Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Jails Are the ‘New Asylums,’ Report Says

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Local jail populations are exploding and have become the "new asylums," with six of 10 inmates suffering from mental illness, according to a new report released today by the Justice Policy Institute.

The 38-page report (PDF) says that despite lower crime rates, the jail population has nearly doubled over the past 20 years.

Researchers note that jails are "warehousing" more individuals who have yet to be convicted of any crime and for longer periods of time. This is attributed, in part, to rising costs of bail.

“Jail bonds have skyrocketed, so that means if you’re poor, you do time. People are being punished before they’re found guilty—justice is undermined," report co-author Amanda Petteruti said in a release about the findings.

The report, Jailing Communities: The Impact of Jail Expansion and Effective Public Safety Strategies, says that communities are struggling to deal with jails full of individuals with drug addictions, who are homeless or who are charged with immigration offenses.

Racial disparities were also noted. For instance, Latinos were revealed to be the most likely to have to pay bail, have the highest bail amounts and are least likely to be released before trial. African-Americans are five times as likely to be jailed than whites and three times as likely as Latinos.

The report makes several recommendations, including that communities should:

  • Improve release procedures for pretrial and sentenced populations.
  • Develop and implement alternatives to incarceration, such as community-based corrections.
  • Divert people with mental health and drug treatment needs to the public health system and community-based treatment, which is more cost-effective than incarceration.

Hat tip Criminal Justice Journalists.

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DC - National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2008

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A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Children are the hope and promise of our Nation, and our society has a special duty to ensure young Americans get the care and attention they need to succeed in life. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we underscore our commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect so that all children can live in safety and security.

Parents have a responsibility to safeguard their children from danger and to provide the love, protection, and guidance youngsters need to grow into confident and caring adults. In every community across the Nation, good and courageous citizens are improving the lives of our most vulnerable children with acts of compassion. The strength of America lies in the ability of our citizens to make a positive difference in the lives of our young people.

My Administration is committed to the safety of our Nation's youth. In 2006, I signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which was designed to protect children from sexual and other violent crimes, help prevent child pornography, and make the Internet safer for our children. This law expands sex offender registration and notification on a nationwide basis, provides a statutory basis for the Project Safe Childhood program, and gives communities and law enforcement the tools necessary to keep children out of harm's way. Additionally, with strengthened Federal penalties, we will ensure that those who prey on our children will be caught, prosecuted, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

As we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we reaffirm our loving commitment to America's youth and our dedication to building a society in which all children can realize their full potential.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2008 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I encourage all citizens to help protect our children from abuse and neglect and to take an active role in creating safe communities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.


LA - Senate panel OKs Jindal sex offender bills

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I bet a lot more law suits are coming down the pipe as well.


BATON ROUGE (AP) — A state Senate committee has approved a package of bills that would toughen sentences and regulations for convicted sex offenders.

One measure approved by the panel Tuesday would raise the minimum jail sentence for molestation of a juvenile from one to five years. Another would require convicted sex offenders to register as such with the state for life, instead of the current rule requiring registration for 15 years.

The bills are supported by Governor Bobby Jindal (Contact). A Senate judiciary committee approved the legislation without objection, sending them to the full Senate.

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Sex crime bills pass Senate committee

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BATON ROUGE -- Gov. Bobby Jindal's package of bills to crack down on sex offenders, including a measure to require all sex offenders to register with the state for life, easily cleared the Senate Judiciary C Committee after brief discussion today.

Sen. Jody Amedee (Email), D-Gonzales, the panel's chairman and sponsor of the package, said while some of the measures may need fine-tuning, he does not anticipate any major opposition to the five bills when they hit the Senate floor.

Amedee's Senate Bill 517 would require anyone convicted of a sex offense to register with the state for life. Under existing law, an offender is required to register and notify neighbors of a conviction for a minimum of 15 years.

