Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TX - Texas Voices Annual 2-Day Conference - Friday February 21st and Saturday February 22nd

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17 comments :

Dan Radcliffe said...

I see that governor Sam Brownbackistan has jumped on board with AG Derek Schmidt and his push to privatize the prison industry in Kansas, starting with the prisons medical provider. Corizon is a privatized prison industry medical provider and as such it not only requires the DOC to fork over this 3-4+ million dollars that the DOC is seeking funding for from the state, but it also requires, per their contract, a 'lock up quota'. That is, it requires that the state and the DOC keep the prisons as full as possible (at least 97% full) or in this case keep the prisons as full as possible with mentally ill and sick inmates to keep Corizon in business. If this quota is not met the DOC has to pay a fee per empty bed below the 97%. So what did Brownback do... Since taking office he has vastly cut the funding for community based mental health care that led to the shut down of one community based mental hospital and reduced the number of beds in another then he funneled that funding instead into funding the prison system and corporations like Corizon. And in the process he is also meeting Corizon's inmate\patient quota because when the mentally ill can not get community based treatment or inpatient treatment at a mental hospital they most often end up in jails or prison, homeless or dead. Sure, the state and the DOC actually saves money by contracting these third party private prisons and private prison medical companies to provide their services but at what cost to quality of service. The state saves money, Corizon makes money so it's a win win for them but the mentally ill loose all around. They have lost much of their community based support and services and then the ones that end up in prison are treated by the lowest bidder...Corizon, a corporation that has had 660 malpractice lawsuites filed against it in the last half decade and countless others for abuse, neglect, corruption and scams. Just Google 'Corizon lawsuites'. See links below. You'd have to be blind not to see what Brownback is up to. You wouldn't have to add money to the budget to provide mental health services to INMATES IN PRISON if you spent that money on providing mental health services to PATIENTS IN THE COMMUNITY in the first place. But Brownback and the DOC could give a crap less about the mentally ill in or out of prison, they have ulterior motives. And guess what, now that the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are considering and likely going to contract private for-profit third party corporations to provide community based services as well Brownback has began an 'initiative' to fund it, otherwise you wouldn't see a dime from him going towards community based services. How do I know all of this, well besides the articles below and personal research, let's just say a little Birdie told me.

https://www.aclu.org/corizon

http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/organization/corizon-health-inc

http://raniakhalek.com/2013/10/03/florida-awards-1-2-billion-contract-to-deadly-prison-healthcare-provider/

http://www.khi.org/news/2011/mar/18/governor-proposes-deeper-cuts-mental-health-spendi/

http://www.khi.org/news/2013/dec/04/public-interest-group-critical-privatization-kanca/

Gail Colletta said...

It's so sad that a community meeting such as this is held to discuss a highly emotional issue and there were no experts present to present the facts and realities of these laws. What this community just passed is not in the best interest of public safety but to the contrary. I am sad for all of them they know not what they do. It's feel good policy based on emotion and not sound scientific evidemce.

Mark said...

This is the tip of the iceberg reading and watching this piece of video. This only bespeaks the true mental illness of the population of America. Group-think. I personally do not see any relief in sight with the mental illness that prevails. It does not even have to be a sex offender moving into a neighborhood in my view any more. Any perceived "threat" to the people, triggers this illness; not a rational, logical discussion, but the mentality of the "tar-and-feather" group-think. The mental illness of self-righteousness is so pervasive in America, it is my view that it may too late for this illness to recede in the future. In short, this illness has metastasized much too far in my view.

Mark said...

It is like there are just no more surprises in life. Everyday there is just another story of some male falling apart and creating supporting he mental illness of the American public hysteria. Hut 1, hut 2, about face!

Mark said...

"The state has reduced inmate programs by about 60 percent since 2009,
and that has resulted in gaps, he said. For example, 66 percent of
inmates are substance abusers, but only 10 percent of released offenders
with substance abuse problems receive services." Mr. Radcliffe below is right on point. Keep the joints full, and keep the dreaded news stories going to keep the people in terror. What a sad, true, merry-go-round purposely erected to fool the masses.

NJ45143112 said...

