Monday, May 28, 2012

Why is OFFENDEX getting away with extortion?

Update: has now split into another site called SORARCHIVES.COM possibly due to this site: OFFENDEXTORTION.COM.

The Offendex web site scours the public sex offender records throughout the United States and collects the data in their own personal database. And even if a person is not listed publicly or has since been removed from the registry due to court order or because they are deceased, they still keep the information online, and in order to remove yourself or a loved one from their site, you must pay them a huge fee to get the record removed, and even then they admit, the record may or may not be removed.

So how are they getting away with extortion? Isn't that a crime in almost every state?

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NOTE: If you know of other sites who appear to be profiting from the sex offender hysteria by posting lies and/or disinformation, please contact us with all the needed information, or go here and fill out the formIf you have been removed from your states registry, then check the Offendex web site (link below) and see if you are on their web site.  If so, you should contact the state Attorney General, the police or a lawyer to see what you can do to get them to remove your personal information.

OK - The Beginning of Sorrows

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By Sharon

The nightmare continues. The sentencing is past. Between one day and the next, my son was labeled a sex offender. It did not matter that what he did in many states is a misdemeanor, and in many more, not even that—in Oklahoma it is a felony. It did not matter that the only person harmed was himself, that the incident happened years ago and was not repeated, that until then his worst offense was a speeding ticket. What mattered was that the charge pertained to the three-letter word: “sex”.

In the beginning, the Asst. D.A. gave us hope for leniency. Considering that his career and reputation were destroyed, he had paid enough. Then the press got a hold of it. They lifted that one act out of the context of his life, because it is easier to report a fact than a person. After that, everything was infected with politics. Both the judge and D.A. are up for reelection and no one wants to appear soft on crime, especially crimes that have anything to do with the three-letter word. My son was transformed from a human being, to a column inch. to an example.

As for the judge, he did his job with the cold, detached efficiency of a machine, if a machine could be said to be arrogant. Yes, I understand the customary groveling is supposed to show the respect due his office, but it only shows fear, and breeds hubris. He has forgotten that he is but a man with all the weaknesses and inclinations to sin as the rest of us. When my son’s lawyer explained that his client’s home, wife, therapist, and support group were in another state, and requested he be allowed to return to them under D.A. supervision, the judge denied it out of pure malice. It could be nothing else, for what judge anywhere would not want to rid his state of convicted felons?

Now my son has begun his thirty year exile in the mine field of restrictions that is the Sexual Registration Act. We will visit him and the others in that hell in my future posts. For now it is enough to say that the lawmakers have done just about everything they can to shame, hound, and isolate these people. All that is lacking is for them to be required to bare the tattoo “RSO” on their foreheads. Who knows, maybe that very requirement is pending in some legislature somewhere.

If they would have allowed me, I would have gladly registered in his place. But then, if the law allowed that sort of thing, the prisons would be filled with the mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters of the convicted. It would be a world where people thought twice about committing crimes, knowing that someone they loved would take there punishment. But that is not the way the world works. That is the way God works.

NORWAY - Welcome to the world's nicest prison

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This is what the America concentration camps (prisons) need to be. Prison is suppose to be about rehabilitation, not just locking someone up and forgetting about them, that doesn't do anything.


By John D. Sutter

Bastoy (CNN) -- Jan Petter Vala, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, has hands the size of dinner plates and shoulders like those of an ox. In an alcoholic rage, he used his brutish strength to strangle his girlfriend to death a few years ago.

On a recent Thursday, however, at this summer-camp-like island prison in southern Norway, where convicts hold keys to their rooms and there are no armed guards or fences, Vala used those same enormous hands to help bring life into the world.

The 42-year-old murderer stood watch while an oversize cow gave birth to a wobbly, long-legged, brown-and-white calf. He cried as the baby was born, he said, and wiped slime off of the newborn's face so she could gulp her first breath.

