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MORAL TURPITUDE - PART 2

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By Lynn Stuter

September 25, 2007

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The first plank of the communist strategy for revolution confiscated in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1919 reads: “Corrupt the young. Get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness.” (A)

In part one of “Moral Turpitude” I spoke of the molestation and rape of young children and the selling of young children into prostitution; the perpetrators of these heinous practices operate at the highest levels of our federal government where they coerce, corrupt and blackmail officials elected to represent the people of this nation, military professionals, and others who do business and rub elbows with the power structure that is Washington.

The Franklin Cover-up exposed the hidden activities of Larry King, Jr, a rising star in the Republican Party; the use of the Franklin Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska as cover for a child pornography and prostitution ring servicing the power elite — oligarchs, if you will — in Washington, DC. (Note: an oligarchy is a form of government in which rule is by the few; the form of government now in existence in the United States.) The prostitution ring provided both male (i.e., homosexual) and female (i.e., heterosexual) prostitution activities.

One of King’s associates was a man by the name of Craig J Spence, a Washington lobbyist, supposedly conservative, known for his lavish “power cocktail” parties, with whom King had gone into business in DC procuring homosexual prostitutes whose services were offered to DC’s power elite — government officials, military officers, foreign and U.S. businessmen, lawyers, bankers, congressional aides, media representatives and other professionals following political events (s: Here in Reality). Investigators discovered cameras, two way mirrors, listening devices and various other paraphernalia in Spence’s DC mansion, used to record the perverse activities of DC’s power elite with children, male and female, for the purposes of blackmail. (s: “Power broker served drugs, sex at parties bugged for blackmail”; The Washington Times; June 30, 1989, page A1) As indicated by the title of the foresaid article, Spence also provided drugs at these parties. One victim of King’s child prostitution and pornography ring was one of the male prostitutes taken on a midnight tour of the White House on July 3, 1988 by Craig Spence who later claimed the tour was connected to high level Bush Administration (GHW Bush) officials.

Craig Spence supposedly committed suicide in his Ritz Carlton Hotel room in Boston on November 10, 1989. He was a practicing homosexual facing certain death from AIDS. He would state, in his final days, that the homosexual prostitution ring in which he and King were partners was a CIA front operation intended to blackmail high-ranking public officials (s: Here in Reality). The Larry King child prostitution and pornography ring also led to the CIA, the FBI, and local law enforcement in Omaha, Nebraska.

It would be discovered that Craig Spence was a client of Stephen Gobie, the homosexual call-boy lover of Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA). Gobie would claim that he used Frank’s apartment to run his homosexual and bisexual prostitution ring with Frank’s approval; which, of course, Frank denied. Nearby Chevy Chase Elementary School was used as the base of operations for Gobie who was allowed to use the telephone and sometimes sleep there, and was given unlimited access to the building by the principal, Gabriel Massaro, who utilized Gobie’s services.

Following Spence’s death, the DC call-boy scandal died a quiet death because of whom it involved. Claims were made that this was not the case but had it been a member of John Q Public involved instead of the rich and powerful, that individual or individuals would have found themselves behind bars, facing prosecution and the prospect of a long prison sentence. Quite obviously, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, it depends on who you are and how much money you have as to whether you will be prosecuted for crimes you commit; the new definition of equal justice under the law in the emerging American democracy (as opposed to a Constitutional Republic). Money and power has privilege even though such was never the intent of our Founding Fathers, is to be found nowhere in the Constitution, and is counter to the very intent of the Bill of Rights.

For more information regarding Larry King’s connection to the DC prostitution and pornography ring, get The Franklin Cover-up By John Decamp. Information on the net can be found here and here. More complete information on the Craig Spence/Stephen Gobie/Barney Frank scandal can be found here.

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Recently, in conjunction with research into the scope of the sexual improprieties involving too many of the power elite in Washington, DC, this writer obtained a copy of Alan Stang’s new book, Not Holier than Thou; How Queer is Bush? (Patton House Publishers; Houston; 2007). A copy of the book may be obtained here. The book outlines, very succinctly, the sexual practices that define the homosexual; how homosexuals and their agenda permeate the once hallowed halls of our government in Washington, DC, naming names and providing proof; how homosexuals have taken over the Republican party unbeknownst to most Republican party members; how George W Bush, if not a homosexual himself (which has been proffered on more than one website concerning the Jeff Gannon/James Guckert controversy and the Bohemian Grove Club), is a “homosexualist,” defined as a heterosexual who promotes the homosexual agenda of forcing acceptance as normal of the deviant sexual practices that define the homosexual, including filling his administration and important positions with homosexuals.

Stang’s book also goes into the history of how homosexuality has been used, from time immemorial, to subvert societies and is being used in America today to promote the Marxist transformation of America. This book is a must read for any American trying to reclaim our American heritage.

In the mid-1990’s this writer was shocked when given a brochure handed out to children in a California school in which homosexuality was presented as normal and heterosexuality as abnormal, asking children how they would address this “problem.” Quite obviously, the intent was to inculcate in children the misguided claim that the sexual practices that make homosexuals just that, are normal. The fact that homosexuals very seldom live to old age, because the sexual practices in which they participate not only expose them to a myriad of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, but also cause suppression of their immune system, was carefully concealed as was the purpose of the brochure itself: that homosexuality is almost exclusively a chosen lifestyle, not one a child is born with. Were such not the case, homosexuality would be seen as normal by society without the need for such claptrap.

And this claptrap, for that is what it is, is being taught to children in government schools across this nation in the name of diversity. If a parent were to expose a child to products used to manufacture methamphetamine, products that can kill, and the state found out about it as happened recently in a northern Washington town, the child would be removed from the home and placed in foster care. The parents would be arrested and deemed “unfit” to raise the child, as well they should be.

However, when a government school decides to teach children about the intricacies of the sexual acts which define a homosexual, as has happened in Massachusetts schools, and even though such practices lead more often than not to a slow, painful, premature death, the Federal District Court ruled that the school had an obligation, irrespective of the opposition of parents, to teach children about the intricacies of homosexual sex in the name of diversity in sexual orientation! (Alan Stang; Not Holier than Thou; page 117)

Quite obviously, common sense and moral decency have left the building. The message to parents could not be clearer: if you love your children, if you want to increase their chances of living a long, happy, productive life, you will get them out of the government schools. In 2004 a young man, shown in pictures on his website cross dressed in women’s clothes, committed suicide in the commons area of his high school. Knowing that the homosexual agenda is being taught in government schools across the nation, including this school, one has to question what role the school played in the confusion this young man displayed concerning his sexuality.

