Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TX - Forget Green Acres, Bandera is the place to be!

Karen Grace
Original Article

And of course they are not allowing comments, but you can email the reporter, below. What a load of fear mongering crap this "story" is! Is the media outfit she "reports" for, okay with her Twitter photo? Should we get all RSO's to move to Bandera, TX? :) See the link above for the original un-edited video.

11/08/2011

By Karen Grace (Twitter)

Bandera County deputies said there could be a network of sex offenders that are recommending the best places to hide and possibly reoffend. Unfortunately, deputies said Bandera seems to be on the map, and that has parents on edge.

Law enforcement has been scrambling to keep tabs on some 57 sex offenders. They said two to three percent of the population is made up of child predators, and they don't think that is a coincidence.

Manda Hicks, administrative deputy for the Bandera County Sheriff's Office, said there could be a sophisticated network of sex offenders that are spreading the word to move to Bandera County.

"They might be communicating with each other," Hicks said. "So we are trying to find out if there's a sex offender network."
- Hell, there is a sex offender network here, a long with family members, that use this blog, or our forums, and elsewhere, and if you join, you will see they are not talking about where to move so they can re-offend, but hey, that doesn't sell a story now does it. OH THE HORROR!

Bandera deputies said they always need the public's help to send a message to sex offenders that they can't hide. To report anything suspicious they urge residents to call (830) 797-3771.


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NC - Sex offenders lining up to have names removed from registry

Original Article

11/09/2011

MECKLENBURG COUNTY - More sex offenders in Mecklenburg County are asking to have their names taken off the sex offender registry.

In fact, there are so many requests the district attorney had to come up with a new plan to keep tabs on them.

Under North Carolina law, most sex offenders can come to court after 10 years and ask a judge to have their names taken off the registry. Seven people petitioned the court in September. Two of them were granted, including [name withheld].

[name withheld]’s name still shows up in prison records along with his convictions from 1999 on three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

[name withheld] did not go to prison, but he did have to put his name on the state’s sex offender registry. However, a search for [name withheld] today will not find him in the registry because a judge agreed that after 11 years, [name withheld] no longer needed to register.

Where we are is somewhere in a grey area,” said prosecutor Leslie Cooley.

Cooley is the prosecutor assigned to represent the district attorney’s office when sex offenders come to court asking to have their named stricken from the registry.

More often than not, judges deny the request. In September, [name withheld] was one of two men to win their appeals.
- Thus proving the laws are not set in stone, like they should be, they can do whatever they like, and it also shows the laws are about continued punishment.

But Cooley has turned her attention to the next round in court, where she expects even more cases.

We need to make sure that the people who deserve to be on the registry are, to keep the people safe so they know who is in their neighborhood, that they stay on the registry,” she said.

The next court date is scheduled for Dec. 9. There are already more than 30 registered sex offenders signed up to be there.


NY - Residents protest Long Beach Motor Inn

Original Article

We need to stop allowing the public mob dictate where someone can and cannot live. Only dictatorship's and other communist countries do that, and we are not a communist country! If I hate my neighbor, can I protest and picket outside their residence to get them to leave? No, I'd be arrested, for harassment. Freedom of speech and protesting is one thing, but harassment is another.

11/09/2011

By Alex Costello

Island Park group hopes to close motel

About 30 Island Park resident gathered outside the Long Beach Motor Inn on Saturday to protest Nassau County’s housing of sex offenders there.

The protest, organized by the Island Park Civic Association, was the second one in front of the infamous motel, 18 months after the IPCA’s first gathering. And although it was windy, the protesters held their signs high. “CLOSE the Long Beach Motor Inn,” some read, while others called for “Sex offenders and criminals OUT.”

[We’re here] because Nassau County continues to place sex offenders and felons at this motel, located in our community,” said association member Rich Schurin. “Promises have been made by politicians to get these people out, and nothing’s happened.”

Local politicians and candidates were on the scene to show their support for the group. County Legislator Denise Ford was there, as was her challenger in this week’s election (Of course, it's election time, so they need to pretend they actually care, and the sheeple will suck it all up!), Darlene Tangney, along with Town Council candidate Claudia Borecky and West Hempstead resident Gary Port, who is challenging Kate Murray for town supervisor. Port took part in the effort to close the Courtesy Motel in West Hempstead — a fight similar to the one the Civic Association is mounting to close the Motor Inn.

According to John Imhof, commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Social Services, the county pays the Motor Inn $75 per room per night to house both homeless families and sex offenders. Imhof pointed out, however, that the county does not choose residences for sex offenders.

DSS does not place sex offenders anywhere,” he wrote in an email to the Herald. “Homeless sex offenders are required to find their own temporary shelter and are required to notify their parole or probation officers, and the police department as to their current location.”

The Civic Association’s call for action took on renewed urgency last year when, in January, [name withheld] was arrested and charged with the rape and violent assault of a woman in Long Beach. [name withheld], while not a registered sex offender, was a homeless parolee whom the county was housing at the Motor Inn. He had previously been arrested on charges of manslaughter, rape, burglary and robbery.


