Thursday, April 7, 2011

IL - House Passes Murderer Registry Bill

Original Article

04/06/2011

The Illinois House has voted to create the nation's first registry of first-degree murderers.
- Yet another registry that will cost millions, and not prevent murder, nor protect anybody.  Why not sentence them to life in prison instead?

Like the sex offender registry and the child murderer registry, Illinois State Police would post first-degree murderers' names, addresses, places of employment and a photo of each on the registry website so the public can know who lives next door.
- So you have a child murderer registry?  Why not just call it the "murderer" registry, or better yet, why not put all criminals on one registry and call it the "criminal registry?"  Which would save millions of dollars and not waste millions!

If a murderer has been out for 10 years and has had no issues with police, then they would not be required to register. First-degree murderers who move to Illinois from out of state would also be required to let police know of their whereabouts, and if someone doesn't register, it'd be a class 4 felony with a one- to three year prison sentence.
- Wow, someone who kills someone in cold blood, can be off the registry in 10 years, yet a sex offender is on it for life, for one mistake, which may not even involve a child or killing someone.  Doesn't sound fair to me.  But then again, they don't call it the injustice system for nothing.

State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), the bill sponsor, says it's about informing the public, but State Representative Monique Davis (D-Chicago), the lone "no" vote on the bill, disagrees.

"This registry would stigmatize ex-offenders in any community, making it harder for them to get jobs, housing and education," said Davis. "When we make it harder for people to turn their lives around, we increase the risk factors for recidivism."
- Amen, and I bet this lady voted for the sex offender registry, which does the same.  Just the usual hypocrite, IMO.

Reboletti says there are about 500 first-degree murderers on parole in Illinois who would be subject to the law. He says another 3,500 have the potential for being released in the future.
- Well, if they were not bypassing the constitution (and their oath of office), then these people would not be subjected to the ex post facto law, now would they?

H.B. 263 (PDF) passed the Illinois House 97-1-4 and now heads to the Illinois Senate.


RI - State weighs involuntary commitment for sex predators

Original Article

04/06/2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Faced with the impending release of a man convicted in the brutal slaying of a 5-year-old boy, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering new ways to keep violent sexual predators off the streets — possibly for good.
- Why was he not sentenced to life in prison in the first place? Then this would not be an issue!

Lawmakers reviewed legislation Wednesday to allow the state to hold sexual predators in a mental health facility for treatment once they've served their criminal sentence.

Some 20 states already have civil commitment laws on the books, despite criticism from some mental health professionals and civil liberties groups that question the cost, legality and value of such programs.

Lawmakers who support the legislation say [name withheld]'s early release shows that such a law is worth it if it protects the public.

"Occasionally we have extraordinarily violent, perverse predators who are a danger to society," said the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Joseph McNamara, D-Warwick. "They get due process. They can appeal. But there comes a point in time where protecting the public must be the priority."
- Yes, occasionally, glad you pointed that out. People like this are rare, yet we punish and treat all sex offenders as if they are this man! And all criminals, regardless of their crime, are ENTITLED to due process and Constitutional rights, period. You took an oath to defend the constitutional rights of everyone, but here you are okay with bypassing that oath, and this persons rights, for your own "justice?" The injustice system should have sentenced him to life in the first place! And you know he will not be treated, but locked up in a place that costs millions of OUR dollars? Wow, no wonder the system is screwed up!

[name withheld] killed Jason Foreman in South Kingstown in 1975 and kept the boy's shellacked bones in his home for years. He was convicted in 1983 after he attacked a paperboy.

[name withheld] is scheduled to be released in August. He shaved 12 years off his sentence by earning good behavior credits in prison.

John Foreman, Jason Foreman's father, has said he thinks about killing [name withheld] every day. Lawmakers say they're sympathetic.

"Were this individual to be released I would not lose a moment's sleep if he were issued a death sentence by a mob," said Rep. Michael Chippendale, R-Foster. "If we had the death sentence in Rhode Island I think it certainly would apply to this individual."
- And you are condoning violence against this man? I personally believe in the bible, and that everyone can be helped and saved, and that murder, regardless of who is doing it, is a sin, but that is just me.

Supporters of civil commitment say it not only protects the public but offenders too, and gets them the mental health treatment they need.
- So why do they not get the help they may need in prison? Why wait until after they are out to get help, and waste millions of tax payer dollars? Is that not what prison is suppose to be about? Rehabilitation and reintegration back into society? Or is it just a warehouse?

Under McNamara's bill, authorities would have to show to a court that the offender is likely to commit another violent sexual act without treatment. Committed individuals could appeal the decision and petition for their release. They would be re-evaluated annually.
- And I'm sure many will appeal, and thus wasting more money!

McNamara's bill would apply only to individuals convicted of sexual offenses after July 1.


OH - Lebanon council considers sex offender ordinance

Original Article

04/06/2011

By Tiffany Teasley

LEBANON - According to the Warren County Sheriff's office sex offender registry there are currently about 39 registered sex offenders living freely in Warren County.

"It's a wide concern for many and they're spread throughout the entire city," said Lebanon City Council member Matthew Rodriguez.

The number of registered sex offenders is part of the reason Rodriguez says council is considering an ordinance that would take state laws a step further, not only prohibiting sex offenders from living with 1000 feet of schools, but also limiting where they can hang out.

"Limit sex offenders within 300 feet of the permitted area, of public parks, public schools, churches," Rodriguez said.
- This is not about protecting children, IMO, it's about further punishment.  Kids "hang out" everywhere.  The mall, store, local street corner, skate park, creek, etc.  If a person has the intent on harming a child, nothing will prevent it.

Sex offenders who disobey the law could face a $500 fine or six weeks in jail, the goal is to create a 300 ft buffer zone to protect children where they would normally hang out and play.

"This aids in a tool for the police department, provided if there is a sexual predator, to place a very stern warning, or if there is sufficient evidence to proceed further," Rodriguez said.

Council is expected to vote on the measure at next week's city council meeting.