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December 5, 2007

The latest on Offendar

As previewed in this post, Ohio legislators on Wednesday heard about the latest technocorrections idea for keeping track of sex offenders.  Here are the latest details from this new AP story:

A tiny electronic device that could warn people when a sex offender is approaching was grabbing attention at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday. Offendar, a sex offender radar invented by a northeast Ohio company, is about the size of a key fob and vibrates when picking up the signal from a parolee’s monitoring bracelet from up to 50 yards away.

State Sen. Tim Grendell, a Chester Township Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice, asked the device’s Chagrin Falls makers, Offendar LLC, to host 90 minutes of demonstrations of the patent-pending technology for lawmakers Wednesday....

Not everyone supports the idea.  David Singleton, executive director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, called the concept “utterly ridiculous and absurd.”  He said it plays on fears in the community while penalizing people who have already served time in prison for their crimes. “What are we trying to do, make it impossible for people to get on their feet again and be productive citizens?” Singleton said.  “This is crazy and I’m outraged by it, because it doesn’t make my daughter any safer.”

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Lindsay Fello-Sharpe said nine in 10 sex crime victims are assaulted by a person they know or trust. “This just plays on the great myths out there, such as the stranger danger myth that’s not true,” she said. “It’s sending the wrong message and setting people up with a false sense of security.”

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I am not an attorney, but do some business research and am always interested in any legislation that involves a product. This is interesting. Jerry Pignolet is listed as a principle or owner in Offendar LLC. If you look on their web site http://www.offendar.com a very simple beginning site you will see a link to legal news where they make a case for sex offender legislation. There is also a pitch about this product and how it is necessary. They also have a form to fill out if you are interested in more developments.

There is an individual named Jerry Pignolet who is associated with Power Marketing. He was the spokes person for a company called Teraphysics which is located in the Cleveland area. This company has been able to get a number of small government contracts for electronic products. I wasn't able to really look at them, but quickly determined they were related to gps, and perhaps radar. It is rather ignorant of me to post this since I looked at it so quickly, but if this is the same Jerry Pignolet, he is becoming rather skillful getting these contracts. It looked as if they were sold mainly in response to terrorism fears, defense and law enforcement concerns.

The selling of the offendar should be a rather aggressive lobbying effort.

Posted by: beth curtis | Dec 6, 2007 12:48:02 AM

And in the mean time they are adding to the fears of parents ever where. What would be the range on these things? 50 yards? What if it picks up a signal farther then that? Or you live in a major city were it can pick up other things like radar detectors do from grocery store door scanners or this or that? Your going to have a mob of concerned parents out there even more panicked then before once that device goes off every 10 minutes.

Think about it, parent sitting there with that thing in her hand at the kitchen table watching as her kids play outside in the front yard. It starts to vibrate and she jumps up and runs to the door 'kids, come inside the house now!, Johnny run home to mommy and tell her there is a sex offender in the nieghbor'. lock the doors, pulls the blinds.

Don't consider that an extreme situation, look what they are doing with the registries in general.

Posted by: Mark | Dec 6, 2007 1:38:31 AM

Mark's comments lead to me to think that this could be in an episode of South Park. Oh wait...it kind of already was.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Abduction_Is_Not_Funny
In an episode, which "mocks moral panic," the parents of South Park build a wall around the city out of fear from child abduction. When it's revealed that most children are abducted by a parent/guardian, the parents send their children off to live without them at an unknown location because (paraphrasing) "it is the only way to ensure that we [the parents] can guarantee we won't abduct you [the children]."

In my opinion, it is laughable that this device even got a hearing in any state legislative body. I agree with the views expressed Mr. Singleton in the quoted passage above.

Posted by: DEJ | Dec 6, 2007 11:22:38 AM

Speaking of south Park, see "The Wacky Molestation Adventure," where Cartman told the other kids the easiest way to ditch their parents was to claim they "molestered" them, the parents got sent to prison and had to go through sex offender treatment. Sadly, the episode is not far from the truth.

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Posted by: offendaway.com | Jan 10, 2008 4:07:14 PM

America is fast becoming a police state.
Soon, even our thoughts will have the ability to get a conviction for some crime.

Free speech, individual rights and more civil liberties are fast becoming a thing of the past.

The new Underclass of people, those who are carelessly labeled, Sex Offender are being persecuted, and wronged on such a level, that finding words to describe the banishment and humiliation procedures would encompass a long article.
Just come and see, watch some videos, read some stories... this crazy rush to banish people must stop. http://www.cfcamerica.org Not a lawyer, just a person seeking to preserve Civil Rights and what his left of the Constitution for all Americans.

Posted by: cfcamerica | Nov 24, 2008 7:52:03 PM

Being the ONLY, FULLY PATENTED inventor of the GPS AUTO-ID system,I am proud to know that MY INNOVATION has reached a plateau which gives our Country another breakthrouh technology. Protecting our Military and Coast Guard border patrols has improved. The GPS monitoring in our cell phones has led military and authorities to many corrupt individuals. Mostly recently. Just read my patent for yourself,#7289031 and be amazed. Continuing lobbying for National child devices and to schools,libraries,malls,theaters,any place these homeless teir three predators are to be IMMEDIATELY aware of. These corrupt individuals have dug their holes and must STAY IN THEM, at any dispicable waste of tax payers money. IMMEDIATE AUTO-ID is a must. Although corporations have received $BILLIONS in contracts, I must just be humble and give MY patent to our Country. I AM PROUD.

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