming found that individuals under the age of 25 who commit violent crimes have the highest rate of recidivism. The Urban Institute Justice Policy Center based in Washington, DC conducted a study published in 2003 that found nationwide 53 percent of arrested males and 39 percent of arrested females are re-incarcerated.
- Sure would be nice if politicians added a link to the so called studies they quote, or made up.

While there are those who learn from their mistakes and make life corrections, it is clear that many others continue along the same path of violence. In some of these cases, the offender even turns to a higher degree of violence, as was the case with Brittany’s murderer. This further illustrates the need for a violent felony offender registry.

Brittany’s grandmother Dale Driscoll has been leading the fight to establish a violent felony offender registry in honor of her daughter and granddaughter. “Nothing can ever bring Helen or Brittany back, but if this legislation prevents another family from suffering the heartbreak that we have been through, my daughter and granddaughter will not have died in vain.”
- I am so sick and tired of hearing this "If it saves one person," crap.  Save one, ruin millions more.

This is not the first time I have sought stronger laws to protect individuals from violent criminals. In the past I have supported numerous measures to update laws and close loopholes to allow detection and prosecution of sexual offenders, child predators and the like. As I mentioned, the new registry would be patterned after the New York State Sex Offender Registry, created under Megan’s Law. The landmark legislation has empowered parents and concerned members of the community with the information needed to protect their families from dangerous sexual predators.

I have also fought for, and won approval, of laws to protect our elderly from violent criminals. Thanks to legislation I co-sponsored, New York now has tough penalties to punish anyone who attacks a senior citizen. The law, established in 2008, elevates the assault of a person 65 years of age or older when the perpetrator is more than ten years younger than the victim to assault in the second degree, a class D violent felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
- Just a senator tooting their own horn and boasting, as most do. Check this out!

These laws provide important crime-fighting tools, act as deterrents and help make our state safer. I am proud to support them.
- If you really think someone who is violent is going to be deterred by some registry, then you need to get off Fantasy Island!


OR - On the Money Trail With Oregon's Latest Sex Offender Bill

Rep. Kim Thatcher
Original Article

05/23/2011

By Tim King

This story begs the question: why would the state suddenly seek to broaden the list by including all sex offenders, rather than those who are predatory?

SALEM - The sponsor of new proposed legislation that would require all sex offenders to become part of a government registry, State Representative Kim Thatcher (R) Keizer, recently brought forth a significant bill to increase state government transparency.

Logically, she would understand our quest to follow the money trail behind SB 67 (PDF) and HB 2765 (PDF); proposals which would disrupt the lives of any person ever convicted of a sex offense, regardless of how minor, by forcing their names onto yet another taxpayer funded public computer registry.

First, I must say that I have yet to hear of a child surviving a sexual molestation because their parents spotted a would-be convicted sex offender in a mandated state computer registry. I'm not saying it hasn't happened, or that we would even necessarily know, what I am saying however that we are a bit low on success stories stemming from Oregon's mandatory sex offender registry.

We do however know many stories of police and state authorities not fully investigating claims of sex abuse; we know the state Dept of Human Services will place children with known sex offenders; I don't see what the government can gain in terms of public safety by helping one or two people in the 'background investigation' business spike their incomes.

This story begs the question: why would the state suddenly seek to broaden the list by including all sex offenders, rather than those who are predatory?

I don't personally care if my neighbor got drunk and went streaking during a college party, do you? I don't care about minor adjudicated offenses being resurrected for the sake of further invading privacy. I don't care if Joey screwed Sally and she was 17 and he was 19, I don't think very many people care. However I know there are tens of thousands of sex offender families who would appreciate their names not being drug through the mud with legislation that sounds good at face value, but in fact faces several obstacles, including privacy issues from HUD (Housing and Urban Development)

Again, back to that money trail with Rep. Thatcher. Drop in the toll, here we go.

Vroooom.

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the money trail; the super information highway, where you are about to meet Dan Meister...

Rep Thatcher said she sponsored HB 2765 on behalf of Daniel Meister. Mr. Meister testified before the Senate Judiciary in support of SB 67. This is noteworthy, because Meister runs a private business called Pacific Screening, Inc., providing--for a membership fee-- background checks/screenings for various organizations (apartment communities and public housing the biggies but also churches, businesses large and small, non-profits, schools, and private citizens.)

It would appear that Mr. Meister is pushing this legislation in the interest of private profit. (Pacific Screening employees 5-9 people and posts an annual revenue of $500k-$1 million.)

In support of Senate Bill 67 he wrote (unedited):

"It is critical that the Oregon State Police be allowed the release the unrestricted names of sex offenders registered in Oregon.

"Organizations such as apartment communities, public housing agencies, churches, businesses large and small, non-profit groups, schools and private citizens rely on the Oregon State Police information.