In the small town of White Salmon, Washington, not long after the advent of education reform in the early 90’s, parents were shocked to discover a homosexual teacher using sexually explicit material in her English Honors classroom. The teacher told students that she wanted to keep the subject matter between her and them; in other words, she told students not to tell their parents. When two students did tell their parents, those students were subjected to public ridicule by the teacher; the parents were subjected to public ridicule by the local newspaper; the school district administrators didn’t see anything wrong with using this type material in the classroom. The message was clear: the school is your family, your parents are a detriment to your family. The teacher was never disciplined but as the controversy grew, not only about this incident but about a continuing string of like incidents, the teacher resigned and moved to another state where she undoubtedly continued such practices.

The incidence of sexually explicit material, addressing both heterosexual and homosexual sexual activity, has grown exponentially under education reform with State Legislatures refusing to address the issue, claiming that curriculum development is a local issue when curriculum development must, under state law coalescing federal law, teach to the state exit outcomes.

As Alan Stang points out in his book, the homosexual agenda is being pushed, not only in schools, but in society in general by portraying homosexuals as victims when nothing could be further from the truth. The true victims are the people on whom the homosexual agenda has been forced by a government that forbids one to even speak ill of the perversion of homosexual sexual practices for fear of being prosecuted for “hate speech.” But nothing stops a debate of homosexuality faster than an explicit description of homosexual sexual practices. Not only is such repulsive to the normal mind, but repulsive if one has any sense of moral decency.

A “gay pride” parade this past July in San Diego is a prime example of homosexual turpitude. The homosexual female fire chief, Tracy Jarman, forced heterosexual male firemen to participate in the event, dressed in uniform, in their fire truck. They were subjected to morally repugnant behavior from homosexual parade participants who didn’t even have the self-respect of alley cats! Had heterosexuals displayed themselves in such fashion, mouthed such vulgarities, they would have found themselves in jail. Not so the homosexuals who were allowed to expose themselves to firemen and subject them to lewd, lascivious and suggestive utterances. To the best of my knowledge, the fire chief was neither fired nor disciplined. The firemen subjected to this display of homosexual depravity have sought legal recourse.

In the Massachusetts case, young children were taught the intricacies of “fisting”, a homosexual sexual practice so disgusting that a description of it here would be deemed pornographic. Yet that pornography was taught to young children with the approval of not only the government school but the federal court!

History is replete with what happens when a society either accepts or is forced to accept homosexuality as normal human behavior. And those who do not heed history are doomed to repeat it. In the days leading up to the fall of the Roman Empire homosexuality was rampant, moral decadence and depravity resulting therefrom also rampant.

The same is true with Nazi Germany. Hitler was homosexual along with many who served as his top aides, implementers and enforcers. Leading up to seizing power, Hitler courted the homosexual community, promising them equality under his rule. But once Hitler came to power, those homosexuals not within his inner circle were rounded up and exterminated.

The same happened under communism in the U.S.S.R.; the same will happen if the Marxists/Fascists get their way in America. If the homosexual activists believe otherwise, they do so at their own peril.

As I write this, a German government publication promotes incestuous pedophilia as healthy and normal. If homosexual sexual practices are viewed by Americans as healthy and normal, how long before incestuous pedophilia is also viewed as healthy and normal? How long before parent/child incest is considered healthy and normal? Man/boy incestuous relationships as normal has been the goal of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) for years. What’s the difference between this and the use of child male prostitutes to service the power elite in Washington DC? Is incest defined by who does it?

Decent Americans know that the sexual perversion so prevalent in American society today is one of the leading causes of the downfall, the degradation of our society, of our country. Why then do we continue to tolerate the immersion of our young people in it? Why do we continue to tolerate it in our society and among our elected? Why do we continue to be silent as the homosexual agenda of forced acceptance of unhealthy sexual perversion is shoved down our throats?

© 2007 Lynn M. Stuter - All Rights Reserved


H.R. 1592: Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007

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What is up with all these laws which have tacked on the end "and for other purposes?" What does that mean? It could mean ANYTHING!

H.R. 1592: Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007
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HR 1592 RFS

110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1592
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 7, 2007

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


AN ACT

To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITION OF HATE CRIME.

    In this Act--

      (1) the term `crime of violence' has the meaning given that term in section 16, title 18, United States Code;

      (2) the term `hate crime' has the meaning given such term in section 280003(a) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (28 U.S.C. 994 note); and

      (3) the term `local' means a county, city, town, township, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a State.

SEC. 3. SUPPORT FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS BY STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.

    (a) Assistance Other Than Financial Assistance-

      (1) IN GENERAL- At the request of State, local, or Tribal law enforcement agency, the Attorney General may provide technical, forensic, prosecutorial, or any other form of assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution of any crime that--

        (A) constitutes a crime of violence;

        (B) constitutes a felony under the State, local, or Tribal laws; and

        (C) is motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or Tribal hate crime laws.

      (2) PRIORITY- In providing assistance under paragraph (1), the Attorney General shall give priority to crimes committed by offenders who have committed crimes in more than one State and to rural jurisdictions that have difficulty covering the extraordinary expenses relating to the investigation or prosecution of the crime.

    (b) Grants-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Attorney General may award grants to State, local, and Indian law enforcement agencies for extraordinary expenses associated with the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.

      (2) OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS- In implementing the grant program under this subsection, the Office of Justice Programs shall work closely with grantees to ensure that the concerns and needs of all affected parties, including community groups and schools, colleges, and universities, are addressed through the local infrastructure developed under the grants.

      (3) APPLICATION-

        (A) IN GENERAL- Each State, local, and Indian law enforcement agency that desires a grant under this subsection shall submit an application to the Attorney General at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by or containing such information as the Attorney General shall reasonably require.

        (B) DATE FOR SUBMISSION- Applications submitted pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be submitted during the 60-day period beginning on a date that the Attorney General shall prescribe.

        (C) REQUIREMENTS- A State, local, and Indian law enforcement agency applying for a grant under this subsection shall--

          (i) describe the extraordinary purposes for which the grant is needed;

          (ii) certify that the State, local government, or Indian tribe lacks the resources necessary to investigate or prosecute the hate crime;

          (iii) demonstrate that, in developing a plan to implement the grant, the State, local, and Indian law enforcement agency has consulted and coordinated with nonprofit, nongovernmental violence recovery service programs that have experience in providing services to victims of hate crimes; and

          (iv) certify that any Federal funds received under this subsection will be used to supplement, not supplant, non-Federal funds that would otherwise be available for activities funded under this subsection.

      (4) DEADLINE- An application for a grant under this subsection shall be approved or denied by the Attorney General not later than 30 business days after the date on which the Attorney General receives the application.

      (5) GRANT AMOUNT- A grant under this subsection shall not exceed $100,000 for any single jurisdiction in any 1-year period.

      (6) REPORT- Not later than December 31, 2008, the Attorney General shall submit to Congress a report describing the applications submitted for grants under this subsection, the award of such grants, and the purposes for which the grant amounts were expended.

