Sex Offenders Converge In Dallas

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Sex Offenders Converge In Dallas

(May have to copy and paste)    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/06/24/sex-offenders-converge-in-dallas/

 

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Approximately 100 registered sex offenders from across the country gathered for a conference at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas.

It’s an annual conference but the first time it’s been open to media.  In fact, organizers warned attendees our news camera might be there.  They say they want people to know they’re advocating for change.

There are some errors I would like to clear up. First, this is not the first time reporters have been invited to our conferences. This is our 7th annual conference, and we have welcomed press and media for at least the past 4 years. Secondly, our total attendance is between 170 and 180, and the vast majority are not registrants. They are attorneys, doctors, academics, researchers, authors, and advocates for reform of the current sex offender management system, especially the public registry. Thank you.

California’s Sane New Approach to Sex Offenders

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California’s Sane New Approach to Sex Offenders 

And why no other state is following its example.

 
Rates of sexual abuse neither increased nor decreased as a result of the sex offender registry.
How often does it happen that states become more lenient toward sex offenders rather than more punitive?
 
(If you have trouble copy and paste the below website address)
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/04/california_s_sane_new_approach_to_sex_offenders_and_why_no_one_is_following.html
 
 
 
 

Residency Restrictions Litigation

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 The state of Texas imposes residency restrictions on probationers and parolees convicted or adjudicated of sexual offenses which prevent certain offenders from living within specific distances of places such as schools, parks, libraries, and day care centers. Unfortunately, many cities and municipalities have enacted their own residency restrictions that continue to restrict where these people may reside after they have served their sentences.  Research indicates that residency restrictions are expensive, counterproductive, and cause harm to families.  Additionally, entire families are affected by the imposition of residency restrictions, especially the wives and children of people who are required to register.

Because empirical evidence has shown residency restrictions to be ineffective in preventing harm to children and have needlessly burdened, stigmatized, and ostracized entire families, Texas Voices for Reason and Justice is opposed to restrictions regarding where a person required to register may reside.

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Press Release from Richard Gladden, Attorney for the Aurelio Duarte Family:

March 27, 2012

Late yesterday afternoon my clients, the Aurelio Duarte Family, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, against the City of Lewisville, Texas. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the City of Lewisville’s “sex offender residency restriction ordinance,” which it enacted in June of 2008, is unconstitutional. The suit claims that the Lewisville ordinance unconstitutionally “banishes” certain individuals from living in Lewisville, without due process, and in violation of their constitutional right to equal protection under law. The Plaintiffs also claim that the ordinance is an unconstitutional “ex post facto” law, and that enforcement of the ordinance constitutes a successive “punishment” prohibited by the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

The city ordinance applies to anyone who is required to register as a sex offender under Texas State law, which usually arises on the basis of an individual’s prior conviction for a reportable sex offense under State law. The ordinance applies even after the individual is no longer on probation or parole for the offense, and even after they have fully discharged their sentences. Indeed, for some individuals the banishment applies for life. More egregious in our view however, is the fact that under the ordinance it is irrelevant whether the person currently poses, or has ever posed, a threat to children or society by reason of any alleged lack of sexual control. Thus, the ordinance does not attempt to justify its enforcement on the basis of any legitimate concern for the safety of the community; rather, the ordinance appears designed to simply prohibit persons, whom the City Council deems undesirable, from living in the City of Lewisville.

The Duarte family (the Plaintiffs), whose members comprise Aurelio Duarte, his wife , his older daughter, and his 13 year old minor daughter, attempted to buy a house in Lewisville when Aurelio was released from prison in June of 2010. Due to the Lewisville ordinance they were prohibited from doing so, and have been forced to live in a motel room for almost two years.

Aurelio’s wife has lived in Lewisville most of her life and the family had lived in Lewisville for several years prior to June of 2007, at which time Aurelio’s probation was revoked and he began his three-year prison term for online solicitation of a minor. The residency restriction ordinance was enacted by Lewisville thereafter (in January 2008) while Aurelio was still serving his prison sentence. We contend the Duarte family holds a constitutional right to reside anywhere in Lewisville they choose, subject only to the restrictions that would otherwise apply to any family. Aurelio paid his debt to society.

The Plaintiffs seek compensatory damages from the City of Lewisville for the violation of their federal constitutional rights; an order from the Court declaring the ordinance unconstitutional; and a permanent injunction prohibiting Lewisville from enforcing the ordinance.

In recent years several other Texas cities have enacted similar residency restriction ordinances. These other cities are now confronted with the very real threat of becoming involved in similar litigation; and, depending on the outcome of the Duarte Family’s suit, those cities may also be held liable, in the near future, for damages incurred by the enforcement of their ordinances.

Registration Laws

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by John Haralson

In 1994, Megan Kanka, a seven year old girl, was abducted, raped, and murdered by a man who lived across the street from her family’s house in a small New Jersey community. Jesse Timmendequas, the man who committed the crime, moved to Hamilton Township just after being released from an adult treatment center in Avenel, New Jersey.

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Post Conviction Polygraphs for Sex Offenders

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By John Haralson

There are no devices that can detect a lie. None! Voice stress tests, brain scans, and polygraphs all measure some bodily function but not a person’s conscience. And there aren’t any specific body language cues people exhibit when they’re lying, either. Anyone who claims that is either a snake oil salesman or a liar!

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