The registration requirement would only be lifted if the conviction is overturned. It would still apply if the offender is pardoned.

If passed, the bill would take effect as soon as Jindal signs it.

The committee also approved Senate Bill 513 by Amedee to increase from 1,000 to 2,000 feet the distance a registered sex offender can live from a school, public park, recreational facility, children's day-care center, public swimming pool or free-standing video arcade.

Violations would be punished by up to two years in jail a fine of up to $2,000 or both, double existing penalties.

Amedee said the bill may have to be amended to allow sex offenders who rent apartments or own houses time to sell the home and find another apartment if they are locked into a lease.

Ed Anderson can be reached at eanderson@timespicayune.com, or (225) 342-5810.

CA - Sex offenders moving to rural counties

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So apparently they used the registry to find where these people lived, and then posted this sign, which is in direct violation of the DISCLAIMER on the California registry, and whomever put the sign up, should be brought up on criminal charges, like the registry states. This is harassment, period.

The California registry clearly states the following:

Legal and Illegal Uses. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Any person who is required to register pursuant to Penal Code section 290 who enters this web site is punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment. (Pen. Code, § 290.46, subd. (h)(2).)


The sign makes it clear they're not welcomed in the neighborhood.

"Caution pedophiles 200 ft. ahead." An arrow points in the direction of a home where a reported three convicted sex offenders are living north of Red Bluff.

No matter where convicted sex offenders decide to live, they are going to face similar opposition. And options for where they can live are being limited.

"Jessica's Law is making it so they can't find places to live in the big city," Tehama County Supervisor Ron Warner said. "So where does that leave them to go?"

Warner is part of several groups that are focusing on managing sex offenders after they are released from prison. He is a member of the California State Association of Counties' sex offender working group that monitors legislative bills regarding sex offenders.

New laws keep increasing the distance convicted sex offenders must live from schools and parks. Jessica's Law, passed by California voters in 2006, prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks and other places frequented by children.

The California Supreme Court is reviewing a lawsuit from four sex offenders - one in San Francisco, one in Santa Clarita County and two in San Diego County - that claims all of the residential areas in their counties are within 2,000 feet of a school or park and the law forces them to chose between homelessness or prison.

Some sex offenders have chosen homelessness, or at least to register as a transient, in some of the more populated areas of the state like San Francisco, creating difficulties when it comes to monitoring them.

But the fear of rural area governments is that offenders will instead chose to leave more populated areas and head to rural counties.

"They're moving to rural counties because they don't have many other options," Warner said.

The concern is not a new one for Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker. It's something he brought up as a member of the California Sheriff's Legislative Committee when Jessica's Law was first proposed.

"A lot of people are several years behind in worries," Parker said.

While the law is written so paroled sex offenders have to return to the county they were convicted in, that same provision doesn't apply once the sex offender is off parole.

Parker said Tehama County hasn't seen a big change in the numbers of sex offenders living here since Jessica's Law passed. But he said other rural counties are beginning to see those changes.

There are 269 sex offenders in the county, according to the Tehama County Sheriff's Department. Of those, 18 are in Corning and 75 in Red Bluff and the majority are in the unincorporated area.

Parker said when Jessica's Law passed, the county's parole department worked to move paroled sex offenders out of the prohibited areas. In Red Bluff, several sex offenders living in a hotel next to a city park had to be moved to another hotel.

But he added that the law is void of any penalty for sex offenders who are not on parole and living within the prohibited area.

"There's nothing that says what the penalty would be for living in an area prohibited by the law," Parker said. "When they're on parole, their parole agent can have a say on where they live. But that's not the case once they complete parole."

Parker said of the unincorporated county's sex offenders, there are only two that have not registered and the rest have registered as living in areas outside of the boundaries of Jessica's Law.

The Sheriff's Department also operates the Sex Offender Watch program online, in accordance with Megan's Law, that allows residents to sign up for email notification when a sex offender moves within a mile of where they live. The department has 533 residents signed up for notifications and has sent more than 3,200 emails since the program began in March 2006.

