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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sex offenders throwing baseballs and living in houses....we're doomed!

So sometimes instead of freaking the fuck out over how many idiotic newspaper articles are printed on a daily basis over anything sex offender, I just have to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. Even better if the comments underneath the article call out the paper (or news station) for being pathetic and desperate. But sometimes there are those articles that even make me wonder, what sort of scenario are they trying to imply will happen as a result?

Hidden among the perpetual "check the registry!" crap, and overly zealous "check the registry!" crap if a child happens to be missing, are some gems that simply have to make one smile instead of scream.

1. Danger of a Different Kind - Firefighters Push to Keep Sex Offenders Out (WWNYTV news)

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2. Man who threw out first pitch for 2014 season is a sex offender (Miami Herald)

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3. Sex offender and law school grad denied Kentucky bar exam (Kentucky Kernel)

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4. Special report: Stopping near sex offenders (NBC 14)

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5. Special report: Inside the mind of a sex offender (CBS6 Albany)

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Okay, that's enough for me for one day. I hope you've enjoyed your daily dose of sex offender satire, because God knows we need it to survive. 

And can we chat about something? PLEASE people, we need more shares and more comments. Otherwise the bad, slanderous links take over and no one gets to read my brilliant works! So could we up the sharing? Thank you, I appreciate it more than you could ever know! :)

One last little thing: some good news, since we need it. SUCK IT, Pennsylvania Adam Walsh Act!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Who should be ashamed of themselves this time? Why not Oneida County Probation?

Lovely, wonderful, awesome Oneida County Probation announced via the Utica Observer Dispatch that sex offenders on probation will now have to undergo polygraph exams as a routine part of meetings with their probation officers.

What's that you say? Polygraph results are inadmissible in court as evidence since they're pretty much widely accepted as garbage and there's tons of supporting documentation to prove it?

Shush, Oneida County knows better. Although Herkimer County's Sheriff (the other, neighboring county who's jumping on this fantabulous idea with Oneida) did chime in that he's concerned with the tests - but only because he "heard of cases that people have tricked it." 

Wait, but sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rates of all types of criminals except murderers! 

Oh, but you forgot that Oneida County just knows more than the entire body - likely tens of thousands - of sex offender researchers, policy researchers, victim and offender treatment providers, law enforcement and other probation departments, prosecutors, offenders themselves, and the family members effected by decisions made by all-knowing Oneida. They JUST DO. I know, I must feel so blessed to live here in such an amazing county. 

So just HOW incredibly off-target is Oneida County?

I suppose if there is a saving grace for la-la-lovely Oneida County, it is that this idea didn't just pop out of their asses. It is, like so many other extremely excellent legal stipulations, required in order to keep grant money rolling in. 

But what the Dispatch fails to mention are some pretty important numbers. I wonder if Oneida County has them calculated anywhere.  

- How much money would be lost if they failed to comply with this requirement? And then naturally,
- Is it more or less than the cost of covering at least, half of the tests, which the Dispatch says cost $250 each?

Yup, each test costs $250. Since we all know (except for Oneida, who apparently didn't get the memo) the registry frequently leads to homelessness and joblessness for offenders and even their entire families, it's unlikely the majority of them could afford this unbelievably important test themselves. The cost then inevitably falls to the taxpayers.

Oneida County, please tell me that you are starting to see the problem here?

Other problems...

Okay. So other than the glaring financial issues, there are two major issues with this idea, and I'm honestly not sure which one is worse.

Sex offender laws are already some of the worst laws we have on the books regardless of location because they have been proven through and through that they are based on outdated or inaccurate information. (That's the shortest way I can think of to say it.) 

Sex offenders have consistently proven to have extremely low recidivism rates and offend within the family or circle of acquaintances, making them the worst possible target for stricter, additional requirements in "treatment." Aside from the general shittiness of the idea.

The heart of the problem: polygraphs are widely acknowledged as junk science. You can read more at the following links: 

(Sorry for the no titles on the links - Blogger was not liking me and wouldn't allow me to include them.) Anyway, I basically I get to spend my tax dollars on senseless crap that everyone knows doesn't work so my county can do the equivalent of waving their hands around at us, saying "look! look! we're doing stuff for victims! yay victims! bad offenders! BAD! see, we worked really hard!" 

My God does it get old after a while trying to decide between feeling bad for them or wanting to punch them all in the face for being so damn incompetent.