Wednesday, February 8, 2012

OH - Moving across states after registration

The following was sent to us via the contact form and posted with the users permission.

By Redeemed1:
I currently have to register in Ohio. I was originally given 10 years, then it was changed to 25 by the Adam Walsh Act. The Ohio Supreme Court (in the Boydke case) required that it be changed back to 10 years, thank goodness. I will be off (assuming the government doesn't find another way to screw us) in about 3 years, so I am started to look at all options then. So my question is basically that if after someone is released from registration, and moves to another state, can the "new" state require registration? For example, if in 3 years when Ohio says I'm done, and then I find a job in another state (say one that has the Adam Walsh Act), could they decide to put me back on? I've notice on most state websites, they basically state that if someone is currently required to register in another state, then they would have to in the "new" state, but nothing refers to if they are no longer required to register in their "old" state.

Thank you for any advice (or reference) you can provide, and for all the hard work that it put into this site. I really appreciate it..


RI - Sex offender bill introduced

Original Article

02/08/2012

By Matt Smith

Comprehensive bill introduced in the House

PROVIDENCE (WPRI) - Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to set sex offender registration and notification requirements in Rhode Island.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Peter Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston).

"Across the nation, there are nearly a half million registered sex offenders and at any time many of them are unaccounted for," says Rep. Palumbo.
- See the quote at the top of our blog.  They claim "100,000" are missing, but nobody seems to know where that goldilock number came from.

Under the legislation, the responsibility of the sex offender registry would move to the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety (State Police).

It also calls to remove the subjectivity of the current offender tier assessment system and replace it with an offense-based tier system.
- So they are making cookie cutter laws.  You do this, you get this, instead of like it is now, evaluating people by professionals.  Seems like they are going backwards to me.

The legislation complies with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which was named after the son of 'America's Most Wanted' host John Walsh.

6 year old Adam Walsh was abducted in 1981 at a Florida mall and later found murdered.
- True, but it was not by a known sex offender either. They claim it was Ottis Toole, a known pathological liar and serial killer, but he recanted as well.


GA - Hundreds Kept Imprisoned In Georgia Despite Serving Their Sentences

Original Article

02/07/2012

By Mike Klein

Georgia penitentiaries continue to feed, clothe and pay medical expenses for hundreds of inmates who were approved for parole but cannot be released because they have nowhere to live. About two-thirds are convicted sex offenders. About one-third require mental illness treatment but otherwise they are not considered a threat to public safety.

We have got to do something about the housing situation, about the need for these individuals to have stable housing in order to be able to assimilate back into communities,” state Rep. Jay Neal (Facebook) said during a recent hearing in which testimony was heard from officials at the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, State Department of Community Affairs, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, and Support Housing Atlanta.

Having nowhere to go means inmates approved for parole have no family able or willing to take them, and no publicly supported housing facility willing to accept them. One of the challenges associated with Georgia corrections reform is, where will released inmates go when they leave prisons?
- What does it matter?  In the old days, they just released them out the front gate.  Now, due to the economy, not many people, in their situation, can afford homes, so now they are just being kept locked up beyond their sentence?  Just more violations of their human/civil rights, and the constitution.

The 2011 state Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform delivered its report before Thanksgiving. The emphasis was on establishing alternatives to incarceration to reduce budget devouring prison system costs. The new Legislature has been in town since January. The committee that will turn the special council recommendations into a bill is currently drafting the legislation.

More Millions for Prison Beds

Governor Nathan Deal’s (R) criminal justice reform cards are on the table: $35.2 million for additional prison beds, $10 million for accountability courts expansion, $5.7 million to convert three pre-release centers to residential substance abuse treatment centers, and $1.4 million to fund additional parole officers. Those priorities were named in his State of the State address and also in his proposed FY 2013 budget.
- This is why this country is "The Prison Nation!"  Instead of investing in people, community, jobs, housing, feeding the homeless, etc, we spend all our money locking people up and growing the prisons.

