Law Enforcement to Round Up Homeless Sex Offenders Tonight

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Homeless Sex Offenders: smart on crime?
​California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced trick-or-treaters will be safer since cops will keep homeless sex offender parolees indoors tonight in San Francisco. That announcement comes even while Harris' office is defending Jessica's Law -- the ballot initiative that pushed sex offenders into homelessness in the first place. 

Harris showed up to a press conference today  -- for about three minutes, and hustled out before questions were taken -- where she announced that 22 special agents from the state Department of Justice will be joining local law enforcement and state parole agents in Operation Boo. That means they will check to make sure sex offenders obey the state-mandated  house curfew tonight from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

All the homeless sex offenders will have to report to a specific location starting at 5 p.m.  
Harris pulled out her hallmark "smart on crime" slogan to describe tonight's operation, saying it could help to prevent a crime before it happens. "This is about letting folks that have been proven to be a threat to their community, to let them know we'll be watching them, and we expect them to stay indoors and have no contact with the children of our community," she said. 

But how "smart on crime" is it to defend a law that forces sex offenders to live in the streets? 

Harris didn't mention that her office is defending the state's enforcement of Jessica's Law against more than 50 sex offenders in San Francisco. As we first reported on Friday, those sex offenders are challenging the 2006 law's residency restrictions which mandate sex offenders cannot live in residences 2,000 feet from a park or school. In compact San Francisco, the law has meant that the parolees can't live anywhere indoors at all, and have instead been living in vans, on a series of couches, or on the street. 

Currently, the state's parole department is the only agency enforcing the law on sex offender parolees -- only about 10 percent of the state's total 95,000 sex offenders. In today's press conference, state adult parole director Robert Ambroselli conceded that Jessica's Law makes it harder to track sex offenders, not easier. "Any time you have an offender who's transient, it becomes more challenging than if you know where that person is ... we don't really have an opinion on that, we're just enforcing the law." 

Yet Ambroselli sits on the California Sex Offender Management Board, which did have an opinion on Jessica's Law in a 2008 report, stating the resulting homeless sex offenders are more likely to commit another offense if they have a difficult time getting a job or connecting with family and services while living on the street. While writing about the homeless sex offenders in a 2009 storySF Weekly talked with a sex offender as he watched kids ice skate at Union Square, and another who said he's slept across from a school -- on the sidewalk. 

Deputy Attorney General Janet Neeley also sat on the board at the time of the report. Yet now, the attorney general represents the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation [CDCR] in defending Jessica's Law against the challenge brought by at least 50 sex offender parolees in San Francisco. 

Harris' spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill says Harris' defense of the residency restrictions doesn't indicate she supports sex offenders walking around homeless."I think you're making a leap there that's not justified. She's defending her client, the CDCR. I don't think ... that she's supporting them being homeless."

When we pointed out that Governor Jerry Brown, when he was attorney general, refused to defend Proposition 8, the ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage, Gledhill told us "That only happens in rare circumstances."

Apparently, the hot-button issue of sex offenders isn't one of those circumstances. So, for tonight, the state will set up reporting centers for the sex offenders who are homeless due to an unintended consequence of Jessica's Law. 

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Deviant1
Deviant1

In order to fix the homeless sex offender crisis, the legislature would have to repeal and /or reduce the jessicas law/ residency restriction, in effect, admitting they were WRONG! So to save face, they will simply continue to put society at GREATER risk. If you don't understand this logic, let me break it down for you: if you KNOW where the offenders are that protects society. When an offender becomes homeless, they're harder to track, and they become homeless mainly BECAUSE of the residency restrictions. Also, imagine YOU are an offender: you can't find a place to live or work (who would hire a sex offender?!), you've been alienated from family and friends and can't even support yourself. You also have a predisposition to molest children/rape women. Suddenly, reoffending isn't such a bad thing, as the end result is 3 hots and a cot (slang for jail), which is A LOT better than living under a bridge.