Afterward, Vala called his own mother to share the good news.

"I told my family that I'm going to be a dad," he said, beaming with pride.

This is exactly the type of dramatic turnabout -- enraged killer to gentle-giant midwife -- that corrections officials in Norway hope to create with this controversial, one-of-a-kind prison, arguably the cushiest the world has to offer.

Founded in 1982, Bastoy Prison is located on a lush, 1-square-mile island of pine trees and rocky coasts, with views of the ocean that are postcard-worthy. It feels more like a resort than jail, and prisoners here enjoy freedoms that would be unthinkable elsewhere.

It's the holiday version of Alcatraz.

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There's a beach where prisoners sunbathe in the summer, plenty of good fishing spots, a sauna and tennis courts. Horses roam gravel roads. Some of the 115 prisoners here -- all men and serving time for murder, rape and trafficking heroin, among other crimes -- stay in wooden cottages, painted cheery red. They come and go as they please. Others live in "The Big House," a white mansion on a hill that, on the inside, looks like a college dorm. A chicken lives in the basement, a guard said, and provides eggs for the inmates.

When you ask the cook what's for dinner, he offers up menu choices like "fish balls with white sauce, with shrimps" and "everything from chicken con carne to salmon."

Plenty of people would pay to vacation in a place like this.

On first read, all of that probably sounds infuriating. Shouldn't these men be punished? Why do they get access to all these comforts while others live in poverty?

But if the goal of prison is to change people, Bastoy seems to work.

"If we have created a holiday camp for criminals here, so what?" asked Arne Kvernvik Nilsen, the prison's governor and a former minister and psychologist. He added, "We should reduce the risk of reoffending, because if we don't, what's the point of punishment, except for leaning toward the primitive side of humanity?"

Take a quick look at the numbers: Only 20% of prisoners who come through Norway's prisons reoffend within two years of being released, according to a 2010 report commissioned by the governments of several Nordic countries.

At Bastoy, that figure is even lower, officials say: about 16%.

Compare that with the three-year re-offense rate for state prisons in the U.S.: 43%, according to a 2011 report from the Pew Center on the States, a nonpartisan research group. Older government reports put that number even higher, at more than five in 10.

Ryan King, a research director at Pew and an author of the group's recent report, said it's difficult to compare recidivism rates from state to state, much less from country to country. Instead of focusing on the numbers, he said, one should focus on what a country is or isn't doing to tackle re-offense rates.

Still, Bastoy remains controversial even in academia. Irvin Waller, president of the International Organization for Victim Assistance and a professor at the University of Ottawa, said in an e-mail that the relative niceness of a prison has no effect on whether people commit crimes when they're released. "The key is not that much what happens in prison but what happens when the men are released," he said.

But officials here maintain that their methods do make a difference, and they follow it up with post-release programs. The aim of Bastoy is not to punish or seek revenge, Nilsen said. The only punishment is to take away the prisoner's right to be a free member of society.

Even at a time when Anders Behring Breivik is on trial in Norway for killing 77 people in a terror attack last year -- and the remote possibility he could end up at Bastoy or a similar prison some day -- Nilsen and others stand up for this brand of justice.

Life at Bastoy

To understand Norway's pleasant-prison philosophy, first you have to get a sense of how life at a cushy, low-security prison like Bastoy actually plays out.

There are few rules here. Prisoners can have TVs in their rooms, provided they bring them from "outside" when they're sentenced. They wear whatever clothes they want: jeans, T-shirts. One man had a sweater with pink-and-gray horizontal stripes, but that's as close as it got to the jailbird look. Even guards aren't dressed in uniform, which makes conducting interviews tricky. It's impossible to tell an officer from a drug trafficker.

A common opening question: "So, do you live here?"