"They rely on this information to be correct, up to date and complete. Organizations are basing rental decisions, employment decisions and volunteer decisions on this information... unfortunately, this information is not complete. The current Oregon Sex Offender Web sites does not contain the a majority of sex offenders currently living in the state."

- Daniel Meister, Pacific Screening Inc. 'Quality Applicant Research Services'

I would deem 'critical' the pending result of any such legislation. I would also note that there is a good reason that people aren't listed; because they served their time, made restitution, and moved on. Dragging skeletons out of closets is bad business. There are things called 'rights' that perhaps are being overlooked.

I can only imagine how difficult life must be for those who become a 'sex offender' and then manage to regain control of their lives; to assume their place in society with jobs and responsibilities, only to suddenly be re-exposed for a crime they have already paid their dues for, in a quirky double jeopardy framework, under Thatcher and Meister's sex background microscope law.

People who offend children are already on the list, and they don't come off. This is needless big government control at its finest, cleverly using political law to raise the incomes of a limited few while stripping and further eroding the rights of Oregonians.

I have a close friend who is a sex offender because he and his fiance were petting too heavily in a parked car at Bush Park in Salem. They have been married for years, have children, but that event is still on his record, and this would force my friend into a bizarre place that would utterly misrepresent him.

It's also worth noting that Meister's testimonial letter ends with broad, unsubstantiated claims and resorts to fear tactics in order to justify this legislation as being of emergency interest to the state:

In my biggest customer group, the apartment communities, are missing sex offenders every day. Not every sex offender we screen has a county criminal record (OJIN), but they are listed as a sex offender with the state. We just can not get the information. The law needs to change. If offenders are left off the sex offender list, we can not do a complete criminal search. At this time, the current Oregon Sex Offender Web sites does not contain the majority of sex offenders currently living in the state.

- Daniel Meister, 'Pacific Screening Inc. Quality Applicant Research Services'

I don't envy Thatcher or others in her shoes, nor do I doubt that she has the better interests of voters at heart. I really liked her transparency bill. Oregon's legislators carry a heavy load and they are tasked with mountainous responsibility. Knowing that to be the case, it is easy to understand how ideas presented to legislators that are well greased and presented with passion, are easy to be tricked by. To me the victim list expands when these things happen to include the legislators themselves. People like Thatcher know that it is important for all Oregonians to have a roof over their heads, and this bill would lead to past offenders losing jobs and housing and being tossed onto the streets. That will raise the danger level, not lower it.

Chasing Sex Offenders

I have some time with this subject, having spent the past 23 years in news. Before that, when I was a U.S. Marine on guard (barracks) duty, I caught a man, another Marine, who had allegedly tried to rape a young civilian woman visiting the base on a Saturday night. I pulled the guy out of a car and pinned him down in a phone booth as I called the MP's. I'm as serious as anyone about protecting the virtue of my fellow citizens.

Still, I have learned a great deal over the years and it isn't all about catching bad guys, however vividly those moments stand out.

My most memorable event was chasing the man known as 'Polk County's Most Notorious Sex Offender' [name withheld], down the street as a camera man with KATU Channel-2 News with my 30+ pound TV camera and actually catching him, and making him talk. I was really proud of myself, but my ultimate lesson about [name withheld], and all sex offenders, is that they are people too, regardless of how they may disgust us.

I met his father and interviewed him at the time, and the senior Mr. [name withheld] told me about how his son was in the Navy; how he had traveled the world and accomplished a great deal, but then suffered a long-term relationship break up that ruined him emotionally, and ultimately he responded by raping two young boys in the Dallas area.

When I chased [name withheld] down the street that day, he had just been released from 14 years in prison, and he had no place to live, so he was staying in an abandoned field in Dallas. This to me is the reality of further juxtaposing human beings based on their individual records. Guys like [name withheld] are potentially dangerous, their crimes were hugely significant, and they will always easily and quickly be found on a registry. But that guy who streaked down the road at a drunken frat party is who this legislation would float to the front and there is no need for this when taxpayer revenues are already strained and the authorities themselves are failing in their roles.

Instead let's clean up shop, hold cops and social workers accountable, and not waste taxpayer funds wrecking the lives of those who have paid their dues, done their time.

If this measure in enacted it would place approx 18,000 people on the registry. It passed the Senate 30-0 and has moved to the House.

One person who contacted Salem-News.com but preferred to not use their name, made another strong point, that is the way a reckless law like this would in fact endanger the families of sex offenders who are leading legal productive lives. These people are as innocent as anyone and equally significant.

The proposed Senate bill moved quickly at first but the legislation has slowed, as legislators agreed to move it to a work session, the next work session is set for tomorrow, Tuesday, 24 May 2011, at the capital, 1:00 p.m. in Room 343.


VA - ALERT: U.S.Marshals are asking registrants -at least in Virginia- to sign a form, during Home Visits! Why is unknown!

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Model Program Creates The First National Public Domestic Violence Registry

Original Article

Like we've said before, why pick and chose registries?  Why not one for all criminals?

