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LUBBOCK, Texas -- The sales pitch for a planned subdivision promises safety: criminal background checks for homeowners and, guaranteed, no convicted sex offenders.
It's a concept that might prove right for the times, said first-time developer Clayton Isom, one of three partners in a company that's creating Milwaukee Ridge on the outskirts of this West Texas city.
The high-profile deaths of two Florida girls allegedly killed by registered sex offenders inspired the idea, Isom said.
"It makes me sick at my stomach every time I hear one of these stories about these innocent girls," said Isom, a graduate student in business administration at Texas Tech University. He said if the sex offender-free neighborhood catches on in Lubbock, it could spread to other communities.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
I don't want to live in the same neighborhood as one, have one live in the neighborhood of a school and I don't want to be in the same hurricane shelter as one
Originally posted by worldwatcher
you know what Rant, on this issue, I have no sympathy for the sex offenders.
Neither the girl nor her family pressed charges, Cody said, but the district attorney kept pressing the case.
After going in and out of court for nearly two years, the original charge of sexual assault was brought down by plea bargain to indecency with a child by exposure. His offense was deferred, meaning Cody was never found guilty, but the incident would remain on his record forever.
Now 21, Cody must live in a system that has labeled him as a sex offender. His life consists of probation visits, community service and therapy sessions. He is constantly reminded of that one high school party five years ago. For him, this is what it means to be a sex offender.
Originally posted by CaptainJailew
What if they only applied these rules and redefined "sex offender" perhaps only those perps who are at high risk or have high recidivism rates could be watched or monitored. Would you be ok with that?
Released prisoners with the highest rearrest rates were robbers (70.2%), burglars (74.0%), larcenists (74.6%), motor vehicle thieves (78.8%), those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).
Within 3 years, 2.5% of released rapists were arrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for homicide.
Originally posted by zerotime
Maybe this is just a horrible story but this is not the norm when it comes to sex offenders.
While offenders' cases are looked at individually during treatment, once on the database, they are categorized as more of a homogeneous group.
Sex offenders who are registered with the database are categorized by low-, moderate- or high-risk levels, assessed by a standard 10-question test, called the Static 99. Questions range from asking an offender's marital status to what arouses him.
The results of the 10 questions are used to assess an individual's risk level. A higher risk level determines whether the community will be notified of a sex offender's residency. But the test is only 60-percent accurate, Taylor said.
The risk levels were only instituted in 2002, so offenders who were entered into the database before that are registered as "unknown." Other reasons for an offender's unknown status include moving from another state or incomplete information from the local law enforcement agency, said Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.
The council would like to see a more dynamic risk assessment that takes more factors into consideration, Taylor said. Under the current system, an unmarried, youthful sex offender with no prior history of sex crimes could end up with higher risk than an older, married offender with multiple victims, she said.
"Sex offenders do not remain static," Taylor said.
There is no current valid risk assessment for juveniles, and the Static 99 is not valid for females.
Originally posted by RANT
If I really need to know where someone is at the rest of my life, that place better be jail or hell. Everyone else is innocent of future crimes until they commit one. Then jail or hell for them too.