Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CA - California RSOL will hold its second meeting in Los Angeles

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California RSOL will hold its second meeting in Los Angeles on December 3. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and be held at the ACLU building, 1313 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles (Map). The meeting is open to all registered persons, family members, and friends. The meeting will include presentations by attorneys, psychologists, and registrants on a variety of topics including residency restrictions, errors and omissions on profiles included on the Meagan's website, and the need for a tiered registry. Additional information about the meeting is available by calling the organization's new phone number: (209) 890-8748.

NE - Sex offender registry discussed

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By Kay Kemmet

LINCOLN — Nebraska's sex-offender registry doesn't differentiate between those who are likely to reoffend and those who pose little risk, State Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha said.

The state needs to come up with a better system for public reporting of sex offenders, said Ashford, chairman of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee.

To that end, the committee held a hearing Tuesday on the state registry, which was changed in 2009 in an effort to comply with federal law.

The changes required the display of names, addresses and photos of all convicted sex offenders — even low-risk ones.

Before 2009, only felony offenders deemed at highest risk of reoffending were publicly listed. Names of low-risk offenders weren't publicly disclosed, but such offenders were required to report their addresses to local law enforcement officials.

The scope of the registry was broadened to comply with the federal Adam Walsh Act and to retain $167,000 in federal funds. However, even with the changes, the state isn't in compliance with that law.
- Spend several million to save $167,000 (bribery).  No wonder we're broke!

[name withheld], 23, of Omaha attended the hearing and his mother testified on his behalf. He's listed on the sex offender registry under the new rules.

In an interview, [name withheld] said that in 2007, when he was 18, he had consensual sex while drunk with an 18-year-old at a party.

He was charged with first-degree sexual assault but pleaded to a lesser count of first-degree false imprisonment. [name withheld] was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation in 2008.

He expected to be listed for 10 years on a site accessible only to authorities and agencies such as schools and day care facilities.

But after the changes in the law, [name withheld]'s name was added to the public registry and will be listed there for 25 years.

"He feels like he has a black mark on his forehead," said his mother, [mother's name withheld] of Omaha.

Sex offenders also testified about not being able to get a job or being harassed by neighbors after their names were put on the list.
- All ex-sex offenders should attend all these law meetings and voice your opinion.

However, Col. David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, said the new system also has benefits.

With the old registry, each offender was individually assessed to determine a risk level, which meant it could take years for an offender's name to be listed. Now offenders are put on the registry immediately.

MA - Sex offender law due for council vote

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ATTLEBORO - It's taken more than a year to craft, but a new ordinance aimed at keeping sex offenders who target children out of the city's parks, playgrounds and pools is ready for a vote by the city council.

The law was voted out of committee Tuesday and should go before the full council next week.

Cherie Felos, chairwoman of the ordinance committee, said the time taken to create the new law, which was requested by library officials, means it will be less likely to be overturned in a legal challenge.

Felos is a family law attorney in private life. She said time taken to tailor the law, which will allow some sex offenders to appeal their ban from a public place to the chief of police, gives appropriate recognition to the civil liberties of sex offenders.

The law would ban Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders, which the state considers more likely to reoffend, from using parks, playgrounds, pools, the library or any other public place children are likely to be. If found where they are not allowed, city officials can have a sex offender removed. They can be fined for failure to leave an area.

Certain exceptions are allowed.

For example, a sex offender who is a parent would be allowed to attend a school function involving the child.

A section in the law allows Level 2 or Level 3 sex offenders who can prove they are not a threat to children to appeal their ban to the police chief.

NEW ZEALAND - Sex offender kicked out of neighbourhood after town threatens vigilante action

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The Department of Corrections has agreed to move a child sex offender out of a community after Otara residents threatened vigilante action.

The threats were made at three meetings with the Corrections Department, which angry locals demanded.

Corrections told the residents that a timeframe for the man's relocation would be confirmed by the end of today, Fairfax reported.

Residents said there had been a "lack of consultation" before the man was placed in the community and there were three schools and six kohanga reo near his address.

Residents said Probation Services staff visited some Franklyne Rd homes to let them know about the man, leaving many angry at what they described as the "random" approach to informing them.

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate principal Peter Udy attended an earlier meeting where parents aired their grievances and were told how the man was being monitored.

"The positive side of the whole thing is the Corrections Department assured the parents of certain safety precautions and safety measures that are in place that parents may or may not have known. Whether they are happy with that is a different question."

The man was jailed for committing a sexual act on a person under 16.

The school had not been taking extra security precautions but had emphasised to students and parents what security measures were in place.

The concern was more for its students outside of school hours as school holidays approach.

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