      (7) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

SEC. 4. GRANT PROGRAM.

    (a) Authority To Award Grants- The Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice may award grants, in accordance with such regulations as the Attorney General may prescribe, to State, local, or Tribal programs designed to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles, including programs to train local law enforcement officers in identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and preventing hate crimes.

    (b) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.

SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL TO ASSIST STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

    There are authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Justice, including the Community Relations Service, for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010 such sums as are necessary to increase the number of personnel to prevent and respond to alleged violations of section 249 of title 18, United States Code, as added by section 7 of this Act.

SEC. 6. PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN HATE CRIME ACTS.

    (a) In General- Chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`Sec. 249. Hate crime acts

    `(a) In General-

      `(1) OFFENSES INVOLVING ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person--

        `(A) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and

        `(B) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if--

          `(i) death results from the offense; or

          `(ii) the offense includes kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.

      `(2) OFFENSES INVOLVING ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR DISABILITY-

        `(A) IN GENERAL- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability of any person--

          `(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and

          `(ii) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if--

            `(I) death results from the offense; or

            `(II) the offense includes kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.

        `(B) CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED- For purposes of subparagraph (A), the circumstances described in this subparagraph are that--

          `(i) the conduct described in subparagraph (A) occurs during the course of, or as the result of, the travel of the defendant or the victim--

            `(I) across a State line or national border; or

            `(II) using a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce;

          `(ii) the defendant uses a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce in connection with the conduct described in subparagraph (A);

          `(iii) in connection with the conduct described in subparagraph (A), the defendant employs a firearm, explosive or incendiary device, or other weapon that has traveled in interstate or foreign commerce; or

          `(iv) the conduct described in subparagraph (A)--

            `(I) interferes with commercial or other economic activity in which the victim is engaged at the time of the conduct; or

            `(II) otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce.

    `(b) Certification Requirement- No prosecution of any offense described in this subsection may be undertaken by the United States, except under the certification in writing of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, or any Assistant Attorney General specially designated by the Attorney General that--

      `(1) such certifying individual has reasonable cause to believe that the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person was a motivating factor underlying the alleged conduct of the defendant; and

      `(2) such certifying individual has consulted with State or local law enforcement officials regarding the prosecution and determined that--

        `(A) the State does not have jurisdiction or does not intend to exercise jurisdiction;

        `(B) the State has requested that the Federal Government assume jurisdiction;

        `(C) the State does not object to the Federal Government assuming jurisdiction; or

        `(D) the verdict or sentence obtained pursuant to State charges left demonstratively unvindicated the Federal interest in eradicating bias-motivated violence.

    `(c) Definitions- In this section--

      `(1) the term `explosive or incendiary device' has the meaning given such term in section 232 of this title;

      `(2) the term `firearm' has the meaning given such term in section 921(a) of this title; and

      `(3) the term `gender identity' for the purposes of this chapter means actual or perceived gender-related characteristics.

    `(d) Rule of Evidence- In a prosecution for an offense under this section, evidence of expression or associations of the defendant may not be introduced as substantive evidence at trial, unless the evidence specifically relates to that offense. However, nothing in this section affects the rules of evidence governing impeachment of a witness.'.

    (b) Technical and Conforming Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

      `249. Hate crime acts.'.

SEC. 7. SEVERABILITY.

    If any provision of this Act, an amendment made by this Act, or the application of such provision or amendment to any person or circumstance is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of this Act, the amendments made by this Act, and the application of the provisions of such to any person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby.

SEC. 8. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

    Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses of, the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Passed the House of Representatives May 3, 2007.

Attest:

LORRAINE C. MILLER,

Clerk1st SessionH. R. 1592AN ACTTo provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.


Despite high-profile cases, sex-offense crimes decline

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But do the politicians, media and public hear this? No! Why not? When is the TRUTH going to get out instead of lies and myths?

08/24/2005

These girls, all believed to be sexually molested by men and two of them killed, have generated headlines, prompted states to stiffen penalties against offenders and caused many parents to fear their child could be next.

Yet gut-wrenching as these high-profile cases are, they don't tell the whole story of sex offenders in America. They don't reflect the surprisingly good news: Sex crimes against children have dropped dramatically in the last decade. An online national sex-offender registry was launched in July. And recent research shows doctors can better predict which offenders may strike again.

"There's a success story here," says Roxanne Lieb, director of Washington state's Institute for Public Policy. She sees a "trickle-down effect" as famous cases raise public awareness and legislatures toughen public policy.

The headline-grabbing cases tend to be anomalies, because kids are rarely abused by strangers, and even less often killed.

"It's not the creepy guy who moves in next door you need to be most concerned about, but family, friends — people who have access to your children on a regular basis," says Pamela Schultz, author of Not Monsters: Analyzing the Stories of Child Molesters. She says most kids are abused by people they know.

And only a tiny fraction of abuse cases end in murder, says David Finkelhor, director of Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Of the 60,000 to 70,000 arrests each year for sex crimes against children, he says about 40 to 50 involve homicide.

Child advocates fear, though, the ability of serial sex offenders to escape detection and hurt more children. "There are still huge gaps in the system," says John Walsh, host of the Fox network's America's Most Wanted, whose son Adam was murdered by a pedophile in 1981. "There's no good tracking" of repeat offenders, he says. All states now require convicted sex offenders to register, but Walsh says oversight and penalties for non-compliance are insufficient.
- No, it's not been proven his son was murdered by a pedophile. So this is another lie! It's a hunch, but no prove has proven this. Check here. It says:

"No one has been convicted of Adam Walsh's murder, although one man, Ottis Toole, repeatedly confessed and then retracted accounts of his involvement."

Signs of progress

Finkelhor says parents have a right to be outraged by sex crimes but should take heart by what he sees as progress. "There's been some fear on the part of advocates that some enthusiasm (for tougher laws) will go away if people think the situation is getting better," he says. Experts argue it is, citing these developments:

Dramatic drop in cases. Government figures show the rate of sexual assaults against adolescents ages 12 to 17 plunged 79% from 1993 through 2003, and the number of substantiated sex-abuse cases involving kids of all ages fell 39% in the same time period. Finkelhor, who has analyzed the data, sees multiple reasons for the decline: Greater incarceration of offenders, more therapy and use of psychiatric drugs, economic improvement in the 1990s and heightened public concern.

Online sex-offender registry. On July 20, the Justice Department activated its online National Sex Offender Public Registry, which now links the registries of 23 states and the District of Columbia. The registry will help the police and the public track offenders who cross state lines. The department expects its Web site, www.nsopr.gov, will soon link all states once software compatibility issues are resolved.

