Monday, March 8, 2010

CA - Outrage Over California Murders (Convicted and condemned even before a court appearance!)

When you force the police to monitor all 100% of sex offenders instead of the 5% who are truly dangerous, what do you expect? Take those who are not dangerous off the registry and monitor those who are truly dangerous. But, even then, it won't stop something like this from occurring again!

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GA - Sex Offenders and their Supporters Lobby Georgia Lawmakers for Reform

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03/08/2010

By RWVNRAL

Facing some of the most restrictive laws anywhere in the nation, registered sex offenders in Georgia are finding support from an unlikely source: people who helped write the laws.

Last weekend, sex offenders in Georgia took a step towards replacing the failed policy of registration and residency restrictions with a policy based on reason and with the goal of making their communities safer, actually protecting children, and restoring the nation's international image for fairness and basic respect of human rights.

On Saturday, March 6, 2010, Georgians for Reform held a twelve hour conference in the Georgia State Capital. In attendance were more than 180 friends and supporters.

Speakers included a District Attorney who participated in writing the original legislation creating the sex offender registry in Georgia, a Defense Attorney who addressed the ex post facto aspects of the registry, a lobbyist, a lawyer, and a sociologist who spoke about the wrong directions taken by the registry and its detrimental effects on both registrants and society as a whole. Several religious leaders also spoke about the challenges sex offender registrations pose to the faith community. Prison counselors and chaplains spoke on the reality of the registry for those incarcerated and released. Also in attendance was Paul Shannon, who helped establish Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL), a national advocacy organization for sex offenders and their families.

Every speaker, including the attorney who participated in the original legislation, told those gathered that the registry is a failed policy and serves as an extension of criminal punishment--a violation of Due Process protections guaranteed to every American citizen by the Fourteenth Amendment.

To gather close to 190 people in conference, the majority of whom are not on the registry, in the state of Georgia, leaves little room for anyone to claim it can't be done. Who now can claim that society has written off persons convicted of a sex offense, that these people have no support, that these people do not deserve the basic human dignity spoken of so eloquently in our own Declaration of Independence? Who can continue to support the hyperbole, ignoring the statistical facts presented by the United States Department of Justice, or the reality of systemic failure on the part of registry schemes from state to state?

The guiding principle of the Georgians for Reform conference was that no speaker would be asked to address their topic from the organization's stated perspective. Each speaker was asked to address the conference from his own perspective about the registry and was not vetted in advance about that perspective as a contingency for invitation. Speakers were invited because they satisfied one of the criteria of conference presenters: professional status in law enforcement, the clergy, the legal field, the study of sociology, psychology, or in the practice of therapy.

That each of the speakers in attendance came to the same conclusion about the registry as a failed policy speaks very loudly.

Georgians For Reform is deeply disturbed by the failure of sex offender registries to prevent incidents of human suffering at the hands of people such as Phillip Garrido and Anthony Sowell (both cases of sexual predation and abuse by registered sex offenders). We mourn the loss of Chelsea King, and we believe that the failed registration policies are partially responsible for her loss and the terrible pain felt by her family and friends.

Georgians For Reform demands that these failed policies be eliminated and replaced with policies based on the best available and empirical evidence. Such action--and the development of reasonable policies--will make our nation's communities safer, protect children, and protect the right of people to heal and move forward. More importantly, law enforcement agencies will be able to focus on the truly dangerous offenders in their local communities.

Georgians For Reform will continue to speak out against these failed policies and demand a reform that works towards making our communities safer, protecting our children, and respecting the dignity of human beings. We will no longer accept ‘feel good’ policies that protect no one, lend a false sense of security, and help foster an environment that makes our children and communities less safe.


"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln


TX - Cibolo proposes strict sex offender ordinance

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03/08/2010

By Brian New

The City of Cibolo may soon be the latest Texas community to enact an ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live.

The proposal would prohibit sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park, among other places children gather.

Cibolo Police Chief Gary Cox said this would put more than 85% of the developed areas of city off-limits to sex offenders.

The proposal would also prohibit sex offenders from loitering within 300 feet of those same areas.

Currently, there are a half of dozen registered sex offenders living within the city limits of Cibolo. Those offenders would be grandfathered in under the proposal.

The city is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the issue March 23rd at 6:00 pm at the Cibolo City Hall.

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GA - 4 Clayton Officers Fired Amid Sex, Drug Claims

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03/08/2010

CLAYTON COUNTY - Channel 2 Action News investigative reporter Mark Winne has obtained a letter from Clayton County Police Chief Tim Robinson detailing shocking allegations of inappropriate conduct from four officers.

