Wednesday, January 8, 2014

IRELAND - Councils to house sex offenders in radical new plan

HousingOriginal Article

12/30/2013

By NIALL O'CONNOR

Sex offenders should be given homes by local authorities on their release from prison, according to a report being considered by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

A high-level plan devised by a number of powerful state agencies recommends that sex offenders be placed in social housing estates and apartment complexes so as to avoid homelessness.

The plan, which relates to the Dublin region, is designed to assist sex offenders who have just left prison or returned from abroad.

The state agencies, which include An Garda Siochana, the Irish Prison Service and the HSE, recommended the setting up of "placement committees" who will decide where sex offenders should live.

According to the plan, the following steps will take place:

  • Offenders will undergo a risk assessment prior to their release from prison, categorising them as low risk, medium risk, high risk or very high risk.
  • They will liaise with an official local authority staff member prior to their release.
  • A placement committee will decide what "suitable" estate or apartment complex the offender should reside in. This committee will meet at least every two months.

The "implementation plan", seen by the Irish Independent, has been brought to the attention of the Justice Minister.

However, a spokeswoman for the minister insisted that work on the plan is "ongoing".

According to the report, councils would be obliged to take part in an "exchange" programme involving the transfer of sex offenders "due to victim and offender protection issues".

It states that "wherever possible, sex offenders on release from prison should be accommodated in housing services rather than in emergency homeless accommodation".

RESPONSIBILITY

The report added: "Local authorities will have a responsibility to consider the move on accommodation requirements of all sex offenders including those placed in the proposed supported temporary accommodation unit for very high-risk offenders."

If implemented, the radical measures will shift the onus of housing responsibility on to local authorities.

The report added: "It is currently difficult to place offenders who've been convicted of a sex offence into emergency, transitional or long-term social housing due to concerns regarding public protection, the risk of reoffending and the potential reaction of local communities."

Serious concern has been raised about the current system, which leaves sex offenders staying for weeks and months on end in hostels and temporary accommodation when they leave prison.



4 comments :

Mark said...

Okay, I get it. Maybe this will work and set precedent. Now let us wait and see what goodie-two-shoes will come out of the woodwork and cry about safety with abject fear and terror, gun sales going up, picket signs, major protests at the housing site(s) ad nausea. Time will tell.

Mark said...

Just tack this article to:

"Councils to house sex offenders in radical new plan" And the fun will begin.

Mark said...

I guess Florida is not the only state to suffer the pains of "horny" police. Lets see, Congressmen, legislators, PRESIDENTS, lawyers, JUDGES, the police etc., priests, correction officers, mayors, and of course, us, the peons. In short, everyone is doing it, and everyone truly has a sexual personality. It boils down to control.

“Officer Campbell, of course, denies those accusations in the indictments and looks forward to his day in court,” said Jim Lane, his defense attorney." Nothing for nothing, this is the standard line almost all defense lawyers use. But, Campbell still must have the presumption of innocence, it spite of the presumption of guilt found in sex cases.before a trial.

Mark said...

These type of cases are becoming much more prevalent these days, and the mere allegation can catastrophically destroy anyone.