Improved screening for risk factors. Canadian psychologist Karl Hanson, an internationally recognized expert on sex offenders, says doctors are better able to assess which offenders are at higher risk of reoffending and focus on treating them.

Hanson says no single factor determines who will commit another sex crime. "It's a combination," he says. He finds those at highest risk tend to be antisocial and have a sexual deviancy, such as an interest in children and strangers. Some were abused as kids but most kids who have been sexually abused don't become perpetrators.

Government data show most sex offenders are male, and the majority of victims are female. The offenders are less likely to be rearrested after prison for any type of crime than other former inmates, although those who are rearrested are more likely to be charged with another sex crime, according to a 2003 study by the Department of Justice.

Treatment helps. Group therapy dropped the recidivism rate from 17% to 10%, according to a 2002 study that Hanson co-wrote. He studied 9,454 sex offenders in 43 states.

A similar 1999 study found that those participating in relapse-prevention programs had a rearrest rate of 7.2% after five years, compared with 17.6% for those who weren't treated. The study, sponsored by the Justice Department, looked at 11,000 offenders.

Doctors typically use cognitive therapy that teaches offenders to avoid risky behavior, such as living or working near children. They sometimes prescribe antidepressants or other drugs.

"You can't cure it anymore than you can cure alcoholism, but you can successfully treat it," says Fred Berlin, founder of the Sexual Disorders Clinic at Johns Hopkins University.

Berlin says sex offenders are a diverse group, including pedophiles as well as older teens convicted of having sex with underage teens. He argues some are mentally ill. "Who in their right mind would be sexually attracted to young children?"

Gaps remain

For bereaved parents, progress in reducing sex crimes may offer little consolation. They see a system too broken to protect their kids.

"I will never see Jessie go on her first date. I will never be a grandfather to her children," Mark Lunsford said this spring as he stood with members of Congress who were proposing tougher penalties. His daughter Jessica, 9, was killed in February in Florida by convicted sex offender John Couey, who didn't register that he was living across the street from her.

Of the 551,000 sex offenders registered in the USA, about 100,000 are missing or have failed to give a current address, says Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He says compliance varies widely by state. He argues the public, at a minimum, needs to know where repeat offenders are.
- And I agree with this, but repeat offenders. Those who committed one crime, should be left alone to live a halfway normal life.

Joseph Edward Duncan, 42, accused of molesting 8-year-old Shasta Groene and killing three members of her family, was a repeat offender suspected of molesting a boy in Minnesota when a judge released him in April on a $15,000 bail. He fled. A month later, he kidnapped Shasta and her brother, Dylan, police say. The bodies of her mother, another brother and the mother's boyfriend were found bludgeoned in their rural Idaho home. Dylan's body was later found.
- This man was a serial killer. And should be in prison until he dies!

USA TODAY does not usually identify alleged underage victims of sexual assault, but the search for Shasta was so publicized that her name is widely known.

On Tuesday, non-guilty pleas were entered on Duncan's behalf to six charges of murder and kidnapping, each of which carries the death penalty. He is also being investigated in the deaths of a 10-year-old California boy in 1997 and two Washington state girls in 1996. Walsh calls Duncan "a poster boy" for gaps in the system, a repeat offender "who knows the system doesn't work."
- He's a psychotic serial killer, and yes, needs to be stopped. Did you ever read his blog? He was sick, very sick. But again, not all sex offenders are like this man or John Couey, yet they are all being treated as if they killed someones child.

Aside from registering offenders, states must now also provide information to the public on offenders' addresses. Congress passed this requirement, known as Megan's Law, after the 1994 murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka by a twice-convicted sex offender living on her street in Hamilton Township, N.J.

It did not require states to actively notify the public, such as by letter, but they must make the information available.

Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law, says many people assume that if a known sex offender moves in next door they will be notified. "That's one of the largest betrayals," she says. "People have been led into this false sense of security." She says 22 states do not require active notification, forcing parents themselves to seek out the information.
- The registry itself is a false sense of security, so are buffer zones.

Critics say the registries also fall short because most sex crimes are not reported and most sex offenders are not caught. "Public notification laws make the public feel better, but they certainly don't target the people who haven't been caught," says Joseph Giovannoni, who has counseled sex offenders for 28 years in Hawaii.

Experts say more parents are reporting sex crimes against their children, but they remain a distinct minority. "What we're confronted with is a faceless crime," Ahearn says, arguing many families hope to preserve a sense of normalcy by not going public.

Hanson, the psychologist, estimates that 40% of kids molested by strangers report the abuse, but only 10% molested by someone they know do so. "Even low rates are too high," he says. "We still have a long way to go."

States get tough

A bipartisan bill is pending in Congress to strengthen Megan's Law. Authored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., it would increase penalties on offenders for non-compliance, require them to give more frequent in-person updates of their addresses and improve information sharing among states. Lawmakers are also proposing other bills to lengthen prison sentences and impose electronic-tracking devices.

States and communities are not waiting for Congress to act. They are taking a variety of steps:

Banning offenders from school areas. In May, Binghamton, N.Y., banned moderate- and high-risk sex offenders from living or entering an area within a quarter-mile radius of any school, day care center, playground or park. In June, Miami Beach's Mayor David Dermer banned convicted child molesters from moving within 2,500 feet of such areas, effectively barring them from the city. In July, Brick Township, N.J., set a similar 2,500-foot perimeter for certain pedophiles. Under a new policy, Florida bans certain sex offenders from public hurricane shelters, many of which are in schools. It requires them to seek refuge in prison instead.
- The above statement says it bans high-risk sex offenders. No it doesn't, it bans ALL SEX OFFENDERS regardless of their crime.

Electronic monitoring. After the deaths this year of Jessica Lunsford and 13-year-old Sarah Lunde, who was also allegedly molested and killed by a convicted rapist, Florida approved a bill requiring the worst offenders to wear satellite-tracking devices for the rest of their lives.
- For the rest of their lives? People can and do change, even the worst of the worst. Not even a murderer is tracked for life, why not?

In August alone, Alabama and New Jersey passed laws requiring extensive satellite tracking of high-risk sex offenders. At least three other states — Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma — approved electronic monitoring this year, and North Dakota, Georgia and New York are considering similar measures.

Last week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed lifetime satellite-tracking devices for paroled molesters. His proposal faces an uncertain future. The state Legislature's annual session ends early next month. Questions have been raised about the program's cost.

Beginning this month in Iowa, more than 500 convicted sex offenders will be required to wear electronic-monitoring ankle bands. The law was in response to the March abduction and slaying of 10-year-old Jetseta Gage. James Bentley, who once dated her mother, is charged with sexually molesting her over a three-year period. His older brother Roger is charged with kidnapping and killing her.

