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Kay

Well, they have no car, no bed to molest in, no computer to prowl on. They deserve to be euthanized let alone homeless. The victims will have to live with an emotional state of homelessness. I have no pity, and neither for the man you mentioned who raped an adult woman 20 years ago. They should still be in prison since the sentence is too short in the first place.

Jake Goldenflame

Responding to Kay: It is not about pity, but child safety. If left on the street, they will molest children they meet on the street, or children who are living on the streets as homeless too. Jake

janet

While I totally agree with the fact that everyone involved has a problem with living arrangements for these types, you DID SAY IT IS NOT HELPING. I SAY Get rid of jessica's Law. It has been proven that these types are not going to commit their unspeakable crime near a school or park. It would be like moving a drug addict 10 miles away from his drug pusher's home/connection rather than 5 miles. It does NOT STOP THEM. ONLY proper treatment "MAY Help" some of them.

Having said all that, I am the mother of a 25 year old daughter whose life has been drastically negatively impacted by incest/family member-- NOT A STRANGER!....which is much more damaging. Why are we spending money/time on this ? WHY CAN NO ONE ADDRESS THIS REALITY THAt IS GOING ON ON A DAILY BASIS IN MILLIONS OF HOMES ??? Are we that ignorant as a public to be "SO UNAWARE" of this fact ? Yes, you mentioned it in your newscast for 3 seconds. Please do all these innocent children a big favor and make it known to the public that their fear should be in their own family tree or neighbor, or coach/teacher, NOT A STRANGER! Yes, it happens, but usually it is grandpa, stepdaddy, Grandmother,(YES), auntie, uncles, step siblings, FAMILY....that should be the publics fear for their own children! FACT. Please brake it OPEN! Or PASS to someone who will!

Thank you, Peace to you, jl

Michael

This situation is exactly what experts predicted well before the passage of Prop 83, and this is what those who voted for Prop 83 hoped would happen. As long as society is dominated by irrationality and hysteria rather than common sense and compassion, we will keep seeing laws like this that have no relevance whatsoever to community safety and are ONLY about adding on more and more punishment to one of the few remaining groups that good Christian people are still allowed to hate and mistreat.

Pierre

First, Congratulations for ABC-7News & the I-team for GREAT investigative work. This is why I watch your broadcast instead of the daily police reports playing at 10'Oclock! Keep doing this oustanding journalistic work!
About this law, again, we are being mislead by our law makers in Sacramento. They put in front of the voters legislations that are misguided, shortsighted, counterproductives and at the end, lower our quality of life. It is so easy to get political gain by using people's fears.
Based on facts, this law should be cancel, and new legislation draft by a commission of experts, with the goal of bringing theses people back in the mainstream.

Zoe Mac

As one who works in Law Enforcement, there were many of us who immediately saw the long term affects & consequences of Megan's Law. Yet, there were those in the general public, law enforcement & political circles who praised the strict provisions of the law, exclaiming it will protect children, the public and rid our cities of Sex Offenders.

It didn't take much review of the legislation to realize Sex Offenders would virtually have no place to reside. Additionally, those convicted of Statutory Rape also fell under Megan's Law. In many cases were talking about young men convicted of Stat. Rape as they had consensual sex at let's say 17, with a partner who was 16 or even 17. This is NOT a child pedophile.

The most visible result of the legislation, obvious to many of us, was how were we to monitor these individuals, upon release from prison, if they have no address, can't stay at shelters, can't live with family, etc. Where in the hell was the logic in that.

As noted, most violent crime, 70% of the cases, the victim and the suspect know each other. It is not some often random event as the public is led to believe. Currently, Domestic Violence has increased significantly; quite possibly due to current economics.

As our society has moved to support rehabilitation programs in our jails & prisons, including GED programs, anti-violence programs, etc. We take the most risk prone population, to themselves & the general public, and dump them on the street where they will be rehabilitated by who?

