Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TX - Sex offender agency under fire

Morning paper and coffee
Original Article


AUSTIN (AP) - State officials say the Texas agency that oversees violent sex offenders must undergo an overhaul because for years it didn't operate according to basic management practices.

The new director of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management, Marsha McLane, says she's found that employees worked from home and had little supervision. Personnel and contract files could not be found. The Houston Chronicle reports these and other problems have conspired to slow efforts to bring order to the agency.

The former director, Allison Taylor, has been criticized by lawmakers and others for relocating about three-dozen sex offenders to neighborhoods in Austin and Houston without notifying residents. She later moved another two-dozen offenders to a minimum security halfway house, again without notifying nearby residents.


getting closer to the street said...

It iis well known that this method cause's panic and retalyation .
The departments of law inforcement do not use this procedure for murders, thieves, drug addicts, drug dealer's gun runners, sober homes, problem families' wellfare, or section 8 . It's a new world if anyone has not noticed . Ignorance is bliss . Fence's and respect of property and personal space make great neighbor's .
I'm sure Ms Taylor is aware by now what works and what does'nt,reguardless of finance's that seem to be the push of law inforcement seeking funding for sub contracting the monitoring of those already on the registry . Maybe they can hire offender's that can't find or work anywhere too monitor offender's .

Matt said...

I don't know, might be interesting but I don't trust some of the statistics they are using on their website.

It states, for instance: 100,000 websites offer illegal child pornography.

Where are these supposed 100,000 websites? It seems they just throw out these statistics because they know no one can check out the evidence to verify them.

Then it states: "62% of child pornography is hosted on US servers."

I can't believe that is real. For one the US has the strictest punishments against child porn, it would be the last place you would want to host a child porn site and how would it not get taken down? If you know where the servers are located, that shouldn't really be a problem, should it? Once again though, due to censorship, there is no way to verify any of this.

And I don't know if I would call it "porn culture" because it's not really a culture considering most people view porn in private, so it is a very individualized solitary action even though a lot of people are doing it. There's a porn "industry" but even without it being an industry most people would still view and make porn as they currently do using free filesharing programs. In the internet age you really can't stop it.

I do agree that the punishments are too severe and in many cases I think the laws should be changed altogether. But I'll have to wait to see the film before I can judge it properly.

Mark said...

I would venture to guess the town fathers of Santa Fe Springs gnashed their teeth, screamed, weeped, moaned, and stomped their feet (and maybe even pulled out their respective hair), having to repeal their holy sex offender restriction commandment.

Mark said...

Oh, by the way, ever since my protracted length of time viewing SEX OFFENDER ISSUES site, I have never read, or seen one response/comment from any governmental official that generates these laws, or other sex offender legislation to "counter" the opinions of the readers that visit this site. Now it is either the "truth hurts," or those with their respective noses so far up in the air do not want to soil themselves responding to a site such as this. I find this dynamic rather interesting.

Tyrant said...

You know, in Houston, here, we have had so much scandals in the last year that it's just heartbreaking to hear.

We had a Police Chief say, in front of a council no less, that the department's mission was never to solve every crime. I mean, who says that?! Nearly 20,000 cases unsolved, and he just gives the middle finger to everyone pretty much. I don't care if he retracted it (which I have not heard he has) but that's literally an attitude that I believe deserves some sort of outrage. These are the people who SHOULD be protecting civilians. And their boss says this?

Than you have the Forensic Dept. under the suspicion that they tampered with evidence and that some of the evidence has even been corrupted. Oh, and some councilwoman (I think it was a woman, I need to re-check that article) believes that these merely can be re-tested for their cases. You can't retest a tampered evidence and believe the results will be legit. Who the hell is putting these people in charge?!

Than just yesterday (6/20), the CPS agency is under some type of scandal, I don't have all the details yet as I have just begun reading the newspaper that reported it but jeez! How much more can a person watch before they should be filled with some sort of indignation for this type of neglect?

I understand most people want to hang RSO's, and that's hurtful, but dude this is about families not receiving any type of justice. This should be and outrage to all Texans. It's sad I attempt to talk to anyone about this in my hometown and they just don't care. Like it doesn't matter. So disappointing.