Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Needed: Experienced Legislative Bill-writer Regarding and Familiar with the Laws of the Sex Offender Issue
The way I see it, tiering of these offenders seems to be the only answer. Levels of risk along with implementing assessment through a board of therapists can actually remedy this hysteria that lumps a low risk, non-violent offender, no differently than the most violate offender, while easing the waste with money and lightening the financial burden in the State of Florida.
If interested in making change in Florida contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
As you are aware, an encampment of sex offenders has developed in the above-referenced area. At present, the FDLE registry shows approximately 75 individuals registered as transient there.
These people sleep alongside the railroad tracks within feet of passing trains. They are forced to urinate and defecate in bushes across the tracks, as there is no alternative.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News - Top Stories - State revokes plea offer for Kate Hunt to avoid jail time, sex offender registration; arrest could come as soon as today
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
The article mentions the 54 RSOs living at River Park, but doesn’t mention another 11 that were also displaced from Paradise Mobile Home Park last week, as well as others living in the area. If you do a search of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Sex Offender Database for the area of 71 St. and NW 36 Ct. in Miami, you will find over 70 people now registered as Transient at that location.
These people who last week had a home, were living law abiding lives - some for decades after their crime, are now living outdoors, along the railroad tracks in a warehouse district with no access to electricity or plumbing. They have to urinate and defecate in a field.
A copy of the article can be found here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/08/3551330/sex-offenders-forced-from-allapattah.html
We strongly urge our members to comment on the article and share it with others. It will take international media exposure to help put an end to this inhumane practice.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Lake Monroe, Florida - August 6, 2013
During the past week we’ve issued three press releases concerning a very pressing issue. Miami-Dade County is expelling about 100 registered sex offenders from the trailers and apartments they have lived in for years because a school was identified within the 2500 foot County buffer. With residency restrictions creating extremely limited housing options, most are left with nowhere to go but the streets.
A search of the State’s sex offender registry will find many of these displaced individuals now living transient on the corner of 71st Street and NW 36th Court in Miami. Approximately 60 are registered there currently, with more on the way.
After distributing our press releases to the local media, we were certain the story would be picked up or we would be contacted for comment.
On one hand; hard working people who paid their rent getting kicked out of their homes and forced into homelessness would be compelling as a human interest piece. On the other; the County potentially creating 100 new homeless sex offenders in the same month that a significant study reported that homeless sex offenders have higher re-offence rates than non-homeless, would be compelling as a public safety alert.
But no; surprisingly this story has received little attention from the media. Apparently, the South Florida news community had “bigger fires” to report on. Literally, this one; http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Two-Men-Arrested-for-Burning-Random-Items-Deputies-218355441.html
As we monitored local headlines to see who would react to our notifications, we found the above story on our local NBC affiliate station. Apparently they caught a sex offender burning trash in a back yard!
The reality of this scenario is that we’ve so marginalized one class of our own society that we can kick them out into the streets or even murder them (see our other press release from last week: http://floridaactioncommittee.org/PR7_29.htm) and nobody will think twice about it, but catch someone who forgot to register after having committed an offense 15 years ago burning trash in a back yard and it makes headlines across the state.
Florida Action Committee (FAC), founded in 2006, is a state-wide consortium of concerned citizens and professionals whose purpose is to promote the prevention of sexual abuse while preserving the safety and dignity of all citizens through carefully structured laws targeting the truly violent, forced, and/or dangerous predatory acts of sex. FAC believes that many aspects of the current approach to sex offenders seriously undermine justice and actually increase the threat of sexual assault against others, particularly children. FAC opposes a publicized registry of sex offenders and seeks to bring an end to the humiliation of people who have already paid for their crimes. FAC asserts that only by supporting justice for all people—offenders and victims alike can a truly safe society be built and secured for all Americans.
Following international media attention that brought embarrassment to the State of Florida, the County of Miami-Dade shut down the Julia Tuttle Sex Offender Camp in 2010. For years prior, sex offenders were sent to live under the bridge because it was one of the few remaining pockets of land within Miami-Dade County where this population could live in light of residency restriction ordinances.
Their expulsion from under the Julia Tuttle overpass caused over 120 inhabitants to scramble for another place they could lawfully live.
Some moved to the Shorecrest area of Miami. In 2012, however, when the population swelled to over 100 registrants within a few blocks and more than 2 dozen homeless registrants sleeping in a field became an unsightly nuisance, they needed a way to move them into someone else’s community.
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff came up with the idea to stick a spring toy in an unkempt lot and call it a “pocket park”, closing off Shorecrest to sex offenders.
Others moved from the Julia Tuttle Bridge to the area along NW 27th Avenue, which is mostly occupied by trailer parks. Last week, however, the County announced that a school (actually, an emergency shelter which went undetected for years as a school) was within 2500 feet and another 100 registrants were given one week to leave the area.
It seems that whenever Miami-Dade pushes its sex offenders into a new cluster, the community finds a creative and convenient way to expel them. Many have families and friends with whom they could live if not for the ordinances preventing them from living anywhere. Even for the ones who committed offenses decades ago or who are non-contact, first time offenders; it simply doesn’t matter. They will be registered and subjected to housing instability for life.