Let me be clear, I'm a cop, not a Defense Attorney. Some day, the politicians will begin to seriously listen to those in law enforcement, the first line of Social Services, instead of focusing on political prestige and passing legislation based on the lack of supportive documentation and studies. Hmmm, 70% of jail populations are individuals who were arrested for probation violation for possession of narcotics with that % of women being almost 85%. Yet, I digress.

Unfortunately, now there are 1000s of Sex Offenders roaming and we are unable to monitor them. I can't even tell you how many appear on our list who are dead, but the records have never been updated as there is no strong case management system in place.

Rudy101

Does a person have to follow a law that says he MUST be homeless??? In fact, he must be so homeless that he can't even get a bed even if he finds one? Can a legislature define who is a pariah in the community without any court hearing, appeal, or challenge? What is the registry really about? Has it ever been shown to protect the public? If it doesn't show to protect the public, and in fact shows that it does the opposite, do people still have to register? The real question is: Does the U.S. Constitution protect anyone, if it does not protect sex offenders? According to this article nobody has to follow a law that forces homelessness. It is NOT a valid law and never will be. Nobody has to follow registry laws also if those laws take away safety and/or security. And if you think laws CAN take away safety and/or security from anyone then you have no idea what the concept of the U.S. Constitution is, OR what international laws says about such things...

Rudy101

Oh, to the LEO: Sex offender laws do not have to have logic. That is why nobody has to follow sex offender laws because it would be illogical to do so... Do you understand that????

Tara

responding to janet: i agree with what u said about the family tree ..I am a 28 year old female who is a victim of rape that was by a family member ..The law is too blind to see what happens behind closed doors.

Rudy101

Hello Tara, these laws are MUCH more dangerous because of what goes on "behind closed doors." See, they want to kill and castrate, isolate, and imprison for life those that commit sex crimes. Now, the patriarch of the family is begging everyone NOT to turn him in. And the family debates this and they know the laws. Well, the registry is thrown into people's faces, isn't it? So the patriarch gets off scott free because well, family members love each other even in the most difficult of circumstances. Nobody gets any help. They were NOT going to put Daddy away for life. Or put him through such a process of being a pariah. Think this doesn't go on??? Every day these conversations happen "behind closed doors." Not only does the registry NOT protect, in many cases it throws sexual abuse right back in the closet! What an utter failure registration laws are from every perspective one can look at...

ochie

I completely agree with Zoe Mac more so if the accuser is the one who solicited sex that is not taken into consideration. Education and not prison is more appropriate.

A cop's wife

A horrible and highly effective tool used in family law by divorce lawyers will cast false light on the other parent- and create a no-win situation for children.

"When did I begin to molest my own children?"

Justa Voter

Many nonviolent offenders can be dealt with more effectively and more cheaply through treatment and jobs programs. However, anyone (even consensual teenagers) connect with sex offenses (even "sexting" on their cell phones) are labeled as violent offenders in California.
Careful how you label all "sex offenders".... one size DOES NOT FIT ALL. I know an inmate who got a 28 year sentence for HUGGING a teenager...one felony for each hug.

Nora Weber

We have enough laws on the books to choke a horse, and they accomplish nothing but a mess, and a burden on taxpayers. Jessica's Law is a prine example, of a Law that should be eliminated.

It is crazy to think that the Government and all their Laws can protect us. In fact they are making everyone of us more vlunerable to unproven prosecution, and the loss of your Life savings to prove your not guilty.

We better re-rhink and re-write our punishment mentality. We are headed down the road of human and financial destruction for all of us. We are soon approaching the point of being taxed over and above our earning capability.

We better allow people the right to become a productive taxpayer. This sort of punichment is not helping anyone and is certainly not making anyone safer.

