Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NEW ZEALAND - Residents want to be told about sex offenders

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The reason you do not know about them is because they have rights, just like you, and it's clear the locals cannot handle the truth without firebombing the mans home.

08/30/2012

By MIKE WATSON

Residents want to be told if sex offenders are to be freed into their communities, and how they will be monitored once they are shifted, a public meeting in Turangi was told last night.

High-risk sex offender [name withheld] had his house in the town firebombed last Friday after he was relocated there.

The 42-year-old was convicted of 28 sex offences and served an eight-year sentence.

Soon after he arrived on August 19, angry residents threw a Molotov cocktail through a glass door of his house.

[name withheld] was not home at the time, and no arrest has been made.

Last night's meeting was called by Turangi Tongariro Safer Communities Council chairwoman Mary Smallman, and attracted about 50 people.

She said the community needed to have a chance to express its feelings and whether it was satisfied with how [name withheld] was released.
- Who cares if they are satisfied?  They are not the police and the man has done his time!

"We should be consulted," she said. "We do not appreciate it or want this."

A resident identifying herself only as Tanya said [name withheld] was placed next door to her daughter and grandchildren.

"Probation told her [name withheld] was to be living next door and she was to keep her children safe."

"She was traumatised by what she heard."

"I rang the probation officer and his response was a ‘whether you like it or not' attitude."

[name withheld] moved into the neighbourhood three days later, she said.

She asked probation why he was placed in a house with children living on both sides.

"The response was that the house was suitable for him to move to because it was cheap."

"They didn't seem to care, that's what shocked me - children and women didn't seem to have any persuasion to change the decision."

Former deputy mayor Don Ormsby said Turangi was surrounded by prisons and everyone was entitled to go free once they served their sentences.

"However, these are serious offenders and it concerns me that probation and Corrections don't care about where these people go to live after being released."

He said authorities never came to see the council when he was a councillor.

"Turangi ends up getting all the crap when these offenders are released."

Former Turangi policeman Duncan McKenzie said it was only nine months ago that the town had a rape.

"To put [name withheld] here was like rubbing salt into the wound. We don't want society's flotsam floating down into Turangi."

However, Neal Saunders said: "It is not right that the community took into their own hands to get rid of [name withheld]."

"I'm not defending [name withheld]'s actions, but he has to go somewhere."

Ngati Hikairo kaumatua Te Ngaehe Wanikau also said he did not support vigilantes taking the law into their own hands.

"I'm not comfortable with the lynch mob mentality which led to this man's house being firebombed."

"What if they had firebombed the wrong house, or the wrong person?"

"These people have done their time and, while I don't approve of what they did, you can't have people going around throwing molotovs at houses - it is not right."


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NEW ZEALAND - The tar-and-feathers mob ready

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08/29/2012

By Brian Rudman

You don't have to be a believer to say amen to Wanganui Catholic priest David Bell's opposition to community leaders' plans to hound paroled sex offender [name withheld] out of town.

Mayor Annette Main's (Facebook) call to shun him was not a message Christians could adopt, said Monsignor Bell, adding that those who are threatening his life are really lowering themselves "to the same level as the person we are dealing with, Mr [name withheld] himself".

Today, as [name withheld] begins three years' parole within the grounds of the local prison, rabble-rousing locals like former mayor and talk-back stirrer Michael Laws have opened a new front and are now trying to starve him out of Wanganui, by encouraging every shopkeeper in town to issue a trespass notice, forbidding him from entering their place of business.

Whether you can trespass someone who has done you or your business no harm is a moot point. But for Mr Laws and his tar-and-feather mob, that's hardly the issue. In a former age, they'd have been the ones readying the faggots to burn the local witch or volunteering to carry the burdensome ailing widow out into the woods to be devoured by wolves.

Instead of whipping their community into a state of unnecessary panic, Wanganui's politicians would have served their people better by highlighting the advice of experts like Victoria University clinical psychologist Tony Ward, who argues that at the age of 65 [name withheld] is unlikely to reoffend. Professor Ward says "the reoffending rate for very high risk people over 60 is about 6 per cent".