"Electronic monitoring is really, really important," Walsh says.
- And why is that? You never elaborate on anything, just small sound bites. You yourself said you had a sexual addition to women, and you sought treatment, which worked. So if it truly worked for you, treatment will work for sex offenders as well. That is if you were "cured!"

Longer prison sentences. Florida's sex-offender law passed this year more than doubles the mandatory sentence for sex crimes against children. Other states are also lengthening prison sentences for sex offenders.
- So now we are just going to overflow the already overflowing prison system. Smart!

"Incarceration seems to have an impact," says John LaFond, author of Preventing Sexual Violence. He says the number of inmates convicted of sex crimes is rising more quickly than that for all other crimes except drugs. The longer sentences contribute to the decline in sex crimes, he says.
- Hell, when you put someone in prison for many years, any idiot will know it will have an impact. But if they do not get treatment, when they are released, who is protected? Without treatment, they probably will be worse off.

While states impose stiffer penalties, child advocates also point to a less costly approach: Education on how to prevent abuse.

Teresa Jacobs, program manager of the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, a Minnesota-based non-profit group, says parents can best protect their kids by staying involved in their lives and knowing how they spend their time. She says kids need to learn to report abuse.
- There is plenty of software out there to protect your kids online, so BE A PARENT, purchase the software. I have some links on the right side of my blog. Monitor your kids internet usage, it's your right as a parent. When they grow up and move out, then they can do what they want, but while they are living with you, it's your right to monitor EVERYTHING they do.

Ahearn says parents shouldn't only preach "stranger beware," because strangers commit only about 10% of sex offenses. She cautions them to also look at the people they know: "Anyone who wants to spend more time with your kid than you, watch out."


CA - A father's pain brings societal gain

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10/09/2007

Mark Lunsford stood in front of hundreds of bikers, more people than live in the town of Freeport on the outskirts of Sacramento. Since February of 2005 he has served as the catalyst to answer a mission call from his daughter, from her grave. Jessica Lunsford, a third-grade Homosassa Springs, Fla. girl was ripped from her bedroom in the night by John Evander Couey. He raped her, kept her in his closet for weeks and buried her alive.

"Today is Jessie's 12th birthday," Mark Lunsford said Saturday.

A bike run to raise awareness and revenue for the purpose of protecting children from pedophiles took place at the Moon River Inn.

The first ride for Jessica Lunsford began as a search for his missing daughter, Mark Lunsford explained. An area bike club came to him and arranged it. "If you want to help a child and you don't know what to do, ask a biker," he said.
- Like Bikers are the smartest most educated about child sexual abuse. Most of them are drunks and drug users, from what I've seen in the past.

Before the ride took place her body was found underground across from her home, a scene that extends so far beyond the parameters of a parent's most horrific nightmare.

The ride took place anyway, the focus changed from a search to mission to save other children. Mark Lunsford is traveling across the country to change legislation. The Florida ride this year boasted more than 4,200 participants.

In Freeport Mark Lunsford poses the question to solemn crowd, "Who has it worse, the child who dies or the one who survives?" He dries tears from his cheeks and says "it's real hard to read when you're crying."

A black car pulls up to the Inn. Debra Bowen, state senator, walks up to Mark Lunsford and hugs him. He gives Bowen a baseball cap that has "Jessie's Riders" embossed on it. There's purple dolphins on the back of it, because Jessica Lunsford loved dolphins and her favorite color was purple. The distance and difference between biker and politician close. She wasn't asked to come to speak, she was simply compelled to do it. They were joined on stage by Mike Jimenez, the president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the presenting sponsors of Jessie's Ride, and contributors of a 2007 Springer Softail, the prize for the raffle. Mark Lunsford presented Jimenez with a black leather vest embossed with the ride patch which read, "Save a child, hang a pedophile."
- Picture it if you can.... 1939 Germany. It was a warm spring day and the blue birds were singing as a soft, warm breeze gently tussled the daisies in the lush green fields on the outskirts of Berlin. Heinrich, a young good looking man of strong German stock, was enjoying the tranquility of this place before he had to return to his office and finally finish "The Project". He had been struggling with the proper tag line for weeks and had finally settled on "Save the Rhineland, Kill a Jew!" as the one he would have embossed on the official patch for the new SS division that he was tasked with managing. Satisfied that he had chosen the correct path, he started down the path that would take him back to his office. There was much work to be done, and Heinrich was eager to begin.

The ride was put together by Neil Dixon, 23, of Sacramento. Dixon met Mark Lunsford when he came to California to discuss legislation with Senator George Runner and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner who co-authored Jessica's Law. Dixon's fiance was employed by the Runners. Dixon and Mark Lunsford became fast friends and he instantly adopted the cause. Dixon's community outreach and promotions brought food donations, room donations, live music and prizes, all in the name of saving children from the terror that Jessica Lunsford fell victim to.

Bikers Against Child Abuse (Story, Story) had a representative take the stage and read Jessica Lunsford's favorite Bible verse to begin the prayer. Parent's shared stories of their own tragedies, which brought them to the event. Residents of Lake County were in attendance in support of the cause.

The premise of the Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation is to reach like-minded voters through a movement called Jessie's Angels, dedicated to carrying a flame for the fallen children who became victims. The "Angels" hold rallies, pass out printed material, participate in parades, hold meetings and establish safe homes.

According to state of California statistics there are 63,000 registered sex offenders in the state, of those one in four is missing.

Mark Lunsford could have chosen to drown in depression, anyone would understand. Instead he decided to be the hero that his daughter always thought he was.
- And yet when she was alive, he was nowhere to be found. And now he's a rich man because of his daughters death. That, IMO, is sick!

Some form of Jessica's Law has passed in 33 states to date.



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10/26/2006

Prison union chief: Jessica's law a "bad idea;" Angelides' message "hasn't taken hold."

Going soft on crime?

After his organization gave $25,000 to the campaign for Prop. 83, or Jessica's Law, the head of the state prison guards union now says he plans to vote against the initiative.

Speaking at a Capitol hearing on the mess that is California's prison system, Mike Jimenez had some pretty harsh words for an initiative that will have a direct effect on his membership. Jimenez said he thought the portion of the initiative that would prohibit sex offenders from living near schools or parks would create a wave of homeless sex offenders that will be harder to account keep track of.

He also suggested that the state was not ready to implement another aspect of the initiative that would require many sex offenders to wear Global Positioning Satellite devices for the rest of their lives. The state's parole system -- parolee agents are members of the prison guards union -- has been using GPS systems, but only in pilot programs.

After the hearing, Jimenez said his group gave money to the campaign while they were gathering signatures but had hoped the initiative would trigger a debate in the Legislature about prison reform that never really happened. He now believes that parole agents are going to be stuck trying to find places for sex offenders to live after the law passes and that the initiative would not make children safer as its promoters contend.

"It's a bad idea," he said.