Moving away from a strategy that emphasized incarceration to one focused on alternative treatment for non-violent persons who do not pose any public safety threat means the state criminal justice system must change the tools it needs. Beds would be reserved for bad guys. Other people who need treatment more than incarceration would be placed into community settings.
- Wasn't the whole idea behind prisons in the first place?  To rehabilitate and reintegrate back into society?  Not now, now it's a "keep them in the system so we can make more money," system!

A House committee met for 90 minutes during the week of Jan. 30 to discuss the lack of available housing statewide for paroled inmates. State Parole Director Michael Nail told the committee Georgia currently has 367 former sex offenders and 147 people with treatable mental illness needs who are still locked up even though they served all required time and were approved for release from the prison system.

‘Two Years Beyond Parole Date’

How long might they stay locked up? Most inmates are freed within 30-to-45 days after the parole board grants release. That is not the case for hard-to-release inmates.

Nail said, “We’ve had inmates (who) have been there two years beyond their parole date simply because they have nowhere to go.”
- I've known others who were arrested for some crime, put into jail and stayed in jail for over a year just waiting on a court date, never being convicted of anything.

Patients who require mental health treatment are a special challenge. The systemic approach to help them is a larger question than the impact it has on criminal justice reform. Georgia and the federal government entered into an October, 2010 consent decree that requires the state to transfer mental illness patients out of hospitals and into community settings. The state must be able to serve 9,000 persons on a strict timetable that concludes not later than July 1, 2015.

20% Immediately Homeless

Paul Bolster is Director of Support Housing Atlanta. Support Housing conducted a survey of mental health patients being held in several metropolitan area county jails. Bolster said inmates were asked where they would live if they were released. Twenty percent said they would be immediately homeless and 12 percent more said they did not know.
- People with mental illnesses should not be in prison in the first place, they should be in a treatment facility getting the help they need.  There are a ton of people in prison in this situation.

Thirty-five hundred people with serious mental illness will be discharged from metro jails within a year’s time to, probably, homelessness,” Bolster told the House committee. “This explains why you have recidivism.”
- Exactly, it's a never ending merry-go-round.  Lock them up, let them out (homeless), they commit a crime just to survive, lock them back up, and the cycle repeats.  Some of you politicians should live homeless for awhile, without food or a job, and see how long it takes before you are locked up.

The survey was conducted in Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb County jails, and statistics were incorporated from Fulton County.

Clayton County’s Millions for Medicine

Clayton is Georgia’s third-smallest county by land mass, but it has the state’s fifth largest population. Last year the county processed 26,000 prisoners. Those inmates consume between $7 million to $8 million annually in medicine and other health care expenses. About 900 of the jail’s 1,700 capacity prisoners require mental health services and between 300 to 400 require intensive mental health treatment.
- Just imagine, if we released many who were in prison for stupid stuff, and stopped expanding the prison business, then we could fix the state the country is in now.  But, that will never happen because the self-serving politicians don't want to look "soft on crime!"

Sheriff Kemuel Kimbrough said those services could be provided at less expense outside a jail setting.
- That may or may not be true.  Civil commitment costs more due to being ran by private firms, who jack up the prices to make millions, and it's probably the same for other organizations as well.

Kimbrough’s varied assignments have included work on the implementation of mental health community service boards and he holds an Emory University law degree.

We’re spending god-awful amounts of money to keep them behind bars when the reality is we could probably spend less to support them in treatment, support them in housing, get them back out into the community and maybe even rehabilitate them into quality citizens,” said Kimbrough.

We could have up to 300 folks that would meet drug court parameters but for one component, one very key factor, that they have stable residential housing outside the jail,” Kimbrough said. “That is the number one thing that gets them knocked out. If they don’t have a place to stay that is stable then they are not eligible for the drug court program.”
- And thus the catch-22.  How many people who have serious drug addictions have stable housing?  Almost zero!