The officers are accused of not reporting corruption, supplying drugs at illegal sex parties and even having sex on the job. The letter follows a three-month internal investigation that the police union calls flawed.

Unfortunately this morning, we had four officers that were terminated,” said Clayton County police spokesperson Lt. Tina Daniel.

The very culture of the Clayton County Police Department that allowed this behavior to exist must be purged, and replaced with the core values of honor, courage, integrity and commitment,” said Robinson in a memo to county chief of staff Alex Cohillas.

We did partner with the GBI and the FBI on this, and there was some very damning information,” said Daniel.

Records said Detective Jerald Parks allegedly participated in sex parties and provided drugs to participants and was accused of intentionally botching a kidnapping investigation for personal reasons.

Late Monday afternoon, a union official said Parks went to no sex parties, never provided drugs and didn't party with the other accused officers.

In Officer Lonon Norwood's case, a document stated that a polygraph examiner's opinion was deception was indicated when Norwood denied selling any illegal drugs since he's been a Clayton County police officer. He's also accused of being untruthful about paying for a hotel room for a woman and her sisters.

A memo stated that Sgt. David Robinson failed to take corrective action as a supervisor and admitted to having sex on duty.

It indicates Sgt. Willie Holliday has been accused of failing to report or take action on information regarding police corruption ... and that he admitted "he witnessed two incidents of excessive force but took no action."

There are many, many officers that work hard every day, put their lives on the line with great integrity and courage and then to have something like this happen …it’s just a very sad day,” said Daniel.

International Brotherhood of Police Officers lawyer Kliff Grimes says at least three of the officers are IBPO members and from what he knows the investigation is flawed. Grimes said the officers maintain their innocence and will fight to keep their jobs.


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The Take Away - Where Should Sex Offenders Live After Prison?

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KY - Inmate squirts breast milk on deputy

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03/05/2010

A very unusual assault on an officer has more than doubled the trouble for a woman in Owensboro, Kentucky.

A very unusual assault on an officer has more than doubled the trouble for a woman in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Thirty-one-year-old _____ was arrested Thursday for public
intoxication, a misdemeanor. But it's what she did later that has people talking.

As _____ changed into an inmate uniform, she squirted a stream of breast milk into the face of the female deputy watching over her.

After the deputy decontaminated herself from the bio-hazard, _____ was charged with third degree assault on a police officer. Her bond was set at ten-thousand dollars due to the felony charge.
- Felony? Biohazard?  Hell, better contact all woman in this country that their breast milk is a biohazard!!! Guess she was carrying a concealed weapon(s).


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CA - Experts say the public has 'unrealistic expectations' about preventing sex crimes

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03/07/2010

By SARAH BURGE

The arrest of a southwest Riverside County sex offender in the death of a 17-year-old San Diego County girl last week has stirred public anger over authorities' failure to prevent a known child molester from harming another teen.

In particular, the crime has raised questions about the effectiveness of the Megan's Law Web site, which is supposed to prevent sex crimes by helping police keep track of known offenders and making parents more aware of potential threats in their neighborhoods.
- No, Megan's law is NOT suppose to PREVENT crime, it is just to let the public know who lives around them.  It will NEVER prevent any crime!

Outraged comments have filled Internet discussion boards -- including the Facebook page created by Chelsea King's family during last week's massive search for the Poway High School senior, whose body was found Tuesday.
- And the anger is understandable, but what ever happened to "Innocent until proven guilty?"  Everyone has basically condemned this man to death on speculation alone!  Wait until he goes to court, then you can wish the man dead, if you chose.

But academics and law enforcement officials say the public has unrealistic expectations about the ability of tools like Megan's Law to prevent sex crimes -- especially the rare cases such as Chelsea's involving lethal attacks by strangers.

"There's no way to create a zero-risk universe for this," said Franklin Zimring, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law. "That's not merely hard, that's impossible."

What's more, there is no evidence to suggest that Megan's Law even reduces the incidence of sex crimes, said Richard Tewksbury, a professor of justice administration at the University of Louisville in Kentucky who has studied the effects of sex offender registries.

_____, 30, is the man suspected of raping and murdering King. He also is charged with attempted rape in a December attack on a woman jogging in the same park where King disappeared and was convicted nearly 10 years ago of molesting a 13-year-old girl at his mother's home in Rancho Bernardo. The conviction landed his name, photograph and home address on the Megan's Law online listing of registered sex offenders.

