Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CT - Bill To Limit Where Sex Offenders Can Live

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It's all for votes, and so they can grandstand and look like they are actually doing something!


Idea Could Cause Problems For Authorities

HARTFORD - A bill being proposed by Hartford Rep. Kelvin Roldan (Contact) will forbid a registered sex offender from living within 2,000 feet of a school or day care.

If someone were to head to Hartford's Dutch point neighborhood, it's quite obvious why Roldan is proposing the bill. A pair of homeless shelters, known to house registered sex offenders, sits near a school for autistic children.

Roldan said, "They are being shipped to the cities harming the quality of life of our cities, and on top of that, putting children in harm's way."

Roldan, who lives in a city with more than 500 registered sex offenders at any one time, has a bill forbidding them from living within 2,000 feet of any school or day care, making it almost impossible to live anywhere in Hartford. Connecticut's Commissioner of Public Safety said it runs against the spirit of the sex offender registry.

Commissioner John Danaher said, "The experience we've seen with this kind of law in other jurisdictions is that the registered sex offenders just go underground. They live where they want, and we no longer know where they are."

Anna Doroghazi, of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, added most sex offenders commit their crimes against someone they know, putting it in question how much Roldan's bill would really help.

Doroghazi said, "It doesn't do anything to address the offender who is already living in the same house as a child, or the offender who's in the classroom with the child, or the offender who has volunteered to coach with a team."

Roldan said he understands that, but said his city needs some kind of relief from registered sex offenders who come to its urban shelters, often the only places they can go once they're out of prison.

Roldan said, "The Connecticut sex offender facility has been stalled for quite a significant amount of time. At one point, we were talking about 24 beds, then 18 beds, then 12 beds, but right now we have absolutely no beds yet, the cities are the ones taking the brunt of the issue."

Another idea Danaher proposed was to forbid registered sex offenders from loitering, rather than living, within 2,000 feet of a school or day care.

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CA - Chelsea’s Law could create one-strike provision for sex offenders

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Just another politician exploiting a child's death, so he can look better to the public. Nothing will EVER prevent this from happening, but it will get politicians the votes they need. When and why did we get a way from naming laws SB-XXXX, HB-XXXX, and start attaching a child's names to it? Who in their right mind would not vote for a law with a child's name attached to it? I'm surprised Obama didn't name the Healthcare bill after some dead child. The people who commit horrendous crimes and kill children, account for less than 5% of all sex offenders, yet politicians act in the typical knee jerk reaction to exploit the issue for their own gain, while not actually doing nothing to prevent crime or educate people. It's called FEAR-MONGERING! Why are we not creating millions of laws due to children being killed by gangs, drugs, bullying, etc? Where are the laws for this, in their name? Oh yeah, sex offenders are easier targets!


By Joseph Peña

A law that could create a one-strike provision and reform parole and monitoring for registered sex offenders will be introduced into legislation in April, a state lawmaker said Tuesday.

The investigation into the death of 17-year-old Chelsea King prompted the proposed law, Chelsea’s Law.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (Contact) and Chelsea’s parents, Brent and Kelly King, gathered Tuesday to announce the legislative effort and a timeline for the Assembly Public Safety Committee to consider it.

"The primary responsibility of government is public safety; the protection of the innocent, the vulnerable, our children,” Fletcher said. “This has to be our highest priority.”

According to Fletcher’s office, the law will focus primarily on increasing penalties for sex offenders who target children, but it will have a broad impact, too. The one-strike provision could increase the maximum penalty for sex offenders, and require lifetime parole. It could also improve GPS monitoring and require any parole violations by sex offenders to be reviewed by the Board of Parole Hearings, not board staff.

If our laws were smarter and bolder, Chelsea might still be here today,” said Brent King.

Chelsea King, a senior at Poway High School, went missing Feb. 25. Her body was found in a shallow grave on the shore of Lake Hodges March. 2.

_____, a registered sex offender, was arrested and charged with murder with a special circumstance of rape or attempted rape in King’s death. He was also charged with a Dec. 27 attack on a jogger in the park where King’s body was found. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.

_____, who was registered on the Megan’s Law Web site in Lake Elsinore, was cited for seven parole violations after serving a five-year prison term for pleading guilty to molesting and beating a 13-year-old girl in 2000. He was never ordered back to prison.

The criminal justice system failed Chelsea King,” Fletcher said.

Under intense scrutiny in the _____ case, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on March 19 ordered increased monitoring of all sex offenders and increased home visits for registered sex offenders on parole.
- This still will not prevent another tragedy like this from occurring!

The inspector general and the sex offender management board launched separate investigations into _____’s case, Fletcher said, and the state issued an immediate end to a policy of destroying criminal field files one year after parole was served.