Sex offenders tend to move often, which leads to the high number of notifications.

Warner said his groups are working so counties can have more say in where sex offenders live, so they are not clustered in group homes simply because there is no other place for them to go.

"Within the county or city, we need to get social services, probation and city councils discussing their placement," he said. That was the idea behind the California Summit for Safe Communities Warner participated in earlier this year.

Warner has also worked to educate people about sex offenders, saying many people have false stereotypes. Citing a Center for Sex Offender Management report, Warner said there are many myths about sex offenders and the public needs to know the truth.

For instance, most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim, most data suggest most sex offenders do not reoffend, the number of reported sexual assaults has dropped in recent years and youth are responsible for a significant number of rape and child molestation cases each year.

Armed with more knowledge and statistics, Warner is hoping that the county and state can work to place convicted sex offenders in areas where they may not be welcomed, but where they can live and be monitored.

Assistant News Editor Rebecca Wolf can be reached at 527-2153, extension 110. or at rwolf@redbluffdailynews.com.

CA - Sex predator accused of killing inmate

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Two men were serving time in the same unit at Atascadero State Hospital

A sexually violent predator committed to Atascadero State Hospital was found dead Sunday morning and another man in the same unit was arrested on suspicion of murder, a hospital spokesman said Monday.

Spokesman Craig Dacus said he thought it would be the first patient homicide in the 54-year history of a facility that houses about 1,000 patients near Highway 101 south of Paso Robles.
- This statement is a flat out lie. There have been quite a few murders of sex offenders or others in California prisons and around the country. Check here.

The body of Lawrence Rael, 37, was found in his bed about 8 a.m., Dacus said. Police arrested Richard McKee, 44, a sexually violent predator who was committed to the state hospital in 2005.
- So who died? Near the top you say a sexual predator was found dead, but here it sounds like he is the one who killed someone else. This is confusing!

Dacus said he did not know if a weapon was used, but McKee also was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for a separate incident with a different victim the same day. An investigation into Rael's death continued Monday.

"How that dead body got there we can't definitely say," Dacus said. "We're waiting for the investigation to pan out."

Court records show that McKee of San Diego was convicted in 1991 of lewd acts against an 11-year-old baby sitter and in 1998 for lewd acts against his 8-year-old niece. According to the Megan's Law Web site, Rael also was convicted for lewd acts with a child younger than 14.

McKee was originally admitted as a mentally disordered offender, then in August was reclassified as a sexually violent predator, or SVP, and switched units.

Both men were housed with other SVPs in Unit 22, where each patient lives in his own narrow room. Only the units themselves, and not the rooms, are locked at night, Dacus said.

Only 36 SVPs are left at Atascadero, with more than 400 having moved to Coalinga State Hospital, which opened in 2005. Peter Tolles, a former Unit 22 patient now at Coalinga, said that those remaining at Atascadero were held in two units, with Unit 22 designated for more "dysfunctional men that have both medical and emotional problems."

Tolles said his complaints about fights in the unit went ignored. Nancy Kincaid of the state Department of Mental Health said she could not document the unit's history of assaults Monday, but she reiterated that the agency investigates all complaints and allegations.

Tolles said he knew Rael as "Shaky," for his frequent shaking, even in his sleep. Rael entered Atascadero in 1998. "He was a pretty happy-go-lucky, jovial individual in comparison to many of the men on the unit," Tolles said.

McKee was being held Monday at San Luis Obispo County Jail. After they found the body, officials placed the state hospital on lockdown for most of the day Sunday, Dacus said.

Reach John Simerman at 925-943-8072 or jsimerman@bayareanewsgroup.com.

TX - Civilians Take on Police-Like Duties

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Well why don't we just make everyone in the country a wanna-be cop? Yep, we truly are a police state/country. Now we are letting untrained people do what the police should be doing. Where is my badge?