As Gallagher once commented: "Have you ever noticed how people seem to love a crowd? The bigger the crowd, the more people show up for it!"
I've long believed that a person's IQ is instantly shared (or diluted) with/by the people in closest proximity. That limits his ability to operate and also means he is infected by the people around him. This causes confusion and a further incapacity. Once this happens, the brain starts searching for anything that might seem logical to grasp on to. Once that is found (like drafting a sex offender ordinance), the group mind also follows it and it's a good and sensible idea regardless of any facts or previous judgments...
Worse, the larger the crowd, the less sense it is able to make. This may be due to the greatly reduced IQ level (somewhere on the level of a demented bee) and the constant interruption of the brain's natural function by group influence...
After that, the mob mentality takes over because nobody can make any logical decisions or make sense of anything. This, not unnaturally, can cause a great sense of insecurity and agitation. In this case, it means that since logic is no longer a factor, then the more basic instincts kick in which may involve fear or anger. Fear usually leads to anger anyway, so one may deduce that both are always present in any mob setting...
The final stage involves lashing out at some poor unsuspecting group or individual who may be considered a threat. This person(s) may be no more dangerous than a mouse in a wheelchair but "they must be dangerous because somebody else said so!"
Remember "Blazing Saddles?"
"Howard Johnson is right!"
As for the fool that wondered how he might sleep that night, I'd suggest that he go to bed and turn the lights off. The world is no more dangerous in the dark than the light and the only thing to fear is that you may wake up and still be as stupid as the day before!

dlc said...

This is a crime that does not have a statute of limitations. All she seems to be is after vengeance. There are legal ways to confront your accuser. She could have reported the incident to the school board, The teacher/administrator may have done something wrong, but she cannot be punished. All that could happen is she could be investigated by her employer. Doing this however is pure vengeance. Two wrongs don't ever make anything right.

dlc said...

This man is lucky. He got to tell his side of the story. ost times they hold these meetings in locations that sex offenders cannot go so that there sid of the story can't be told. That blockade is intentional so the sex offender can't be heard from.

Thelgar said...

My problem with this whole incident is, and I live in california, she has till the age od 27 to report these crimes. if they happened when she was 12, as she cllaims, then why did it take 15 years to report it? i am always shocked when people claim to be in their late 20's or older and haven't reported the abuse they supposedly encountered.

bewildered said...

It seems strange that one of the commentators thought that an elementary school was a great place for the convicted sex offender to take pornographic pictures. I always clothed my child when I sent him to school and come to think about it I never saw a naked child walking into an elementary school. I don't think any teacher would be receptive if the convicted sex offender walked into the school to take pornographic pictures. I would be surprised if any pornographic pictures were taken of kids walking into an elementary school.

Mark said...

To DLC: Talk about an Ex Parte meeting - huh? This is so that the haters of everything can all unite without any conviction of their consciences, and souls, and comfort themselves in a bath of self-righteousness - to not allow any penetration of that mind set. This way the hot tar stays hot out back, and the feathers do not get ruffled.

Mark said...

Amazing! An offender goes right into the school, loaded with tons of people and the offender will get children to pose for porn pics! And this is exactly what I have been trying to articulate as to the mind set of these people who, either by their own fault or not, are so inherently stupid, ignorant as well as myopic, you get these types of statements! You cannot make this stuff up if you are a writer for the tv show SVU! Its incredible!

dlc said...

Amen!

yellowroselady said...

Nebraska Sex Offender Recidivism Study
Sex offense recidivism. In comparing the old risk-based system of classification to the new offense-based system of classification, the former risk-based system resulted in less overall recidivism. Specifically, the pre-LB 285 classification system resulted in a 2-year recidivism rate of 1.7% and a 1-year recidivism rate of 0.6%. In comparison, the post-LB 285 classification system resulted in a 2-year recidivism rate of 2.6% and a 1-year recidivism rate of 1.7%. We also examined the effectiveness of each classification system in identifying offenders at the highest risk to re-offend. In general, the former system that utilized a psychological risk assessment tool consistently distinguished offenders who were at a high, medium,and low risk to reoffend. In comparison, the AWA system was very effective in distinguishing those at a high risk to re-offend from medium and low risk offenders.

However, the AWA classification system consistently failed to distinguish offenders at medium risk to recidivate from those at low risk to recidivate. Our findings suggest that, as an overall tool for identifying a nuanced risk to re-offend, the old risk-based system appears more effective. However, if the goal is simply to distinguish the highest risk offenders from everyone else, the Adam Walsh Act Tier system appears most effective. One caveat, however, is that this latter finding is in sharp contrast to published research on sex offenders in other states (Zgoba et al. 2012).

Complete Study: http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist20/files/2013/08/NE_sex_offender_recidivism.pdf


Vicki Henry
Women Against Registry

g4change said...

And now, ladies and gentlemen, more DUH and less Flori

Austin said...

I am not sure why the person who added this to the blog is attacking the woman who was abused? She is the victim. Really makes this blog seem like a pro-sex offence website instead of a pro-ex sex offender website

Sex Offender Issues said...

We are not "attacking" anybody just pointing out the facts.