Tuesday, March 27, 2012

NY - This chart says it all: The sex offender registry has had no useful impact!

Original Article From:
Sex Offenders - A Reality Based Discussion

03/27/2012

This week the New York State Alliance of Sex Offender Service Providers is providing training at several venues across the state on the subject "Effectiveness of New York State Sex Offender Management: Are We Making Communities Safer?" The training is being conducted by Jeffrey Sandler, who has a PhD in Criminal Justice from University at Albany. The Power Point presentation which will be used at this training is available online (PPT, Converted to video form below.)

This chart, RSO (Registerable Sex Offense) Arrest Counts, from the presentation says it all. It depicts every sex offense arrest in New York State for 21 years (10 years before the enactment of the sex offender registration law to 11 years afterward). The vertical line separates the before and after periods. The green line at the bottom shows arrests for those who had previously been convicted of a sex offense. The chart dramatically illustrates that 95% of those arrested for sex crimes in New York State have no prior convictions for sex crimes and thus are not listed on any registry. It also dramatically illustrates that the registry has had no impact on recidivism. Contrary to popular opinion, sex offender recidivism was low before the registry and low afterwards.

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(Note that "RSO" here does not mean "registered sex offender" but "registerable sex offense").
  • Two hundred and fifty-two months (21 years) of statewide arrest data from 1986 [10 years before SORA] to 2006 [11 years afterward]
  • Included every sexual offense arrest [and therefore every sex offender arrested] during that time
    • Over 170,000 sexual offenses
    • Over 160,000 different sex offenders

Data is taken from Does a Watched Pot Boil? A Time-Series Analysis of New York State’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Law, Jeffrey C. Sandler, Naomi J. Freeman, Kelly M. Socia, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law (2008), 14, 284-302


WI - Community breaks out the pitch-forks to harass ex-offenders

Mob Mentality
Original Article

See the video at the link above.

03/26/2012

Residents Forced Eviction Of Previous Offender

MILWAUKEE -- They drove one convicted sex offender out of the neighborhood and now residents in the same Milwaukee community have learned another is moving in.

[name withheld #1], 45, served five years in prison for sexual assault before he was committed as a sexually violent person.

A judge has ordered his release into the community, and he's moving to [address withheld].

Residents there told 12 News reporter Colleen Henry they're gearing up for another fight.

The police knocked at Kelly Swosinski's door Monday morning, and it wasn't good news.

"They didn't say much. He just moved in the other day," Swosinski said.

It was a safety alert bulletin announcing the arrival of a new sex offender to the neighborhood still stinging from a bitter battle to evict another.

Residents there fought to evict [name withheld #2] for about three years before a court ordered him out.

Like [name withheld #2], a judge committed [name withheld #1] to a mental institution in 1997 because he suffered from a mental disorder that made it likely he'd engage in acts of sexual violence. Last week, a judge approved his supervised release here.

"Unbelievable, it's just unbelievable," neighbor Mark Puestow said. "We have a block with all these kids. I mean there's a lot of kids on this block."

No one answered at the [name withheld #1]'s new home when Henry asked. Some residents hadn't yet heard.

Neighbor Bee Yang fought [name withheld #2].

"I put a big old sign in front of my garden right there," Yang said.

He warned his kids to stay away. Yang said he'll fight this guy too.

Court records show [name withheld #1]'s conviction didn't involve a child.

The state said privacy laws prevent it from commenting on those subject to mental health commitments.

Milwaukee police will hold a community meeting about [name withheld #1] at the training academy at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

They've issued just 20 such sex offender notifications since 2006.

WISN 12 News has learned [name withheld #2] is now living in Shawano County.


OR - Former police officer & coach (Aaron Clark) pleads guilty to evidence tampering and getting a 14-year-old to send him nude photos

Aaron Clark
Original Article

03/26/2012

By Erica Heartquist

A Rockaway Police officer and high school softball coach pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence after being charged with inappropriate behavior with a young girl on his softball team.

Aaron Clark, 28, had been a Rockaway Beach police officer since 2005. He was also a softball coach at Neah-Kah-Nie High School when one of his players told school staff about the relationship last summer.

Prosecutors said Clark directed the girl to take inappropriate pictures of herself and send them to him. They said he then threw an iPod, iPhone and iPad into the Pacific Ocean because the pictures were stored there.

"There were a lot of allegations made against the victim and her family," Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis said. "He pled guilty. Let's be real clear, he said he did it. You've got the plea petition that he signed under oath."

Clark was initially facing other charges including encouraging child sexual abuse, but prosecutors said Clark made the plea deal because he did not want to have to register as a sex offender.

"I'm most happy because that victim is not going to have to get up there on the witness stand and get torn to shreds by a good defense attorney; something that would have affected her the rest of her life," Marquis said.

"It's affected everybody just because of the whole trust factor," victim supporter Wendy Pickett said. "This guy was a police officer and also a softball coach. (He was) someone that all the kids looked up to. He was present at the school everyday and well-known to all the kids."

"You question who to trust now," said Neah-Kah-Nie High School sophomore Andrews Smith said. "Me and my brothers. We all just trusted him and thought he was a good guy. (Clark) was an easy person to trust; very likable."

"It was very surprising for everybody. The whole community was stunned by it. I think it's really brave of the victim to come forward and make it known and her primary purpose was so that it doesn't happen again," Pickett said.

Clark will now have to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation and he will never again be a police officer. Clark's wife Jennifer faced one count of tampering with evidence.