Megan's Law, named for a 7-year-old New Jersey girl killed by a sex offender who moved to her neighborhood, was enacted in California in 1996 to give the public access to information about such offenders. The state Megan's Law Web site was launched in 2004. More than 63,000 sex offenders are listed on the site, which receives millions of hits each year.
- It gets so many hits because the media and politicians continue to blow stuff out of proportion.  Those who kill kids account for less than 5% of all sex offenders, yet they always make the front page news, and get pounding into everyone's minds day in and day out, scaring everyone!

Sex offenders are required to update their registrations at least annually, within five days of their birthday. Upon release from jail or prison, or moving to a new address, sex offenders must register at the local police agency.

As far as Riverside County authorities know, _____ had met all the registration requirements when he reported to the Lake Elsinore sheriff's station in January to notify officials of his new address in the nearby community of Lakeland Village. Escondido police, too, say _____ appears to have checked in regularly until he moved in January.

Since _____'s arrest Feb. 28, news reports have revealed that in 2000, San Diego County prosecutors allowed _____ to plead guilty to lesser charges in the attack on the 13-year-old, even though one of the psychiatrists who interviewed him said he posed a continuing threat to underage girls. _____ served five years of a six-year prison sentence. He was released in September 2005 and completed his parole in September 2008.

Police now fear _____ might have been involved in the disappearance of Escondido 14-year-old Amber Dubois in February 2009 and perhaps an attempted kidnapping of a 16-year-old Lake Elsinore girl in October.
- So what makes them think this?  Or are they trying to find a scapegoat to blame it on?

Escondido police announced Sunday that skeletal remains found in a remote area of the Pala Indian Reservation on Saturday had been positively identified as those of Dubois, who had disappeared while walking to school.

Riverside County authorities said they had no reason to be more suspicious of _____ than any of the other registered sex offenders in the area. When _____ registered in Lake Elsinore, authorities checked his background for red flags and found none.

There are more than 3,400 registered sex offenders in Riverside County and another 2,700 in San Diego County, all of whom law enforcement view as having the potential to commit another sex crime, said Ron Garcia, director of a multi-agency Riverside County task force that targets sex offenders.
- Every single person on the face of this planet has a "potential" of committing a crime!!!

Until last week, authorities had no idea _____ posed a heightened threat.

"How were we supposed to know that -- that this guy is a ticking time bomb?" Garcia asked.
- You will never know.  We cannot read minds!  This is not Minority Report!

NO PERFECT REMEDIES

Zimring said that after an extreme case like King's, "there is a tendency to say, 'What were we doing wrong?'"

Legislators and voters enact "expensive and extreme" measures such as Megan's Law or Jessica's Law, which limits where sex offenders can live and mandates monitoring of sex offenders with global-positioning system ankle bracelets such as the one Gardner wore while on parole.

"How does that prevent this crime?" Zimring asked. "You know where he is, but you don't know where the victim is or who the victim will be."

Others suggest locking up the dangerous sex offenders for life.

"That would be fine," Zimring said, "if we had a good way of predicting."

Tewksbury said the focus on cases such as Chelsea King's reinforces the misconception that sex offenders tend to target children they don't know and are more likely to be repeat offenders. In fact, more than 70 percent of children molested are victimized by close friends or relatives, he said. And most sex offenders do not re-offend.

"The majority are really not that dangerous to the public," Tewksbury said, but figuring out the small percentage who are is difficult.

Treatment programs and extremely close monitoring would be helpful in determining which sex offenders might commit more crimes, but it would be prohibitively expensive given the large number of people on sex offender registries, he said.
- You will never, ever, ever be able to predict if someone will strike again.  If we could do that, then we'd be free of crime all together!

California already has strict laws targeting sex offenders and a network of county task forces that focus exclusively on sex offenders.

Garcia said the Riverside County task force he directs is one of the more aggressive task forces in the state and has 36 full-time team members drawn from local law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff's Department, district attorney's office and county probation. Much of their time is spent making sure sex offenders comply with registration requirements. In 2009, the task force performed 4,600 compliance checks, Garcia said.

The Chelsea King case is not the first to raise concerns about sex offender monitoring.

For years until his arrest in August, registered sex offender Phillip Garrido managed to conceal from authorities the fact that Jaycee Dugard was being held captive in his Northern California backyard, along with the two children he had fathered with her. He is accused of kidnapping Dugard in 1991 when she was 11 years old.

Statistically speaking, it might make more sense to spend limited resources not on sex offender registries, but on public safety problems that are more preventable and affect greater numbers of people, such as highway safety, Zimring said.

"You're more likely to get struck by lightning," he said, than to get raped and murdered by a stranger.

"That doesn't make us any less horrified when this kind of worst case happens," Zimring said.


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