Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sexual Offenders and Society

I've decided to set some time aside and create a sampling of news and commentary throughout society centered on sexual offenders. The intent behind this effort is to expose the reader to some of the issues that sexual offenders have to deal with. Again and again, we see that society has placed hurdle after hurdle in the way of these people overcoming the issues they struggle with. This is a work in progress.

Oshkosh Northwestern - 12/18/2006

Sexual offender notification meeting tonight

A sexual offender community notification meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in room 406 of City Hall, 215 Church Ave.

[The offender], 27, was released from prison in November and will be living on [address].

The Mercury News - 12/17/2006

Law may push sex-crime offenders from downtown San Diego

San Diego police said they want to reduce the number of sex offenders who live downtown.

The Columbus Dispatch - 12/17/06

Forcing offenders to move isn't easy

"I was born right next door," [the offender] said. "My mother owned this property and gave me my home as a wedding gift in 1958."

He also said he couldn’t afford to move even if he wanted to.

"While it means something to me, I wouldn’t make enough money selling this house," he said. "The only thing I can do is keep living where I am."

...

[The offender], 50, committed sexual battery on his adult ex-girlfriend in 1996, he said. Since then, he has married a "beautiful woman," bought his childhood home, found a job he loves, had a daughter and is rebuilding his life.

"If a man served his time and hasn’t committed his crime again in a number of years, then I feel that man should have the chance to be included back into society," he said. "He should be able to live wherever he wants."

David Singleton agrees.

"I think it’s one of the worst, most irrational laws that has ever been passed in the state of Ohio," said Singleton, executive director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. "It’s absurd and doesn’t protect the kids or the communities. But no politician will do anything, because they don’t want to appear soft on sex offenders."

An Akron psychologist agrees.

... Dr. Joseph Salwan, who specializes in adolescent and adult sexual addiction and deviance. "It provides a false sense of security to people and works against our ability to integrate and rehabilitate the offenders into society."

KNX1070 NEWSRADIO - 12/17/06

New Database Will Determine Where Offenders Can Live

...a map of the off-limit areas for sex offenders shows only a few blocks of downtown San Diego that would be available to sex offenders if the residency requirements are enforced, the newspaper reported.

San Diego police Sgt. Mark Sullivan said a first-of-its-kind database was being developed that would tell sex offenders where they could and could not move.

GRITS FOR BREAKFAST - 12/16/06

Sex offender registry filled with errors

Sure, the sex offender registration sounds good in theory. But in practice it's basically useless to the public, and when it's filled with errors and omissions it becomes actively harmful. At this point, I can't identify any real public safety use for it at all. All that appears to be left is it's PR value.

Austin American-Statesman - 12/16/06

Gaps in local online data about sex offenders includes inaccurate, missing information

An American-Statesman review of 100 sex offender records from the police site also shows that it is often in conflict with the statewide Web site maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety

Sunday Mirror - 12/17/06

UNDIE THEFTS TO BE MADE A SEX CRIME

Perverts who steal women's underwear from washing lines could be added to the sex offenders' register under a crackdown to be announced by Home Secretary John Reid tomorrow.

Comment: That's ten years to life of pure living hell

KCTV Channel 5 News - taken from site 12/18/06

Commission recommends examining prison rate, sex offender laws

Also during the meeting, representatives from the Oklahoma Sex Offender Management Team told commissioners the restrictive nature of the state's sex offender laws, which forbid registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, playground or day care center, are forcing many offenders to either move out of urban areas _ where most areas now are off-limits for them _ into rural areas, where treatment options are limited, or not register at all.

The Legislature should consider rescinding or revising those residency requirements, said Richard Kishur, an Oklahoma City doctor who provides treatment to sex offenders and a member of the Sex Offender Management Team. "We all have the central focus of keeping our citizens safe," Kishur told commissioners, saying one of the "unintended consequences" of the current law is that "we're partitioning off sex offenders, and unfortunately, they're going into rural communities."

Washington Post - 12/12/06

Virginia Proposal Aims to Keep Sex Offenders Off Networking Sites

Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) said Monday that he will push for legislation requiring sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses and instant messaging screen names

Telegram & Gazette - 12/15/06

Mayor correctly vetoed sex offender bill

Though laudable in their intent, these laws create more problems than they solve. They cause sex offenders to become transient and sometimes homeless, making them more difficult to track and supervise. Despite widespread popularity, there is no empirical evidence that sex offender residence restrictions prevent sex crimes or increase public safety. In fact, disrupting offenders’ stability is unlikely to be in the public’s best interest because it exacerbates the psychosocial stressors that can contribute to reoffending.

Reno Gazette-Journal - 12/15/06

2 high-risk sex offenders move to Reno, Sparks

Two men designated by the state as high-risk sex offenders have moved into the area, officers of the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit said Thursday.

Comment: The local newspaper announces arrivals of sex offenders?

Cincinnatt.com - 12/11/06

When the new neighbor is a sex offender

Simply creating fear and distrust hardly seems like the best "notification" system.

CSI - 9/06

Predator Panic: A Closer Look

...state emergency leaders in Florida and Texas, for example, are developing plans to oute convicted sex offenders away from public emergency shelters during hurricanes. “We don’t want them in the same shelters as others,” said Texas omeland Security Director Steve McCraw.

Imagine you were in the midst of an intense struggle to overcome an addiction you detest, and having to deal with all of this on top of it.

Purple Saffron

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Gratitude

I just wanted to take a moment and express my appreciation to the Blogger/Blogspot and the whole free blog community for making this forum available. Without it, it would be much more difficult to get my ideas out to the world. Now these theories and ideas can be judged on their own merits, rather than on how much money I have.