Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
-- Aversion therapy: kids made to smell ammonia or snap their wrists with a rubberband every time they have a "deviant" thought.
-- Keeping kids in treatment for far longer than is necessary, thus prolonging their involvement in the criminal justice system (since many must "successfully complete treatment" to be released from parole)
-- Forcing kids to disclose their entire sexual history and then reporting kids for revelations they make (even ones that happened long ago and do not put anyone else in imminent danger), so at the completion of treatment they're re-arrested and charged with new sex crimes. Also using invasive tools like plethysmographs and polygraphs to force disclosures.
Question: have you heard of such practices happening anywhere? Do you know any teenagers or young adults who have been through such experiences as juveniles and might be willing to talk? If not, would you be willing to post a call to your local listserv and asking for families who have experienced this and might be willing to share their stories?
Wow... https://local.nixle.com/alert/5168407/ This site/link is incredibly horrible, The details on this notification. What no cop following his every move... oh, i guess one isn't needed since will be others watching him very closely. I guess a place to live will be out of the question as well as a job.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Imagine someone offers you a cigarette, you accept and about halfway through smoking it they tell you the cigarette contains marijuana and they are arresting you for possession. The cigarette never actually contained marijuana and you never sought out drugs, but you get arrested anyhow. That’s how many who were arrested in sex offender stings feel.
Last Friday, Tampa’s CBS affiliate, WTSP, had the courage to report on something that victims had been screaming about for years; Sex Offender stings. Only in this case it’s not an abused child who is the victim, it’s the “predator” caught in the sting.
The Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office is remaining tight lipped after the results of a Channel 10 News investigation discovered that the department was placing ads in Adult online classifieds and inducing individuals with no propensity or intent to engage in sexual activity with a child, into a sexually charged email exchange and only after the fact disclosing that the participant (a police officer) is underage.
This tactic is not exclusive to Pinellas County. In fact complaints from several Counties across Florida describe a scenario where an adult responds to an adults only ad (where site visitors need to be over 18 to enter) seeking a sexual relationship with an adult and are suddenly blindsided by a claim that the person they are chatting with is a minor.
The Internet Crimes Against Children task force sets guidelines for conducting these types of stings, but it is clear that the Police have not been following them. Instead choosing to go “fishing in a barrel”, knowing that public sentiment towards sex offenders, combined with the general humiliation that comes with being charged with such an offense and the bias against them will almost certainly ensure a speedy plea and conviction.
This investigation not only brings this situation to light, but calls into question the hundreds, if not thousands, of recent arrests resulting from these stings. It also prompts the question; are the guys on the registry really the ones we should be keeping an eye on?
“Bookville” - the name that has become associated with a colony of sex offenders forced to live homeless as a consequence of residency restrictions pushed through by lobbyist Ron Book, which is in its third incarnation, is beginning to get media attention again.
The first “Bookville” developed under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, but when the growing number of inhabitants began to swell from under the overpass and become visible to passing tourists en route to
Miami Beach, the overpass was fenced off and its inhabitants were moved to NE 79th Street and 10th Avenue; another of the very limited pockets of availability for sex offenders in Miami-Dade County.
A couple of years later, when residents of that community began to get annoyed by the offenders living on the sidewalk who were dumped there by probation, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff installed a spring toy in a small decrepit lot and declared it the “Little River Pocket Park”, effectively banishing the inhabitants from there.
Today, “Bookville 3” has emerged at NW 71st Street and 36th Court, along the railroad tracks, where 130 individuals are registered as homeless, living without shelter, fresh water, electricity or sanitation – forced to urinate and defecate in the bushes.
Probation and legislators likely hoped that this more desolate warehouse district would remain under wraps a bit longer, but the Media is catching up. Just this past Thursday, the Miami New Times ran a story on the encampment, Univision 23 Miami (WLTV) was out to film a feature and a news crew from as far as France came to film the intolerable conditions former sex offenders in the United States are subjected to.
Undoubtedly, as it has done before, the County will soon come up with a creative way to displace the sex offenders from Bookville 3 and is probably currently searching for a bridge, field or sidewalk in another community to shuffle them to. However, with very limited pockets of availability remaining in the County where sex offenders can reside; expect Commissioners to face a very big challenge planning the development of Bookville 4.
This past Saturday, the ACLU of Florida held a forum on the efficacy of sex offender residency restrictions. The event, moderated by CBS 4 Reporter Jim DeFede, sought to answer the question of whether the residency restrictions imposed on sex offenders are based on evidence or politics and, more importantly, whether they are actually making our communities safer.
The panel for this forum was comprised of Jeanne Baker; an ACLU cooperating attorney who has worked on cases challenging residency restrictions, Gail Colletta; President of the Florida Action Committee, Dawn Thompson; assistant executive director Kristi House child advocacy center and Marc Sarnoff; Miami City Commissioner.
Surprisingly, although the panel included a children’s advocate and one of the commissioners who was responsible for architecting measures to zone sex offenders out of communities, the panelists all agreed that the restrictions were based on politics, ran contrary to empirical evidence and studies consistently show they are ineffective and that they are not making our community safer.