OK - AG Office warns council on sex offender bill

Original Article

It will cost you more to implement the laws then to not take the bribe money.

02/08/2012

By TESINA JACKSON

See Also: This Article

TAHLEQUAH – On Feb. 8, the Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s Office notified the Tribal Council that if it doesn’t soon pass a sex offender registration law complying with federal mandates then the tribe could lose jurisdiction to Oklahoma over such cases.

In a memo to councilors, Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo stresses the importance of passing proposed amendments to the tribe’s Sex Offender Registration statutes so they comply with the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

If a tribe refuses to comply or if the Department of Justice finds that a tribe has not ‘substantially complied’ with the law, both criminal and civil jurisdiction over Indian and non-Indian sex offenders living, working, or going to school on Indian Country reverts to the state in which the tribe is located,” she states.

Nimmo states that in 2006 Congress passed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, also known as the Adam Walsh Act, which required tribes to register and track both Indian and non-Indian sex offenders.

The law initially gave tribes until July 27, 2009, to comply with the act. Congress granted an extension until July 27, 2010, for all tribes to come into compliance. The CN then asked for and received an extension for July 27, 2011.

The latest deadline was the final deadline. Cherokee Nation submitted our package to the Department of Justice on May 25, 2011 in order for the Department of Justice to determine if we had reached substantial compliance,” Nimmo states. “The Department of Justice responded on December 12, 2011 with the changes that Cherokee Nation needed to make in order to be found to be in substantial compliance with the federal law. All suggested changes have been made except the updated legislation.”

Nimmo states the tribe has not received a deadline for the changes requested by the Justice Department, but also did not receive a formal extension by Congress or the DOJ. She adds that a decision could be made at any time that the CN has not complied with federal law, resulting in a loss of civil and criminal jurisdiction of both Indian and non-Indian sex offenders in Indian Country.

It is imperative that we pass the proposed legislation as soon as possible in order to avoid the risk of loss of jurisdiction, which equates to a partial loss of sovereignty,” Nimmo states.

The tribe’s sex offender bill appeared on the Jan. 26 Rules Committee agenda but was tabled because some councilors thought there was not enough information to make a decision.

One of the reasons is, based on conversations with other councilors outside of the meeting, was that we didn’t think we had enough information explaining the changes, and of course, the memo from the U.S. Department of Justice had not been presented to us,” Hoskin said.

He said another reason for tabling was because the tribe’s existing law did not clearly indicate that children between the ages of 16 and 18 were protected against certain sexual crimes. He said other changes that needed to be made were technical.

Hoskin said it’s not unusual for legislation to be tabled so it can be studied more and that he’s confident the Sex Offender Registration Act would pass at the Feb. 23 Rules Committee meeting. He also said he doesn’t believe the tribe is any real danger of losing jurisdiction.

If the U.S. Department of Justice believes that the Cherokee Nation is not in substantial compliance, there could be a fine, but more significantly the jurisdiction over certain criminal matters could be shifted away from us,” Hoskin said. “We certainly don’t want that to happen. Although I don’t think we are in danger of that because I don’t think anybody thinks we’re not going to pass this. We just needed some time to study it and I have no doubt that the U.S.Department of Justice expects that. They certainly took their time to study the law that we had in the books, so I’m sure they understand it takes us a little time to review their recommendations.” 

The legislation calls for the registration of sex offenders living inside the CN jurisdiction with complete and accurate information and maintaining a list.


Suggestion for sex offender law advocates - A Google+ hangout?

I personally do not have a webcam, but I think this would be a great idea to use for those who run a web site or organization to meet to discuss sex offender laws, meet new people, discuss ideas, etc. What do you think?


IL - Murder someone, get 10 years on the registry, pee in public and you get life!

Original Article

02/08/2012

By Lorraine Swanson

A convicted murderer who resides in Palos Hills must now register on the Illinois Murderers and Violent Crimes Against Youth Registry.

