Thursday, November 29, 2012

NY - New Documentary, Central Park Five Exonerates Wrongly Accused Men in Public Eye

Original Article

11/29/2012

The New York Police Department has subpoenaed film makers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon over outtakes of their new acclaimed documentary The Central Park Five. The legal wrangling is part of a case brought by plaintiffs known as the Central Park Five – five men who were convicted for a crime they didn’t commit. Burns and his fellow film makers are releasing a new documentary based on the story that garnered national attention.

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In 1989 these five teens from Harlem were convicted as teenagers for the rape and brutal beating of a female jogger in Central Park, New York. The police arrested Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana who were at the park earlier in the evening. The boys were told that if they offered to confess to the rape and beating of the jogger, they would be allowed to return home without a lawyer or parents present. Their rehearsed confessions were used to formally charge the five for the rape even though there was no DNA evidence linking them to the crime or a match of the stories. The five maintained their innocence and were exonerated years later only after a convicted rapist who was serving time confessed to the rape in 2002 and whose DNA matched the crime.

In the documentary, Central Park Five, the freed men who are now in their thirties and forties, talk about the confusion, misconstruing of events by police and the ordeals that they and their families faced over a crime they had no part of. Central Park Five has been nominated for Best Documentary by the International Documentary Association and will be released in theaters at the Landmark Nuart Theater on Friday with David McMahon, Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson present for a question and answer segment following the two Friday and Saturday night shows.

GUEST: Sarah Burns, filmmaker and Raymond Santana one of the Central Park Five

Central Park Five opens at the Nuart on Friday November 30th, 2012. The Nuart is located at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of the 405 Freeway), West Los Angeles, CA 90025. More info at (310) 473-8530.

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The Truth About Recidivism Rates In Sex Offenders

Original Article

11/29/2012

By Pete Carey

Many people talk about recidivism in sex offenders and to be completely honest - it drives me crazy. I'll admit it probably has everything to do with me being a sex offender - otherwise I likely wouldn't care.

I think what drives me crazy are the individuals that jump on the bandwagon and repeat hearsay versus fact. It's the neighborhood activists that proclaim neighbors are unsafe with offenders in them. These are people that are simply creating a false hysteria. There's no 'safety' in this thought process. If I ever ask someone to cite sources and open a discussion with me about the topic, I'm met with statements like 'it's common sense' or a hostile attitude.

But seriously, think about it. If I wanted to re-offend (... which I don't) what good is it that my picture is posted on a website? I've asked numerous 'stay at home' parents to describe any sex offender's appearance that lives within 5 miles. None of them have been able to give me just one description.

Not only that, but if I was going to re-offend, is the public ignorant enough to think that I would re-offend at my house or my place of employment? (... because these are the only two places that I'm required to register where I am located.) I'm not required to share when I go to the grocery store, when I go to the park, when I go to a soccer game, etc. It seems to me that hysteria has grossly trumped 'common sense' in this department.

Recidivism isn't good with any crime. People are flawed. Without diving into the religious side of that statement, let's all just agree that individuals all do dumb things... and some of those individuals repeat those dumb things. Those are just the facts.

But, when it comes to comparing risks and percentages of repeating - the facts speak loudly. I just don't think many people are listening. Ironically, it was my state required therapist that told me the public is misinformed. Here's a woman that spends 40+ hours a week talking and counseling numerous convicted sexual offenders - and she was the one that told me sexual offenders have the lowest recidivism rates outside of murder. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2006)

She shared with me that one study (... based on sex offenders released from prison in 1994) from the Department of Justice suggests:

Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (... men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime. Not only that, sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for ANY criminal offense - 43 percent of sexual offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders.

Again, these are facts and not hearsay. Once the public starts to accept these facts, perhaps sex offenders can move toward being encouraged to rehabilitate versus being shamed and avoided.

Article by Pete Carey. Pete is the featured author, editor and publisher of mySOlife.Com. As a registered sex offender, Pete writes openly about addiction, therapy and most importantly... "how to live life with a label."

Engage in the discussion while he shares not only his testimony, but also his thoughts, perspectives and advice at mySOlife.Com.


ARE ALL MEN PEDOPHILES?

About the movie:
For the first time a documentary examines the global impact of pedophilia from a cultural and professional perspective.

We live in a society that condemns pedophiles, though biological instinct and world cultures throughout history suggest that an attraction to adolescents is unavoidable. The fashion industry on the one hand sexualizes ever-younger girls while those who act on these instincts are reviled. The apparent hypocrisy at the heart of society forces the question:

What do we mean when we talk about Pedophilia?

The film also explores the many dangers children face and exposes the systematic violation of children rights by societies and how the pedophilia hysteria has led to the mass incarceration of adults and children. In conclusion, we are faced with both the contradiction of a society which sexualizes youth and the question: Are All Men Pedophiles?

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