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Reign in sex offenders
North County Times/The Californian ^ | July 19, 2005 | Rick Reiss

Posted on 07/20/2005 5:06:58 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Reign in sex offenders

By: Rick Reiss - For the North County Times

Recent child abduction-murders have riveted national attention again on the problem of convicted sex offenders. In Florida, Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped, abused and buried alive by a repeat sex offender. An Idaho girl was recently freed from a serial sex offender. This pedophile now stands accused of kidnapping, sexual abuse and the murder of the girl's Idaho family.

Closer to home, outraged San Diegans protested the planned release of sex offender Douglas Badger to their community. The District Attorney's Office successfully prevented the release of Badger, for now. Badger's psychologist filed a favorable recommendation to the court but was compromised by a personal relationship with another convicted sex offender.

In Riverside County, residents in Mead Valley have been staging protests against a nearby halfway house that is home to an assortment of convicted sex offenders. Fuelling these protests was news that David Allyn Dokich resides at this home for deviants. Dokich was convicted of forceably assaulting two teenage girls yet spent only half of his 35-year sentence in prison.

It's frequently said that the government that responds best to the people is local government. There is much truth in this, as San Diego County and Riverside County officials responded quickly by challenging the release of criminal perverts to our communities. It is our government at the state level that has broken down.

It's apparent that many California state legislators simply prefer catch-and-release programs for rapists and pedophiles. A few months ago, state Senate Democrats buried Senate Bill 722 requiring lifetime monitoring of convicted sex offenders with Global Positioning Systems. This bill mirrors the recently enacted Florida law named after murdered Jessica Lunsford.

Other failed bills in the Legislature include SB 43 which would require posting offenders convicted of child pornography on the Megan's Law Web site and SB 277, which would prohibit paroled sex offenders from living within 1 1/2 miles of a park, playground or school.

These seem like pretty common sense measures. But not to recalcitrant Democrats who seem more interested in doing the bidding of the ACLU.

Many California legislators have to be dragged kicking and screaming by outraged parents and citizens to enact tougher laws against criminal sexual predators. After years of lobbying, Sacramento grudgingly approved a Megan's Law database on the Internet. Public outrage that 137 sex offenders received Viagra prescriptions through Medi-Cal quickly terminated that program.

What is missing from Sacramento is the vision and innovation to enact tough criminal statutes dealing with these predators. Instead of setting the tone for the rest of the nation, California now simply drags its feet and enacts weakened versions of sex offender laws pioneered elsewhere. Sacramento hug-a-thug politicians only endanger our society.

In the meantime, an abandoned prison sits out at Eagle Mountain. Why not relocate the Mead Valley halfway house to this site?

Like hitting two jailbirds with one stone, Mead Valley residents could sleep at night while Riverside County could assess utilizing this dormant prison for county inmates. It's a start.

Rick Reiss of Temecula is a regular columnist for The Californian. E-mail: RickReiss6@netscape.net.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Florida; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: aclu; jessicalunsford; meganslaw; sexoffenderlaws

1 posted on 07/20/2005 5:07:00 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER
Badger's psychologist filed a favorable recommendation to the court but was compromised by a personal relationship with another convicted sex offender.

Terrific.

2 posted on 07/20/2005 5:08:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Democrats ... frolicking on the wilder shores of Planet Zongo.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Is it too much to ask headline writers (yes, I checked: it's on the source) to find the correct spelling of the word they mean to use? As it's written, it means "rule in sex offenders". I believe they wanted "Rein in sex offenders", which would mean to control or restrain them.

A small thing? Not when English is already at risk in this country.


3 posted on 07/20/2005 5:12:02 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (A living affront to Islam since 1959)
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To: DogByte6RER
Here's an idea: Let's just put violent sex offenders in prison for life, as in no parole. And make it retroactive. That would cut the reoffend rate down to almost zero.

Of course, the ACLU, who almost certainly has a NAMBLA member on its board of directors, would scream bloody murder.

Petition to the Governor, anyone?

4 posted on 07/20/2005 5:17:01 AM PDT by Houmatt (Where can I get a T-shirt with Karla Homolka and a superimposed bullseye on it?)
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To: DogByte6RER
Wouldn't that be "Rein in Sex Offenders," or is the author saying that sex offenders are king???

Mediots.

5 posted on 07/20/2005 5:18:33 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The fourth estate is the fifth column.)
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To: DogByte6RER
It's apparent that many California state legislators simply prefer catch-and-release programs for rapists and pedophiles. A few months ago, state Senate Democrats buried Senate Bill 722 requiring lifetime monitoring of convicted sex offenders with Global Positioning Systems. This bill mirrors the recently enacted Florida law named after murdered Jessica Lunsford.