The Florida Action Committee reported last week that more homeless sex offenders were coming to Miami- Dade and we now know where they wound up. As of this morning there are about 60 transient sex offenders registered to the corner of 71st Street and NW 36th Court, alongside railroad tracks in a warehouse district. Many who are being thrown out of the trailers and tiny apartments, in which they lived until this week, now have no realistic alternative other than to camp out as transients under inhumane conditions for no new crime.
That is until, of course, the County decides that the area alongside the railroad tracks needs a pocket park.
Florida Action Committee (FAC), founded in 2006, is a state-wide consortium of concerned citizens and professionals whose purpose is to promote the prevention of sexual abuse while preserving the safety and dignity of all citizens through carefully structured laws targeting the truly violent, forced, and/or dangerous predatory acts of sex. FAC believes that many aspects of the current approach to sex offenders seriously undermine justice and actually increase the threat of sexual assault against others, particularly children. FAC opposes a publicized registry of sex offenders and seeks to bring an end to the humiliation of people who have already paid for their crimes. FAC asserts that only by supporting justice for all people—offenders and victims alike can a truly safe society be built and
Monday, August 5, 2013
100 Offenders are now left homeless near railroad track.
For more read: http://onetoseechange.blogspot.com/2013/07/part-2-coming-soon-to-your-neighborhood.html
Friday, August 2, 2013
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On a Personal Note
As you know, many young men and women lives across the nation are being destroyed by incarceration, life-time registry and restrictive laws that do more harm than good. For those individuals, there is no second chance.
Below is a personal letter to President Obama:
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“Dear President Obama,
I truly agree with your sentiments that individuals, such as ex-felons, should be able to receive a second chance at life. Since we all know that one can veer off that path of life and travel along rough, rocky terrain, sometimes running off and ending up in some ditch. We all have made our fill of mistakes and sometimes those held a costly consequence that changed life forever. So we lived through it, trying harder to make things right with family, friends and those around us, but what about those who aren’t able to make things right even if they tried…because they’re labeled as too dirty, a leper, a person who is rejected from society and home.
But what if they’re a seventeen year old and had sex with a fifteen year old, consensual at that? Or they’re a teen that had gotten so enraged after a breakup that he sent out naked pictures of his girlfriend on his cell phone or email? Or an individual urinates where someone just happens to see them?
All are wrong and a travesty but do they deserve the life of no second chance with a registry that ends all. They are labeled, no jobs, no where to live…they have been deemed a menace to society, a plague. These certain circumstances, and many other situations similar to these, I believe still deserve a second change.
Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
After my son’s early release and two years of prison, I thought I had handled that fact graciously knowing after serving his time he would be able to get that fresh start, that second chance. He was an exemplary inmate, GED, college courses and vocational classes. Little did I know that a second chance on the outside was the farthest from the truth? He now struggles and lives in a trailer park sharing a trailer with another and surrounded by others in the same rocking boat, one to float endlessly in shark infested waters. I see him little because of probation requirements (he couldn’t live with us because we were 800 feet near a school). My family is afraid of what would happen to them if he lived with them…vigilantism. My son has no other place to stay since others condemn him of his crime that is screamed from the highest rooftop. Sex offender, sex offender!
Not all sex offenders are pedophiles or predators but some are simply young kids that make one stupid and rash decision that eventually changes everything, and they have no idea what they’ve done until their life is never their own. Exactly, where is that second chance for those sex-offenders who are lumped together with pedophiles and predators? Now, it makes me sick to think of my son’s future and many like him that are on the registry and many with no second chance…ever. I am asking you as a mother and as another concerned citizen of the United States that these laws are looked at again and taken into serious consideration in what they are doing to the Constitution of the United States, not for sex offenders in general but the future rights of every citizen, before anymore are put into effect. They unjustly strip an offender of their rights and place them in a guillotine that can be easily set off by anyone and at anytime. Where is the second chance for ex-sex offenders in the present, pending and future laws?”
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What truly saddens me is the weakness and deterioration of what the sex offense issue is doing to our once, great nation. Across Europe, others are seeing the injustice and disregard of rights, but we ignore this problem and it makes me wonder where humanity is heading….
We have become a hysterical society in which our latest witch-hunt is a sex offender--no matter his/her crime.
Below is a email sent from a foreign advocate to a father of a sex offender:
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“The tragic story of your son's death is just so sad that it's difficult to explain how. It was very hard to read your letters. It seems almost unbelievable that this can take place in a democracy! From our point of view, there is no justice in this. Not in any way: not for you, your son, the former girl friend – or even the state.
It is an abusive legal system. It seems barbaric. And we are so very sorry that this takes place. That's why it's so important for us to try to neutralize the debate with this…, hopefully making some changes. ….. to show the every day life of the sex offenders, trying to show how they keep on being punished, even after served prison time…..But we will for sure tell the story of the injustice that your son has been exposed to.”
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I appreciate everyone's commitment and backing to protect everyone's civil rights, plainly as noted in the Constitution of the United States and is presupposed, giving ALL men are “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”