Friday, March 1, 2013

CA - California shows once again the sex offender laws are all about punishment, homelessness, joblessness and forced exile!

Original Article

This is yet more proof that the laws are all about punishment, forcing people into exile, homelessness and joblessness, due to their own mass hysteria. Nothing like exploiting children and the elderly for your own political campaign, but that's politics folks!


By Angel Jennings

Using restrictions under state law, officials are building a small park in Harbor Gateway to force 33 offenders to move out of a nearby apartment building.

On a tiny sliver of land in Harbor Gateway, the city is beginning construction on what officials believe will be the smallest park in Los Angeles.

At one-fifth of an acre, the pocket park will barely have room for two jungle gyms, some benches and a brick wall.

But the enjoyment the park will give children is a secondary concern for officials. They are building the park for a different reason: to force 33 registered sex offenders to move out of a nearby apartment building.

State law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school. By building the park, officials said, they would effectively force the sex offenders to leave the neighborhood. This section of Harbor Gateway has one of the city's highest concentrations of registered sex offenders: 86 live in a 13-block area.

Los Angeles plans to build a total of three pocket parks with the intent of driving out registered sex offenders; two will be in Wilmington.

The action marks the latest campaign by local governments to drive sex offenders farther into the fringes of society. The state law already bans offenders from living in huge swaths of urban areas, pushing them into industrial districts and remote towns and into neighborhoods like Harbor Gateway that lack schools and parks.

Communities in Orange County have passed laws barring sex offenders from county parks and beaches. There is a new push at Los Angeles City Hall to ban offenders from living near day-care centers and locations that house after-school programs.

Backers of the park plan say it's a novel way to move out offenders while providing more recreation space.

"I want to do everything in my power to keep child sex offenders away from children," said City Councilman Joe Buscaino (Facebook, Google+), who represents the 15th District, which includes Wilmington and Harbor Gateway. "We have to look at some solutions and in comes the pocket park idea."

The effort, however, has others questioning whether these restrictions make communities safer and whether they infringe on the rights of offenders.

A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation study released in October (PDF) showed that about 2% of convicted sex offenders are sent back to prison on a new sex-abuse offense. The study covered data from 2008.

"People are running around with hysteria when they don't know the facts," said Janice Bellucci, president of California Reform Sex Offender Laws, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of those convicted of sex crimes. "I understand that sex offenders are not a popular part of society, but they have constitutional rights."

The restrictions on where offenders can live has resulted in a proliferation of group homes in acceptable areas that house large numbers of them. In Harbor Gateway, up to five offenders share one room, according to the National Sex Registry website.

On Flint Avenue in Wilmington, a former hotel has been converted into housing that caters to sex offenders. Young children often walk through the neighborhood on their way to a nearby elementary school. Some residents refer to the area as "pervert row." There have been several reports of indecent exposure, according to LAPD Officer Brian Cook.

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g4change said...

Check out the comments section of this article. Go, Janice!!! Go, Janice!!!

NJ45143112 said...

What a nice combination: arrogance and stupidity!

"Gee, I don't know where these people will go, I just don't want them!" Isn't he a great candidate for "brainchild of the month?!" Have you checked to see what threat these people pose? Have you considered the result of constantly pushing people into less and less favorable living conditions? Do you have a single ounce of active gray matter in your head?!!!

Why even bother with sewage treatment when we can simply dump the stuff in the ocean? At least we don't have to deal with it anymore? Hey, why not dump our garbage in Orange County, it's not our problem?! Good grief! What a moron!

and yet, these are the idiots that we elected to run our city?! Where do these dolts come from? Why is there nobody to restrict their idiocy?!!

I'll be laughing long and loud as soon as this gets before a federal judge. The value of the park is laughable at best. The purpose is completely unconstitutional and will never stand the light of day!

There are some days that I simply don't want to see the future. Perhaps the far future will see an end to hatred and paranoia being the driving factors of society. For now, we live on a daily dose of the stuff and continue to toxify our souls.

Keep it up guys! When the house of cards you've built comes crumbling down, you'll be the firsdt against the wall in the revolution!

vahall said...

Shame on you, Joe Buscaino.