EricWarbler

The point of these laws is to get these people OUT of the community. They shouldn't be released from jail ever. They shouldn't be put in segregated parts of the jail. There is nothing to prevent a sex offender from moving out of the city. Who wants them near you. It serves as an incentive NOT to do it in the first place. If a parolee has not place to live, put him back in jail. Not in protective custody but in the mainstream jail where the regular prisoners will quickly sort out child molestors so they can't bother anyone. Anyone who molests a child should be locked up forever, period. Put them in a cage, feed them once per day. If they go insane, it's no great loss to anyone.

Honest Opinion

Our US Representatives, told you and me, Megan's law is America's way to go! The best possible way of protecting our children from suffering the same fate of Megan Kanka, murdered in NJ by a sex offending psycho 'killer'! Crafting the idea that American laws for murder = harsh life altering consequences for all sex related offenses; sexual misbehavior, sexual abuse and inappropriate touching; nudity, sexting, underage sexual encounters, childhood incest, etc. etc. ETC! All sex offenders "Predators" under Megan's 'Murder' Law! All banned from my space, face book, any social sites, parks, pools and schools, even their own homes! Not just forced to the back of the bus but, forced from the entire community; forced out of civil society! Unemployed, homeless, disable and targeted. Who should care, right?
The legislature's propaganda and save the children rhetoric never mentioned harming and abusing thousands of America's children when devising Megan's "MURDER" Law! Megan's Law Fails to protect CHILDREN!
Google for yourself :
* Wendy Whitaker was 17, for life is banned from her home in Georgia, Now, in jail for going home!
* Brandon is serving 60 yrs in Texas, www.freebrandon.org
* Justin Fawcett, NJ suicide
* Dale Wayne Ellis: Marked at 14, Bludgeoned to death at 20
* NJ, This Galloway student at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey who was found delinquent for an offense he committed at 15-year-old \"with\" a 13-year-old girl for \"Sexual contact\" banned from college dorm, sexual contact = predator in the name of Megan's murder? Supreme Court stopped residency restriction in NJ, But, Still young man, registered, banned from parks, my Space and Miami beach??? A NJ \"predator\"?
* Meet US sex offenders: Criminalizing Child's Play: http://www.solresearch.org/~SOLR/rprt/JSOs.htm#Sct_1_gallery
* Ethical Treatment For All Youths: personal stories: US children named predators' ? : http://www.ethicaltreatment.org/stories.htm
* http://www.rickyslife.com/
* Matthew Freeman: http://www.annarbor.com/news/a-young-man-struggles-with-the-sex-offender-label/
* 20/20 The Age of Consent: When Young Love Is a Sex Crime - ABC News
* In the Matter of T.T., NJ , at 12 played with a douche found in bathroom with 6 year old brother. A Megan's Law registrant ripped from his home, punished, labeled and registered ?
* William Elliott, at 24 shot DEAD Maine; loving relationship, boy 19, a girl 15 ends in murder, because of Megan's "murder" law?
* The FACT is , Thousands upon thousands of our US citizens; non violent, harmless and many good citizens are being dragged into this catch all, destroy All, HATE LAW!
All anyone being captured in Megan's 'murder' predator Registry; ask and expects from OUR U.S. Representatives, is the TRUTH!
ReformSexOffenderLaw.org