Everyone at Bastoy has a job, and prisoners must report to work from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Some people garden; others farm. Some chop down trees and slice them into firewood (It's hard not to think about the wood chipper scene in "Fargo" when you see inmates filleting tree trunks with an enormous circular saw). Others tend to a team of horses, which are used to cart wood and supplies from one part of the island to another. Everyone moves about freely during these tasks. Guards are sometimes present, sometimes not. No one wears shackles or electronic monitoring bracelets.

The idea is for prison to function like a small, self-sustaining village.

For their work, inmates are paid. They get a stipend of 59 Norwegian kroner per day, about $10. They can save that money or spend it on odds and ends in a local shop. Additionally, they get a monthly stipend of about $125 for their food. Kitchen workers -- that's another inmate job -- serve Bastoy residents dinner each day. For breakfast and lunch, inmates use their stipend to make purchases in the local shop and then cook for themselves at home. Many live in small houses that have full kitchens. Others have access to shared cooking space.

The goal, Nilsen said, is to create an environment where people can build self-esteem and reform their lives. "They look at themselves in the mirror, and they think, 'I am s***. I don't care. I am nothing,' " he said. This prison, he says, gives them a chance to see they have worth, "to discover, 'I'm not such a bad guy.' "

In locked-down prisons, inmates are treated "like animals or robots," he said, moving from one planned station to the next, with no choice in the matter. Here, inmates are forced to make choices -- to learn how to be better people.

Prisoners, of course, appreciate this approach.

Kjell Amundsen, a 70-year-old who said he is in jail for a white-collar financial crime, was terrified when he rode the 15-minute ferry from the mainland out to Bastoy.

On a recent afternoon, he was sweeping up in a plant nursery while John Lennon's "Imagine" played on the radio. "I think it's marvelous to be in a prison this way," he said.

He plans to keep up the task after his sentence ends. "I'm living in a flat (when I get out), but I am convinced I should have a little garden," he said.

Some prisoners get schooling in a yellow Bavarian-style building near the center of the island. On a recent afternoon, three young men were learning to use computer programs to create 3-D models of cars. All expressed interest in doing this sort of work after their prison terms end.

Tom Remi Berg, a 22-year-old who said he is in prison for the third time after getting into a bar fight and beating a man nearly to death, said he is finally learning his lesson at Bastoy.

He works in the kitchen and is seeking training to become a chef when he's released. He also plays in the prison blues band -- Guilty as Hell -- and lives with his bandmates.

"It's good to have a prison like this," he said. "You can learn to start a new page again."

If escaped, please call

The prisoners are required to check in several times a day so guards can make sure they're still on the island. Nothing but 1½ miles of seawater stops them from leaving; they'd only have to steal one of the prison's boats to cross it, several inmates said.

An escape would be relatively easy.

Prisoners have tried to escape in the past. One swam halfway across the channel and became stranded on a buoy and screamed for rescuers to help, prison officials said. Another made it across the channel by stealing a boat but was caught on the other side.

Many, however, don't want to leave. If they tried and failed, they would be forced to go to a higher-security prison and could have their sentences extended.

When inmates come to his island jail, Nilsen, the governor, gives them a little talk.

Among the wisdom he imparts is this: If you should escape and make it across the water to the free shore, find a phone and call so I know you're OK and "so we don't have to send the coast guard looking for you."

This kind of trust may seem shocking or naïve from the outside, but it's the entire basis for Bastoy's existence. Overnight, only three or four guards (the prison employs 71 administrative staff, including the guards) stay on the island with this group of people who have been convicted of serious crimes. If guards carried weapons (which they don't) it might encourage inmates to take up arms, too, he said.

Further complicating the security situation, some inmates, toward the end of their terms, are allowed to leave the island on a daily ferry to work or attend classes on the mainland.

They're expected to come back on their own free will.

Inmates are screened to make sure they're mentally stable and unlikely to plot an escape before they come to Bastoy. The vast majority -- 97%, according to Nilsen -- have served part of their sentences at higher-security jails in Norway. In the four years Nilsen has been heading up the prison, there have been no "serious" incidents of violence, he said.

