Sunday, September 30, 2012
Shiitake Awards: First-hand look shows how 'worst of the worst' media mutts may be working closer than you think
It is all about the headline here. You turn a mundane story about what is now routine gestapo checks into a nailbiting, fearmongering diatribe. It is all in the headline.
PIERCE COUNTY—People may be surprised to learn that no matter where you live, chances are that a registered sex offender also lives within 1 mile.
"I think people would be surprised how many there are — just about every community, no matter if you spend a lot of money on your home, you’re still going to have a sex offender within a mile from you almost always," said Curtis Filleau of the Pierce County Sheriff Department’s Sex Offender Unit.
There are approximately 2,400 registered sex offenders in Pierce County alone and it’s the Sex Offender Unit that checks up on these offenders to make sure they live at the address they have registered.
"Sometimes they say they say they’re staying somewhere and don’t really stay there. So we’ll use some various techniques to try and verify that they do stay there," Filleau said.
Police check on Level 1 sex offenders once a year, Level 2 offenders get checked every six months and Level 3 offenders are verified a minimum of every three months.
About 90 percent of the sex offenders this unit checks do live where they claim, but for those who can’t be verified by the unit, Filleau said they will be found and sent bank to prison.
"If we verify that he’s not living here, a report will be sent to the prosecutor’s office asking for a charging on him, so one way or another we’ll determine whether he’s here or not," he said.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Oswego bans felons, sex offenders from being cabbies
Oswego (WSYR-TV) -- Convicted felons and sex offenders will no longer be allowed to drive a cab in the city of Oswego. City Council voted unanimously Monday on a law requiring cab drivers to get a background check before getting their license
If city police find you’ve been convicted of a felony in the last ten years or you’re a registered sex offender your license will be denied.
“There’s nine [felons or sex offenders], we’re told, that are in the city of Oswego that are driving taxi cabs. We’ve got an obligation to protect the public interest,” said Oswego City Councilor Michael Todd.
Before the vote, opponents pleaded their case one last time, saying council was being overzealous and should reconsider.
“What the council is proposing infringes on constitutional rights of others by discriminating against persons with previous criminal convictions,” said Christine Savage.
Founder and CEO of Workforce Advocacy Center Jeremy Zielinski has threatened legal action.
“I can give you 100 percent assurance it will not survive a judicial review,” he said. “Article 23 of the correction law prohibits blanket bans, blanket policies, which forbid ex-offenders from receiving licenses or employment.”
“I can’t think of a law that goes into effect that somebody doesn’t file a lawsuit against. So, that’s what we’ve got the State Supreme Court and the Appellate Division for. If they chose to go that route, so be it,” Todd said.
Council member say this law is just part of the overall effort to clean up the city and make it a safer place. The law will go into effect once the mayor signs it, which he’s expected to do soon. Cab companies will then have a two week grace period to get background checks for their current employees.
Friday, September 21, 2012
|Gov. Marinez explains how, when she tells a lie,|
her head swells like Barry Bonds on steroids.
|Prosecutors make lousy politicians. They don't understand how to treat people.|
Hopefully this will be New Mexico's last term with Martinez at the helm.
Gov. Susana Martinez, who specialized in prosecuting sex crimes during her career as a district attorney, said Bernalillo County’s low recidivism rate doesn’t necessarily mean offenders aren’t re-offending, just that they’re not being caught.
“The vast majority of my cases involved delayed reporting by the children (victims) because they are afraid, they are threatened that something bad will happen if they tell,” Martinez told the Journal. “That allows an offender to re-offend many times.”
That’s why Martinez said the registries are so effective, because they allow parents to monitor offenders who might be re-offending without punishment in their neighborhood. Martinez has also pressured the state Legislature during her time as governor to become fully compliant with the Adam Walsh Act, a 2006 federal sex offender registration law.
The state’s sex offender laws do not require offenders to scan palm prints in addition to fingerprints, which is out of compliance with the federal act, nor do they have a juvenile sex offender registration, GPS monitoring or email notifications for when an offender moves into a neighborhood, said Regina Chacon, the state Department of Public Safety spokeswoman....
Both Martinez and Swartz said the vast majority of sex crimes are committed by perpetrators who know the victim – as relatives, neighbors, coaches or through other means.
While Swartz argues that’s a reason the registry is not effective, Martinez said that fact makes the registry all the more important, because parents need to be able to find out if their acquaintances or family friends pose a threat to their children.
“If you are a convicted sex offender, I as a parent have a right to know,” she said. ” … You can’t teach a parent what to look for.”
Thursday, September 20, 2012
|A cactus sits next to a far bigger PRICK named Patrick Drum|
“This country is based on vigilantism,” said Drum, dressed in black-and-white jail garb that identifies him as an inmate who is segregated from the general population because of his behavior.