You will note that this category of "sex offenders" includes mere gropers of adult women and not just pedophiles and rapists. Do they deserve lifetime monitoring too, or shouldn't we be simply throwing away the key on the real monsters?

My preference is to make the psychologists who say that sexual predators are safe to release criminally liable if they are wrong. There is a whole industry of these "criminal therapists" subsisting off the damage these thugs do. It's time to make that professional option wildly unpopular.

6 posted on 07/20/2005 5:24:01 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The fourth estate is the fifth column.)
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To: Houmatt
Here's an idea: Let's just put violent sex offenders in prison for life, as in no parole.

Is there such a thing as a non violent sex offender?
7 posted on 07/20/2005 5:30:48 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Carry_Okie
Wouldn't that be "Rein in Sex Offenders," or is the author...

I prefer Rain on Parade of Sex Offenders
8 posted on 07/20/2005 5:32:33 AM PDT by Maurice Tift
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To: Carry_Okie

Guess this shoots down the theory that with a spell-checker anyone can be an editor! At least they're not (yet) "raining" sex offenders in California.


9 posted on 07/20/2005 5:33:03 AM PDT by Moosilauke
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To: Tax-chick
Reign in sex offenders

Kill them.

10 posted on 07/20/2005 5:34:22 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God)
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To: Houmatt
Here's an idea: Let's just put violent sex offenders in prison for life, as in no parole

Fine, if YOU pay for it.

HERE'S an idea:


11 posted on 07/20/2005 5:36:16 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God)
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To: DogByte6RER
Fuelling these protests was news that David Allyn Dokich resides at this home for deviants. Dokich was convicted of forceably assaulting two teenage girls yet spent only half of his 35-year sentence in prison.

States should try enforcing existing laws by requiring offenders to serve the maximum. Creating new laws won't do any good if sex offenders continue to be released early.
12 posted on 07/20/2005 5:36:58 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Moosilauke
At least they're not (yet) "raining" sex offenders in California.

Been to Santa Cruz lately?

13 posted on 07/20/2005 5:41:46 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The fourth estate is the fifth column.)
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To: Man50D
Is there such a thing as a non violent sex offender?

Yes.

When I was a young newly married man I was on the receiving end of obscene phone calls from a woman. As far as I am concerned she was a "sex offender". Not violent, just annoying when it went on for months and usually in the middle of the night.

After the first few times, when the novelty wore off I begin to think she should get the death penalty for waking me up.

14 posted on 07/20/2005 5:42:56 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: SlowBoat407

I was blessed with an English teacher for a mother, which cursed me to be constantly irritated by the grammar of others.


15 posted on 07/20/2005 5:44:00 AM PDT by Dryman (Now, Back to Lurking)
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To: Graybeard58
The question then is what is any state's definition of sex offender? I may very well be wrong but I suspect it refers to the act of sex. Forcing someone to have sex is inherently violent.

I hope now you're getting a good night's rest!
16 posted on 07/20/2005 5:51:21 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Jim Noble
Kill them.

If only their dead innocent victims (or loved ones) were able to at the time of the attack.

Compassion for the guilty is treason to the innocent.

17 posted on 07/20/2005 5:54:28 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Jim Noble

That would work. (I think they mean "rein in.")


18 posted on 07/20/2005 5:55:35 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Democrats ... frolicking on the wilder shores of Planet Zongo.)
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To: Carry_Okie
My preference is to make the psychologists who say that sexual predators are safe to release criminally liable if they are wrong.

Throw in the irresponsible judges that release the bastards and I'm with you 100%.

19 posted on 07/20/2005 6:15:37 AM PDT by Marauder (Those who target innocent civilians are evil incarnate.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Society may make all the laws they desire, each year like weeds, a new crop of violent sex offenders will emerge.

Therefore the question is how do we deal with them after the fact. Incarceration and death will not stop the new weed crop each year.

Society will not allow expedient death to the sick killer in Idaho. His death would not deter one pervert but it would at the very least save society a lot of money and we would be assured he would never do it again.

20 posted on 07/20/2005 6:16:00 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: thompsonsjkc; odoso; animoveritas; DaveTesla; mercygrace; Laissez-faire capitalist; ...

Moral Absolutes Ping.

