Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CANADA - Government wants total warrantless surveillance of your cell & Internet activity

This is typical for politicians, they think everything is black or white. Either you allow us to spy on you, or you are pro-child porn. Come on, give me a friggin' break!

Update: The Internet strikes back against Tory surveillance bill

Video Description:
"You Can Either Stand With Us Or With The Child Pornographers" Canadian Lawmaker. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is acting "very very crazy!"

The Harper Regime plans to introduce Bill C-51 on Monday Feb 13, 2012 that will allow Police to spy on ALL Canadians with no warrants.

The Harper Regime is about to kill your internet privacy, The plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to surrender our personal information to "authorities" without a warrant.

ALL Canadians contact your MP here via phone or email by postal code, and visit our web site: http://stopspying.ca/.


CT - 80 Percent Of State Inmates Released In 2005 Arrested Again By 2010

Original Article

Yet another study that shows other criminals have a higher recidivism rate than sex offenders, and it also points out the low recidivism rate of sex offenders, not the lies and disinformation spread by the media, politicians and organizations.

02/14/2012

By JOSH KOVNER

Actual Study PDF

Of the 14,400 people released from Connecticut prisons in 2005, nearly 80 percent were rearrested by 2010, and just under half returned to prison with new sentences, according to a just-completed report that contains the most detailed data ever compiled on the state's recidivism rate.

The report, by Office of Policy and Management statistical guru Ivan Kuzyk, is scheduled to be released Wednesday. It also separately tracked sex offenders within the group and found that only a small number committed new sex crimes.

For example, of the 746 inmates who had served a prison term on a sex charge, 27, or 3.6 percent, were charged with a new sex crime; 20, or 2.7 percent, were convicted; and 13, or 1.7 percent, were returned to prison with a sentence for a new sex crime.

That suggests sex offenders respond well to supervision and treatment, and don't commit new sex crimes at the rate the public thinks they do, said Michael Lawlor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's chief of criminal-justice policy.

But whether the findings change long-held perceptions about sex offenders in the community remains to be seen. The state's first secure treatment program for sex offenders — a 24-bed facility in Montville — opened three weeks ago, but not before opponents of the center filed a lawsuit to try to block it.

The overall rates in the report — 78.6 percent of the 14,400 rearrested; 49.8 percent returned to prison with new sentences — appear to jibe with national rates and are higher than those some states, but lower than others, said Kuzyk.

An often-cited study by the Department of Justice in 2002 found that 67 percent of prisoners it had tracked were rearrested, and 52 percent landed back in prison with a new sentence.

The Connecticut figures "while alarming, are about what you would expect,'' said Kuzyk, who worked with parole and probation officers, treatment counselors, and the state Department of Correction on the project. The team compiled an offense profile for each of the released inmates over the five years.

Lawlor said the report establishes benchmarks that will allow the state to track the progress of reform. He said it's possible to reduce recidivism rates by adjusting the way probation and parole officers supervise, and by improving the way the system assesses low-, moderate- and high-risk inmates before and during release.

Of the 14,398 inmates released in 2005, most were on some type of supervision — such as parole, probation, in a halfway house, or on work release.

The Courant reported on Sunday that since 1970, more than 15,000 ex-prisoners have skipped out on parole or walked away from halfway houses, and just shy of 1,100 are still missing. The median time on the lam was 70 days, and all of them had convinced the parole board at one time or another that they would abide by the conditions of their release.

Kuzyk said the research also showed that age and prior prison history had a lot to do with whether someone could make it on the outside. He said former inmates aged 18 to 24 generally returned to prison at twice the rate of those aged 40 to 46. But a 45-year-old career criminal was more likely to return to prison than a 24-year-old, first-time offender.


Nowhere To Hide - Are animal abuser registries coming?

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Other Registries

02/14/2012

By Milt Toby

A few clicks of the mouse pull up a map with my house designated by a push pin icon surrounded by a red circle, sitting dead center like a bull’s-eye. The map tells me that there are no registered sex offenders living within a mile of me. A few more clicks expand the radius of the circle to five miles, and this time the map identifies 23 registered sex offenders living in the vicinity. The offenders are identified by name, address, often a photograph, and a link to a site where I can find out the nature of the offenders’ crimes.

Every state has a sex offender registry. A National Sex Offender Public Website is maintained by the Department of Justice and links information from all 50 states, several U.S. territories, and a large number of Indian tribes. Aside from the voyeuristic appeal of knowing your neighbors’ secrets, there are some legitimate reasons for public disclosure of sex offender information.

It’s not so easy to identify convicted animal abusers, but that may be changing.

The country’s first mandatory registration program for convicted animal abusers was established in Suffolk County, New York, in October 2010. The rationale behind the registry was to identify animal abusers to shelters and rescues, pet stores and dealers, and individuals so that abusers would not be able to buy or adopt animals.