When Sonia Mendoza tells her friends she works for the Lubbock Police Department the response is often confusing.

"Think I'm either a police officer or dispatch," says Mendoza.

In fact Mendoza's job description is neither. She's employed as a public service officer in the Neighborhood Services Division at LPD.

Her focus is on false home and business alarm calls.

"I think PD's job primarily is to be out on the streets dealing with criminals. This is an office job anyone can do not a job not dangerous. It's a job a civilians should be doing," says Mendoza.

Over the past few years LPD has started to delegate more responsibility to civilian employees. It currently has 160 on staff.

These ordinary people do everything from sex offender registration to taking and compiling reports for minor crimes like theft and vandalism.

Civilian Angelica Guitron is a crime analyst for the department.

I keep track of burglaries, vehicle burglaries do it on a weekly basis and send out to officers so they know where to patrol and what to keep an eye on," says Guitron.

"Every back office job we have takes one of 422 officers off the streets. So when you look at filling back office position have to weigh that in," says Stevens.

Police Captain Greg Stevens says getting officers out from behind a desk isn't the only incentive to hire civilians. It's also cheaper, a plus especially when budgets are tight.

"Substantially more expensive to hire/train an officer. So if a position doesn't require police powers look at hiring a civilian instead," says Stevens.

The public service officer program also serves as a recruiting tool.

"I've thought about being a police officer still not sure I have still have a year left in college," says Mendoza.

Until then Mendoza will continue with her duty to protect and serve as a civilian.

MN - Experts will discuss sexual crimes and children

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It's about time.... They should talk to the people making and passing these laws as well....


An expert on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation of children and the head of sexual violence prevention for the Minnesota Department of Health will discuss children and pornography from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 29 at John Adams Middle School.

Cordelia Anderson, board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and Patty Wetterling, director of Sexual Violence Protection for the Minnesota Department of Health, will speak as part of April's Sexual Assault Awareness month.

They will talk about sexual messages children get from the media and music and what parents, teachers and others can do to counteract that message.

In the afternoon, they will give professional development workshops at Mayo Clinic.

NV - New law on sex offenders poses challenges

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I can smell the law suits coming!!


Number of those who must be monitored to rise

A new state law that takes effect July 1 will dictate sex offenders be reclassified, boosting the number of Tier 3 offenders in Southern Nevada to estimates reaching as high as 2,000, up from 127.

The number of sex offenders who will be prohibited from being near areas where children gather such as parks and schools is estimated to increase also, to 150, from seven.

But that doesn't mean there will be more serious sex offenders prowling the streets, said Lt. Adam Page of the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation. Under current state law, Tier 3 is the group deemed most likely to re-offend, but that will change come July, Page said.
- When they stop reporting because of the draconian law, then yes, it will increase the number of offenders roaming the street, due to homelessness or just not registering.

"The perception of what the tier levels mean is going to have to change," Page said. "Tier 3 no longer means highest risk to re-offend. Tier 3 is now crimes against children and sexual-assault based crimes."

The reclassification will result in a larger number of offenders for police to track. There are 4,200 registered sex offenders in Clark County.

The complexities and challenges of implementing Assembly Bill 579, a law that was intended to make sure Nevada followed a federal law unifying how states classify sex offenders, was one topic discussed Monday by members of the Southern Nevada Sex Offender Management Task Force at the Sawyer Building.

The task force, created in 2006 with a $250,000 grant awarded to the Metropolitan Police Department, brought together officials from several agencies who studied Nevada's sex offender and how agencies deal with sex offenders and their victims.

"We want to lock them up and throw away the key," said Alexis Kennedy, an assistant professor at UNLV's Department of Criminal Justice and a member of the task force. "But the reality is 95 percent of sex offenders go back to the community. Whether or not we want them back, they are returning."

