Friday, November 11, 2011

NY - Former police dispatcher (Timothy Kaye) involved in kidnapping teen

Original Article

11/11/2011

ALBANY (NEWS10) - Two men are under arrest, including a former police dispatcher, for allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old boy.

This case is still being investigated and state police spent the evening conducting interviews to gather more information.

Saratoga County's District Attorney says two men are under arrest for allegedly kidnapping the boy from Parsons Child and Family Center on Academy Road in Albany.

The two men were apparently with the 15-year-old for a few days in Saratoga County, where they allegedly had sex with the teenager in a motel.

One man charged in this case, 30-year-old Timothy Kaye, is a former Saratoga County Sheriff's Office and Ballston Spa Police Dispatcher.

The other man charged is 21-year-old Eric Loeser.

Both are facing counts of felony kidnapping.

At this point there's no information available on what relationship the two men had to the boy or how they were able to remove him from the Parsons site.

Saratoga County's DA Says they did take the boy without the facility knowing.

State police in Clifton Park and Parsons did not return our calls seeking comment.

Both men are still behind bars, being held without bail and are due back in court this Monday. State police are expected to release more information about this case, sometime Friday morning.


PA - Sex offender support group hires director

Deirdre Foley Citro
Original Article

11/10/2011

By CINDY STAUFFER

A local group that wants to help sex offenders return to society is taking a major step.

It has hired its first director.

Community Renewal for Sex Offenders has hired Deirdre Foley Citro to lead the nonprofit group, which works to ease the transition of sex offenders into the community after prison sentences.

"They come back no matter what," Citro said. "What can we do to make their transition work so they won't re-offend? How can we provide support and keep our community safe?"

"We will provide some support so when they re-enter the community — the phrase is 'returning citizens' — they can cope better."

Citro, 61, of Manheim Township, left her position as the executive director of Mom's House, which offers resources to help single parents complete their education and find a job, to come to the Community Renewal organization, also known as CR-SO.

Citro said the transition from Mom's House to CR-SO was a bit unexpected.

While at Mom's House, Citro began volunteering at Domestic Violence Services and for the sexual assault hot line.

"As a child, I was sexually abused, and then in college I was sexually assaulted," she said. "I come at it from a survivor's standpoint."

In what she calls her "third act in life," she wanted to do something that helps survivors.

"But I didn't think I would be helping sexual offenders," she said.

A member of Lancaster Friends Meeting, Citro said she had heard about CR-SO through another Friend, Jim Kalish, who has been instrumental in getting the group started. She also heard the group was looking for a director.

She was sitting in a Friends meeting one week — members sit in silence and "wait on the Lord," she said — and afterward decided to find out if the position was still open. It was, she applied and she was hired.

CR-SO hopes to help sex offenders find housing, employment and treatment after they leave prison, to lessen the chances that they will reoffend.

The group also will provide education about sex offenders and promote its belief that most sex offenders can live in the community without doing harm if they are given the chance, access to support and a means to ensure accountability.

Citro knows that can be a tough sell.

"It's an ugly topic," Citro said. "Because it's an ugly topic, it grabs at your gut. I'm the first one who knows that."

"When we are making serious decisions about people's lives, we have to do it in a way that we can look at it with a clear mind and heart about what's best for everyone involved."

"The victim is first, then the community and the offender."

Her position is being funded by a grant from the local Friends group and donations, Kalish said. Citro will work out of her home, as the group does not have a formal office. Its website is www.cr-so.org.

CR-SO recently started a support group for friends and family members of sexual offenders, called F&F. Its next meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Friends Meeting House, 110 Tulane Terrace.

At Mom's House, Citro is being replaced by Maryanne O'Neill.

O'Neill, 31, of Lancaster Township, comes to Mom's House from Luthercare, where she works as a mentor at Grace Place.


CA - Riverside County, California To Charge Prisoners $142 Per Day Of Their Stay

Original Article

This is plain extortion! This would be almost $52,000 per year, more than most people make and a good job!

11/10/2011

In one southern California county, prisoners will soon have to pay for the privilege of staying in jail.

Riverside County, California will start charging prisoners $142.42 per day of their prison stay, CNNMoney reports. The county's board of supervisors approved the measure on Tuesday as a way to save an estimated $3 to $5 million per year. Not every prisoner will be forced to pay up, however. The county will review each prisoner's case individually to determine if they can afford the fee.

The fee comes as the California correctional system continues to struggle with budget woes. Last month, in an effort to save money, the state transferred responsibility for lower-level drug offenders, thieves and other convicts to counties. The "prison realignment" is one of many measures the state has taken in recent years to close its budget gap. The California Supreme Court is considering this week whether the state broke the law when it used re-development funds to close a shortfall a few years ago, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But at some prisons, there still may be room for cost cuts. A California prison nurse was paid a salary of $269,810 in 2010 after working thousands of hours in overtime. Indeed, the five highest-paid California state employees all work in the prison system, according to LA Weekly.

California isn't the only state coping with cuts to its budget and prison system. Jefferson County, Alabama filed for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history Wednesday after amassing massive debt and contending with a huge budget shortfall.

Other states have also considered extreme measures in order to cut prison-related costs. In Washington, corrections officials are considering leaving unsupervised thousands of former prisoners currently on parole in an attempt to cut costs, according to the Seattle Times. Thousands of prisoners in Texas have been eating two meals a day on weekends since April in a bid to save the prison system money. In Camden County, Georgia, officials mulled the idea of sending prisoners to work as firefighters to cope with budget woes.

But some have pushed back against the trend. In Minnesota, department of corrections officials argued in April that proposed cuts to the state's prison system were so deep that they would endanger public safety, according to CBS Minnesota. While in New York, the State Corrections Officers Union, told Gov. Andrew Coumo in February that his proposal to cut 3,500 prison beds would put guards who look over violent inmates in danger, the New York Daily News reported.

Though the lingering effects of the recession only made worse the budget woes of many prison systems, the problem wasn't born out of the financial crisis. The number of offenders serving life sentences in prison quadrupled between 1984 and 2008, USA Today reports.

And while state prisons may be suffering, federal prisons are filling that same pinch. President Obama's combined budget requests for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 included a 10 percent increase in funding for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, bringing the total to more than $6.8 billion, according to Mother Jones.