Fletcher said these are “small steps in the right direction,” but more needs to be done. He and his staff have reviewed laws and consulted with law enforcement agencies, legal experts, past parole officials and other legislators to build a foundation for Chelsea’s Law.
- So what about sex offender experts and human/civil rights lawyers?  You have stacked the deck in your favor, as usual!


Fletcher said he and others will continue refining the law before announcing its components.

We owe it to the memory of Chelsea King to get this right,” he said.

Fletcher and the Chelsea’s Light Foundation — an organization formed in the wake of King’s death — will host a Chelsea’s Law forum March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Maranatha Chapel in Rancho Bernardo. Fletcher said he and Brent and Kelly King want to provide information about existing sex offender laws, and allow the community to give input on Chelsea’s Law.
- More people exploiting their child's death to make a buck? Time will tell.  This man has not even been found guilty, by a court of law yet, and we are already condemning him, and making laws on speculations, as usual!

Authorities are also investigating whether _____ is involved with the disappearance and death of 14-year-old Amber Dubois, whose remains were found March 6 in Pala.

Kelly King said when her “precious baby girl” was born, she promised her daughter she’d love her “with all my being, my heart, and my energy.”

Kelly said Chelsea’s death did not change the promise. Rather, she said, she made a new promise.

I promise to do all I can to protect other daughters and other mothers from this incomprehensible nightmare I’m walking through,” Kelly said. “I can’t do this alone … I need every parent, every lawmaker, every citizen to stand with me. I’m strong but the weight of this task ahead will take every one of us doing the right thing to make sure this promise can never be broken.”
- These are good intentions, but no matter what you do, nor the tons of unconstitutional laws you pass, it will not "prevent" another crime like this from occurring.  But, it does make folks rich, and get the voted into office. That is called child exploitation!

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NM - Las Cruces Woman (Michelle Holcomb) Arrested In False Rape Claim

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LAS CRUCES - Police say a Las Cruces woman has been arrested for falsely claiming that she had been sexually assaulted.

Police say 20-year-old Michelle Holcomb is charged with one count of filing a false police report. She's jailed at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on $1,000 bond.

Police say were dispatched to Holcomb's home Sunday afternoon after the woman claimed that she had been drugged and raped during a party Saturday night. She was taken to Memorial Medical Center for an examination while detectives followed up on her allegations.

Through their investigation, detectives learned that Holcomb's story was possibly fabricated. They say Holcomb later admitted she made up the story to avoid getting in trouble with her parents for staying out late Saturday night.

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

LA - Tough on 'monsters'

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Politically, it's hard for a governor to go wrong when he's using child sexual predators as his own punching bag. That's what Gov. Bobby Jindal (Contact) did when he sped through town 10 days ago.

He talked the talk: "I want the message to the monsters that prey on our innocent children to be very clear: 'We will track you down, we will root you out, we will find you online and when we do we will punish you with every tool we have.'" Want more?

"We will take away your freedom, your possessions, we will label you as a sex offender and will do everything we can to keep you away from children." That's what our governor said.

But Jindal also walked the walk, at least for what may be significant steps. The governor was here to promote a package of five bills — they will be considered in the 2010 regular legislative session that begins at the month's end — that will give prosecutors and law enforcement officers more tools with which to press the fight against child predators.

Here, in essence, is what Jindal's legislation would propose to do: strengthen punishments for possession or distribution of child pornography, toughen penalties when Internet solicitation results in sexual conduct, streamline the subpoena process, allow police to seize and sell equipment used in the commission of some sex crimes and toughen sentences for second-time offenders. That all sounds good.

The greater question is how the bills will jibe with the Constitution and whether they represent significant steps forward. Yes, we Louisianians want law enforcement and prosecutors to have all necessary tools to combat child predators. But we should also want carefully crafted bills that will become real tools, not political talking points. We hope that prosecutors and law enforcement officers who are touting the governor's package have had ample input into the process of creating the legislation and that the lawmakers who debate and pass the legislation will make sure the bills are worthy.

The administration is right to press this issue as often as necessary to meet the changing, ever more powerful technology offenders use. But effective law enforcement and vigorous prosecution take more than tough talk. They take tough, constitutional laws.

Speedier prosecution might help the cause even more. Consider the case of _____, a former Ouachita School Board member who was arrested in 2007, accused of indecent behavior with a juvenile after an Internet sting. Nearly three years have passed since _____'s arrest, but the case still awaits trial in Caddo Parish. Such long waits for justice — one way or the other — leave defendants dangling and the state's tough message muddled. Let's fix that, too.

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