Local parolees convicted of murder and violent crimes against will now be forced to register with local police departments in compliance with a new law that took effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Andrea’s Law, named after Andrea Willis, an Eastern Illinois University student killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1998, creates a first-degree murderer database, similar to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.
- Why not put all criminals, regardless of the crime, or when it occurred, on an online registry so we all know everyone who lives around us?

The ex-boyfriend, [name withheld], formerly of St. Charles, was convicted of strangling the 19-year-old Batavia woman to death while both were students at EIU. [name withheld] was sentenced to 24 years in prison before a change to the state’s “Truth in Sentencing” system that required those convicted of crimes to serve 85 percent of court imposed sentences.
- If someone is convicted of killing someone, why are they not in prison for life, until they die?  Then the registry would not be needed and you'd save money by not having to create yet another registry that doesn't prevent crime or actually protect anybody!

Under Andrea’s Law, convicted offenders are required to be on the Illinois Murderers and Violent Offenders Youth Registry for 10 years upon their release from prison.

There is only one parolee in the Palos area that is registered with the directory.

[name withheld], 31, of the [address withheld], was convicted of murder with intent to kill or injure when he was 19 years old, according to the registry. His victim was 16 years old. He is classified as compliant.

State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) sponsored Andrea’s Law, which was signed into law by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn last July, as reported by Batavia Patch.

At the time the bill was introduced in the state house, Reboletti said, “We currently have the right to know when a convicted sexual offender moves into our neighborhood and it should be the same for someone convicted of murder.”
- It should be the same for ALL criminals!


KS - More offenders may be required to register under proposed amendments to act

Original Article

02/08/2012

By Chris Hong

Topeka — More sexual, violent and drug offenders will likely be required to register with the state under the current version of amendments to the Kansas Offender Registration Act (PDF).

On Tuesday, the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee heard testimony for and against proposed amendments to the registry. Expansions include violators convicted in municipal courts and juveniles convicted in other states. The amendment also requires offenders to register when they are convicted. Currently, they register when they are sentenced or make a plea.

Lawmakers are expanding the registry to comply with the federal Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act. Under SORNA, violators register at local sheriff’s offices several times a year to create a national database.

Opponents raised issues with the amendments, such as adding municipal drug violators and keeping low-risk offenders on the registry. Jennifer Roth, of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said nearly half of the registrants are drug and violent offenders, not sexual.

Drug offenses that require registration are manufacturing of methamphetamine, possessing precursors to methamphetamine and distribution of a controlled substance besides marijuana.

Chairwoman Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, said she wanted to remove drug offenders from the registry. But she said it would be difficult to do so during an election year when candidates do not want to appear soft on crime.
- Why?  I think we should put all criminals on one large registry so we can know all that live around us.

Does it make sense to include these people in here either from a use of resource or encouraging in recidivism? No,” she said. She said municipal drug violators would probably be left out of the final version of the amendment.
- Not really, but if it's okay for ex-sex offenders, then it should be done across the board.

Colloton said the committee will finalize the bill and present it to the House floor.


FL - Jacksonville march focuses on child sex abuse, bringing molesters to justice

Kaye Smith
Original Article

All I see in this article and their web site, is talks about women abused. What about men who were also abused by men and/or women?

02/08/2012

By Dan Scanlan

23 women file charges; police say they will investigate.

They marched in silence Tuesday down East Bay Street behind a drummer, a two block long line of people demanding a stop to sexual abuse against children.
- Once again, the intentions are admirable, but you will never stop sexual abuse.

Then an estimated 200 supporters of ReClaim Global, some there to testify against men who abused them as children, climbed the Police Memorial Building steps to cry out.

No more silent crimes, silent children,” they yelled with “Stop Sexual Abuse” signs held high.

ReClaim Global is a Jacksonville-based organization started by sexual abuse counselor Kaye Smith. She told supporters it was time to “push evil back where it belongs outside our city” and make it tougher against sexual abusers.