To help rehabilitate and find employment for sex offenders, the task force recommended the state manage a halfway house exclusively for sex offenders. The house would offer counselors and work-program aid. Three halfway houses in Clark County currently allow sex offenders, but other types of offenders may be housed in those too.

Kennedy and other members of the task force said sex offenders must be employed and get professional rehabilitation; otherwise, they are more likely to re-offend.

Some of the task force's other recommendations included abolishing good-time credits for sex offenders in prison and increasing to 10 years, from five, the mandatory probationary period for sex offenders.

Pumping more money into local law enforcement to shorten backlogs in the DNA national database used by agencies to solve crimes was another recommendation.

Members of the task force hope some of their recommendations will become law during the 2009 Legislature.

Kennedy sought to dispel a sex offender myth. She said the belief that sex offenders are hiding behind bushes ready to ambush children could not be more wrong.

Twelve percent of adult sex offenders victimize strangers, she said. That figure decreases to 3 percent for juvenile sex offenders, Kennedy said. Most sex offenders are acquaintances and family members of victims, Kennedy said.

As for the reclassifying of sex offenders, Maggie McLetchie, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, said the new law has unintended consequences.

The public will be endangered because law enforcement will have to track a larger bulk of offenders, taking the focus off people who are most likely to re-offend.

Under current Nevada law, sex offenders are categorized under several factors, including the type of crime, the number of convictions, how old the victim is and whether the offender has been convicted for other crimes.

Under the new law, certain crimes automatically will be classified as Tier 3.

McLetchie said the law also will boost certain offenders to Tier 1 and Tier 2.

"Nobody is clear on how to apply the law," McLetchie said. "But it is clear that a huge number of people are going to go back into the system, people deemed by the state who are not likely to re-offend."

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas@reviewjournal.com or (702) 383-4638.

TX - Mom who prostituted daughter arrested

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U.S. Marshals arrested on Friday a former Houston woman convicted of compelling her 14-year-old daughter to prostitution in Houston-area hotels and who evaded authorities since April 2003.

Marshals found Tammy Kratzer, 43, working with a carnival stopped at the George West Livestock Show, according to a U.S. Marshals Service news release.

She was wanted by Houston and Louisiana federal agents, and may have lived anonymously in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas during while trying to avoid arrest, the release said.

She currently faces state and federal charges for failing to register as a sex offender. Agents booked Kratzer into the Live Oak County Jail pending extradition to Houston.

CANADA - Second prison inmate dies

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Fatal overdose added to riot fallout

A Mountain Institution inmate who overdosed during a riot at the jail on Saturday has died.

The inmate was taken to an outside hospital during the riot at the medium-security jail in Agassiz and died Sunday night, said Correctional Services of Canada spokesman Dave Lefebvre.

The dead man, who was not identified, was one of at least 11 inmates taken to hospital on Saturday night because they were "under the influence" of an unknown substance, said Lefebvre.

Bridal Falls sex offender Michael Gibbon, 39, died Saturday as a result of injuries sustained in the riot, in which windows and doors were broken, inmates assaulted and staff threatened.

Another inmate injured in the riot was also taken to an outside hospital for treatment but has since returned to a jail hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Correctional Services and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team are investigating Gibbon's death and the cause of the riot.

IHIT's Cpl. Dale Carr said it's not known if Gibbon, a severe sexual deviant, was targeted in the attack. Carr wouldn't reveal the cause of death.

An autopsy was being performed yesterday on Gibbon.

Lefebvre said Mountain Institution, which houses 442 federally sentenced criminals, remains locked down while the investigations are under way and while damage is repaired.

"We're trying to get a full tally of exactly how much damage was caused. It's a fair amount," he said, adding windows and doors were broken.

"We lock down the facility in order to make sure that, first of all, safety and security of everyone is preserved."

In a lockdown, all inmates are confined to their cells at all times.

"They get fed in their cells . . . all activities are suspended and all visitations are suspended," Lefebvre said.

