Monday, October 29, 2012

OH - Girard bans sex offenders from Halloween

Original Article

10/23/2012

By BOB COUPLAND

GIRARD - City council voted unanimously Monday to prohibit registered sex offenders who live in the city from taking part in any trick-or-treat events on Oct. 31.

Fourth Ward Councilman Thomas Grumley, chairman of the employee welfare committee, introduced the legislation earlier this month. The legislation received an emergency passage and goes into effect today.

''I have heard nothing but positive comments about this since it was first brought up,'' said Council President Reynald Paolone.

Grumley said he introduced the legislation for the safety and protection of children who on Oct. 31 will be going door-to-door throughout the city.

He said all registered sex offenders in the city, of which he said there are 10, will be given a copy of the legislation by police explaining what they or anyone in the same household are permitted to do.

''They will not be able to decorate or have any lights on or pass out any candy,'' Grumley said.
- And so you are punishing the offenders as well as their family and children due to nothing more than mass hysteria.

Officials said of the sex offenders in the city, 70 percent have convictions involving minors.

According to the legislation, registered sex offenders will be required from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31 of each year to leave all exterior, decorative and ornamental lighting off starting at 5 p.m., refrain from decorating the front yard and exterior of the residence with Halloween items and not answer the door to children trick-or-treating.

Grumley said police also will be monitoring the neighborhoods and keeping an eye on the homes.

Violators will face a minor misdemeanor.

In other business, council approved advertising for purchase and installation of radio frequency water meters.

First Ward Councilman Frank Migliozzi, who serves on the safety committee, said with new technology the entire city will be able to have all meters read in four hours, or a half-day by computer, as compared to part-time meter readers who have to go door-to-door and check meters inside homes.

''They will be able to do this in half a day which will save both time and money,'' Migliozzi said.

Officials said the city needs to replace existing water meters with the radio frequency meters to accurately bill for water usage.

Earlier this month, council had presentations on the water meter programs available.


GA - Parents consider sex offender locator apps this Halloween

Original Article

10/29/2012

By Sonia Moghe

SMYRNA (CBS ATLANTA) - With Halloween on Wednesday, parents like Mary Hutcheson want to know how to keep their kids safe while trick-or-treating.

"We usually trick-or-treat the same neighborhood every year," Hutcheson said, with her two young children in the Marietta town square. "We've been going there for years. We go 20 to 30 as a group and there's more parents than there is kids."
- If this is true, then your kids should be safe.

Hutcheson said she was interested in trying a phone app that lets you see where sex offenders live so she would know which homes to avoid.



AUSTRALIA - Why name and shame sex offenders?

Original Article

10/29/2012

By Tom Percy

The experience with sex offender registers in the US has included deaths and gratuitous violence, as well as payback measures

There are a couple of convicted murderers living in the same suburb as I do. I know, because I’ve seen them. There are probably a few in your suburb, too. Maybe even your street. After all, almost all of them do eventually get out, and they have to live somewhere.

Like dozens of others convicted of that crime all over Australia, they do their time, satisfy the prison authorities and the Prisoners Release Board what used to be the Parole Board that they are ready to be released, and quietly merge back into society.

Usually, you hear no more from them or about them. They don’t go on some special internet register where everyone can see what they look like, what their crimes were, or where they live.

It’s the same with convicted drug dealers. They do their time and assimilate back into the community. There is no restriction on them living or working anywhere at all. They can change their names or their appearance. And, just like the murderer, you would never know.

Getting parole is no given these days. A few years back it was a virtual formality. These days you need to play it very straight do all the courses asked of you anger management, drug and alcohol awareness, etc and satisfy those who hold the keys that you are no longer a threat to society.

So given that we see no need to keep this type of offender on an online name and shame register, why is it necessary to have one for sex offenders? Especially given how hard it is for them to get out of prison at all in the first place, compared with, say, murderers.