Honest Opinion

As a citizen of the United States of America, I want to know, "Is it really to much to expect that our US representatives would justly pass laws based on actual crimes committed and set consequences for harm caused by individuals, based on actual circumstances of a individual's crime, instead of their "Catch all" sex offender laws" and enormous HIT LIST?
Our leaders are responsible to administrate and enforce laws ethically, justly, fairly and truthfully. It is WRONG to craft sex offender laws, and increase harsh penalties upon cases of where a child is MURDERED , It's a "grave" atrocity of justice!
No one may like any person titled a sex offender but, America is supposed to have laws concerning ALL citizens and protect ALL citizens from any abusive government body! Any government that uses murder as a means to punish it's citizens who are not liable, is abusing their authority and power! Everyone should really be concerned!
Who can have confidence in a government or a justice system that acts as hate mongering fools and disables, destroys and dismantles fairness, truth and justice in this country. To continually target and attack anyone, everyone and who ever can be grouped and titled a sex offender is not, just, fair or honest; It is dishonest and unconstitutional !
It is really horrible, how our American heritage can be shattered to pieces. The heritage so many American's have fought and died for! All America's past representative have held honorably the writings of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, with dignity and integrity!
But, today, our representatives governing America can shred and destroy anything they choose, tax all of us anything THEY choose and allow NO ONE a voice, NOT EVEN YOU! Think, Our representative can NOW pass laws so that anyone titled a sex offenders will forever bare the consequences based on the 'MURDER' of Megan Kanka, Jessica Lunsford and Adam Walsh, this is acceptable, in America? WHY??????
Obama said, It's time for change!
Now he met with John Walsh, March 3rd and promised full support of Adam's Murder Law to 'replace' Megan's murder Law and hold all Megan's murder Law registrant's accountable for Adam's 'murder', too? $4 billion in support!
Now, It is time for change! ReformSexOffenderLaws.org

Honest Opinion

Think: Are all drug related criminals , held liable for a drive by, in which a child was killed? Are all thieves punished for a bank robbery ? Are all DUI or DWI criminals held responsible for vehicle homicide? Are all murderers listed as violent offenders and registered under Megan's Law, NO ? Are all citizens who violate any sex related laws being adjudicated, convicted, registered, listed, blamed, punished, tracked, hunted, zoned and banished under Megan Kanka's murder law and punished because some else killed Polly Klass, Jessica Lunsford, Adam Walsh, from 27 years ago? When, half the registrants weren't even born when Adam Walsh was abducted and it's never been factually proven Adam was even sexually assaulted! Why are only the sex offender registrants , including children and teens who sexually misbehaved, forced to register and are held accountable under the Adam Walsh Act? WHY? According to John Walsh, who now institutes the laws in our country, demands a child 14-18 years old with any sexual behavior problem, must be branded, exposed and exiled as Adam's was murder! A life sentence not administrated by any court of justice but, by this countries legislators following John Walsh's wishes and demands ! Who dare to even consider this Act, a LAW in America? WHO?
I want to know what US Representative has enough RESPECT for our country and consideration for our youthful constituents to STAND UP to John Walsh and STOP Walsh's vigilante lunacy, from targeting and abusing CHILDREN, for Adam's death! Who?
Reform Sex Offender Laws , NOW! ReformSexOffenderLaws.org

Honest Opinion

All American citizens are supposed to have civil rights, constitutional, legal and human rights. No man can be forced to the back of the bus, No criminal should suffer penalty for another man's crime, A citizen is free from their obligations, when their debt to society has been satisfied, every man deserved a second chance but, in America, if a boy touches a breast, falls in love with someone younger or makes a one time mistake of immature judgment that has any element of being sexual in nature, OUR representatives, demands once free must register under their Megan's MURDER Law and is titled a predator, based on a murders, he didn't commit? All laws of justice, rights of liberty, life and any future happiness, any chance of rehabilitation or redemption is removed by the powerful leaders governing this country. A marked man with No right to object, defend or protect himself or his family members from being judged, persecuted and attacked by his own government, vigilantes in society and the thousands of tax exempt, anti sex offender organizations collecting HUGH GRANTS and greatly profiting by these man made, Hate Laws and Hit Lists! As they all continue lobbying for their unjust laws, getting wealthy by the minute, building political careers with HUGH pensions, it's the American people who pay and kiss our HARD earned taxes, goodbye! 'WE THE PEOPLE' say or do nothing to protect our fellow citizen or our pocketbook from dishonest 'THIEVES'? ReformSexOffenderLaws.org NOW!

ks

; my name is Mark Perk( I am in your viewer comments somewhere for our story) i saw your show on march 17, 2010 about the horrendous case of a small child raped by someone who was on the sex offender registry and the extensive damage he inflicted on the family and the whole tragic issue of sexual predators.

