Thursday, December 27, 2012

WI - If the public has the "right" to know where ex-sex offenders live, then what about all other criminals?

Original Article

Okay, so the public has a right to know where ex-sex offenders live, who, by the way, have one of the lowest recidivism rates of all other criminals, so that means we also have the right to know where all other sinners live.

So where is the registry for DUI offenders, gang members, drug dealers/users, thieves, domestic abuse, child abuse, corrupt politicians, police, etc?

Since we are making ex-sex offenders the scapegoat for today's ills, I think it's high time we put all other criminals on a public shaming hit-list, after all, they say, it deters crime and protects people, so where is the all criminals registry?

Many states have already proposed other registries, so I think we should all be contacting congress and demanding they put all criminal records online for use to see and protect ourselves... Don't you?


12/26/2012

APPLETON (WTAQ) - It’s been 15 years since Wisconsin legally recognized that the public has a right to know where convicted sex offenders are living.

And a process that was once marked by tense public meetings has evolved into a much calmer process in which the public can use the Internet to keep closer tabs on sex offenders in their neighborhoods.

Officials say there’s been a grudging acceptance by people to the idea that sex offenders have a right to live someplace after they’ve done their prison time.

When the notification law was first passed, residents who were about to become neighbors with sex offenders got into shouting matches with officials at meetings about the offenders’ placements.

But now, Appleton Police Sergeant Polly Olson tells the Post-Crescent that very few people attend such meetings – those attending have gotten a lot quieter – and the meetings are not even held in many cases.

Schools and neighborhoods get more targeted notifications nowadays, while residents use several state Web sites to stay informed. Also, Olson says law enforcement has adopted more effective strategies to keep an eye on sex offenders – and prevent them from offending again.


IL - Man found in Skokie park 4th cold death in Cook County

Original Article

This is not the first time this has happened. Click the "FrozenToDeath" link above to read another known story. I know of two people, but I'm sure there are a lot more that this has occurred to.

12/26/2012

SKOKIE — A man found frozen near a park in Skokie on Saturday is the fourth cold-related death in Cook County since November, an autopsy found.

[name withheld], 53, was found at 3200 Oakton St. and pronounced dead at the scene at 4:10 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

[name withheld], of the 1800 block of West Farwell Avenue, died of cold exposure and his death was ruled an accident, according to an autopsy performed Monday. Skokie police had no additional information about his death, which happened near Northshore Channel Park.

His is the fourth cold-related death in Cook County since November, according to the medical examiner’s office.

[name withheld] died while lying on the ground in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue on the South Side on Friday, according to the medical examiner’s office. The primary cause of death for [name withheld] was heart disease with cold exposure listed as a factor, the autopsy determined.

[name withheld], 41, died from hypothermia and cold exposure on Dec. 9, according to county records. [name withheld] a registered sex offender who was living on the street, was found dead near a University of Illinois at Chicago student center, the medical examiner’s office said.

[name withheld], 83, was the first confirmed cold-related death of the season. She was found dead at her home in the 8200 block of South Chappel Avenue on Nov. 27, the medical examiner’s office said.