He said the internal investigation will reveal the cause of the riot.

A ban on smoking at jails goes into effect May 1.


OH - Man free, but he’s not done fighting

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Appeals court denies Covender a chance to prove his innocence at a second trial

ELYRIA — Joel Covender may not get a second chance to convince a jury that he didn’t molest his then-stepdaughter in the 1990s.

On Monday, the 9th District Court of Appeals overturned a county judge’s decision to grant Covender a new trial in the case that sent him to prison for 11 years.

Covender is on parole now, but the 39-year-old said he’s not done fighting to clear his name.

“I did not do this crime, period,” he said. “It just didn’t happen.”

Last year, county Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi ruled that Covender should get a new trial because the victims in the case — the girl and his former stepson — had both recanted their testimony.

The stepson, now an adult, told Miraldi and the Ohio Parole Board, that he had lied on the stand during the trial. Prosecutors have since dropped that case, but not that of the girl, who said she didn’t recall Covender molesting her but that if he had, she would have remembered it.

That wasn’t enough for the appeals court, which held that the girl, also now an adult, hadn’t actually recanted, and her change of heart didn’t rise to the level that Covender deserved a new trial.

Miraldi said Monday he felt what the girl had to say warranted letting a jury weigh the allegations against him again.

“I thought the testimony was pretty compelling,” he said. “If she were to testify today, there’s no question in my mind it would have a strong impact on a jury,” he said.

County Prosecutor Dennis Will said although Covender won’t get a new trial, he also won’t return to prison.

“It puts it back at status quo,” he said.

Despite the fact that Covender will remain free, Miraldi said even if he’s telling the truth about his innocence, he will still face a stigma.

“I feel sorry for the guy if he’s innocent, because now he’s got to report as a sexual predator,” he said.

Covender, who lives in Wayne County, has yet to discuss the case at length with his attorney, but he does have the option of appealing the decision to the Ohio Supreme Court. And he seems unwilling to accept that he won’t get a new trial.

“I’m not going to quit fighting,” he said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.


View the article here | Read this!!!

Over 75,000 deaths per year, from the second link above!!! So why do we not have drunk drivers on a registry? Maybe because it would cover almost 80% or more of the US population!!! DUI offenders kill more people than sex offenders, which is very, very low, 5% or less. So why do we not have any outrage? Probably because you'd be on that registry, that is my impression!

Each year, thousands of people, Men, Women, Children are killed by Drunk Drivers. The recidivism rate is very high. How do I know this, because the following exerpt is from their report:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA

The report reads as follows……

In spite of the decreasing prevalence of DUI, it remains a major alcohol-related problem in the United States and the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 1 and 24. The extent of the problem is illustrated by the following data:

  • Of the 41,967 persons killed in traffic crashes in 1997, 16,189 (39 percent) died in alcohol-related crashes. This translates into one alcohol-related death every 32 minutes during 1997.
  • An additional 327,000 persons (about 10 percent of all those injured in crashes) received their injuries in alcohol-related crashes.
  • At some point in their lives, three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash.
  • About 1.5 million people were arrested in 1996 for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Drunk driving recidivism rates are high: approximately one-third of drivers arrested or convicted of DWI each year are repeat offenders. A 1994 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that drivers involved in alcohol-related fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have had DWI convictions in the previous 5 years than drivers randomly selected from the general population of licensed drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that in 1996, about one in six drivers with positive BAC levels who died in traffic crashes had been convicted of driving while intoxicated during the three previous years.

And a 1995 California study suggests that 44 percent of drivers convicted of DUI in that State are reconvicted of DUI within 10 years. FULL STORY PDF DOWNLOAD

The above is a factual, statistical analysis of recidivism rates and deaths occuring as a direct result of Driving While Intoxicated…..

But we do not see any NATIONAL DUI Registries. We do not see laws banning Drunks from places that sell alcohol.