The union has typically helped support any initiative that toughened criminal sentences. They were very active in 2004 in defeating an initiative that would have weakened the state's three strikes law.

Jimenez seems to be in the minority on this one -- Jessica's Law looks like slam dunk on election day, according to every poll taken this year.

By the way, in yet another bit of bad news for gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides, Jimenez said his group may use about $3 million worth of advertising time they have reserved leading up to the election on down ballot races instead of for Angelides.

He said the union, which has endorsed Angelides and has been a big player in past gubernatorial races, is looking at other options because Angelides' "message hasn't taken hold" and it might be more valuable to spend the money on a tighter race. The move isn't all that surprising; the union had already released some of the ad time it had reserved.

"Californians' seem to be smitten with this governor," Jimenez noted.


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Executive Director Tom Madison of SOClear.org was a guest on the syndicated show, "The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet," on October 10, 2007. We will be updating our multi media page as we receive the information from this show!

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Points from John LaFond:
  • Myth #1 - Sex crimes have been increasing over the last 10 or 15 year. Infact they increased from about 1976 to 1992, and has been a DECLINE since about 1992.
  • Myth #2 - Sex offenders are especially dangers, that once a sex offender you will always be looking into committing another sex crime. And in fact SOLID RESEARCH establishes that sex offenders have a RELATIVELY LOW recidivism rate as a group, around 13% based on the best research which looked at over 23,000 sex offenders for a 4 to 5 year follow up period.
  • Myth #3 - Sex Offenders cannot be treated. The most recent research suggests that at least if sex offenders are motivated, they can be given the tools to help reduce recidivism and NOT reoffend (Relapse prevention)
  • Sex offenders are being given more harsh sentences, increased penalties, sentenced to longer sentences, serving more of their sentences, and they are the 2nd largest group of the prison system, 1st is drug users/dealers.
  • 80% of sex crime victims KNOW THEIR OFFENDERS.
  • One size fits all is a very wrong approach to sex offenders.
  • Sex offender registration and community notification are costly and have not been demonstrated to prevent sex crimes.
  • No research has proven Megan's Law prevents or helps in their solutions and prosecutions.
  • 30% of sex offenders have been abused as children (I think it's actually higher personally)
  • Most children abused do NOT become sex offenders as adults.
  • Civil commitment are not bonafide therapeutic schemes. And they cost at least $100,000 per person, per year. So if we committed all 630,000 offenders, that is $63,000,000,000 per year. This does not include litigation or other court costs, so the price goes up even more.


FL - 'Hollywood Madam' arrested again for going to Toys"R"Us

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10/10/2007

Fort Lauderdale - A woman dubbed "the Hollywood Madam" for fixing up a teen prostitute with a former state legislator was arrested again for going to Toys"R"Us, authorities said Wednesday.

Roberta Naomi Orenbuch, 40, spent a week in jail for violating probation before she was released Tuesday, Broward Sheriff's jail records show.

Orenbuch, who became a registered sex offender because of her role in the prostitution scandal, is not allowed to go near children, said Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections Wednesday. But on Oct. 1, Orenbuch went to Toys"R"Us, on the way home from a permitted visit to a local hospital with her daughter, Rackleff said.

Officers found out and arrested her the next day.

Orenbuch, of Fort Lauderdale, had pleaded guilty to child abuse, procuring a minor for sex and living off the earnings of a prostitute in May. She was sentenced to three years house arrest with an electronic monitor, to be followed by 12 years probation.

Prosecutors said Orenbuch, formerly of Hollywood, set up sexual trysts in 2004 and 2005 between a 16-year-old girl and Barry Kutun, while the former state legislator was North Miami's city attorney.

Orenbuch was released from jail Tuesday.

Sex offenders are not allowed to be in areas where children congregate.


NY - Interactive Map To Identify Sex Offender Residences

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10/10/2007

Southampton Town - Computer technology will play an integral role in the newly devised Registered Sex Offender mapping program introduced by Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick Heaney. The town’s effort to increase child safety will advance tenfold with the new program which pinpoints residences of known sex offenders and their relative proximity to schools, parks and playgrounds.

The new interactive feature of the Town’s official website, dubbed “Community Guardian,” designed to help parents and school administrators identify sex offender residency restriction areas, is user-friendly according to town officials, operating on a basic ‘point and click’ application. The Town Board will hold a public hearing Oct. 23 prior to reaching final approval stage on the program which is expected to "go live" at the end of the year.

The interactive map will be color-coded, showing red dots to pinpoint the location of a sex offender’s residence and green dots to denote schools, playgrounds, and parks. Visitors to the site can perform a search by hamlet, zip code or offender name.

“The site is designed to help you find out who’s hiding behind the red dots,” Supervisor Heaney explained, noting that crime history and conditions of release of listed offenders will also be posted.

“Our children are the most vulnerable,” Heaney commented, opening the public hearing session of the town board meeting Tuesday. Adoption of the proposed town law will allow the municipality to provide information concerning the location of level two and level three sex offenders living in the community. The Supervisor said he was supporting the legislation because he did not think the generic “sex offender” notification letter currently sent out to parents and school administrators provides adequate protection.

According to town officials, the risk factor identifying a sex offender as level one, two or three is determined by the assessed risk to the community rather than the crime committed.
- And this is wrong! It should be based on the persons criminal past and the crime itself. Using this scenario, I'm sure everyone will be deemed a level 3 (high risk) then.

Noting the transient nature of the sex offender population, Supervisor Heaney underscored the importance of the new mapping technology. “I checked the 11901 zip code,” the Supervisor said, “And I found 83 sex offenders in the County Jail. When they get out they will look for housing.” Heaney strongly suggested the town has a responsibility to stay in a leadership position on the issue.

“As restrictions occur elsewhere, offenders will gravitate to areas where there are few or no restrictions,” he cautioned.

A Fine Line
Town officials noted they were “walking a fine line” in pinpointing sex offender residences in the community in light of Constitutional issues raised in stating that offenders must stay outside a specified radius of parks, playgrounds and schools.

We cannot banish people from the community,” Heaney noted. “Offenders are grandfathered, so if a sex offender is living next door to a school right now, we cannot have them removed. However, they cannot relocate next to another school if they move.”
- So if they move, then they are NOT grandfathered in, it's punishment after the fact. If they were sentenced before these new laws, then NONE of them should apply, even if they move 100 times, it's unconstitutional.

In many areas around the country where similar laws have already been adopted, sex offenders are required to stay one mile or 1320 feet away from areas where children walk to and from school in cases where they are not eligible for school bus transportation. The Southampton law calls for a 2000 square foot restriction radius.
- And yet, 90% or more of all sex crimes involving children occur in their own home, so this banishment crap will not protect anybody. Why can't you blind people see this beyond your hate?

