Archive for January 26, 2010

FL City Council Restricts Where Sex Offenders Live

January 26, 2010 Comments off Bonifay Council proposes restricting where sex offenders live.

Bonifay City Council approved first reading of an ordinance restricting where adjudicated sex offenders and sexual predators can live in the city. Action was taken at Monday’s regular meeting of city council.

Under Ordinance 366 sexual offenders and predators involved in an offense where the victim was less that 16 years of age would be restricted from living with 2,500 feet of “any school, designated public school bus stop, child care facility, family day care home, park, playground or any other place where children regularly congregate.” The latter could include the recreation center as an example.

In other words, it bans living in most parts the city.

Penalties would apply to offenders that move to the City after the ordinance goes into effect. Final passage of the ordinance is expected at the Feb. 8 regular meeting. Landlords are also subject to penalties if they knowingly rent property to offenders once the ordinance goes into effect. Taylor said that offenders already living inside City limits must be “grandfathered in” under state law.

Exceptions are also granted if the offender was a minor when they committed the offense, if they are currently a minor or if the school, designated public school bus stop, child care facility, family day care home, park, playground or any other place where children regularly congregate was opened after the person established a permanent residence.

Internet Radio -Collateral Damage Series Part 4

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Hosted by: RealityUSA
Title: Collateral Damage Series Part 4
Time: 01/27/2010 08:00 PM EST
Episode Notes: Please join us this Wednesday as we here at ARC TalkRadio welcome Sara to the show. Sara, has found herself as the mother of a former offender when her young son got tangled up in a internet sting and was forced to register, which in turn destroyed his life and that of her family. This family has a unique story as Sara comes from another country, as a child, and believed in the American dream of freedom and constitutional rights. Now, she finds herself angry, bitter and disfranchised by our government. Not only will Sara discuss the registry laws, how it effects her son, but she wants to respond to Attorney General of Nebraskas radio interview. It takes much courage to come forth and share ones story and pain so please join us in support of Sara as she discusses her own family’s plight. ARC Hosts, Kevin and Mary

Sex Offender Arrested for Drawing on Driver License

January 26, 2010 Comments off Sex offender tries to hide status on driver’s license.

Crestview – A man pulled over for a traffic stop on Jan. 8 was arrested after an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed that there was a bright red line in the middle of his driver’s license.

After John William Redmond, who is 42, was arrested for DUI, the deputy noticed that the red line smeared. When it was wiped off, the words “Criminal Sex Offender” were revealed, according to his arrest report.

He was charged with fraud for trying to hide his status as a sex offender.

MD Senate Bill to Revamp Sex Offender Registration

January 26, 2010 Comments off Politics: Senate Democrats offer ‘progressive’ agenda.

The Democratic leadership of the Maryland Senate announced a wide-ranging session agenda Tuesday morning that includes expansion of sex offender registration requirements:

* Sex Offenders — Registry Information Expansion and Interstate Data Sharing (Senator DeGrange). The bill would expand information contained on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry as to the offender (palm prints, travel documents, professional licensure information) and require links and information contained on other states’ registries to connect to the Maryland site. Many of the bill’s requirements would ensure compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Act, including quarterly registration instead of biannual registration for the most dangerous offenders, and retroactive application to instances before the current 1995 date.

Readers should contact Sen. DeGrange to educate him on the fact that retroactive punishment under the law is unconstitutional.

S.D. Sex Offender Registry Needs Work

January 26, 2010 Comments off S.D. Sex Offender Registry Needs Work.

The South Dakota Legislature is taking an overdue look at the state’s sex offender registry law, and this will hopefully lead to some needed modifications to the system. The current sex offender registry was set up by the Legislature in 1994 and requires lifetime registration of all offenders regardless of the date of the crime, and they must re-register every six months. The law was modified in 1997 to require any juvenile age 15 or older convicted of a sex crime to sign up for the registry, which is public information and is now available online.

The intent of the law is well meaning. It was set up, according to the state, “to provide information to the public regarding offenders living within their community.” However, it was set up as a stringent, black-or-white system, creating a presumption that all sex offenders are equal in the severity of their crimes and their threats to society. It does not allow differentiation, for instance, for someone who has worked through the years to rehabilitate himself or herself and no longer poses a threat to society; or someone who was 16 and was convicted of having one-time sexual contact with a 14-year-old.

As Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, noted in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, the state has thrown “a wide net” over all offenders. Worse, it blinds parents from being able to distinguish if the sexual offender listed on the registry is someone who is no longer a threat or a person who may be a habitual predator. Erring on the side of caution, which anyone would do, thus creates a penalizing climate for those who have worked to right themselves.

The bills now being considered in Pierre would remove the indiscriminate blanket thrown over all offenders and grant them the potential to move to different categories. The chief bill being considered would place offenders in three different categories based on the seriousness of their crime, with tier 1 and tier 2 allowing the registered offenders to apply to a judge for removal after 10 and 25 years, respectively, based on certain qualifications, including rehabilitation. An offender in tier 3 would still remain on the registry for life.

This would modify South Dakota’s sex offender registry law to match those of many other states, including Nebraska, which has operated on a tier system for years. (Coincidentally, Nebraska just toughened its registry system, going from a two-tier system of either 10 years to life, to a three-tier system of 15 years, 25 years and life. But it still differentiates between the severities of crimes.)

There is also the issue of aligning state law with the Adam Walsh Act, a 2006 federal law that mandates a national three-tier system for sex offenders. It penalizes states that do not comply. While some people will instinctively balk at being muscled by Washington, it should not obscure the fact that our state’s registry needs modification and a sense of fairness.