We do not see any type of punishment for these people who get arrested time, after time, until they kill themselves or others…

On the other hand, sex offenders:

  • Are being told that if they committed 1 crime 30 years ago, they Now, all of a sudden, have to register on a national website for life.
  • Are being told they cannot go to local parks to spend time with their children and wife, even though they pay taxes to maintain these parks.
  • Are being told they have to move from their homes as new laws have come into effect that say sex offenders, no matter if they are a threat to the community, no matter if their crime was pissing on a tree 30 years ago, they have to move because someone has opened a daycare, school, church or park within 1000, 2000, 3000 feet of their home.
  • Are being told they have to inform a prospective Landlord that they are a sex offender. (Then the landlord can refuse to rent to them)
  • Are being told they have to tell Prospective Employers that they area sex offender. ( Imagine that, getting hired after you tell someone you do not know, you are a sex offender)

Basically, the present administration has thrown out the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and any hope of any one who has been labled Sex Offender of ever getting a Job, a place to Live or any hope of reclaiming their lives.

This effects many people, not just the offender.

You say, "They should just hang ‘em all” anyone who is a sex offender should be hanged.

Well, YOU may be a sex offender.

Have you ever pissed outside? Have you ever had sex with your girlfriend before you were 18 years old?

That’s Right… You also may be a sex offender.

Now, so, you are 50 years old, and when you were 16, you had sex with this girl, your own age. She wanted to, and so did you. Do you think YOUR name should be on the Sex Offender Registry?

Do you think YOU should have to go through all the un-thoughtout crap that is being legislated?

How about this, you are 15 years old, your girlfriend is 13, you and she have sex. It is the first time for both of you and in the middle of it, her sister comes in and catches you and tells her mother.

You get arrested, convicted of a sex crime and because she is young, YOU have to register as a sex offender for LIFE.

You cannot go to any public park, you cannot live near any park or school, and you are plastered all over the news as a SEX OFFENDER.

Do you think that is right!???

That is what is happening in 50 states!

Thousands of people, who are NO threat to anyone are being banished from society.

All to protect children... right, All so politicians can climb the ladder of success!

Someone needs to stop this witch hunt. If you want to protect children, start thinking of all the children of the SEX OFFENDER who committed 1 crime 30 years ago, and has children, grand children and who all of a sudden is all over the news, his children are getting picked on at school, and his children have nobody to play with because everyone thinks their daddy is a pervert.

If you want to help children, help some of the little boys and girls, some teens, who were messing around, experimenting with sex, and got charged with a sex crime.

If you want to help children, make sweeping changes to all the laws so they look at the individual, each sex criminal and evaluate what needs to be done.

If a person pisses on a tree, he should not be labeled a sex criminal!

If a child gets caught having sex with a child… do not persecute them for life like a rapist!

If a person committed a crime 20 year ago, with no more crimes since… do not RE TRY HIM ON THE INTERNET AND SENTENCE HIM TO LIFETIME OSTRICIZATION FROM SOCIETY… that hurts his children, his wife, and all his relatives.

If a person commits a crime like rape, or involving a child… sentence the hell out of him.. then when he gets out of prision… supervise him just like you do all other criminals… if he stays clean, he is rehabilitated.. if not, he will hang himself.

Everyone deserves a second chance. Well, Just about everyone.. that is up to the Judge and the laws of the country.

This Adam Walsh Act, and other laws… sweeping laws that are RETROACTIVE are unconstitutional. They deny due process in that a person has no way to address the courts. No way to state their case before the courts. How can you PUNISH a person for a crime he paid for 30 years ago? That is what is going on, and the courts are calling it, Administrative!

Just like,,,, I did not have sexual relations with that woman… Same thing.

Kinda like…. We have to invade Iraq, to destroy all those weapons of Mass Destruction…… We know they have them, we have substantiated intelligence that they exist….. Bush talking… Bush / Bull… they kinda flow together.