“I thank you for doing this,” Julie Lofstad, president of the Hampton Bays Parent Teacher Association and member of the Hampton Bays Mothers Association (HBMA), said.

Hampton Bays School Superintendent JoAnn Lowenthal said the proposed new addition to the web site was “a cutting edge opportunity.”

“I look forward to having my staff trained in using the site,” Superintendent Lowenthal added. “Your work is appreciated.”

Town officials will meet with school personnel to show them how to use the site which was designed and built by an in-house tech staff. “It is very dynamic,” Heaney commend. “We can change it as we see fit. I think we deserve bragging rights. This is a first in Suffolk County. We have a propriety product here.”

Councilman Steven Kenney applauded the point and click functionality of the site and fellow Council member Linda Kabot said she hoped the county would emulate it. “That is a plagiarism I would welcome,” Supervisor Heaney quipped.


CA - Former officer gets jail for seeking sex with minor

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So I guess molesting a minor is ok if you are a cop, but Joe Citizen burns in prison for years!

10/10/2007

STOCKTON - A former Ripon police officer who admitted to inappropriately soliciting sex acts with a 17-year-old female police cadet last summer was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail, his attorney said.

Daniel Icedo, 34, also must spend three years on official probation on the misdemeanor violations, yet he avoided having to register for life as a sexual offender under the sentence ordered by San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Stephen Demetras, Stockton attorney Allan Jose said.

Jose said his client did not deserve to face the onerous requirements on the state's Megan's Law registry because the victim was weeks from turning 18 and the offense is not something that is likely to happen again.

He will have to participate in a court-ordered treatment program, but what program and how long it will last will be up to Icedo's probation officer, Jose said.

Icedo had pleaded guilty to soliciting to engage in lewd conduct and attempted unlawful intercourse with a minor. The charges stemmed from a July 27, 2006, encounter between Icedo and the girl at a swimming pool when Icedo massaged her.

The girl was in the Ripon Police Department's Explorer program at the time. Icedo was a supervisor of the program, which is designed to give young people experience in law enforcement.

Icedo's five-year career in the Ripon Police Department ended Feb. 1, but a spokeswoman for the city would not say if he resigned or was fired, citing the privacy of personnel issues.


CA - Former Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputy arrested

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10/08/2007

YREKA — Former Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Thomas Willard Larson, of Yreka, surrendered himself to authorities Sept. 27 and was booked into county jail on one felony count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years-old and two counts of attempted lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years-old.

Larson, 67, posted $50,000 bail and agreed to appear in court on Oct. 17.

According to the felony arrest warrant, the alleged incidents happened in February and March of this year.

Yreka Police Department Chief Brian Bowles reported that on March 31, a parent reported an incident between their child and Larson. After an officer interviewed the parent and child, the officer felt there was sufficient cause to open a case.

A conflict of interest was immediately apparent – Larson was a 31-year veteran of the SCSO and had worked closely with some of the YPD officers during his career.

Bowles contacted the California Department of Justice on April 4, and agents from the California Bureau of Investigation were sent to Siskiyou County to take the case.

Abraham Arredondo, deputy press secretary for the attorney general’s office, said in a phone interview that it’s common for the CBI to deal with these cases wherein local law enforcement agencies might have a conflict of interest.

Bowles reported last week that the CBI agents conducted a "very thorough" investigation and took their finished report to the Siskiyou County District Attorney's office.

D.A. Kirk Andrus reviewed the CBI’s report and filed charges against Larson.

Arredondo said Larson’s attorney was informed of the charges and contacted his client.

“Mr. Larson made arrangements to surrender himself and post his bail,” he said.

Andrus said during a phone interview on Friday afternoon that assistant D.A. Martha Aker will prosecute the case.


CA - Would reducing the number of people on parole reduce recidivism?

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With revocations for technical violations at an all-time high, would reducing the number of Californians on parole reduce recidivism? California will find out in a pilot program, reports forensic psychologist Karen Franklin on her blog:

One of the inmates I evaluated at San Quentin today had violated parole by missing a counseling appointment. The other had tried to beat a urinalysis after drinking alcohol on his birthday. Every day, busloads of "technical violators" like these two young men are dumped off at California prisons, giving the state the highest recidivism rate in the United States. Within three years of release, two-thirds of California parolees are back behind bars; that's twice the national average.

One method of reducing recidivism that is currently under consideration is to eliminate parole for all except the most dangerous of released prisoners. It's been done in other states and, counterintuitively, it may make the public safer. That's because limited resources can be targeted toward identifying and supervising the few very dangerous ex-prisoners.

Parole agents in two Southern California counties will be testing this idea starting next month. If it works, the changes may be implemented statewide next year.

Franklin points to a Los Angeles Times op ed arguing that "Fewer parolees make for safer streets." PacoVilla dislikes the idea, but in a year or so there should be hard data to judge whether the program works. Interesting discussion out on the West Coast, where the Governator and his supporting cast face a full-blown prison overcrowding crisis that's making national headlines.


NC - Judge defends rights of despised people

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10/10/2007

Martha Geer, a judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals, sounded surprised Monday that I was asking about her dissent in David Standley v. Town of Woodfin.

She didn't think anyone other than lawyers read Court of Appeals decisions.

I'm not a regular, but this one grabbed me — especially Geer's passionate arguments on behalf of the rights of a registered sex offender. You don't see that every day.

It's too easy to go along with the town of Woodfin, N.C., in Buncombe County, which acted two years ago to protect its children from predators. It passed an ordinance prohibiting registered sex offenders from setting foot in public parks.

Who would object? Not the Buncombe County Superior Court judge who heard a challenge by David Standley and promptly rejected it. And not Court of Appeals Judges Rick Elmore and John Tyson, who upheld the lower court's decision and the town's right to protect "the health and safety of the citizens of Woodfin."

Then there's Geer, bravely tacking a 15-page dissent to the four-page majority opinion. It might hurt her if she runs for re-election in 2010, but I think she got it right.

Standley's background can't be excused. Living in Florida, he was convicted in 1987 of attempted sexual battery and aggravated assault against a woman. In 1995, he was convicted of solicitation of prostitution. When he moved to Buncombe County in 2004, he was required to register as a sex offender, which he did.

Does that mean Woodfin has the authority to bar him from its parks? Geer says no.

State and federal laws already deal with sex offenders, imposing restrictions on where they can live or work. Offenders can be fitted with monitoring devices to track their location at all times. Other conditions can be ordered by the courts or set as terms for parole or probation. These laws are so comprehensive, Geer asserted, that they leave no room for new ordinances added by local governments that may vary from town to town.

At this point, Geer was just warming up to "the more interesting constitutional issue."

She agreed with Standley that Woodfin violated his fundamental right to travel in public places without sufficient justification. That right was affirmed in a 1971 N.C. Supreme Court case, State v. Dobbins, Geer wrote.