I am on the sex offender registry for having a consensual relationship with my now wife, in 1998.We now have two beautiful children.There is an answer to the question ",why cant the police watch these guys and prevent future horrors."?
The answer is not what people want to hear as this subject is driven by hysteria and knee jerk legislation to appease a roman colliseum, mob type mentality.

There are thousands and thousands of consensual,statutory cases on the sex offender registry in each state,Plus juvenille cases(19 year olds with 15 year olds) ,public nudity,exposure,prostitution,indecent behavior,public peeing etc.

There simply are not enough police to monitor all these cases. Because the states wont interject rick assessment hearings, all sex offender registrants are lumped together and there simply isnt enough police power to monitor all registrants,nor should they.!!!!!!!!
I have been on television numerous times on this subject. I know what i did is socially taboo and illegal, yet i am not a threat to children or women.To put me next to a child rapist on this list, is like putting a casual marijuanna smoker ,caught with a bag, in the same arena s a meth lab gangster!!!!!!!.

List of police time waisted on my case:
:ive been on this list for 11 plus years,ive had 100 plus probation appointments,40 plus home checks,done over 17 police station check ins,police monitoring our home frequently,pulled over (with my wife,both of us in cuffs)11 plus times etc.Stickers on our home on Halloween,lost 6 jobs,various acts of vigilantism etc.

We have had DCFS called on us 3 times by an anonynous neighbor because im on the list and have had numerous threatening calls to our home. Addittionally we have had to call the Crestwood Police and bother them numerous times because of suspicious cars in front of our home, snapping pictures,gawking etc.All this police time for one consensual case ,AND WE ARE MARRIED .!!!!
( We were married by the same judge who gave me the original misdimeanor,who did not consider me a threat!!! He later helped seal our case to "protect this family and the children" )

If the public is wondering why law enforcement cant even stop violent registered offenders from re-offending,the answer is that these predators are like a pin hiding in a haystack.The haystack is thousands of non violent cases like mine, that would be removed immediately if risk assessment was employed.

No media figure has the courage to tell it straight: time to weed out the predators from the registrants who simply broke the law. Then the police can triple their time up on monitoring violent offenders.( Its not the police who make these laws its the congressional and Governor wannabes,who want to appear to look "tough on crime.",yet have no clue of the ramifications of their legilation on families nor care.)

Its always the same pattern, the media likes to cry wolf,get the public excited (for sensationalism)and then the lawmakers legislate an already blotted system ,while the real predators know this and use it in their hunting techniques as camoflague.
my name is Mark Perk, l Google in" Lets seperate the Misguided from the monsters" Eric Zorn ,Chicago tribune. This is our story.

our daughter is 4 years old,ironically I am as scared as anyone of true sexual predators. The story of any young child raped is heart breaking ,frightening yet tragically will happen time and time again. No one has the courage to seperate the wheat from the chaff.or the "misguided from the monsters". Mark and Krissy Perk

ks  perk


I am on the sex offender registry for having a consensual relationship with my now wife, in 1998.We now have two beautiful children.There is an answer to the question ",why cant the police watch these guys and prevent future horrors."?
The answer is not what people want to hear as this subject is driven by hysteria and knee jerk legislation to appease a roman colliseum, mob type mentality. The answer surely cannot come out of the mouth of registered offenders as well!!!!
There are thousands and thousands of consensual,statutory cases on the sex offender registry in each state,Plus juvenille cases(16 year olds with 15 year olds) ,public nudity,exposure,prostitution,indecent behavior,public peeing etc.
There simply are not enough police to monitor all these cases. Because the states wont interject rick assessment hearings, all sex offender registrants are lumped together and there simply isnt enough police power to monitor all registrants,nor should they.!!!!!!!!
I have been on television numerous times on this subject. I know what i did is socially taboo and illegal, yet i am not a threat to children or women.To put me next to a child rapist on this list, is like putting a casual marijuanna smoker ,caught with a bag, in the same arena s a meth lab gangster!!!!!!!.

