Dallas PD shuts down sex offender unit

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Dallas PD shuts down sex offender unit

Tanya Eiserer, WFAA

http://www.wfaa.com/mb/news/local/dallas-county/dallas-pd-shuts-down-sex-offender-unit/107034668 

DALLAS — Larry Stinnett maintained a Facebook page presenting himself as a teenage girl.

The convicted sex offender was caught with 100,000 child pornography images last year. He was recently sentenced to 13 years in federal prison.

William Johnson was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender until police could get enough evidence to charge him with raping a woman inside a Baylor University Medical Center parking garage. He’s still in jail.

What do these two men have in common?

They were captured through the efforts of the Sex Offender Apprehension Program, or SOAP.  It’s a squad of six Dallas Police Department detectives monitoring the city’s 4,000 sex offenders.

Gatesville residents ask council for more residency restrictions for sex offenders

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Gatesville residents ask council for more residency restrictions for sex offenders

By Estephany Escobar

Gatesville residents ask council for more residency restrictions for sex offenders 

GATESVILLE, TEXAS (KXXV) –

On Tuesday, dozens of Gatesville residents attended a city council in support of an ordinance that would increase restrictions for sex offenders.

The city council did not vote on the matter because it wasn’t part of the official agenda. However, residents said they would keep pushing the matter until it is part of it.

Amber Wilson and Alisha Carothers, the residents who are spearheading the effort, would like the city to require all sex offenders to reside at least 1,000 feet from where children gather.

Hundreds of convicted sex offenders missing in Tulsa area

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Hundreds of convicted sex offenders missing in Tulsa area

By Maureen Wurtz Thursday, February 11th 2016

Hundreds of convicted sex offenders missing in Tulsa area 

TULSA — According to Tulsa Police, there are hundreds of convicted sex offenders missing in the Tulsa area.

However, just because they’re missing doesn’t mean they’re gone, said Sgt. John Adams with the Tulsa Police Department.

“The only thing we want to know and the only thing the public wants to know- is where are these guys?” said Adams.

He wanted to hide his identity, so for the purposes of this article, his new name is ‘Ben.’ Ben has been living out of his car ever since getting out of prison. Each week, he goes to the sex offender registry office and registers as a ‘homeless sex offender.’ Homeless sex offenders are required by law to register each week and let police know where they’ll be staying.

“I’m grounded to this spot, if I’m not here, we’re going to come and arrest you- why- I’m freezing? I have to choose between life and death to follow the law,” said Ben.

Adams said the weekly registering sets up sex offenders, like Ben, for failure.

Hundreds of convicted sex offenders missing in Tulsa area 

Obama Just Signed a Really Bad Criminal Justice Law

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Obama Just Signed a Really Bad Criminal Justice Law 

Is this really the best Congress can do?

 
After months of hype about the historic bipartisan consensus that we must make the American criminal justice system less harsh, President Obama finally signed a justice reform bill into law Monday. There’s only one problem: Instead of making the justice system more fair and less punitive, the new law will make it more vindictive and petty.

Lawsuit: West Lake Hills’ sex offender ordinance too restrictive

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Lawsuit: West Lake Hills’ sex offender ordinance too restrictive

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The lawsuit claims West Lake Hills’ SORRO is legally invalid because “general law” cities in Texas, those with populations less than 5,000, have no constitutional authority to enact ordinances which prohibit where registered sex offenders may reside. Texas Voices for Reason and Justice says because of the city’s additional restrictions, a registered sex offender is essentially banned from residing within the City of West Lake Hills.
 
 

Sex Offenders Would Face More Restrictions Under Leander City Council Measure

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Sex Offenders Would Face More Restrictions Under Leander City Council Measure | Patch 

Sex Offenders Would Face More Restrictions Under Leander City Council Measure

The zones would prohibit registered sex offenders from going near areas often visited by children.

Cedar Park-Leander, TX

The city of Leander is exploring making places like parks, public pools and day-cares safer for children.

During a council meeting in early November the city council discussed the zones, which would prohibit sex offenders from going near areas where children gather, reported Hill Country News.

Leander Police Chief, Greg Minton, spoke with the council members about the benefits of the zones.

 

Dallas County voted unanimously to adopt Ban the Box Policy

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501 Elm Street, Suite 450, Dallas, Texas 75202 

For further information, contact:
Josh Gravens
josh@organizejustice.org
469-207-5063469-207-5063
  
For Immediate Release 
Dallas County voted unanimously to adopt Ban the Box Policy
 
Dallas, Texas, November 17th, 2015: Dallas County has adopted the Ban the Box policy. Ban the Box is designed to give people with a past criminal conviction the opportunity to seek and obtain meaningful employment. 
 
A significant portion of the Dallas County population struggles to find suitable housing and employment because of application procedures. However, it is worth noting that 95% of all people who go to prison will eventually return to the community. Jobs are critical to re-integration and keeping citizens on a positive path. By adopting the Ban the Box policy, the county seeks to ensure citizens impacted by the criminal justice system can effectively begin to pull themselves up by their boot straps. It gives a fair chance at an honest, law-abiding life. 
 
In the summer of 2012, an Organize Justice member applied to over 100 places of employment, receiving only one call back. He had little success in landing a job, because of past convictions for which he had already completed all parole and probation requirements. His family struggled with homelessness and lived in poverty, not for lack of trying to obtain employment and housing, but simply because of current policy and approach to those convicted. As a society, we have adopted a stance that permanently pushes people to the margins of society, with little hope to regain their community’s trust.
 
Ban the Box policies in Dallas County begin to repair this trust.
 
  

Tide turns against US residency restrictions on sex offenders

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Tide turns against US residency restrictions on sex offenders

By Barbara Goldberg, Reuters
Posted Nov. 11, 2015, at 7:17 a.m.
 
 
Nearly two decades have passed since Josh Gravens, then 12 years old, was playing with his 8-year-old sister and touched her body in an inappropriate way, landing himself on a sex offender registry.  His sister forgave him long ago but Gravens still worries that the incident could force him out of his Dallas home.  
 
Concerns about sexual predators have led communities in 30 U.S. states to adopt laws limiting where registered sex offenders can live, typically keeping them away from schools, parks or other places where children congregate.

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