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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Women seek to dissolve sex offender registry

5-3-15 Wisconsin:

One local woman is caught in the middle of a battle over the public's access to sex offender registries and the right to keep her family together.

"Families are the collateral damage of the sex offender registry,” said Rayida Grooms, a former St. Joseph resident who married a registered sex offender in 2013. “The sex offender registry doesn't really protect anybody, because it just gives a false security.”

All 50 states have a registration and tracking system in place to monitor sex offenders, their location, identifying features and vehicles. For Mrs. Grooms, the public’s access to the database has affected the guardianship of her three children.

“Because of his status alone”

After a divorce in 2007, Mrs. Grooms said she fell in love with her neighbor — a registered sex offender who was convicted of sexual assault of a minor in Maine in 2003. Even after learning about his past, the couple got married and began a life with her children.

A nasty custody battle, however, prompted her to lose her three children.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One Survivor's Crusade Reveals a Plague of Errors in Nation's Sex Offender Registries

4-21-15 National:

Estimates of the number of entries with crucial mistakes run into the tens of thousands. One man—and pretty much only one man—is trying to fix them.

Tim Fisher steps slowly up the driveway, glancing back with mournful eyes a few times toward his sister-in-law across the street, silently pleading for her encouragement. With neat, shoulder-length, salt-and-pepper hair and a mustache, dressed in a plaid button-down shirt and shapeless jeans, Fisher is 49, but in his mind he’s the cherub-cheeked boy with the sun-bleached bangs who walked this asphalt hundreds of times, every Saturday for seven years. Today he trembles with the same trepidation that his boyhood self felt.

By the time he reaches the doorstep, he feels a strange, unsettling vulnerability in being shadowed and hidden from street view by a red-tile overhang. This is his decision, his right, he reminds himself. He just drove five hours from his Las Vegas home to this quiet block in Anaheim, California, fruitlessly trying to release his gathering anxiety with cigarette after cigarette as his sister-in-law soothed him with assurances that she was there for him, come what may.
Interesting that this article points out tens of thousands of errors in registries nationally. These errors caused by the wording and manner in which the Adam Walsh Act was implemented. The Act that was supposed to do the exact opposite; make all states the same, but ultimately caused a mess so bad that it will be impossible to fix. So much for the work of Congress!
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Sex Offender Brunch!

3-30-15 National:

Josh Gravens went to prison when he was 12 for touching his sister's vagina. Now he's fighting to change the laws that destroyed his life.

When Josh Gravens was 12, he was locked up for three and a half years for touching his sister's vagina. Upon his release, Gravens was added to the Texas Sex Offender Registry, a publicly searchable database that identifies him as the perpetrator of a sex crime and tracks where he lives. He was ostracized in high school, nearly chased out of college, and as an adult, has found it difficult to find work or lead a normal life.

When he was 19, Galen Baughman was sentenced to six and a half years for having a consensual relationship with a 14-year-old. When his release date came up, the state of Virginia refused to let him go on the grounds that he was a danger to society. So he served an additional three years; under Virginia's civil commitment laws, he might have spent the rest of his life locked up.

Gravens and Baughman were the featured guests at a brunch held on March 22, 2015 at the home of Reason.com Contributor Lenore Skenazy that was aimed at bringing attention to how our criminal justice system tramples on the rights of people charged with sex crimes.

Skenazy decided to host the brunch "not because I'm pro sex offender," she says, "but because there are so many people with this label who pose no threat to children whatsoever, and I wanted the public to start realizing that."

Listen to an mp3 of the entire one-hour-and-25-minute event:

Read Skenazy's article about the event in the New York Daily News.

Read an interview on the topic with Skenazy in Salon.

Learn more about Josh Gravens, who could go back to prison for allegedly failing to register his most recent address with state authorities. ..Source.. by Jim Epstein

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Man seeks new trial for vigilante justice in Sterling Heights

And the state calls him a sex offender...????

3-20-2013 Michigan:

A former Sterling Heights man who illegally retaliated against teenagers who had broken into his home is seeking a new trial and new sentencing.

Vincent Bosca, 46, dressed in state prison clothes, appeared March 18 in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens for a hearing on multiple motions in his case.

Visiting Judge Robert Chrzanowski on March 18 accepted written arguments by Bosca's attorney and assistant Macomb prosecutor Chad Davis, and indicated he will issue a written opinion.

Chrzanowski also approved a deal between Bosca and Macomb prosecutors in which Bosca's version of the events will be included in his presentence investigation report the state Parole Board will consider when he is eligible for release, Bosca's attorney Geoffrey Walker said. The report already included police reports to help describe the incident, but those include victims' lies to police.

Bosca is serving a minimum of six years and nine months following convictions for holding four male teens in his basement, and beating and torturing them in June 2011. The victims had broken into his home and stolen money and marijuana, or knew who had done so four days earlier, and were induced to return.