There has been so much news about sex crimes against children lately; some may say it's just that we are hearing about it more. In the not-so-long ago past, such criminals would have faced quick execution after the FIRST offense. In how many recent stories has the criminal been a repeater? More than a few.

If each sex offender (meaning rapist or child abuser, not an 18 year old guy who has a volunteer 15 year old girlfriend) is executed, much of this problem will be solved.

For those who say "But if the pervert scum know they'll be executed they'll kill their victims!" Wake up! They're already killing their victims.

Every civilization has had the death penalty for such horrible crimes that ruin countless lives. The so-called compassion that is shown to such criminals by either keeping them alive or worse yet, returning them to society, is false and misplaced compassion. And what is the road to hell paved with?

Misplaced compassion creates nothing but hell on earth. It does no one any good, in fact, does a great deal of harm. Real compassion is quick (not 15 years of appeals) execution. Compassion for the potential future victims and their families. Compassion for those who are already victims. Compassion for you and me, the taxpayers who have to pay for the whole deal, and compassion for the criminal, saving him from himself, and by facing execution, giving him a good chance to repent and beg forgiveness from God and those he has harmed.

Freepmail me if you want on/off this pinglist.


21 posted on 07/20/2005 6:53:31 AM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: Houmatt
Let's just put violent sex offenders in prison for life, as in no parole.
States might be well advised to follow Virginia's lead and abolish parole generally. A possible life sentence for rape is certainly not out of line, either.

And make it retroactive.
Absolutely not. The Constitution explicitly prohibits the passage of ex post facto laws. However good an idea it may seem to be (it's not; it would set a horrible precedent) neither the States nor the Congress have any authority to pass such a law.

22 posted on 07/20/2005 7:00:46 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Houmatt

A possible death sentence for rape may not be out of line, either.


23 posted on 07/20/2005 7:03:40 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
The Constitution explicitly prohibits the passage of ex post facto laws. However good an idea it may seem to be (it's not; it would set a horrible precedent) neither the States nor the Congress have any authority to pass such a law.

There was something in the Constitution prohibiting the passing of laws restricting freedom of speech. That did not stop Congress, or a complacent SCOTUS.

There was something in the Constitution regarding the absolute right to keep and bear arms. That did not stop Congress from passing the Brady Bill.

What the hell is so wrong with the thought of keeping violent sex offenders (read: rapists and child molesters) behind bars forever?

24 posted on 07/20/2005 7:10:21 AM PDT by Houmatt (Where can I get a T-shirt with Karla Homolka and a superimposed bullseye on it?)
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To: Houmatt
So ... because the socialists want to throw out the Constitution, you'll just run along with them and throw it out too? I would have hoped that folks on this forum were smarter than that.

What the hell is so wrong with the thought of keeping violent sex offenders (read: rapists and child molesters) behind bars forever?
Absolutely nothing. Were such a law to come before the Virginia General Assembly, I would urge my legislators to support it. Were I to serve as a juror on a case involving such a law, I would not hesitate apply the maximum penalty to a defendant I had found guilty. But I will not follow the liberals lead down the evil path of ignoring the law to suit my personal agenda.

25 posted on 07/20/2005 7:21:09 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

So you don't think anything should be done about those sex offenders who happen to be sitting in jail right now as far as keeping them away from children is concerned?


26 posted on 07/20/2005 9:51:41 AM PDT by Houmatt (Where can I get a T-shirt with Karla Homolka and a superimposed bullseye on it?)
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To: Houmatt
We keep them in prison for the duration of their sentence.

That is what the State has the authority to do.

Then, like it or not, we must release them. If they attempt to offend again, and survive the experience, (your state does allow concealed carry, doesn't it? If not what are you to rectify that intolerable situation) we can prosecute and sentence them under the new law that allows us to sentence them to death by impalement on a meathook.

This is the course of action available to us under our Constitution which prohibits ex post facto laws and "cruel and unusual punishments". I happen to like our Constitution. I regularly berate my political opponents ('liberals') for ignoring it. I shan't join them.

27 posted on 07/20/2005 10:26:11 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: seanna_the_vampiress; hellinahandcart

Good luck, idiot.


29 posted on 07/27/2005 4:21:14 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: Judith Anne

Shoot, I'm too late. :(


30 posted on 07/27/2005 5:43:31 PM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: SlowBoat407
Is it too much to ask headline writers (yes, I checked: it's on the source) to find the correct spelling of the word they mean to use?

I guess so, since it's obviously too much to ask them to find the correct spelling of "forcibly" in the article body...

31 posted on 07/27/2005 5:45:55 PM PDT by hellinahandcart
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