By the time they get to Bastoy, inmates view the island as a relief.

'It's still prison'

There's a question inmates here get asked frequently: When your sentence is up, will you want to leave?

The answer, despite the nice conditions, is always an emphatic yes.

"It's still prison," said Luke, 23. He didn't want his full name used for fear future employers would see it. "In your mind, you are locked (up)."

The simple fact of being taken away from family members is enough to stop Benny, 40, from wanting to offend again. The refugee from Kosovo said he was convicted on drug charges after he was found with 13 pounds of heroin. He didn't want his full name used because he doesn't want to embarrass his family or jeopardize his chance of finding a job after he's released.

Before coming to Bastoy, he sat in a higher-security prison while one of his children was born.

"It doesn't matter how long the sentences get. The sentence doesn't matter," Benny said. "When you take freedom from people, that's what's scary."

There are only 3,600 people in prison in this country, compared with 2.3 million in the United States, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Relative to population, the U.S. has about 10 times as many inmates as Norway.

More than 89% of Norway's jail sentences are less than a year, officials said. In U.S. federal prisons, longer sentences are much more common, with fewer than 2% serving a year or less, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Some researchers support Norway's efforts to lighten sentences.

Think of prison like parenting and it starts to make sense, said Mark A.R. Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA and author of "When Brute Force Fails."

"Every parent knows this. What if you tried to discipline your kid by saying, 'If you don't clean your room, there's a 10% chance I'll kick you out of the house and never see you again'?" he said, referencing the fact that many crimes in America go unpunished, but the justice system issues harsh sentences when offenders are caught. Grounding the child immediately, a softer sentence, would work better, even though the punishment is less severe, he said.

"We have a criminal justice system (in the United States) that, if it were a parent, we would say it's abusive and neglectful."

Kleiman said victims do have a right to see offenders punished. But in Norway, a country with one of the highest standards of living in the world, staying on a resort-like island with horses might feel like punishment to many people, he said.

Research also suggests that programs like Bastoy that train inmates for their transition back into the free world -- with education, counseling and such -- do help prisoners adjust.

"There is overwhelming evidence that rehabilitation works much better than deterrence as a means of reducing re-offending," said Gerhard Ploeg, a senior adviser at the Ministry of Justice, which oversees Norway's corrections system.

"It's all in the name of reintegration," he added. "You won't be suddenly one day standing on the street with a plastic bag of things you had when you came in."

Mass shooting challenges system

Norway's unusual prison policies have been pushed into the international spotlight after a bombing and shooting spree last year in which 77 people were killed, including children.

There's a chance -- although minimal -- that Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to those crimes, could end up in Bastoy, one of Norway's "open prisons," Nilsen said.

Norwegians value respecting killer's human rights

It's more likely Breivik will be sent to one of Norway's many high-security "closed" prisons, which look much more like their U.S. counterparts.

He also could be set free some day. Norway has a maximum jail sentence of 21 years, which can be extended only when an inmate is deemed to be a real and imminent threat to society. The country expects nearly every prisoner to be returned to society, which influences its efforts to create jail environments that reduce re-offense rates.

Lawyer: Norwegian killer vows not to appeal guilty verdict if found sane

"The question we must ask is, 'What kind of person do I want as my neighbor?' " Ploeg said. "How do we want people to come out of prison? If your neighbor were to come out of prison, what would you want him to be like?"

Still, it's likely Breivik's sentence will be extended to the point that he will spend his life in a high-security prison, he said. Or he could go into life-long psychiatric care.

Breivik's case challenges a system that hopes to fix everyone.

The case has unearthed levels of anger that are uncharacteristic of Norway, which prides itself as a home for conflict mediation and human rights, a place that hosts the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and has one of the best standards of living in the world.

Last week, a man lit himself on fire outside the Oslo courthouse where Breivik's trial is taking place. His motives were unclear, police said.

