Friday, April 16, 2010

An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Community Notification and Registration: Do the Best Intentions Predict the Best Practices?

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Abstract
This research measures group differences in recidivism before and after implementation of Megan's Law. The pre-post study consists of a total of 550 male sex offenders released during the years 1990 and 2000, of which 250 offenders were released during 1990 and 1994 (i.e., the pre-Megan's Law group) and 300 offenders were released between 1995 and 2000 (i.e., the post-Megan's Law group). Offenders were released from a general population setting and a sex offender specific treatment facility. The main variables of concern include: (1) recidivism levels, (2) days to first re-arrest, and (3) level of harm (i.e., number of sex offenses, violent offenses, and number of child victims). Statistical findings from chi-square and survival analysis testing indicate significant group differences on levels of general recidivism; however, no significant differences were identified on measures of sex offense recidivism. Implications of these findings on sex offender specific policies are discussed.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


CA - Sex offender pleads guilty to murdering 2 teens

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Okay, now he admitted it, and I hope he stays in prison until the day he dies. It's jerks like this person, who make all other sex offenders, and their families' lives a living hell. I cannot express my sympathy enough to the parents of these kids, nor do I think it's my place to do so, but I hope God blesses them and touches them to do what is right, and not just act on emotion and hatred!

04/16/2010

By ELLIOT SPAGAT

SAN DIEGO — Sex offender John Albert Gardner pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in San Diego County after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Gardner, 31, faces life in prison without parole for killing 14-year-old Amber Dubois and 17-year-old Chelsea King.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to rape another woman who was jogging in San Diego last year.

Gardner, wearing a dark blue jail jumpsuit with his shackled arms hanging at his sides, said nothing but "yes" repeatedly as the judge asked him for his pleas.

Amber vanished in February 2009, and the investigation produced few solid leads until Chelsea disappeared Feb. 25 during an afternoon run in a San Diego park about 10 miles south of the site where Amber vanished.

Gardner was arrested three days after Chelsea disappeared. He initially pleaded not guilty to her killing.

In a surprising turn, Gardner admitted Friday to kidnapping, raping and stabbing Amber. He also admitted dragging Chelsea to a remote area where he raped, strangled and buried her.

Sentencing was set for June 1.

Prosecutor Kristen Spieler told the judge the victims' families agreed to the plea agreement. She was not immediately available for comment after the hearing.

Chelsea's body was discovered March 2 in a shallow lakeside grave after a massive search. Prosecutors said Gardner was linked to the crime by DNA found on Chelsea's clothing.

Amber's bones were discovered March 6 in a rugged, remote area north of San Diego. She vanished with a $200 check to purchase a lamb she was going to raise for Future Farmers of America. The check was never cashed.

Escondido police identified Gardner as a suspect in Amber's death but have been silent on what led them to her remains.

Gardner served five years in prison after pleading guilty in 2000 to molesting a 13-year-old neighbor girl. Records show he later violated parole by moving too close to a school but was allowed to remain free.

Gardner's history of parole violations has led to calls to strengthen California's already stringent laws on sex predators.

Chelsea's parents, Brent and Kelly King, have traveled to Sacramento to announce the introduction of "Chelsea's Law," which would send some child molesters to prison for life after a first conviction and monitor others with tracking technology until they die.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


WA - SEX OFFENDER ISLAND (They say it's not a prison, so why the razor wire, and only 4 people have ever left?)

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04/06/2010

It's one of the most controversial and bizarre communities in America, where sex predators live on an island and most are never allowed to leave.

INSIDE EDITION went to to McNeil island which is about an hour outside of Seattle. It houses 280 violent sex offenders. The only way on or off the island is by ferry. The trip started with a strict search of all bags at the ferry dock. Then, security is so tight, INSIDE EDITION was told to turn off its cameras along the ferry route.

INSIDE EDITION arrived at what's known as Sex Offender Island, and it's like a modern day Alcatraz. But this is not a prison. Instead, it's a treatment center where sex offenders who've already served their prison sentence, are sent and detained indefinitely because they are considered likely to attack again.

Assistant superintendent Kathy Harris lead us on a tour of the facility, which, surprisingly, looks a lot like a college campus. Sexual predators walk freely to and from classes and live in private dorm rooms.

Believe it or not, at this treatment facility, even though these sex offenders are considered violent, the guards do not carry guns. In fact, they don't carry any weapons. Instead the facility relies on razor sharp fencing and 200 security cameras to maintain order.

INSIDE EDITION's Lisa Guerrero met _____, responsible for a string of horrific crimes. Guerrero asked _____ why he is on the island.

"I've been found to be a sexually violent predator," said _____.

"So you raped someone," said Guerrero.

"Yes, I have one first degree rape, I have 2 others first degree rapes that were dropped, second degree assault and I have 9 victims that were unreported," said _____.

It's a chilling admission. But _____ tells INSIDE EDITION he's rehabilitated because of therapy on the island and says he should be allowed to leave.

"There are assignments I do that are in the blue book. I've completed almost all of them. I'm rewriting my relapse prevention plan," said _____.

He says he's learned to control his demons but seconds later, what he says is shocking.

Guerrero asked, "You are willing to tell me that when you get out, if I live next door to you, there is not a one percent chance that you would ever hurt me?"

"I can't say that," said _____.

"Then that's scary," said Guerrero.

"Now wait a minute, wait a minute. We don't have no crystal ball here," said _____.

_____ participates in sex offender therapy but surprisingly most men on this island do not. That's because it's their choice.

Guerrero asked _____, "Tell me why you are here."

"I'm here because the state deemed me one of the worst of the worst of the sexually violent predators," said _____, who spends most of his time taking computer classes but chose not to enroll in the treatment program.

"How do you feel about being here," asked Guerrero.

"I imagine it would be considered necessary for the protection of the community," said _____.

But other sex offenders here argue that being detained on the island indefinitely is a violation of their rights.

_____ was convicted of child rape. He served time in prison before being sent to Sex Offender Island. He hopes to one day leave, but the odds are against him. Only four people have ever been unconditionally released back into society.

'You can't increase a person's punishment when they've done the maximum amount of time for the crime," said _____.

Guerrero asked superintendent Kelly Cunningham, "Do you think these guys can be cured?"

Kelly said, "Through treatment they're addressing their issues, their risk is being reduced, but nobody's claiming a cure for sex offending."


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


ND - Ex-policeman (Kyle Mackey) pleads guilty to sex charge involving a 14 year old female

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04/16/2010

A former LaMoure, N.D., police officer faces five to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Kyle Mackey pleaded guilty Wednesday to one Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition, LaMoure County State’s Attorney Kim Radermacher said.

Another GSI count was deferred for 10 years, so if Mackey doesn’t reoffend, it will essentially be dismissed, Radermacher said.

The remaining three charges – a third GSI count, luring a minor by electronic means and solicitation of a minor – will be dismissed, she said.

Mackey, who was 22 years old when he was charged in September, was accused of having sex with the girl and sending sexually explicit text messages to her. He resigned as LaMoure’s lone police officer on Aug. 13.

Under the plea agreement, Mackey will serve no less than five years in prison and no more than 15 years, Radermacher said.

Part of the presentence investigation will be to determine how long Mackey should have to register as a sex offender, she said. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

Radermacher said she believes the plea agreement is fair. Mackey’s relationship with the girl was factually consensual – although as a 14-year-old she can’t legally consent – and no force was alleged, she said.


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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin