Friday, November 20, 2009

CA - Civil Commitment for Sexually Violent Predators

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11/16/2009

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court heard arguments in a case regarding whether Sexually Violent Predators can be civilly committed in California for an indefinite period of time. A ruling by the state high court will determine the constitutionality of Proposition 83, better known as Jessica’s Law, passed by state voters in 2006.

This episode of Law in 10 features the attorney who argued the state’s case on behalf of civil commitment in “People v. McKee,” Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinreb, an adjunct professor at California Western.


"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King - United States Constitution | Bill of Rights

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FL - Barbara Farris - Vigilante on a campaign to kick offenders out

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CO - Test Drive an iPhone App about Sex Offenders

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Garbage in, garbage out.  Just a company wanting to exploit people's fear to make a quick buck, IMO. People are gullible, and will buy anything.

11/20/2009

COLORADO SPRINGS  - Another proof-positive to make sure you don’t believe everything you read on the internet or on your phone. I did some research on a popular iPhone application that’s called the Offender Locator. You load it on your phone, set a location and within a mile you find out which registered sex offenders are living near you. I took this app for a spin and discovered it had some flaws.

I used the free app that only allows you to get 10 offender addresses. Colorado Springs Police Sgt. Bill Dehart researched the ten names that I got back from the Offender Locater. Of the 10, six addresses of the people on the Offender Locater were wrong. Another surprising revelation of the list one of the offenders was dead and had been for a year, others moved and another was in jail.

The Colorado Springs Police Department had the right information about all these registered sex offenders, Offender Locator did not.

I contacted Offender Locator CEO, Trip Wakefield, to make sense of the discrepancies. He told me that his company constantly updates their information.

There are 50 states, it’s not an easy task to keep it updated.” Wakefield added, “That’s why if you read our terms and conditions it spells it out clearly, this is more of a guide.”
- I think it's more of a way to make some quick cash!

At first Wakefield and another company executive didn’t know where the information was coming from during my conversations with them. I asked specifically if it was from law enforcement. Both told me it was from something they referred to as a “registry.” I kept pressing and finally one day before my story aired, I received an email that said the information was from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Wakefield added in the email, “Colorado is just one of the states that is being updated and by Friday, November 20th it will be the freshest state we have on record.”
- Yeah, because of a news agency exposing the incorrect info.

I checked the CBI site and the iPhone app Thursday night to see if there was still any discrepancy. Previously, there were six names wrong on the Offender Locator a week ago when I checked. As of right now, four of them are still on the iPhone app including the man who died. The CBI site has all the names right.

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"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King - United States Constitution | Bill of Rights

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