"(Breivik) doesn't deserve to go to prison," said Camilla Bjerke, 27, who tends bar in Horten, the town on the other side of the water from Bastoy. "He deserves to be hanged outside the courthouse. ... He's just going to go into prison and watch TV and download movies."

Then there's this sentiment: If Breivik were ever released into the public, someone would kill him, several Norwegians said. Inmates at Bastoy echoed those sentiments, saying he would have to be quarantined or he wouldn't be safe on the island.

Others are trying to fight that anger.

Bjorn Ihler, a 20-year-old who narrowly escaped Breivik's shooting spree by diving into the ocean with two children while bullets flew at them, said, "it's very important that we don't let this terrorist change the way we are and the way things work."

"The prison system in Norway is based around the principle of getting criminals back into society, really, and away from their criminal life -- and to get them normal jobs and stuff like that," he said.

He doesn't know how he would feel if Breivik were to be released, but he would like the system to function as usual. "So prisons must be very much focused on getting people to a place where they are able to live normal, non-criminal lives. And that's the best way of preserving society from crime, I think."

Looking to the future

All of these efforts aim to help a person like Vala, the gentle giant who strangled his girlfriend, to get ready for release back into society at the end of his 10-year sentence.

After he helped a toddling calf come into the world, Vala said, he leaned on a rail next to the cow's pen and thought about his life and the murder that landed him here. The symbolism that he had used his hands to end one life and help begin another was not lost on him. "I stayed for six hours," he said. "It was very beautiful."

The night he killed his girlfriend, Vala says, he blacked out and then came to with his hands around her neck, after she was dead.

"We never fight," he said. "We never do. So I don't know what happened."

He felt helpless and out of control when he came to.

But now he's trying to pull it together. He decided to quit drinking for good. And when he's working with animals, he said, feels a new calm wash over him.

It's a change the prison guards have noted, too. Sigurd Vedvik said he met Vala while he was serving out the earlier part of his sentence in a high-security prison. Vedvik was screening him for entry into Bastoy. Vala barely could communicate. He seemed broken.

"When he first came here, he was very afraid of many people," said Vedvik, who sees himself as more of a teacher or social worker than a person who enforces security.

Now, Vala is making friends. Talking more. Taking responsibility for the cattle he's tasked with caring for. He strokes the cows' necks so gently, it seems as if he's worried they will shatter.

When Vala leaves Bastoy, he plans to go into the construction business and hopes to find some way to spend time on a farm.

"I'm trying to think to my future."

That's something he couldn't do after the murder.

And it took a posh prison -- one with cattle and horses -- to get him into that state of mind.

KY - Police: Woman (Ellis Yates) Claims Rape Attempt To Avoid Paying Cab

KS - Change takes offenders’ work addresses off registry

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By Tim Potter

Residents who check the state’s public offender registry — which lists people convicted of sex crimes, violent crimes and serious drug offenses — will see a change beginning July 1.

Addresses of offenders’ employers will no longer be listed, as a result of employers’ concerns and a compromise approved during the latest state legislative session.

For example, say a mother wants to know if a certain offender lives in her neighborhood or works near where her children play. She will still be able to see his home address on the state’s offender registry, although his work address will no longer be listed because of the new law. The work address is still considered public information, and she can request it.

She can get the work address two ways: by going to her sheriff’s office and asking for the address, or by signing up for an electronic message system that will send an e-mail to her saying that an offender has taken up residence or employment in her neighborhood.

That’s the plan according to Kyle Smith, deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, which keeps the offender registry. Details of the electronic alert system are still being worked out, and it might not be available until fall, Smith said. The KBI will provide information about it on its website.

The offender registry has been listing offender work addresses since 1997. Now, someone can search the registry by an address to see if offenders are employed at the address, Smith said. Once employer addresses are removed from the registry, it’s not clear whether people will be able to request the information by address from a sheriff’s office, Smith said, adding that it will likely vary from county to county.

State Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, said she was hearing concerns from employers and the Kansas Department of Corrections that listing workplace addresses could scare away customers and make it less likely for people to hire offenders and keep them on. Having a job is considered crucial to an offender’s chance of not committing new crimes.
- Well since most businesses do background checks, some businesses will still deny them jobs, but this is a good start.

Colloton said federal officials approved of the address change, and other states have taken similar steps.

It’s a very serious matter, and we want to be careful,” she said. “Public safety is always our No. 1 concern. But we do believe that these offenders are much less likely to commit new crimes if they have a job."

To the employers, having their address on the offender registry was bad publicity.

State Rep. Ann Mah, D-Topeka, heard from a constituent whose hotel address was listed as a site where an offender works. His concern was that potential customers might see the address and not stay there, Mah said. The employee who was the offender was a good worker and is “a good guy now,” Mah said.

Because the change allows the public to request the work address yet keeps it off the registry, “We think we’ve got a good compromise to protect the public,” Mah said.

Wichita police Deputy Chief Tom Stolz said, “I can understand business concerns with this type of matter,” and said the change appears to be good policy. “We want offenders to be able to go back to work” after serving their time in prison, he said. And if the change makes it easier to hire offenders, “I don’t disagree with the legislation,” he said.

The change will not affect the information that law enforcement has access to and will not hamper investigations, Stolz said.

For the Department of Corrections programs that help people reintegrate after leaving prison, “having that job and keeping that job is vital,” agency spokesman Jan Lunsford said.

The Department of Corrections advocates public awareness but not discrimination in dealing with offenders (Really?  The registry and residency laws are discrimination!), Lunsford said. At the same time, he said, the agency is sensitive to what kind of job a particular offender is suited for. If the offender, for example, was hired for a maintenance job at a hotel or motel, the agency wouldn’t approve of the person having a pass key. “We work hard to match them up properly,” Lunsford said.

MS - Ex-MDOC employee (Sanchez Turner) sentenced to probation for sex with a probationer

Sanchez Turner
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PASCAGOULA - A former employee of the Mississippi Department of Corrections has been placed on five years probation for engaging in sex with a prisoner he once supervised, court records show.

Sanchez Turner, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual activity earlier this year.

Circuit Court Judge Kathy King Jackson later imposed the sentence and ordered Turner to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

According to court records, Turner admitted to having “sex with a probationer” who was under house arrest at the time as part of MDOC’s Intensive Supervision Program.

The incidents occurred, records show, on two separate occasions in June 2009.

GA - Alcohol treatment for an SO

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By P (03/10/2012):
I have a nephew for has violated his probation three times now for drinking; we all admit that he needs help to get his drinking problem solved and his probation officer is willing to work with his defense attorney but will only agree to treatment in an inpatient program. I am having a hard time finding such a program. I found Straight Arrow but Cherokee County has dropped them off their approved treatment list until the at THOR approved. Do you know of any treatment places in Georgia who take sex offenders; His offense was when he was 17 and he is 33 now; he has no residence restrictions under the new law. Thanks
- We are not aware of any, but you may find some by checking Google here.

NC - Excellent website!!!

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By Anonymous (03/15/2012):
I am a certified Sex Offender Registrar in North Carolina. I think this is the best site I have seen in over 12 years! You are to be commended for seeing both sides of it. I see both sides of it every day at work. I had been a Registrar for over 2 years before I found out that my bio dad was registered in Florida, so, I too have a personal relationship with the issues. I didn't find out he was an offender until after his death...we never met, ironic, don't you think. God had a purpose for separating us, my sisters and nieces were not as lucky. Thank you for all your efforts and for keeping the public aware with fairness.

