Saturday, September 10, 2011

MN - Bloomington Residents Riled by Sex Offender Home

NE - Judiciary Hearing on Interim study to examine the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 and Nebraska's Sex Offender Registration Act

Original Article from eAdvocate


Hearing Date, Time & Place: Oct 11, 2011 Two Separate hearings will be held:

Hearing-1: 10:00 AM Room 1113 (Schedule also shows Rm: 1103, probably a typo)
Hearing-2: 1:00 PM Room 1113.

Topic: Interim study to examine the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 and Nebraska's Sex Offender Registration Act

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION 254 (PDF): Introduced by Ashford:

PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to study the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, Nebraska's Sex Offender Registration Act, and the recent changes to Nebraska statutes contained in Laws 2009, LB 285 (PDF). The study shall include, but not be limited to, the following issues:

  1. A review of which state statutes trigger sex offender registration requirements;
  2. A review of which state statutes do not pertain to children specifically or to specific sex crimes;
  3. A review of the cost to the State of Nebraska and Nebraska's counties to comply with sex offender-related requirements;
  4. A review of how often registrants are contacted by law enforcement and whether such contacts are entered into a law enforcement computer system so that other law enforcement agencies are aware of such contacts;
  5. A review of whether the manner in which a change in information is required to be reported is beneficial to the state and whether such manner is a hardship on those required to register and leads to more frequent legal contacts and incarceration;
  6. A review of the number of registrants that are recommitted to incarceration or detention because of criminal law violations;
  7. A review of the financial effects of a state being deemed noncompliant; and
  8. A review of whether the state is best served by the current "offense based" registry requirements or whether the state should revert back to an "assessment based" registry for purposes of public safety.

Folks in Nebraska may want to take notice and see if you can provide input to this hearing according to the rules of the Nebraska Legislature.

For now, have a great day and a better tomorrow.

Do Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws Affect Criminal Behavior

J. J. Prescott
University of Michigan Law School

Jonah E. Rockoff
Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

February 1, 2008

NBER Working Paper No. 13803
3rd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Papers
U of Michigan Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 08-006

In recent decades, sex offenders have been the targets of some of the most far-reaching and novel crime legislation in the U.S. Two key innovations have been registration and notification laws which, respectively, require that convicted sex offenders provide valid contact information to law enforcement authorities, and that information on sex offenders be made public. Using detailed information on the timing and scope of changes in state law, we study how registration and notification affect the frequency of sex offenses and the incidence of offenses across victims, and check for any change in police response to reported crimes. We find evidence that registration reduces the frequency of sex offenses by providing law enforcement with information on local sex offenders. As we predict from a simple model of criminal behavior, this decrease in crime is concentrated among local victims (e.g., friends, acquaintances, neighbors), while there is little evidence of a decrease in crimes against strangers. We also find evidence that community notification deters crime, but in a way unanticipated by legislators. Our results correspond with a model in which community notification deters first-time sex offenses, but increases recidivism by registered offenders due to a change in the relative utility of legal and illegal behavior. This finding is consistent with work by criminologists suggesting that notification may increase recidivism by imposing social and financial costs on registered sex offenders and making non-criminal activity relatively less attractive. We regard this latter finding as potentially important, given that the purpose of community notification is to reduce recidivism.

16 year old speaks on sex laws and the injustice in America

Video Description:
Sex laws in America harm countless innocent children. Politicians get paid to spread lies, hype and feed the Media frenzy about laws setup to protect children.

CANADA - Hudak sex offender plan may spark vigilantism, society says

Tim Hudak
Original Article
Earlier Story


By Glen McGregor

An organization that helps rehabilitate convicted criminals is warning that PC leader Tim Hudak’s (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) plan to publish the names and addresses of sex offenders could lead to vigilantism (articles, videos).

The PC “Changebook” policy platform says a Hudak government would make Ontario’s sex offender registry publicly available over the Internet.

Hudak on Friday promoted the policy in media interviews, saying it would keep kids safe from “child predators.”
- No it won't, but it does make Mr. Hudak look "tough" on crime, using exploitation, fear and the same lies as American politicians have used for years.  They will do and say anything to get elected or re-elected, and the sheeple should know that by now.

But the John Howard Society says it has serious reservations about publishing offenders names online.

We don’t think it would be particularly effective in safeguarding the public and might well, as we’ve seen in the U.S., jeopardize the safety of some of the individuals on the registry,” said Catherine Latimer, the organization’s national executive director.

If people know who sex offenders are and where they are, it provokes citizens to not just protect themselves but, on occasion, take reprisals or do nasty things.”

Latimer says it is important that police and parole officials have access to this information, but making the names and addresses public would be a way of “asserting greater punishment on offences we don’t like.”

A spokesman for the Hudak campaign said protecting children is more important than the risk of vigilantism.
- I think you mean helping Mr. Hudak get elected, or re-elected, don't you?

We think the rights of families and kids trump those concerns,” said Jason Lietaer in an e-mail.

Many U.S. states and counties publish online registries of convicted sex offenders who have been paroled or served their sentences. Most have names, photographs, addresses, descriptions of the crimes, and some even list license plate numbers and descriptions of the sex offenders’ vehicles.
- So just because the U.S. does it, doesn't mean it's the best thing to do, history has proven that.

The registries have compelled some municipal governments to restrict where sex offenders can live. The listings have also triggered harassment and, in some cases, violence.
- Yes it does, and you can see more for yourself, here and here.

A Nova Scotia who killed two sex offenders in Maine before shooting himself in 2006 was believed to have used the state’s online registry to track down his victims. The registry was temporarily shut down because of the incident.

In Washington State in 2005, a 36-year-old man turned himself into police and admitted he had shot and killed two child rapists. Police believed he had selected at least one of the victims from the county sheriff’s sex offender web site.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintains a national sex offender registry, and the Ontario government has its own database of people convicted of sex crimes. Neither is published online and both are out of reach of open-records laws.
- And this is how it should be, and how it was in the U.S. before the sex offender hysteria took a hold.

The PC platform also calls for sex offenders to wear GPS ankle bracelets so police can track them at all times.

To push its message, the Hudak campaign put out a press release this week flagging a case in Leamington, Ont, where convicted sex offender Sarah Dahle drew protests from her neighbours because she was living near a public school. Dahle later moved to London, Ont., though police there have not published her address.

Ontario families face a clear choice between Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Party who will post the names and addresses of registered sex-offenders like Sarah Dahle, or Dalton McGuinty who opposes informing local parents if a registered sex-offender is living in their community,” the Hudak campaign said in a press release.
- Yep, it's all about politics and elections, as usual!