Geer refused to accept Woodfin's claim of just cause — public protection — without proof. And she didn't find any in the evidence before her:

"The parties have submitted 204 pages of publications. I have reviewed every single page. Nowhere is there even a hint or suggestion that barring registered sex offenders from parks would protect the public's safety to any significant extent."

Instead, the data told her that most sex crimes occur in homes, few in parks. And, while sex offenders are more likely than non-offenders to commit further sex crimes, many more sex crimes in total are committed by criminals not previously convicted of sex offenses.
- I beg to differ here. The Bureau of Justice Statics says sex offenders are LESS LIKELY to commit another sex crime.

Seventy-five years ago, Geer noted, the state Supreme Court struck down a local ordinance that barred "any lewd woman" from public places. With no evidence that Standley presents a "clear and present danger" to the people of Woodfin, he can't be treated like the "lewd women" of old.

"We cannot simply say that conventional wisdom or common sense suggests that the ordinance is needed," Geer wrote. "Not infrequently, the genesis of widely held beliefs is fear not grounded in reality or science, but rather propagated by collective terror fueled by television or the Internet. We cannot strip a whole group of people of a fundamental right based not on their individual behavior, but rather based simply on a desire to be seen as taking action to respond to the public's fear — especially when there is only the 'belief' that such action might possibly make the community a little bit safer."

If a town can pick out one group of frightening people, Geer asked, who will be next?

With the way cleared for an appeal to the state Supreme Court, thanks to her dissent, Geer declined to talk further about the case Monday. No need, anyway. She'd already said plenty.


OH - Man mistaken as sex offender near EHS

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Hell, if you see a man outside, call the cops, he may be a sex offender.... This is better safe than sorry, but everyone is scared of their own shadow.

10/10/2007

ELYRIA — A suspicious man at Elyria High School on Monday prompted school officials to call police after a female student mistook the man for a registered sex offender, police and school officials said.

The girl, 15, was walking to school at 7:40 a.m. and was near the courtyard approaching the cafeteria doors when she saw a man who she thought was a 23-year-old registered sex offender living at a Broad Street address, an Elyria police report said.

The girl reported the sighting to school officials, who looked at recorded footage from the school’s video surveillance cameras. The cameras failed to capture a “good facial picture” of the suspect, but the girl insisted it was the sex offender, the report said.

The girl said she knew the man because she and a friend had spent time with him about a month ago. Elyria police were already investigating the man because the girl’s parents reported her missing during the time she stayed with the sex offender, the report said.
- If she knows the man and knows he's a sex offender, why is she spending time with him? And what is the mother doing letting this occur as well? Sounds like they are trying to set this person up or something to me.

Police obtained photos of the sex offender, and later determined that the girl had mistaken the man for another person who looks similar, the report said.


MI - Sex offender can stay put; prosecutor blasts decision

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Unclear about parks? What about constitutional? Has any of you ever read this document? The damn country was founded on it, and yet you took an oath to uphold it, and apparently lied!

10/10/2007

Judge Foster says law unclear on parks

A registered sex offender won't have to move from his Mount Clemens apartment after a judge decided Tuesday he did not violate terms of his probation.

As a result, David Randazzo, who said he's moved 17 times in the past 18 months, will remain in his residence, despite its location less than 1,000 feet from a public park.

"I've got to have a place to live," said Randazzo, 52, who's been on probation since 2003 after he pleaded no contest to charges he fondled a 13-year-old relative. "The judge knows I'm not a threat ... I've only got seven or eight months (probation) to go."
- Being off probation is not going to help. You will still be punished for life and on the registry, so don't think everything is going to be fun and games after your probation is done.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith blasted the ruling and accused Macomb County Circuit Judge John Foster of caring "more about the needs of sex offenders than he does about the safety and security of our county's children."
- This is typical BS! Have you ever read the Constitution Mr. Smith? Apparently not! He was sentenced before these new banishment/punishment laws came into being, so that violates ex post facto issues. You care about a conviction to make you look better to other potential clients, er, victims... Read the Constitution some time....

At issue is the location of the apartment where Randazzo moved about four weeks ago. The original terms of his probation, which mirrored state law, forbade Randazzo from living within 500 feet of a school or other location where children congregate. But the law was revised in 2006 to set the limit at 1,000 feet.

While Randazzo's apartment is outside the school limit, his home is about 575 feet from Lawndale Park. When he learned from his probation officer that he might have to move, Randazzo petitioned Foster for relief.

Foster said the state law lacks specificity with regard to parks, and probation department officials unilaterally changed conditions of Randazzo's probation "for no reason on the face of the Earth."

"The probation department just did this willy nilly," the judge said.

Foster also said Macomb County Circuit Judge Mark Switalski signed an order in April 2006 that reinstated the original conditions of Randazzo's probation.

The judge also noted that Community Mental Health officials assisted Randazzo in finding the apartment.

But Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Rebecca Oster said probation department officials were correct when they amended the conditions of Randazzo's probation. The law, she said, was designed to apply to any locations "where children congregate."
- Does anybody in the legal profession even read the damn Constitution anymore? This violates the constitution ex post facto and other issues. You people are just a bunch of blood sucking vampires.

"The main point is where there are children," Oster said. "They applied the same restrictions (as the law)."
- But what about someone sentenced before these laws? You can't keep changing the rules of the game at your whim, well, I guess you can illegally, like you've been doing.

Oster said she'll consult with her superiors to determine whether the prosecutor's office will appeal.

Randazzo, who still denies the allegations brought against him, is happy he'll stay put for a while. While the frequent moves weren't forced by authorities, Randazzo said threats and petitions from neighbors made it known he wasn't welcome in most places he's lived.
- So, ignore the vigilantes, sue them for harassment!

"I'm not going to be a problem," he said.

About two hours after the hearing concluded, Smith distributed a statement critical of Foster's ruling.

"I am outraged that Judge Foster is letting a convicted child molester live next to a public park where children play," he wrote in the e-mailed statement.
- And I'm outraged you are ignoring the Constitution of the United States, which you TOOK AN OATH to uphold. You apparently lied about that oath!

"... His ruling here bends over backwards to accommodate the wishes of a man who sexually abused his own (relative). It's a slap in the face to every Macomb County parent who takes children to that park.
- Very good point. His relative, so banishing someone doesn't fix anything, except punish them further. 90% or more of sexual crimes occur in the family, so you could banish him 1000 miles and it would not make any difference.

"This repugnant ruling is the latest in a long line of upside-down decisions from this court," Smith concluded. "Sex offenders everywhere should hope and pray to get Foster as their judge."
- You got that right, he's a judge upholding the Constitution. And anyone should NOT have you as a lawyer!!!!

Foster declined to respond to Smith's statement.