Tuesday, January 3, 2012

NJ - Assembly may take up N.J. standards for sex offender residency

Original Article

01/03/2012

By Phil Gregory

(Listen) Time is running out for the New Jersey Assembly to set statewide guidelines on where sex offenders can live.

The legislation would permit municipalities to enact an ordinance preventing convicted sex offenders from living within 500 feet of schools, playgrounds, and child-care centers.

Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt said Tuesday previous efforts by individual towns to set restrictions were declared unconstitutional.

"Many of our townships were setting the distance from a playground or child-care center to be 2,500 feet—in which case, in some of the municipalities, that would not allow anybody to live," she said.

The state Senate passed the bill in April.

Lampitt, who said the legislation would provide uniformity that could withstand challenges, said she hopes the Assembly will approve it at its final meeting of the current session Monday.

"We're instituting something that's constitutional. We're doing it in a way that can be cost effective for our municipalities and, most importantly, keeping our children safe," she said.
- Passing ex post facto laws, adding additional punishment onto people who have already been convicted and served their time, are unconstitutional, if the Constitution meant anything anymore, and, many studies have been published that shows residency laws do nothing to "protect" children.  If someone has the intent on harming a child, ex-sex offender or not, they will commit the crime, if that is their intent, so it "protects" nobody!


I am not a sex offender but I want to speak out without alienating my friends and family

Submitted to us via the "Contact Us" form, and posted with the author's permission.

01/03/2012

By Anonymous:
I am a bystander in this whole sex offender thing but I am an adult male (the person most typically falsely accused because people see every adult male as some sort of predictor to be) and with all this hysteria I am afraid that it will some day effect me or my family.

I want to speak out against this stuff because I believe it is WRONG to do this to people and that the laws are getting out of hand and are sweeping up innocent people left and right and not even trying to fix the real problems.

I however have a problem, most of my friends and family are very brainwashed and pro sex offender laws. I hope it is due to ignorance but I fear if I say anything I may end up without friends or family and maybe even accused of being a closet sex offender.

What can I do to help farther the cause and minimize my risk or is it even possible?


WA - Sex Offender Supervision Super-Team

Original Article

They fail to mention, this is only for those on probation or parole.

01/02/2012

RICHLAND -- Corrections officers like Bryan Stading never go on sex offender visits alone. It used to be two D.O.C officers. Then police would be called in for extra help when needed. Now, they save time and money by carpooling. The move saved an entire corrections officer salary, at least $50,000 a year. Not only does combining the two agencies into one building save money, but it also makes for a sex offender supervision super team.

And Richland Officer Shepard explains,"They can go into the house and check for new violations."

But at Standing's point of view he says, "Having the police with me, allows us to hold them if we come across a new crime, he's able to arrest the offender."

The team makes its checks at all times of the day. Especially at night, when offenders are likely to break probation or even re-offend.
- So where are the facts to back up this nonsense?  I have NEVER read any study that says ex-sex offenders are more likely to re-offend at night, that is a load of BS!

"We can open up the fridge, if they have nothing to hide, they have nothing to hide. Their cell phones, we can look at those. Everything in their possession is subject to search," Stading says. For offenders, it's a form of therapy, which is another sector of the state that is facing budget issues.
- The fridge, really?  Do you think they are freezing a child or something?  A form of therapy?  Wow, you folks really know how to pile on the BS, don't you?

One offender tells KEPR, "That accountability works well for me. I need that to make sure I stay on the right track to continue to do the right thing."
- Just because one offender needs to be baby sat, doesn't mean all do.

"You need to stay far away from that kind of stuff," officer tells one of his offenders.

And he replies, "Chances are it's probably not going to happen for awhile."

A team turning those "probablys" into "never agains." "We've put a lot of bad guys in jail on these visits." The Department of Corrections, as well as local police departments, are preparing for even more budget cuts in 2012.