Why can’t Jacksonville become the model for other cities and other states on how to deal with sexual abuse?” she said on the Sheriff’s Office steps. “Why can’t we show them that we huffed and we puffed and we blew the work of these evil molesters down?

Supporter Renee Matt, 46, was one of 23 women who filed prosecution requests against men she said sexually abused her from age 9 to 21.

It is a necessary step, and not daring at all,” Matt said. “I went through ReClaim and received my healing and there is no shame on me at all. I put all the shame and guilt on my perpetrators.”

Ann Dugger, head of the Justice Coalition, which supports the families of crime victims in Northeast Florida, was also there. She said the battle to make sure victims and families report sexual abuse instead of being embarrassed by it is “vital,” especially after Jarred Harrell was sentenced to six life sentences after luring 7-year-old Somer Thompson of Orange Park to her death and molesting a young niece.

Had we caught a man who not only sexually molested and raped a young child, then murdered her, maybe he could be behind bars without a murder,” Dugger said. “… It is very important when a child says that something is happening that’s not right, that someone listens to them and does something about it, and prosecution is done.”

Smith has been counseling sex abuse victims since 1995.

Twenty-three women she has counseled decided to press charges against their abusers Tuesday, their prosecution requests bundled in a purple ribbon with an “I Told” tag on it.

Assistant Chief Chris Butler in the sheriff’s Crimes Against Persons Division, said in an email that each request will be taken seriously and assigned to detectives.

At the conclusion of each individual investigation, we will meet with the State Attorney’s Office and the victims to determine the best course of action,” he said.


TX - Commission undecided on sex offender proposal

Original Article

02/07/2012

By KAREN SMITH WELCH

A more focused proposal for regulating where some registered sex offenders can live in Amarillo didn’t clear up questions two Amarillo city commissioners have about whether such a law would make children here safer.

I just honestly can’t find any clear and existing and compelling evidence that an ordinance of this sort will do what you think it will,” Commissioner Brian Eades said during a work session discussion about the proposal.

Commissioners began discussing residency restrictions for sex offenders registered on a statewide law enforcement database in late 2011 but slowed the debate to collect more research.

The proposed ordinance would bar convicted sex offenders from living near public or private schools, state-licensed day cares, and public parks and pools. The measure would make it illegal for offenders to live within 1,000 feet of those places, plus public recreational areas, youth centers and video arcades.

State law prohibits certain convicted sex offenders required to register on a Texas Department of Public Safety database from living within 1,000 feet of schools and other locations where children gather. But while they still must register their residences once their supervised release ends, the state-mandated residency restriction does not continue, police officials said in November.

The draft ordinance presented to commissioners Tuesday addresses concerns about which offenders would be subject to the ordinance, by defining the affected group as graded as high- or moderate-risk offenders and those listed as “nonreported,” City Manager Jarrett Atkinson said.

The nonreported category takes into account offenders whose crimes occurred before state law enforcement began using a rating system or offenders whose rating determination is in process, Atkinson said.

The city has no involvement in the ratings, which are determined by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with input from law enforcement, rehabilitation or treatment counselors and others, Atkinson said.

The draft ordinance further defines registered offenders who would be subject to the residency restrictions as those convicted of crimes involving victims age 16 or younger, Atkinson said.

A Tuesday report to the commission showed 312 of 491 registered sex offenders living within its limits would be subject to the updated proposal.

The revised draft ordinance also spells out more clearly the definitions of some crimes that can make a registered offender subject to the law. Definitions of kidnapping and burglary of a habitation have been amended so the ordinance refers to them as crimes committed “with an intent, attempt or actual commission of a sex-related offense.”

The updated draft also addresses concerns that offenders have a means of seeking a waiver from the restrictions. An offender could apply for a waiver, for example, if he has been away and is returning to a home he owns that sits too close to a school, or if he is hospitalized and the medical facility is too close to a park.

