Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chicago Criminal lawyer comments on sex offenders without rehabilitation--we all lose

This Chicago Criminal lawyer has posted here and here about the debt that sex offenders never seem to be able to pay. It looks like there’s yet another move to make it impossible for these folks to be rehabilitated into society.

April 8, Chicago, Il

After his prison sentence came to an end in April 2007, child sex predator Ronald Dubbins was supposed to undergo one year of tightly controlled supervision as he transitioned back home -- with electronic monitoring, mandatory therapy and frequent meetings with a parole officer.

But because he could not find a place to live that met Illinois' ever-expanding sex offender housing restrictions, Dubbins served parole behind bars and then was released into Cook County without monitoring.

Faced with complete freedom, he quickly returned to his predatory ways, attempting to lure young children into his Berwyn apartment for sex, court records show.

Dubbins' case illustrates a growing danger in Illinois. A Tribune review has found that the state's sex offender housing laws, enacted over the past decade with the goal of protecting the public, may be having the opposite effect.

Thousands of sex offenders have remained in prison for parole and then been returned to the streets without oversight or treatment. These offenders are less likely to register their addresses than those serving tightly monitored paroles in the community. They also are more likely to reoffend, sometimes repeating the same sex crimes, the review found.

When sex offenders serve parole in the community, they must wear electronic monitoring devices, participate in weekly counseling and undergo other strict monitoring.

Those who serve parole behind bars are not required to undergo counseling (most don't, Williams-Schafer said), and their length of parole can be cut in half due to "good time" credit applicable to inmates -- as was the case with Dubbins. Once the parole comes to an end, the prison has no legal means to keep or monitor them once they are out.
This sounds more and more like a 21st century Scarlet Letter.

1 comment:

  1. It is most assuredly a modern day Scarlet Letter. So many people think they're experts on the subject of sex offenders, when it is mostly misinformed opinion. It is a shame that more and more government and private studies are showing that more restrictions on sex offenders are counterproductive to a safer society, and no one wants to listen. The media gives 24 hour coverage to a handful of horrendous cases, and politicians are getting an enormous amount of political capital on the backs of the many people who've committed a sexual offense that didn't involve rape or murder. ANY sexual offense is bad, but more laws and restrictions WILL NOT STOP it. These people need help. You may even live or work with one and not know it. They often turn out to be people who are well respected i the community. The overwhelming majority of people who commit a sexual offense DO NOT re-offend. There are plenty of government statistics to bear this out. This country needs to find a REAL villain to focus on.