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ALERT: Announcing - The Community Room - Open House Week (A New Vision)


Everyone please visit this new blog, and let him know what you think. You can visit the Introduction here, and see the Vision here.

Hi Folks:

Today we are announcing a new website "The Community Room," a new vision, which is focused on the daily personal needs of former offenders, their families and the Advocates that fight for their rights.

The Community Room is a new vision, a new direction, and it is having an Open House Week to let everyone look around get to know what it does provide, and how it can help former offenders and so many other folks.

This is not a site like you have ever seen before, here the focus is on educating and referral in a new way, tutorial. Throughout the nation former offenders are being caught up in subtle nuances of laws and interpretations. Here we will debunk nuances and answer questions like never before; and a Panel of Advocates, to answer problems, is also in the vision . Currently, there is a Topic List that links to many needs like Housing (full national list coming), Employment suggestions, Registration problems, and many many more. The topic list will grow as former offenders and Advocates develop it through their questions and research.

There are opportunities for Advocate sites who now provide some of the needs of folks, the Community Room wants to link to, and has already done so for some Advocate sites. The Community Room will become a central repository LINK SITE to point former offenders to any Advocate site, anywhere in the nation, which may already have a resolve to their need.

To explain everything covered by the Community Room would take many e-mails, so instead, please see for yourself, visit our Open House, take the "First Time Here Tour" and learn how this can help folks. This is not a site of news articles, it is clearly focused on the Daily Personal Needs of those we advocate for.

Here is the link to the Community Room: http://eadvocate-community.blogspot.com

Thanks and see you in the Community Room...

eAdvocate



PA - Sex Offender Law Made 'Penal Colonies'

Original Article

05/29/2011

Pa.'s High Court Strikes Down Allegheny County Law

PHILADELPHIA - This past week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down an ordinance passed by Allegheny County that would ban sex offenders from living near schools, child care facilities or recreation and community centers.

The court ruled that the law would set up what it called "penal colonies" where all sex offenders would be forced to live.

Six sex offenders sued the county, saying the law basically banned them from living anywhere in the county.

This ruling could have a ripple effect now on other counties that have similar laws, including Bucks and Delaware, which have similar ordinances on the books.

Attorney Lou D'Onofrio joined the Fox 29 News at 10 to discuss the case and what it could mean for other Pennsylvania communities.



MO - Ex-Missouri House speaker (Rod Jetton) pleads guilty to sexual assault

Rod Jetton
Original Article

Of course, another person who gets a light sentence because of who they are. If this were the average citizen, they would have received the maximum.

05/26/2011

NEW MADRID — Former Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault on a Sikeston woman during a sexual encounter in November 2009.

The 43-year-old Republican from the southeastern town of Marble Hill was initially charged with second-degree assault, punishable by up to seven years in prison. He had been scheduled for trial June 2.

Following Jetton's plea Thursday, Circuit Judge Fred Copeland placed him on probation and ordered him to pay $950 in restitution to the victim.

Jetton said he struck the woman in the face and choked her during sex at her home.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the woman was present for the plea agreement. The Scott County prosecutor said the woman agreed with the plea so she can move on with her life.



TX - Sex offenders often struggle to find place to call home

Original Article

05/29/2011

By JESSICA COOLEY

For 21 years, a convicted sex offender from Lufkin called an 8-by-10-foot prison cell home. Today, the man, who maintains he was wrongly convicted, is looking for place to call home in the free world, but with the stigma of being a registered sex offender, that has been difficult.

Since his parole from a life sentence in April 2010, the man has been living with his sister and trying to regain some semblance of a normal life — working a steady job, finding a woman to settle down with and finding a permanent place to call home. While the other two have fallen into place, the last has eluded the 47-year-old.

All I want is a place to rent, a place to put my trailer. The way they’re pushing it, I’m going to have to go out there and buy some land. I can’t do that right now,” the man said in an interview at The Lufkin Daily News last week. “It don’t matter if you’re guilty or not guilty, society knocks a sex offender down. I’m not saying they’re all innocent, but society takes sex offenders and destroys them.”

It’s agitating and depressing,” his wife-to-be added with a sigh.

After spending the last four months looking for a space to rent, the man said he believes it’s easier to be a paroled murderer.

There’s these ones that kill somebody and get five years. They do their two-and-a-half in prison and then they come out and can go anywhere they want,” he said. “I understand you have to live by the state’s rules, but there ain’t but certain places you can stay and certain places you can rent when you’re an ‘SO.’

In Angelina County, registered sex offenders under supervision cannot reside within 1,000 feet of a school, day care or playground, according to Angelina County Adult Probation sex offender case load supervisor Lisa Page. Once they’re off supervision, there are no stipulations governing where they can live, but most leasing agents ask about previous convictions.

I tell my probationers and parolees, honesty is the best policy, which will be frustrating for them most of the time,” Page said. “They don’t want to lie and they don’t want to move in with someone who already has a lease and not inform the landlord. It takes some looking and patience, but they’ll find something. Almost all my probationers encounter some bumps along the way.”

It’s the bumps along the way that some sex offenders just can’t seem to overcome. Depression and self-esteem issues typically play a big role when parolees and probationers re-offend, Page said.

States like Georgia have passed laws making it nearly impossible for sex offenders to find places to live. Most of them in that state have resorted to being homeless, living under bridges (Florida) and eating out of garbage cans, according to a 2009 Wall Street Journal article. Page said a homeless sex offender is a worst-case scenario.

Not only is it hard to keep track of a homeless sex offender, that’s the type of situation that can trigger these behaviors. These bills are being passed that have good intentions, but they’re just setting these people up for failure,” Page said. “Angelina County, not as much, but there are some parts of Texas where you have sex offenders living under bridges. Prisons aren’t going to lock these guys up forever.