Eades and Commissioner Ellen Robertson Green continued to raise questions Tuesday about whether the ordinance would actually accomplish the intent of protecting children from predators. Eades has cited research that shows a majority of victims are abused by people they know. Experts who work with abused children also raised that point during a November public hearing about the proposal.

Barring sex offenders from living near a park or school doesn’t keep them from actually being within 1,000 feet of those places, Green said.

Police Chief Robert Taylor and Mayor Paul Harpole argued the ordinance would keep a sex offender from having the kind of access to children needed to establish trust and groom potential victims.

Harpole suggested the ordinance be placed on the commission’s agenda for a first vote next Tuesday. Ordinances must be passed in two separate votes by the commission to become law.


CA - Assembly rejects 3-tier plan for sex offenders

Original Article

01/31/2012

By Jim Sanders

Legislation to create a tiered sex-offender registration system designed to focus attention on violent criminals was killed Monday by the Assembly.

Assembly Bill 625 died by a vote of 19-41. Its author, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said he will propose a similar measure later this year.

California law currently requires people convicted of various sex offenses to register with the state for life.

AB 625 would have created three tiers of sex registration, with offenders in the first two tiers allowed to drop off into an inactive status after 10 or 20 years, respectively.

The most lenient tier would have applied to sex offenders who did not use violence, did not molest a minor, and maintained a clean record during the 10 years they were on the active registry.

Opponents of the bill claimed that allowing some sex registrants to be placed on an inactive status would weaken current law and make communities less safe.


MN - Editorial: Keep politics out of sex offender release

Original Article

I personally believe that they had no intention of releasing people in the first place.  This is just their way to legally keep someone locked up beyond their time, but, someone may be questioning the program, so now they are releasing one person to make it look like they are actually "treating" people.

02/07/2012

A workable strategy is needed -- not partisan point-scoring.

It's no surprise that the state's first judicial discharge of a civilly committed sex offender would prompt questions about the decision making behind the man's upcoming release.

But it's critical that Minnesota politicians keep the rhetoric under control and the volume of debate at a reasonable level.

Otherwise the state will never be able to responsibly change course on its costly and potentially unconstitutional policy of locking up some sex offenders for treatment years after they've served their sentences.

A troubling Feb. 6 letter signed by two Republican legislative leaders suggests that the fragile political "no-fly" zone reached on this toxic topic after years of demagoguery -- from politicians in both parties -- could be breached.

The letter to Gov. Mark Dayton from House Speaker Kurt Zellers and House Majority leader Matt Dean demanded further details about the official determination that [name withheld], a 64-year-old convicted pedophile, is fit for supervised release.

Those are fair questions. [name withheld] has been civilly committed since the controversial program's beginning in 1994. His release, expected in about two months, would mark the first time that Minnesota has successfully treated a patient.
- So, in 18 years of operation, they've released one person (maybe)?  This shows, IMO, that this program is nothing more than prison after prison, wasting a ton of tax payer money just to warehouse ex-offenders they claim are "dangerous!"

Zellers and Dean also note that Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson recently changed her opinion on [name withheld]'s fitness for release. Jesson, who recently went from opposing the release to not opposing it, said Tuesday that she made her decision based on additional information from outside experts.

While Jesson appears to have done her due diligence on this, and has previously rejected another offender's release, more details about her decision wouldn't hurt.

But the letter from Zellers and Dean also needlessly attempts to score political points. It breathlessly states that releasing [name withheld] in a "densely populated urban area" is "reckless." It also unfairly implies that this was Jesson's decision to make.

The reality: A three-judge panel made the decision after weighing various expert analyses and recommendations. In addition, the state is not simply going to dump [name withheld] on a St. Paul sidewalk and drive off without even a look in the rear-view mirror.