The idea seems to be catching on around the country, with legislation establishing animal abuse registries under consideration in several states.

State Update

In Arizona, HB 2310 was introduced in January 2012 and referred to the Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee. If approved, HB 2310 would establish an online registry identifying convicted offenders with a photograph, address, and their offenses. Offenders would be kept on the registry for a year after the first conviction, for life after a second.

In Florida, SB 618 was introduced last month and sent to the Agriculture, Criminal Justice, and Budget Committees. The legislation would require registration when an individual is convicted of animal abuse and annual updating of information in the registry.

In New York, A 5373 was introduced last year to establish an online registry including extensive information about convicted animal abusers: name, address, description, workplace address, date and nature of the offense, and social security number.

In Tennessee, the Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration, Tracking, and Verification Act (HB 3483/SB 3149) would require convicted abusers to register every year with local law enforcement authorities.

In Maryland, SB 301 would require the Department of State Police to establish the Maryland Animal Abuse Registry. Convicted abusers would be required to register within 10 days following a conviction, and then update the registry information annually.

A Scarlet Letter

I have philosophical problems with offender registries. I think they are overly intrusive, I think they amount to punishment beyond what is allowed by law for the offenses, and I think there is the potential for stigmatizing a convicted offender in a way that doesn’t allow for rehabilitation. The United States Supreme Court has upheld state sex offender registries on two occasions, though, and there is no reason to think that animal abuser registries would fare any differently.

My concerns aside, animal abuser registries probably are the wave of the future. Registries can serve a useful purpose, but only with proper design and with proper utilization. With that in mind, here are some suggestions:

Every state should have one;

All convictions—felony or misdemeanor—should be included in the registry requirements;

All animals, however they are classified—pets, companion animals, horses, livestock, whatever—should be included;

All registries should be incorporated into a multi-state database, like the National Sex Offender Public Website;

There should be a uniform standard for having a name removed from the list;

A check of the database should be required before any animal is sold or leased, adopted out by a rescue or shelter, or given away, and failure to do so should be a criminal offense in its own right.

Is an abuser registry in the works in your state?


GA - Interview offers glimpse into child killer's mind

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Make no doubt about it, what this man did was horrible, but people like this, are rare, not the norm that many in the public seem to think, and the media doesn't help either.

02/14/2012

ATLANTA – "I didn't have, like, the intention of killing a kid," Ryan Brunn told police after he pleaded guilty to molesting a girl, slashing her throat and dumping her body in a trash bin. In a candid, three-hour interview, Brunn went into detail about how and why he lured the girl to an empty apartment — and when he made the decision to kill her.

Convicted child killers don't often agree to such frank interviews with police, and in this case, Brunn gave them a glimpse into the mind of a murderer.

"I've never done something like this in my life," said Brunn, who recounted his thoughts after the murder. "'Am I going to get caught?' I didn't think I was. I was going so crazy I left the gloves, I left the ties on the floor."

The worker gloves and plastic ties were among several pieces of evidence that linked Brunn to the Dec. 2 killing.

That evening, the apartment complex maintenance worker was able to get Jorelys Rivera's attention as she left a playground to fetch drinks for her friends. Sometime earlier, Brunn noticed the 7-year-old girl had lost a roller skate outside her apartment. He snapped a photo of it and used that image to coax the girl into a vacant unit.

Once there, he molested her, beat her and slit her throat. For three days, police searched for Jorelys. Brunn even joined the search one evening. Investigators found her in a trash bin at the apartment complex.

Jorelys family has sued the apartment complex managers, accusing them of failing to properly check Brunn's background. The lawsuit claims Brunn was retained despite residents' complaints about him lingering at the playground watching children. A manager at the apartment complex didn't immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press.

Brunn was in custody for more than a month before he decided to plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. About an hour after a judge handed down his punishment, Brunn sat in a cramped office and spoke with two Georgia Bureau of Investigations officers.

Two days later, Brunn hanged himself in his prison cell with a gray sweatshirt. Video of the interview was released to the news media last week.

In the interview, the investigators delved into Brunn's history and practiced different techniques to gain his trust. Sometimes they encouraged him to complete sentences and thoughts by staying quiet themselves. Other times they asked leading questions, prompting Brunn to correct them or offer more insight.

During one exchange, Brunn said it was only after the girl asked to go to the bathroom that he realized he could go to jail if he released her. It was then he decided he had to kill her.

"I know this is hard to say, but I don't think what happened would have happened if she hadn't gone to the bathroom," Brunn said.

Detailed interviews of the kind investigators conducted with Brunn can reveal patterns of behavior before, during and after a crime, said Bob Ingram, a retired Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent who has conducted dozens of such interrogations.