Ruggieroguarini
Ruggieroguarini

As a registered sex offender, I must point out several facts. The first is the most important. A sex offense covers a very broad area. It can range from being caught urinating in a public place to raping a baby. But society automatically assumes the worst in every case. My offense was the inappropriate touching of a minor. Although there was no phyiscal harm done to my victim, the fact remained that because of her age, her mental state of mind was just not ready for such experiences. Second, because of a felony conviction, I cannot get decent employment for a minimal of seven years. After which, when the background investigations will no longer detect my conviction, I will still be denied employment because I am now on the National Sex Offender Registry. It makes no difference how minor the offense was, because ALL sex offenders are regarded to be the same. I have never raped anyone in my entire life, nor have I caused physical or mental trauma to any female which I have had sexual contact with. When the esteemed Governor of California- Arnold Schwarzenegger- enacted the laws regarding sex offenders, he himself had over 100 complaints of unwanted touching and sexual misconduct lodged against him. But, he offered a public apology which made everything alright. HA! Any of these complaints if brought into court by someone who is not enjoying the same celebrity status as he did, would have been made to register as a sex offender fot the rest of there lives. One thing that I should point out. The authorities who are suppose to defend and protect those who are the victims of sexual abuse did infinitely more harm to my victim and her family than I ever did. Five years after the offense occured, they are still making her go to unneeded therapy and still placing requirements on her to attend specialized classes for the "healing" process. I still have contact with my victim- legally, of course- and she always complains to me that she wants an end to these pressures that the authorities have placed on her and her family, so that she can go on with her life. Does this sound like bull to you? Let me say just one more thing here. When I was convicted, that is, standing in the court while awaiting my sentencing, the assistant DA was stating what their recommendations to the court were regarding their view of an appropriate sentencing would be. She was looking at me with a big smile on her face while stating these recommendations. Why? Because it was a win for her. Another mark in her career advancement. To these people, they do not care who gets hurt. They do not care how many lives- innocent or guilty- get destroyed. All they care about is another way to advance themselves in their career. Sad, is it not? They victimized the victim. All in the supposed name of justice. Sure, I did wrong. I admitted my mistake. I was convicted according to our state's laws. But, not one time did ANY authority look at cause and correction. I am now condemned for life. I am an honorably discharged veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. I have a college degree. I have over 30 years experience in my trade. But society has shunned me. My country has turned its back to me. Not long from now, if things do not improve in my life, I will be forced to terminate it. Do not worry. Just another perv who deserves to die anyway.

Deviant1
Deviant1

Hey Ruggie- don't talk like that (ending your life). Im an ex-offender myself, so to some degree I know what you're going through. I say to some degree because, despite being on the registry, I have SINCE had several good jobs (and never lost one due to the registry), got a girlfriend, married her, and just recently had our first child. My neighbors know me and still ask me to watch their kids (of course, I do turn them down and remind them I can't put MYSELF at the hands of false allegations). On the one hand, my crime could be seen as WORSE than yours, since I actually had sex with the "victim". On the other, the "victim" was 15, I 18, and the sex was her idea. Anywho, life goes on (even for those of us on the "list), keep your head up, change IS coming. For proof, look at the recent changes in Ohio, Georgia and especially Oklahoma, where retroactive laws were just ruled unconstitional in August. Hang in there bud! Oh, and yes, the "law" did FAR more harm to my "victim" than I EVER could.

SOIssues
SOIssues

It's nothing more than the modern day moral panic. Have you actually investigated how many kids have been sexually abused on Halloween night by a known or unknown sex offender? I am willing to bet ZERO! And it's a waste of tax payer money. When don't you investigate the above, and report back? And stop fueling the moral panic. It doesn't exist! Most people who are sexually abused are abused by someone they know, like their own mother, father, etc, not some sex offender. Kids are more likely to be hit by a car or some drive by shooting. But hey, at least you can exploit the fear and ex-sex offenders for ratings and viewers, right? http://sexoffenderissues.blogs... http://www.facebook.com/Offici...

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