FL - Hired and Fired

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By D (03/15/2012):
I was just released from probation this past Dec. I spent a year in jail and 4 years probation (with the ankle monitor). I solicited an under age girl (a cop). At least that's what they said. I was initially contacted by the cop. I was lead into believing the person was under age and wanted to talk about sex, so that's what I did.

In my previous life I was a computer programmer. Since my conviction I was not permitted to even touch a computer. Even though the Florida workforce uses computers to search for work. So for the past 51/2 years I have been unemployed. I am 64 years old. Once I was off probation I was once again allowed to pursue my profession. I went on a job interview three weeks ago. I filled out the standard employment application. I filled in where the "Have you ever been convicted...." was located. The company, which has only 20 people, was in the exact same field that my last job trained me in. Financial Banking software. I was hired at a good salary. Yesterday was my first day. I was told that I would have to fill out the appropriate paper work. Of course the W-2 form, the non compete form, etc. However, the first form I had to fill out was the one where I gave permission to check my background. I spoke with the manager and told him that I thought he had already checked my background. He told me he did not. At that point I had to explain my situation. I told him about my arrest for Solicitation. I did not mention it was with a cop pretending to be an under age girl. After explaining my situation, I asked him what I should do. He said that since my crime had nothing to do with violence or stealing, he didn't think it would cause a problem with my job. He said I should proceed with my training, and he would talk to the owner of the company what he thought. Well, by 5:45PM my day was over. I asked if he spoke with the owner but he said the owner hadn't run the background check as of yet, so I should come in today to continue training. Before I got home last night, I received a call from the manager. He said the owner ran the check and couldn't employee me.

My wife says to forget looking any more because of the pain and disappointment. I don't know whether I should stop looking or not. My feeling is that no matter where I look for work, the company will find out. What they will do with that information is anyone's guess but if a small company of 20 won't hire me, what chances do you think I have?

Any ideas are welcome....

Thank you for this forum.

AZ - Getting off lifetime probation

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My fiancee is on lifetime probation in AZ and has done a little over 7 years now. We are going to ask the courts to release him from probation and to drop his requirement to register from lifetime to 10 years. Do you have anyone who has written a letter to the judge to ask for this and been successful that would share what to say in our letter? He has one victim, one time, that was incestuous not predatory.
- I think you mean lifetime registration. I do not know of anybody who is on lifetime probation and/or parole.

CA - U.S. Marshals raid Antelope Valley sex offenders

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By Anonymous:
This morning at 8am pst The U.S. Marshals, Local Sheriff and Parole department conducted a raid on my home. They called it a "Compliance" Check yet they had the Marshal service with them as well. I am 34 days from parole discharge, have been "Compliant" the entire time, and have never seen U.S. Marshals raid with the parole department. AR-7 pointed in my face and my Girlfriend forced from bed so they could tear apart my entire house and throw dishes and food out of our cabinets. I have not seen any news reports as of yet, I just wanted to let you all know he "Gestapo Tactics" are still going on out here.

Age of Consent and Statutory Rape Laws Comparison -- Resource for your Readers

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UK - Destroying a man's life over $13

AR - Please Make Sure Your Registry Info Is Correct Before Moving

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By DC:
I paroled out of Arkansas Department of Corrections on 2/24/2011. The very morning I paroled out I signed a Arkansas Sex Offender Registration form even though I did an interstate compact and paroled out to Tennessee. I registered in TN on 3/1/2011 and has since been added to the national sex offender web-site. Well today something came up as I was talking to my parole officer here in TN and he looked at the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) and informed me that I wasn't registered in AR. Now I have been in contact with ACIC on many times before and have had them mail information to me at my TN address as I am working on getting other legal matter cleared up. But today when I contact ACIC sex offender department they informed me they still had me listed as incarcerated and it was my job to get them the information they needed to update my statics. Plus they informed me that I will now be on the ACIC's web-site as well even though I do not live in AR anymore. So please pass this on to any other RSO who may have paroled out of AR. Make sure that there paperwork is correct before it is too late.

Thank You