June 14, 2010
"Seriously ill sex offender may be electronically tagged"The title of this post is the headline of this notable story about a technocorrections sentence being considered in Ireland. Here are the details:
A Wicklow man who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl may become one of the first offenders to be electronically tagged as an alternative to prison.
The 62-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, suffers from a serious medical condition and the Prison Service has told the court they may not be able to treat him in jail. He has been on bail since he was convicted last February while it was established if he could be imprisoned or not.
Today Judge Tony Hunt again adjourned sentencing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after hearing that the man was not in court. He had gone into hospital to have a procedure carried out last week but it had not gone well and he remained in hospital.
Judge Hunt said he would consider alternatives to prison on “humanitarian grounds” which may include curfews and electronic tagging. He said he would look at having the man tagged after noting there had been trials of the system.
“I regard this man as a very significant threat to the female half of the population, or at least he was before his illness,” the judge said. “If he’s not incarcerated, and he deserves to be for a lengthy period, there will be a lengthy curfew covering most of the day, save for medical appointments and some sort of exercise which he would be entitled to in prison.” He adjourned the case until the end of the month when he will finalise a sentence.
I am not sure if electronic tagging in Ireland involves simply GPS tracking with an electronic bracelet or if it involves a microchip implant. Whatever the particulars, this story reinforces my sense that technocorrection alternatives to incarcerations are likely to be a world-wide reality within a matters of years.
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I am on the sex offender registry for having a consensual relationship with my now wife, in 1998.We now have two beautiful children.There is an answer to the question ",why cant the police watch these guys and prevent future horrors."?
The answer is not what people want to hear as this subject is driven by hysteria and knee jerk legislation to appease a roman colliseum, mob type mentality. The answer surely cannot come out of the mouth of registered offenders as well!!!!
There are thousands and thousands of consensual,statutory cases on the sex offender registry in each state,Plus juvenille cases(16 year olds with 15 year olds) ,public nudity,exposure,prostitution,indecent behavior,public peeing etc.
There simply are not enough police to monitor all these cases. Because the states wont interject rick assessment hearings, all sex offender registrants are lumped together and there simply isnt enough police power to monitor all registrants,nor should they.!!!!!!!!
I have been on television numerous times on this subject. I know what i did is socially taboo and illegal, yet i am not a threat to children or women.To put me next to a child rapist on this list, is like putting a casual marijuanna smoker ,caught with a bag, in the same arena s a meth lab gangster!!!!!!!.
ive been on this list for 11 plus years,ive had 100 probation appointments,40 plus home checks,police monitoring our home,pulled over (with my wife,both of us in cuffs)12 times etc.Stickers on our home on Halloween,lost 6 jobs,acts of vigilantism etc. All this police time for one consensual case.!!!!
( We were even married by the same judge who gave me the original misdimeanor,who did not consider me a threat!!! )
If the public is wondering why law enforcement cant even stop violent registered offenders from re-offending,the answer is that these predators are like a pin hiding in a haystack.The haystack is thousands of non violent cases like mine, that would be removed immediately if risk assessment was employed.
No media figure has the courage to tell it straight: time to weed out the predators from the registrants who simply broke the law. Then the police can triple their time up on monitoring violent offenders.
But this wont happen,because the media likes to cry wolf,get the public excited (for sensationalism)and then the lawmakers legislate an already blotted system while the real predators know this and use it in their hunting techniques as camoflague.
my name is Mark Perk, l Google in" Lets seperate the Misguided from the monsters" Eric Zorn ,Chicago tribune. This is our story.
our daughter is 4 years old,ironically I am as scared as anyone of true sexual predators. your story was heart breaking ,frightening yet tragically will happen time and time again. No one has the courage to seperate the wheat from the chaff. Mark and Krissy Perk
Posted by: kris tulsa | Aug 21, 2010 4:36:59 AM