The most shocking facts to emerge from the forum were that of the 2,017 sex offenders in Miami-Dade County. 82 are incarcerated and 42 are deceased, leaving 1,893 in the community. Of those; 342 (18%) are registered as “Transient” (homeless) and 224 (12%) are listed as “Absconded” (have gone underground to avoid registration/residency requirements). An unintended consequence of residency restrictions is that almost one-third of registrants are harder to track.
Those who have absconded are likely in the community; police just don’t know where they are and certainly cannot check up on them. Those who are transient lack housing stability and are removed from family support; both are triggers for re-offense.
Not only have the residency restrictions created an intolerable and inhumane lifetime punishment imposed on registrants, but they are endangering the citizens of Miami-Dade.
The 2014 Legislative session will see a number of bills that are proposed and likely to pass regarding the sex offender registry. As our state continues to pass more and more laws named for a victim, costly repetition is occurring.
Such laws are passed with no consideration for empirical evidence as to their effectiveness, affect many on the registry who are little or no risk and are costing tax payers millions of dollars each year while doing absolutely nothing to improve public safety. In fact, they are likely making our children less safe!
These laws waste precious tax dollars that would better serve needed programs, such as the failing DCF system and for family educational programs. Such educational programs should include teaching parents to not leave a child alone while shopping in another part of a store and never allowing a child to go off with a stranger no matter what the promise!
We need to realize that no matter what new laws we pass, we will never be able to eliminate or even reduce the number of child victims unless we pass laws based on empirical evidence and focus our attention on prevention, rather than punishment.
We are about to consider a law named after child victim Somer Thompson, to apply closer scrutiny on current sex offenders. Citizens should note, however, that the perpetrator in Somer’s case was NOT on the registry! In fact; 98% of sex offenses are committed by first time offenders. If we were to apply these laws to the individuals most likely to commit a sex offense, we would be policing every individual in our State.
It is time to call upon all legislators to become knowledgeable about what works, what is working in other States and then - only then - create laws that are SMART on crime. Our legislators should also disclose the costs of the proposed legislation and the intended benefit. If we evaluated the costs and benefits of the laws already in place, our citizens would be shocked.
During the coming lawmaking session, our legislators should focus resources in areas that will make a difference and that will impact the safety of all the State’s citizens. Our children deserve that much.
Urgent! Please Help Pass Our Bills!
We are on the verge of passing the first real sentencing reform in Florida in nearly 15 years. Our bills reforming 10-20-Life AND Florida’s drug trafficking statute will be heard in the full Senate THIS WEEK!
- SB 360 reforms Florida’s drug trafficking statute by raising the weight thresholds necessary to trigger mandatory minimums for “trafficking” in prescription drugs. It also relaxes the sentences for prescription drug trafficking crimes.
- SB 448 allows for downward departure from 10-20-Life in aggravated assault cases where self-defense is an issue. I am convinced that if this bill were law years ago, none of our profile cases would be in prison today, and that’s why we support this good bill enthusiastically.
Now, it’s your turn.
It is VITAL that you email YOUR SENATOR and tell him or her to support SB 360 and SB 448. It’s easy!
1. Go here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find. Type in your zip code to find your Senator.
2. Click “Email this Senator.”
3. Under “Topic,” click “Other.”
4. In the “Your Comment or Question” box, type: “Please Support SB 360 and SB 448.”
5. Type in your contact information.
6. Click “Send Email.”
We’ve never been this close to passing sentencing reform before. It’s time to act and get it done! Thank you for your help!
Greg Newburn, FAMM Florida Project Director
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
In June 2012, Patrick Drum, a man with a lengthy criminal background, shot and killed two men in Port Angeles, WA, and planned to kill two others had he not been killed by the police. Many people consider him a “hero” because his targets were “Registered Sex Offenders.” Drum believes this country was “founded on vigilantism” and his actions were justified. In this Special Two-Hour Episode of Activist Central, hear the shocking, exclusive interview with the killer himself, Patrick Drum.
Also joining Activist Central is Derek Logue, founder of Once Fallen and the producer of an upcoming documentary on the Patrick Drum killings. Mr. Logue will take us behind the scenes of the upcoming documentary and discuss the details about the killings you won’t hear about in the media.
Is Patrick Drum a hero, or is a monster in his own right? Tune in and decide for yourself.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Important to listen through the entire clip until the very end.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
THIS IS TIME SENSITIVE AND MUST BE MADE ON THE DATES SPECIFIED!
It is IMPERATIVE we inundate their offices with calls!
If you have access to a computer you may email them as well. We cannot have too much communication on this agenda!
Our voices MUST be heard.
It’s your turn!
Well this is an urgent request that you, all your friends, family and supporters participate this Monday and Tuesday, March 3rd & 4th.
The bills that YOU will be calling about when calling your Senator are:
Leave your name and phone number…
Tell the Governor: (850) 488-7146
“I DO NOT WANT you to sign any of this legislation into law. It is wasteful of my tax dollars and there is no evidence it will protect any of the citizens you are charged with protecting. In fact the research supports quite the opposite. It will make us less safe and increase recidivism! Governor Scott, PROTECT MY CHILDREN!”
Leave your name and phone number!
We Need ALL of YOU NOW!!!!
Thank You for your help and support. We cannot do this alone!
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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.”