ive been on this list for 11 plus years,ive had 100 probation appointments,40 plus home checks,police monitoring our home,pulled over (with my wife,both of us in cuffs)12 times etc.Stickers on our home on Halloween,lost 6 jobs,acts of vigilantism etc. All this police time for one consensual case.!!!!
( We were even married by the same judge who gave me the original misdimeanor,who did not consider me a threat!!! )

If the public is wondering why law enforcement cant even stop violent registered offenders from re-offending,the answer is that these predators are like a pin hiding in a haystack.The haystack is thousands of non violent cases like mine, that would be removed immediately if risk assessment was employed.
No media figure has the courage to tell it straight: time to weed out the predators from the registrants who simply broke the law. Then the police can triple their time up on monitoring violent offenders.
But this wont happen,because the media likes to cry wolf,get the public excited (for sensationalism)and then the lawmakers legislate an already blotted system while the real predators know this and use it in their hunting techniques as camoflague.
my name is Mark Perk, l Google in" Lets seperate the Misguided from the monsters" Eric Zorn ,Chicago tribune. This is our story.

our daughter is 4 years old,ironically I am as scared as anyone of true sexual predators. your story was heart breaking ,frightening yet tragically will happen time and time again. No one has the courage to seperate the wheat from the chaff. Mark and Krissy Perk

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Its amazing how a writer, clincial observer and or anyone else who has an opinion on this subject crawls out of the woodwork, even myself. If anyone has noticed and correlated the "homeless" issue, the problem seems to arise in States with the most offenders. States with the highest number of offenders, many times have the lowest oversight. Offenders congregate to "states" with the least restrictions and/or so overwhelmed by the sheer numbers, true methodical consistant oversight is non-existant.States may talk a big game and spend oodles of monies on sex offender management "but in the big picture" no one is watching the store. Offenders themselves have figured out the "system" and how to bypass it before those in charge of the "system" have. States who have a disproportioate amount of illegals, affordable housing, job opportunities, higher ratio of crime per populace are all draws for offenders. Perhaps people should start looking at Interstate compact Laws (allowing an offender to move into a state after committing his crime in another). Perhaps states with the MOST offenders should consider moritoriums on allowing RSO's from relocating into that state.My personal favorite is that the "powers that be" get off their backsides and deport those offenders who are here by every definition that screams deportation definitions. The Registry is growing every year, and not for reasons sex offenders or their advocates maintain. They grow because this crime "infects" new victims who often grow up with a distorted view of sexuality and sometimes grow into another generation of offenders. The department of Justice, the Department of Corrections and any agency under the "Homeland Security" emblems are not family friendly. They have been "conditioning" the public to live with these guys, for no other reason than money, they dont want to pay to House, feed or bury them, so they release them back out onto an unsuspecting public to feed off the prey they thrive on.
Writers who profile "homeless offenders" never do get to the crux of the problem do they?? Has the writer ever dissected half these guys? Well I have. I live in Florida where the Julia Tuttle debate raged for a year. The "oh so wise" experts never once addressed the "bridgerats" individually. Fully one half of those "poor homeless" shouldnt have been on U.S. soil in the firstplace. Another third committed their sex crimes in other states but came to Florida for no other reason than the beaches were better. The Julia Tuttle was a profile in ineptness and atrocious sex offender management. But as by some sort of miracle, no one noticed these guys demanded housing, jobs and social services and demanded it in SPANISH no less. Excuse my political incorrectness here, but seems to me, these guys should have been placed on a waiting plane and shipped out rather than be interviewed and allowed to tell the world (in spanish) their tales of WOE! Perhaps the one guy who had the most play, should have been sitting in a cell (considering his crimes) from another state, rather than getting his 5 minutes of fame on TV..You so-called experts can ping-pong this issue back and forth all day long. But until the People WE PAY start to do their jobs then this "problem" will rear its ugly head again same time next year..

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