"You can read books and you can study cases, but I think the true learning takes place when you interview the offenders after the fact," said Ingram, who teaches law enforcement interviewing techniques.

GBI Special Agent Dustin Hamby, who helped interview the 20-year-old Brunn, said he learned that young suspects should be confronted early with physical evidence to elicit a confession more quickly.

"He told us that he had resolved himself to not tell the truth, but had we put a picture or the gloves that we found at the scene that he left, that he potentially would have confessed at that point or admitted that he was involved," Hamby said.

The investigators offered their own theories when Brunn wouldn't divulge details. During one exchange, the agents pressed Brunn repeatedly on how Jorleys got deep cuts on her face and chest.

"It's either you hesitating to try to get the courage up to cut her throat or you're trying to get her to do what you want her to do or it's just plain out torture," Hamby said. "It's one of the three, and I don't know which one it is, and that's why I want to know."

Brunn insisted that he wasn't responsible for those injuries.

"What's done is done," he said. "I already went to court. But I don't know how that happened."
At times, he professed to be confused by his actions. He said he didn't know why he singled out Rivera, though he acknowledged watching her at the bus stop and being attracted to Hispanic girls. On the other hand, he sometimes had a clearer recollection, such as his insistence that he didn't have sex with the child, although he said he initially planned to do so.

Interviewing a suspect, or even a convicted killer, can be a mental game, and officers are not sure whether the person is bragging or lying.

"They don't want to tell you, but their ego sometimes overrides that. They want to say something that lets you know they're extremely clever," said Ingram, the retired GBI agent. "They don't want to get themselves in trouble but they want to get credit for what they've done."


Erin Merryn - Author, Advocate, Sexual Abuse Victim/Survivor

Video Description:
Erin Merryn is an author, activist, and speaker. She is a survivor of sexual abuse who went on to write her first book "Stolen Innocence" and her second book "Living for Today" she is now the force behind "Erin's Law" that is being passed in several states. Erin shares in this video how forgiveness led her to peace, freedom, and the life she is now living.



NJ - Madison police officer (James Haspel) who solicited sex from girls on the Internet loses his pension

Original Article

02/13/2012

By Jarrett Renshaw

MADISON — A state board ruled today that a veteran Madison police officer who used the Internet to solicit sex from girls as young as 11 does not deserve a pension.

James Haspel, a 26-year police officer at Madison, had his pension taken away today by the Police and Firemen's Retirement System’s Board of Trustees.

Haspel was sentenced in December to six years in state prison for soliciting a nude photo from an investigator posing as a 13-year-old girl online, according to the Attorney General’s Office. In at least one occasion, Haspel continued to solicit sex from an undercover officer who told him she was an eighth-grade girl, the trustees said.

Haspel’s wife, [name withheld] Haspel, was accompanied by attorney William Claxton at the board meeting. Claxton said James Haspel, 50, suffers from alcoholism and argued that board members should not penalize his wife and two teenage children for his misdeeds.

Board member Vincent Foti said, “I know this sounds harsh, but his family is not my responsibility. He had a responsibility to think about his entire family before he did what he did."

Not everyone agreed with the decision.

Board member Marty Barrett said until 2009 — when the investigation began — James Haspel was an officer in good standing. Thus, board members should consider reducing his pension, not eliminating it. He also said, “He never made any physical contact with these girls.”

The “no-contact” defense drew quick anger from his board colleagues.

Marty, he was a cop and you’re talking about the most egregious act,” said board member Richard Mikutsky.

James Haspel can appeal the ruling.


PA - Hatboro Seeks to Repeal Sex Offender Law

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02/13/2012

By Theresa Katalinas

The borough is one of many Pennsylvania communities looking to take the ordinance off the books.

Not enforcing it isn’t enough, Hatboro borough officials said Monday night.

Having an ordinance in effect that limits where a sex offender could live in Hatboro could open the borough up for the possibility of being sued, officials said.

By having it on the books you’re inviting legal challenge,” Council President John Zygmont said.

Following the direction of Mayor Norm Hawkes, the governing body is poised to repeal the local law during its Feb. 27 meeting.

"If we were to be sued by someone, our insurance company would not cover us," Hawkes said of the borough's insurance carrier, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust.

Six years ago, Hawkes had proposed drafting the sex offender ordinance. As a way of bolstering Megan’s Law, the ordinance, in effect, prevents registered sex offenders from living near schools, parks and other locales heavily traveled by children.

Times have changed in Pennsylvania. The Megan’s Law has been tightened up,” Hawkes said. “(Last year) the council decided to keep the ordinance in effect but not enforce it. I am suggesting that we repeal this ordinance.”

Hatboro is one of many communities in Montgomery and Bucks counties to take such action following a May 2011 ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which determined a similar sex offender law in Allegheny County violated the state legislature’s intent behind Megan’s Law.