[name withheld] would live in a St. Paul halfway house that is staffed 24 hours a day and licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, according to a Feb. 3 Star Tribune story. He would also wear an electronic ankle bracelet for monitoring, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and continue to receive outpatient treatment at St. Paul's respected Project Pathfinder program.
- In most cases, when a person gets out of prison, they are required to see their probation/parole officer as soon as possible, and then their probation starts.  Apparently, if you go to civil commitment, your probation/parole time doesn't start until you are out of this prison, if ever.

Is there risk with [name withheld]'s release? Absolutely.

While he has hit all the treatment benchmarks required for patients in Minnesota's program, according to his attorney, no one can guarantee that he won't offend again. The Editorial Board shares the unease that comes with his release, but there are no guarantees that any criminal let out of prison will forever be crime-free.

Still, [name withheld]'s looming release is an attempt to balance public safety with the growing concerns about the civil-commitment program's unsustainable costs and suspect constitutionality. Minnesota, which has not successfully released a patient until this point, is an outlier even among the limited number of states with these programs.

In addition, it now costs the state about $120,000 a year to house and treat each offender -- a much higher price tag than imprisonment. With the number of offenders in the program predicted to nearly double by 2020 to more 1,100, the program is a serious financial burden on the state.
- Sounds like a huge money scam to me.  Just think about it, why would they want to release anybody, when they make all that money keeping someone locked up?  And I am talking about the civil commitment people, not the state.  $120,000 * 1,100 = $132,000,000 per year.  Also, why does it cost $120,000 per year for one person?  I don't understand that.

Moreover, there are rising concerns about a legal challenge to the program -- a concern highlighted by a respected law professor less than three weeks ago at a William Mitchell College of Law symposium.

That gathering of experts and politicians from both parties was notable for its constructive discussion. Other states, including Texas, have found more cost-efficient and constitutionally solid ways to protect the public from sex offenders.

Minnesota needs cool, collaborative leadership to find a workable resolution. The Zellers and Dean letter is an unfortunate reminder of the politics that helped create this policy quagmire.


WAR Stories: My Dad Is A Registered Sex Offender

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This teenager's life has be changed forever by the Public Sex Offender Registry. He is yet another innocent victim. There are thousands more like him. Wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers of registrants. This is the story that the media will not tell you. For more information about how you can be part of this civil rights struggle go to: http://womenagainstregistry.com. Join the fight to educate law makers and the public and bring an end to these unconstitutional laws.


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You don't have to destroy families to protect children. The sex offender registry destroys families. Listen to this story from yet another innocent victim of the sex offense registry.


FL - Indian River County Deputy Jeff Ledlow fired, accused of using excessive force, falsifying account

Original Article

02/07/2012

By Christina Mora

VERO BEACH - A sheriff's deputy has been fired, accused of using excessive force with a Taser stun gun -- and the incident was all caught on dash cam video.

Deputy Jeff Ledlow, 24, was fired Friday after a three-month investigation.

Ledlow was involved in arresting a man at the Quality Inn on U.S. 1 in Vero Beach in August. The suspect, [name withheld], was wanted for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender and battery.

Ledlow used the Taser on [name withheld] multiple times, but lied about it on the police report, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators had a Taser International representative check out Ledlow's stun gun to determine how many times it was used. They also interviewed other deputies and reviewed dashboard camera footage in the inquiry.

The video shows [name withheld] yelling at the deputies in the back of a squad car.

According to the sheriff's office investigation, Ledlow told the other deputy to stop the car, which is when the alleged excessive use of the Taser occurred.

"I can't feel my body," [name withheld] said in video recorded as the patrol car approached the Indian River County Jail. "Please tell them to call a nurse."

The sheriff's office ultimately determined Ledlow used unnecessary force and he was fired.

The Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association, which represents Deputy Ledlow, released a statement Tuesday afternoon.

It says deputy Ledlow 'vehemently disagrees' with the findings of the investigation and will 'vigorously challenge' the action taken by Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar.

Because the issue is under appeal both the deputy and PBA will not comment any further.