'Herman Cain Should Have To Register As A Sex Offender' Says MSNBC Guest Jimmy Williams

This world has lost it's friggin' mind. This man has not even been to court yet, and already he is guilty and must prove he's innocent instead of the way it's always been, innocent until proven guilty. If Jesus was alive today, these are the types of people who would be condemning him as was done originally. It's pathetic. Just wait until one in the media is accused of some sexual crime, then what their hypocritical stance change.


OH - Ohio and Offender Watch continues to screw up - Check Your Ohio SO profile Again!

See this previous article

WatchSystems, the company to which the Ohio AG contracts its sex offender data, has once again messed up SO profiles. I have found the following errors:

  • No conviction dates (required for Adam Walsh Act offenders)
  • Wrong release dates
  • Inflated number of victims
  • Misinformation regarding victims

If you find errors on your Ohio SO Internet profile, please join the SOSEN forums and send a private message to MaryKendall. She is talking to the AG and the media, and needs more examples of these errors.


A Quiet but Growing Judicial Rebellion Against Harsh Sentences For Child Pornography Offenses — Should the Laws Be Changed?

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PA - Sex Offenders: Recidivism, Re-Entry Policy and Facts

Original Article

11/08/2011

By Paul Heroux

Sexual predation is back in the national spotlight since Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defense coordinator who's accused of sexually assaulting eight boys over 15 years, and two top university officials and has been charged with sexual abuse and covering up the abuse.

It doesn't take much imagination to understand the horrors and damage caused by criminal offenders. And it's hard to talk about the facts of any criminal behavior since misinformation is common and ideas contrary to misinformation are quickly associated as soft on crime. The nuances of any criminal behavior are complicated.

Recidivism Statistics

The percentages rearrested (but not necessarily guilty) for the "same category of offense" for which they were most recently in prison for were:

  • 13.4% of released robbers
  • 22.0% of released assaulters
  • 23.4% of released burglars
  • 33.9% of released larcenists
  • 19.0% of released defrauders
  • 41.2% of released drug offenders
  • 2.5% of released rapists

Contrary to popular belief, as a group, sex offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of all the crime categories. These statistics completely fly in the face of conventional wisdom about sex offenders being the most likely group of criminals to re-offend for their initial crime, but these are the facts. It could be argued that sex offender recidivism isn't detected and that is why this number is so low, but that could also be said of other crime categories, too.

Independent studies of the effectiveness of in-prison treatment programs for sex offenders have shown that evidence-based programs can reduce recidivism by up to 15 percent (PDF). This might not sound like much, but it is. Recidivism can be further reduced up to 30 percent (PDF) with after prison intervention. However, our current policies make no sense; we release many offenders to the public without some form of post-release supervision. Regardless of the program offered, it is very important to measure the effect the program has on recidivism; just because something is evidence-based, there can't be an assumption it works in the new location!

Reentry Policy

Post-release supervision helps decrease recidivism since it involves keeping an eye on the ex-offender, but also with assisting the ex-offender to find a job, obtain drug treatment and find housing, all of which are important to staying crime free. On the issue of housing, this is perhaps the biggest challenge facing ex-sex offenders. No one wants them and they have many legal obstacles when finding housing. And they have burnt all their bridges with society and even their family. To help reduce the chances of them re-offending, housing is important for every ex-offender.

Reports released from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that when sex offenders do recidivate with a sex offense, approximately 75% (PDF) victimize an acquaintance. The important point of this is that current sex offender residential restrictions often don't account for this and many other findings.

There are many types of sex offenders, from those who urinate in public to sexual predators and pedophiles. Some are criminally sentenced inmates while others are civil commitments deemed too dangerous to release even though they have served their sentence. There are different grades of sex offenders that include:

  • Level 1 (low risk of repeat offense), or
  • Level 2 (moderate risk of repeat offense), or
  • Level 3 (high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists).

There are nearly 740,000 (PDF) registered sex offenders in the United States. Recent research finds that "the data presented here do not support the claim that the public is safer from sex offenders due to community notification laws."

This is not to suggest that we should not have sex offender registries. What it suggests is that sex offender registries may provide a false sense of security, and so other strategies are necessary. In addition, former sex offenders who do not re-offend find that sex offender registries limit their housing, job and educational opportunities. Right or wrong, some people may feel that former sex offenders deserve on going punishment. But it is important to note that difficulty finding a job or place to live is a risk factor for other types of crime. Adequate housing is very important for sex offenders. Think about it like this -- we don't want sex offenders to be homeless because if they are homeless, we don't know where they are.

To offer a policy outline on what to do for the various types of sex offenders by the different levels is far beyond the scope of this article. The important thing to note is that housing, jobs and health care are important to decrease recidivism. Also, we can't make assumptions about what works in public safety based on how we think something is or should be -- what works and what doesn't is sometimes counterintuitive.

