The battle lines are drawn

My homeowners association is in the news. We have a sex offender living in the neighborhood and serving on the HOA board. Across the street from him is a sweet pastor’s wife who runs a home-based day care for a handful of kids, most of whom live in the neighborhood. And in the state of Georgia, that can’t happen. The board has used HOA dues to pay for a lawyer to close down the nice lady’s business, regardless of the fact that 67% of the homeowners signed a petition to keep the day care open. So now we’re trying to remove a few members from the board. We had an initial meeting at the local library tonight, and we had people from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution as well as Fox News. My moment of glory? The back of my head was on the nightly news tonight – and at least I was wearing my good earrings!

One of the tough questions brought up was if it’s fair to require one homeowner to move (which is what legally has to happen for the day care to stay open).  The board member has been a homeowner here for 10 years, and the daycare has been open for 6.  But the issue at this point is well beyond fairness. This man has resorted to some despicable tactics to attack the day care, including but not limited to deception, abuse of power, and creepy sneakiness. So if one person has to suffer consequences, it should be the man who made illegal choices, not the woman who owns a day care and not the parents who send their children to that day care.

So, Mrs. Kim, my prayers are with you, and may the key people in this situation have the wisdom to handle it appropriately.

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3 thoughts on “The battle lines are drawn

  1. Sure, Peter, let’s send them all off to an island. Then we can have other criminals join them. Get rid of our drug dealers, murderers, thieves… Followed by people who are just not socially acceptable. The infirm, those with mental challenges, and why stop there? We can get rid of minorities too, and end up with a happy-go-lucky society where we’re all the same. Wouldn’t that be fun?

    I don’t think segregation is the answer. It takes all kinds to make a world. And we may not have reached the perfect solution here, but at least it echoes of fairness.

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  2. Mudlark, there is a lot of acrimony within the communities. WE are at a standstill that needs… SCREAMS… for a constitutional solution, and I have one. It is to fully segregate ALL sex offenders from the community for the entire time of their registration, so we don’t have these problems.

    Although I’ve posted to several sex offender blogs, I still feel it’s very important to get this message through. Our children and families are under a greater threat of domestic terrorism than at any point in our country. We should consider not only restriction the length of distance a child molester lives from our schools and parks, but consider a concentrated place to intern registered sex offenders AWAY from ALL children and vulnerable citizens.

    It is time we seriously consider building sex offender colonies throughout the western United States and Alaska.

    It is obvious. Nobody wants sex offenders to live in their neighborhoods, or even their cities. I’m a parent, and I would fight tooth and nail to prevent sex offenders from living anywhere that children may live, even if their victims were people they knew. It means NOTHING to me; what means EVERYTHING to me is they committed an atrocious crime against children. That’s enough for me.

    Unfortunately, these sex offenders have rights. If they are not in prison, they will probably get the ACLU to sue the city and we will have to spend thousands of dollars defending the restrictions.

    The ONLY thing, therefore, is to create an amendment to the US Constitution, creating sex offender colonies to restrict where these convicted sex offenders live in the first place. How to do this?

    The first thing that needs to be done is to create an outline of such an amendment. I looked at the process for how an amendment is created. Here is the process:

    Under Article V, there are two ways to propose amendments to the Constitution and two ways to ratify them.

    To propose an amendment

    1. Two-thirds of both houses of Congress vote to propose an amendment, or
    2. Two-thirds of the state legislatures ask Congress to call a national convention to propose amendments.

    To ratify an amendment

    1. Three-fourths of the state legislatures approve it, or
    2. Ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states approve it.

    I would submit that the state legislature route would probably be more effective, but the congressional method can be tried first. It can effectively be used as a litmus test for voting, i.e., if someone doesn’t want to vote for proposing the amendment in congress, their 2008 opponent can have a field day in saying that the incumbent protects sex offenders at the expense of children’s safety, etc.

    Such an amendment would solve many problems. First of all, the registry would not exist in its current form. Parents don’t have to worry where the sex offenders live, as they all would, by law, have to live in the colony. This also eliminates the need for GPS, as the sex offenders would be restricted to the colony in the first place. No worries about convicted child molesters stalking your children’s school or favorite park, or trolling on the Internet.

    Next, registrants would constitutionally have to be subjected to non-court ordered search of their premises within the zone. In addition, all their mail and phone calls would constitutionally be authorized to be monitored for illicit activities. Internet usage would also be strictly regulated, with all file storage for every computer actually done at the server-level. In addition, emails would be assigned by the administration, no Instant messaging or accessing MySpace or other children sites allowed, and all keystrokes and sites visited will be recorded 100%. All costs for such usage would be borne out by the offender, incidentally.

    All registrants would be required to work, with their paychecks being handled by the administrators. Deductions for medical, rent, all services, and everything else would be done automatically, and any credit the registrant have be used for discretionary income ONLY from the colony store. Also, EVERY registrant will be required to go through treatment appropriate to his crime, and be certified as cured; otherwise, he can be subject to a felony charge and returned to prison.

    Now, please keep in mind one thing: The sex offender colony is NOT…repeat…NOT a replacement for tough, appropriately long, non-paroleable sentencing guidelines in the first place! THAT IS PARAMOUNT. The colony would exist because society cannot handle the large amounts of offenders in their neighborhoods, with the inherent terror parents have with the knowledge that offenders are around their children. Therefore, the colony is SPECIFICALLY for offenders to spend their entire registration periods in a constitutionally-approved manner, eliminating the need for registries as they exist now.

    Keep in mind, many offenders also are able to leave the registry for certain crimes after a specified amount of time has passed. Therefore, once a registrant’s time period has expired, he can petition the administration to be relieved of the duty to register and live in the SORERA zone. A panel of professionals, law enforcement individuals, and the offender’s victim representatives, will go over the request. If they feel the offender is ready to join society, then he can leave the zone and live anywhere he wants, although he will have to permanently register with law enforcement wherever he goes for the rest of his life. Bear in mind, also, that any registrant who has to register for life will NEVER get the opportunity to leave the zone. Only the most benign of the registrants will ever be allowed to leave.

    So there you have it. With a constitutional amendment, we can control where they live, where they work, and how they communicate, with confidence that they won’t have a “relapse” when our own children are in striking distance.

    All interested people are encouraged to write to me at man4theages@hotmail.com to further this just cause.

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