He also rejected the scare-mongering scenarios being painted. He said that [name withheld] "in the past had quite elaborate plans and plots. He just doesn't pounce on people". With the stringent parole conditions in place, he is unlikely to have the opportunity.

Mayor Annette Main
Professor Ward says the best way to rehabilitate sex offenders is to keep them in the midst of other people where they can be watched and given support. "Social rejection and antagonism actually makes it much less likely that they can become socially responsible."

As the Parole Board, the Corrections Department and the courts continue to fluff around with last- minute tinkerings to a proposed "reintegration" plan, the "what ifs" come leaping to the fore. What if [name withheld] hadn't had two hopeless alcoholics for parents? What if the psychiatric institutions where he spent a long stretch of his teenage years had been able to do more about his "personality disorders"?

Then there are the what ifs once he started his 21-year incarceration for a horrendous catalogue of sexual offences. What if a programme had been set in place on entering prison to prepare him for his eventual "reintegration" - or in his case, "integration" into society? Instead, [name withheld] was refused a place in in-house treatment programmes for sex offenders or even any counselling, because he wouldn't admit to a psychologist he was guilty. What if the jail-based counsellors, instead of shunning this obviously very damaged person, had bent their rules and seen it as part of their job to assist him over that "guilty" hurdle.

Of course even if they had, that wouldn't have dampened down the lynch mob waiting for his eventual release. It's not just a Wanganui phenomenon. Last Friday in Turangi, a petrol bomb was thrown through the front door of a released paedophile's temporary residence. He'd been placed there a week before by the Corrections Department as a condition of his extended supervision order, after serving his full eight-year sentence for crimes against Aucklander teenagers. The chair of the local safer community council, Mary Smallman, was quoted as saying that known paedophiles had shifted to Turangi in the past without incident but that the Wanganui hysteria had worked people up.

Michael Laws
Just what solutions the vigilantes have in mind I fear to ask. One thing is for certain, if it involves further incarceration and controls, it will be expensive.

In California, for example, sex offender parolees have to wear a GPS anklet at all times. On Halloween night, the police run Operation Boo, which bans the parolees from decorating their homes, leaving any house light showing or offering candy - even though there's no evidence of any increased risk of sexual molestation on trick-or-treat night. Last year, homeless sex offenders had to report to "a designated area" from 5pm to 10pm.

As part of a hardline approach to crime in the 1990s, several American states locked up sex offenders in "treatment" facilities after their jail sentence ended. These new facilities are seen as constitutional as long as their purpose is treatment and not punishment. It's costing New Yorkers $216,000 a year for each "patient" and Californians, $213,000. Across the US, the costs for running these non-jails has reached more than $600 million a year and rising. Is this the cost trail we really want to go down?


LA - Hurricanes?

The following was sent to us via the contact form and posted with the users permission.

By B:
I was wondering as a RSO (Registered Sex Offender) in Louisiana what happens if they order a mandatory evacuation am I actually allowed to leave the state without the permission required by the RSO laws.



The following is from the Louisiana Attorney General's office:

08/28/2012 12:00:00 AM
Notice to Registered Sex Offenders Evacuating Due to Storms


ATTENTION Louisiana registered sex offenders and registered child predators: Under Louisiana law, you are required to notify law enforcement of any changes in residence, including any temporary situation that may cause an absence from your usual place of residence for more than seven days.

If you are traveling to another state, you should check-in with the law enforcement agency in that location to determine the reporting requirements in that state. If you decide you need to evacuate to a shelter, contact your local parish sheriff or Office of Emergency Preparedness and inform them that you are a registered sex offender/child predator who is seeking shelter as a result of Hurricane Isaac. They will advise you of the shelter to which you must report.

The easiest and quickest way to comply with these reporting requirements is to log onto the Internet-based law enforcement notification service provided by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association at www.offenderwatchexpress.com. If you are unable to access the Internet for any reason, you are required to directly notify the appropriate law enforcement agencies of the change in your geographic location.