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September 16, 2009

The extra re-entry challenges for sex offenders after the Garrido case

The AP has this interesting new article headlined "California case casts harsh spotlight on sex offenders." Here is how it starts:

After being locked away for 25 years for sex crimes, Donald Robinson moved to a little block of unassuming homes in this city on the San Francisco Peninsula on Aug. 27. The timing couldn't have been worse. It was the day after Philip Garrido was arrested just 40 miles away on charges that he kidnapped 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard and held her captive for 18 years despite his long criminal record as a sex offender.

Police distributed fliers in Robinson's new neighborhood, alerting residents that he was living there. He has been targeted by a protest rally organized by the mayor and daily picketing outside his house. And the state is paying two security guards $800 a day each to protect him.

Robinson's case underscores just how hard it is for the government to move sex offenders back into society, especially at a time there is widespread outrage over the Garrido case and the missed opportunities to catch him. It's an issue that communities around the country have faced in an era when community notification laws in all 50 states let residents know where sex offenders live.

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"Robinson's case underscores just how hard it is for the government to move sex offenders back into society"

should read:

"Robinson's case underscores just how hard the government makes it for sex offenders to move back into society."

Posted by: DEJ | Sep 16, 2009 5:48:47 PM

Garrido is so bad it is almost pointless to post a comment. But I've often been pointless. The key that everyone will ignore is this:

"Robinson said he hated his mother for exposing him to an abusive stepfather and took that hatred out on other women."

Conservatives will claim he's blaming it on his childhood and the feminists will be too busy empowering themselves.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: OK, Wendy.

MURPHY: While working on fixing this culture, here`s how you get a little respect from the guys. You know what I`m saying. Women will wait forever till we cure the culture, and in the meantime the great equalizer is a weapon.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I didn`t see whatever you did.

MURPHY: Making a machine gun with my finger.

(CROSSTALK)

MURPHY: Jane, I know that you don`t like guns.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I don`t want to bring more violence into this world. We`ve already got enough. Let me tell you what a problem is, and a problem and I`ll go to...

MURPHY: It`s the only thing, while we`re waiting.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: No, let me just say this, we live in a post-feminist culture where we`re all worried about our own careers, and our own jobs and our own families, we forget to unite as a gender to fight for ourselves as a gender. And the feminists who came before us did that, and the post- feminist culture doesn`t do it any more, and we`ve lost as a result. Women have to unite. That`s where you get power, if you unite.

MURPHY: But, Jane, you know what we`ve done wrong? You know what we`ve done wrong? We have let our government fail us over and over again. When the government fails to honor the equal protection of the laws, our constitutional rights.

The fact of the matter is that women commit the majority of all child abuse, or they let it happen as with Robinson. But that is merely a syndrome. The common rebuttal is that most abused children do not abuse. True, but we know all child abuse is abusive and warps kids, some extremely so. The solution is to call them psychopaths, born that way. That let's abusive women off the hook.

The nursing program for at-risk mothers works better than prison building because it recognizes these facts. And it works by preventing victimizations before they happen. Rather than a culture that genuinely nurtures children, most prefer the nanny state.

Posted by: George | Sep 16, 2009 8:11:24 PM

"Police distributed fliers in Robinson's new neighborhood... He has been targeted by a protest rally organized by the mayor and daily picketing outside his house. And the state is paying two security guards $800 a day each to protect him..."

Sounds like an updated remake of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

I'm 61. One of my clear early memories is of parents and school teachers warning us to ingor strangers and be suspicious of anyone claiming our parents sent them to pick us up.

That system seemed to work at least as well as our hysteria-driven offender registries and other expensive, mostly ineffective liability-limitation and grandstanding antics.

Posted by: John K | Sep 17, 2009 12:02:01 PM

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