In Conclusion

Effective strategies to deal with sex offenders are not based not anecdote, emotion, or case examples of just one; they are based on facts and what we know about the issue. At times we hear about a high profile event; but it is important to remember that high profile events are high profile precisely because they are unusual and unlikely.

Making policy based on high profile events is a surefire way to overreact and make inefficient and, worse, ineffective policy. In short, a high profile event is good time find out where a shortcoming or loophole might reside, but a high profile event is not what policy should be based on. Doing so would result in the majority of cases being marginalized and a strategy designed around an unlikely event.

Paul Heroux previously worked in a prison and in jail. He holds a master's in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's in public administration from the Harvard University JFK School of Government. Paul can be reached at PaulHeroux.MPA@gmail.com.


UK - Former police officer (Ian Reynolds) jailed for nine months for child sex offences

Ian Reynolds
Original Article

11/09/2011

A former Suffolk Police officer who lives in Norfolk appeared at Norwich Crown Court today for sentencing in connection with child sex offences.

Ian Reynolds, 44, has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment in relation to making and possessing illicit images of children.

Chief Inspector Kim Warner, of Suffolk Constabulary Professional Standards Department, said: “I am fully satisfied with the result of this criminal investigation."

It is never easy to be involved with an inquiry involving a colleague, especially when it is a case involving child abuse."

However, I am proud of the professionalism and dedication displayed by the investigation team throughout, and it is pleasing that the correct outcome was reached."

What is apparent from the finding of guilt is that ex-constable Ian Reynolds has let himself down severely. However, he also betrayed the trust of his colleagues, and the general public of Suffolk who rightly demand the highest of moral standards from members of the Police service. Most importantly and what must not be forgotten is that the real victims in this case are the children who appear in the images for which Mr Reynolds was found guilty, and it is with them that our sympathies must lie."

I wish to reassure the general public, that while such cases are infrequent, Suffolk Constabulary Professional Standards Department will always respond pro-actively to reports of criminal and corrupt practices by police officers. Both the public and serving police officers would expect no less."

There is no place within the Constabulary for officers such as ex-PC Reynolds.”

Reynolds, of Thetford, had admitted possessing more than a hundred images of child pornography last month.

He was in possession of the images at a time when he was still a serving police officer for Suffolk Constabulary.

Reynolds worked as an emergency response officer when he was taken into custody by officers from Suffolk’s professional standards department.


States Find SORNA Non-Compliance Cheaper

Original Article

11/07/2011

By Dylan Scott

Congress passed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act in 2006, which required states to implement new policies by July of this year or face a financial penalty for non-compliance. Only 15 states did, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Why?

Susan Frederick, senior federal affairs counsel for NCSL, tells Governing that many states discovered it would be cheaper to take the financial hit than implement the policy. Congress decided that states that failed to comply with SORNA would forfeit 10 percent of their Byrne Justice Assistance Grant starting in FY 2012. The block grant totaled about $250 million in FY 2011.

Full implementation is "labor-intensive," Frederick says. The law requires offenders to register regularly and in-person with authorities, usually local law enforcement, and they must give notice if they travel or move. Juveniles who perpetrated certain offenses must register for life; that requirement can be reduced to 25 years with a court order. And the policy must be applied retroactively to previously convicted offenders.

So, many states found "it's cheaper not to comply," Frederick says. New York was one such state. In a letter (PDF) to Linda Baldwin, director of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, Risa Sugarman, director of the state's Office of Sex Offender Management, said: "The costs would be far greater than the loss" of federal funding.

The state was set to receive about $16 million from the Byrne JAG fund this year, meaning it will lose $1.6 million, Janine Kava, spokeswoman for the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, tells Governing. Sugarman wrote that the federal mandate to treat juvenile offenders the same as adults wasn't consistent with the state's own philosophy. She also asserted that the state's current policies for sex offender registration were sufficient for maintaining public safety.

"New York believes that our present laws and risk assessment method provide our citizens with effective protection against sexual predators," Sugarman said. The state "will continue its commitment to ensuring that our citizens are protected from sexual predators by the enforcement of all of our laws and the continued cooperation with your office."

Kava says New York has been notified by the SMART office that it can recover some of its lost funding by taking certain steps -- such as upgrading the state's sex offender registry's IT infrastructure to improve data collection and information sharing -- that meet some of SORNA's requirements. According to the final guidelines for SORNA (PDF) compliance released by the office, funds will be returned to the non-compliant states "solely for the purpose of SORNA implementation."

The law is currently before Congress for reauthorization, and Frederick says NCSL is lobbying lawmakers to make improvements. Those include allowing flexibility in the frequency of sex offender notifications, giving states options in how they define juvenile offenders and allowing states to decide whether SORNA should be applied retroactively. The reauthorization bill is under consideration by the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.

"No member of Congress wants to see a law fail," Frederick says. "There are people in Congress who recognize that some of the changes we suggest are not going to erode the law."