05/22/2011

The National Domestic Violence Registry, announces its mission and need for more prevention

The National Domestic Violence Registry (NDVR), the United States’ first model program for a public domestic violence database, seeks to prevent domestic violence and to be a tool to help the public at large.

Myra Spearman
The National Domestic Violence Registry was founded in 2007 by survivor and advocate Myra Spearman (Facebook, Twitter). Patterned after The National Sex Offender Registry, NDVR has a coalition of task forces working to strengthen the public availability of domestic violence conviction records and long term restraining orders. The organization has taken several years to analyze and receive feedback from survivors and advocates to create a program that addresses the growing need for the use of technology to help survivors.
- So is this maintained by the states, or is she just being a vigilante?

Domestic violence has grown in increasing numbers and women are still the primary victims. But Myra Spearman, founder and executive director of NDVR, also understands that newer approaches to family violence have to be created, “Men and women are perpetrators of this social epidemic. The intention of the registry is to help keep the public more safe by placing only offenders, not victims, who have an established history of violence into the registry. The National Domestic Violence Registry is a model that is working to empower the general public and deter further violence from occurring.”

NDVR continues to add records to the database as they become available from partner counties in the U.S. NDVR is also developing other programs such as educating the public about the benefits of GPS, safety planning for survivors and self sufficiency.

About the National Domestic Violence Registry

Founded in 2007, The National Domestic Violence Registry, Inc. (NDVR) is the first national database model for domestic violence convictions available to the public. The National Domestic Violence Registry provides the conviction records of offenders, both men and women, who have been found guilty of domestic violence and domestic violence related offenses such as physical battering, stalking, criminal confinement, intimidation, and strangulation, etc. Their mission is to be an on-line, national resource that will aid in the awareness and prevention of domestic and family violence by posting the convictions of domestic abuse perpetrators and those offenders who have long term criminal orders of protections placed against them. To learn more about NDVR, please visit their website which is http://www.domesticviolencedatabase.org (Facebook).


AK - Status of All Offenders on Sex Offender and Child Kidnapper Registry Verified

Original Article

This is proof, that the recidivism rate of sex offenders is not what the media, politicians and general public believe.

05/23/2011

The Alaska State Troopers (AST) and United States Marshals Service (USMS) have concluded a five-month program aimed at contacting and verifying the registration status of every registered sex offender in Alaska. Between December 2010 and April 2011, a team of Trooper Investigators and Deputy US Marshals, working in conjunction with multiple municipal police departments, the state probation and parole offices, and the Offices of the District Attorney; contacted or verified the statuses of 1910 registered sex offenders. Additionally, 750-800 convicted sex offenders were in jail during the sweeps and not included in the number to be contacted due to their incarceration status.

These efforts were part of Governor Sean Parnell’s initiative “Safe Homes, Strong Families”, to make communities safer by reducing the rates of sexual assault and domestic violence. Ensuring that convicted sex offenders were in compliance with the sex offender registration requirements is part of that plan. During this operation, team members traveled to 134 cities and villages throughout Alaska.

Of the 1910 registered sex offenders that needed to be contacted:

  • 1651 (or 86.4%) were found to be in compliance.
  • 137 (7.2%) were in jail for reasons unrelated to the offense requiring them to register.
  • 81 offenders (4.2%) were out of compliance; these offenders were either arrested or had warrants issued for their arrest.
  • 41 offenders (2.2%) have yet to be located.

Future efforts will continue in an attempt to contact those offenders currently on the list, as well as those who may be added to the registry in the future.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joe Masters said of the sweeps, “The Alaska State Troopers formed a strong partnership with the United States Marshals Service, Sex Offender Investigations Branch. Our two agencies, in coordination with local law enforcement agencies, focused on contacting ALL offenders that are required to be registered and verify compliance. If they were not in compliance, they will be investigated and charged.”

Director of the Alaska State Troopers, Colonel Keith Mallard, added, “This five month effort emphasized the need for, and the benefit of, all law enforcement partners joining forces to address those issues that have historically plagued our state. Holding sex offenders accountable is imperative to keeping Alaskans safe.”

U.S. Marshal Rob Heun agreed, “Only through the collaborative efforts of the Alaska State Troopers and the United States Marshals Service can sexual offenders be appropriately and effectively accounted for and held accountable.”

Assistance was provided to the AST and USMS by Dillingham P.D., Fairbanks P.D., Homer P.D., Juneau P.D., Kenai P.D., Kodiak P.D., Kotzebue P.D., North Slope Borough P.D., Sand Point P.D., Soldotna P.D., Togiak P.D., University of Alaska-Fairbanks P.D., Valdez P.D., Wasilla P.D. Special recognition was given to the Anchorage Police Department and their Community Action Policing (CAP) Unit for their assistance in contacting hundreds of offenders in the Anchorage area.