See the email and response from Jason Thompson to the email I sent, below. He clearly, like usual, thinks all criminals are scum. I bet when he gets popped on corruption, or his son or daughter gets slammed on the sex offender registry, then he will sing a different tune, as most hypocrites do. Email this idiot and let him know what you think about these laws, but keep it clean and no threats, or you may find yourself being arrested.
Registered sex offenders may soon be banned from Wilmington parks under an ordinance up for debate Tuesday by the city council.
Councilman Jason Thompson (Email) asked for the law in June, "the minute" the N.C. Supreme Court upheld a similar ban in Woodfin against claims it violated due process.
Thompson said no particular occurrence prompted his proposal, but he often hears concerns about sexual predators in public places. According to the N.C. Sex Offender Registry, 145 sex offenders are registered as living in Wilmington.
None of them, Thompson said, should be in parks.
If it passes, Wilmington would join a wave of local governments, including Mecklenburg County, that have passed or are considering ordinances similar to Woodfin's. Jason Young, the mountain town's administrator, said he has received dozens of requests for copies of the ordinance.
The town passed the ban in 2005 after two sex offenses in or near parks, according to the Supreme Court decision.
So far, the town of about 7,000 near Asheville has yet to arrest anyone for violating the law in its three parks, though the related scrutiny might have helped to nearly halve the number of registered offenders in town from 13 to 7, Young said.
But Katherine Parker, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, said little evidence exists to show such bans work. And she had practical and political concerns about them.
They punish people who already have served their sentences; they affect offenders even if they never targeted minors; and they offer parents a false sense of security, she said.
"Most sex offenses occur by people who know the victim," Parker said.
Additionally, they affect people convicted in other states even if their actions are not crimes in North Carolina, she said, referring to a case several years ago in Georgia, where a 17-year-old boy received 10 years in prison for consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Registered sex offenders from other states must register in North Carolina, she said.
Lucy Crockett, spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department, said she did not know of any problems with sex offenders in parks. It is already a felony in North Carolina for a registered sex offender to knowingly reside within 1,000 feet of a school or child care center.
Thompson said sex offenders have a high rate of recidivism. He acknowledged the ban might be hard to enforce, but he said the proposed $100 fine and misdemeanor should be a significant deterrent.
- Thompson is an idiot as well. Study after study proves recidivism for sex offenders are LOWER than any other criminal, except murderers. You can read many of these studies here.
"If it keeps one of them away, that's fine with me," Thompson said.
Officials in Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties said they were not currently considering such a proposal, though some expressed interest after hearing the idea.
"There's nothing afoot, but if it's legal, I am personally in favor of it," said Bill Sue, chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.
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I sent the following brief email on 08/03/2008:
QuoteI am sick and tired of people saying "sex offenders have a high rate of recidivism!" That is a false statement, and if you'd do some homework, you would see that sex offenders have a LOWER RECIDIVISM RATE THAN ANY OTHER CRIMINAL, EXCEPT MURDERERS.
I have done your homework for you, and you can read these studies, done by the DOJ, BJS and many other experts, here:
More of my thoughts can be found here, if you care to know the facts?
In regards to this article:
And this is the idiotic response I got from Jason Thompson:
QuoteThanks for your email...but you are still a convicted criminal. JT
Now you will notice, he has no clue who I am, yet he assumes I am a criminal. You see, these people do not care about what anybody has to say, because sex offender laws help them get elected, votes, etc, when they cannot get voted into office any other way. And if this is the type of people running the "government" then all American citizens are screwed. Just because someone might be a criminal, doesn't make the laws less unconstitutional or draconian. Everyone has rights, which he clearly sees differently. I bet when his son or daughter, if he has either, gets caught in the large nets, then he will be singing to a different tune.
I then sent them another email, which is this entire blog item:
And it bounced back as undeliverable. So either he blocked me, or their spam filter kicked in for it having certain words like porn or sex, or it was too large.
So this shows, anytime you want to get your word out, it's best to FAX or snail-mail the person, fax being the preferred method.