Homeless offenders a headache

Homeless offenders a headache

There are 40 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Sep 27, 2009, titled Homeless offenders a headache. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

Registered sex offenders live in Schiller and Goodale parks in Columbus. Another gives his address as behind Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, while still another stays in an old railroad steam tunnel in Cambridge.

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Person First Language

Plain City, OH

#1 Sep 27, 2009
Note to the headline writer: it is not the individuals convicted of a sex offense who also are homeless who are the "headache." It is the condition of their homelessness that creates monitoring challenges.

Person First Language, Please
snzp

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 27, 2009
I think castration might be the best solution to dealing with this problem. If a sex-offender isn't able to house himself and it thus untrackable because he's homeless, then it's best to eliminate the threat by castration.

Another suggestion... crack down on people living in places like Goodale Park. There are signs at the park entraces stating it is closed after 11PM (or something like that). Anyone caught in there after closing should be arrested.
Sally

Ashville, OH

#3 Sep 27, 2009
"Diversified" was a treatment agency.

No one wants sex offenders living near them, yet everyone wants them monitored and in a set place. We have to understand as a community, that having sex offenders homeless (because landlords, neighbors, families, churches and employers are unwilling to work with them or be near them) destabilizes them and makes them MORE likely to reoffend. Someone that has committed an offense should never put in a position of trust again. However, they should not be banned to the outskirts of town to fend for themselves either. That does not benefit anyone. If I had to have a sex offender in my community, I would prefer to have one that is employed, has a supportive family and a place to live. Preferably, also one that has been through counseling and permitted to return to the community with the supportive, but watchful eye of those closest to him/her.
Stitches 77

Batavia, OH

#4 Sep 27, 2009
Well you people blindly passed these idiotic laws, this is the result.

http://www.oncefallen.com/ResidenceRestrictio...
RBKM

Columbus, OH

#5 Sep 27, 2009
Ah, how awful for those poor law enforcement that they have to be inconvenienced by so-called "homeless" offenders. Tragic.
RBKM

Columbus, OH

#6 Sep 27, 2009
snzp - are you a socialist? or better yet, communist?
Birds of a Feather

Columbus, OH

#7 Sep 27, 2009
Sally wrote:
"Diversified" was a treatment agency.
No one wants sex offenders living near them, yet everyone wants them monitored and in a set place. We have to understand as a community, that having sex offenders homeless (because landlords, neighbors, families, churches and employers are unwilling to work with them or be near them) destabilizes them and makes them MORE likely to reoffend. Someone that has committed an offense should never put in a position of trust again. However, they should not be banned to the outskirts of town to fend for themselves either. That does not benefit anyone. If I had to have a sex offender in my community, I would prefer to have one that is employed, has a supportive family and a place to live. Preferably, also one that has been through counseling and permitted to return to the community with the supportive, but watchful eye of those closest to him/her.
Some people are homeless because they WANT to be. I personally know of one who a great many people tried to help. He would accept their help to a certain extent but when it became uncomfortable for him he would just move along. He stayed in this area for years, he was a nice guy, everybody seen him here and there but most just ignored him. He was NOT a sexual offender as this story is talking about. I'm just bringing his story to light because of the homeless part. Not everybody is homeless because they HAVE to be. Some are homeless because they CHOOSE to be.
Pat

Blacklick, OH

#8 Sep 27, 2009
The real issue here is the homelessness... not the sex offender part. We need to have more compassion for the situation homeless people are in. I agree with Sally that the homeless offenders are more likely to re-commit crimes because of the instability...Birds of a feather, I agree that some people refuse help that comes their way, but that doesn't mean they have chosen to be homeless. I bet if you took the time to learn his situation, there was a lot more to it. How likely is it that, especially in this economy, someone can get a job if they have no permanent address, or if their address is a homeless shelter? As for moving along when things get uncomfortable, try living with strangers, even relatives for awhile where you are the "charity case" they are helping. Trust me, you aren't going to be treated well, you will feel worthless and like a huge burden. It may appear to you that they are choosing to be homeless, but that is almost certainly not the case. Lets work on the entire issue of homelessness--because even sex offenders deserve a place to sleep at night.
Mimi

Fostoria, OH

#9 Sep 27, 2009
If sex offenders cannot provide a real address, then they should be kept in jail, pretty simple. If we're required to track them, make them responsible for themselves and stop playing around! So many loopholes and too much thought and effort put into this issue.
Steven Streets

Grove City, OH

#10 Sep 27, 2009
Typical unfunded mandate. The Faith Mission can't take them all but they try. It's packed with registered offenders until they break a house rule and have to move into a neighborhood business' dumpster. That's only the released criminals they notify the neighborhood about. Only the sex offenders require public warning. All 41 show up in our mailboxs. Collect them all and make Xmas ornaments. God bless the Mission for takening them in and 3 hot meals a day( more than i get). In lieu of a death penalty for serial human predators to protect society, the Government entities have a responsibility to provide secure living and supervision of these creatures. This is just another example of the governments failure to do it's chartered duty to secure the rights of all people. It won't allow a dangerous animal to sleep in a park or dumpster. Why in Gods name does it allow a man? If a dangerous animal was discovered it would be taken to a safe place. It is a crime of the Governments misplaced priorities that it won't do the same for dangerous people. It cost too much money until they have to be prosecuted again and a impoverished victim needs victim of crime funds for medical care. I have to stay on constant watch in my Discovery District neighborhood. For the safety of the students living with me as well as the hundreds passing through my back alley daily. One reason I'm such a mean old man.
Hemicuda

Shelby, OH

#11 Sep 27, 2009
The residency restriction laws and the sex offender registry is a "feel good" law enacted by a knee-jerk political reaction to the sujdden realization that those who purposed these laws had a substantial issue to ride back into office at election or re-election time. There is no statistic anywhere that I have found, and I have researched the issue of sex offenders throughly, to support that the registry has saved one child from becoming a victim. On the other hand, there are countless numbers of innoncent victims of vigilante justice, including the spouses and children of the offenders. At least twelve offenders who had served the court demanded sentence, have been killed and one, in Michigan was left outside to freeze to death because no homeless shelter in his area would take him in...wonder what the churches in that area was doing while he was outside dying? Department of justice statistics says that less than 5% of sex offenders recommitt within the first five years, which is the lowest rate of any criminal offense. Most of the people on the registry have never had a court assessment to determine their liklihood of reoffending, but still fall under the guise of the "bogeyman", waiting to reoffend against someone's child. 95% of child offences are committed by a family member or someone known to the victim or the family. Stranger danger is a myth created by the media to sell. The media wants rating more than they want to deliver information, that's where our culture has gone. The message that's delivered by the loudest and most entertaining method is the one that we are going to listen to, and believe for the truth. As long as we, the public don't know the truth, we will be afraid, as it is human nature to fear that which we don't know. There are many places on line that will substantiate the statistics I have used and present even more to open your eyes to the fact that the sex offender population is being used to pass unnecessary legislation. For example, Constitutionalfights.com , SOSEN.us, are both good places to get correct information to better educate ourselves against untruth.
Observer

Miami Beach, FL

#12 Sep 27, 2009
Well we have the ability to track these offenders but your activists would have some kind of issue with it. I say micro chip them in the same way on star does vehicals or the way they do animals to identify owners just put a locator in them use these unsightly cell phone towers for something of good
Spyderwasp

Shelby, OH

#13 Sep 27, 2009
The public, law enforcement, and elected public officials that support a registry have to realize that they are basing the registry on believing that someone will re-offend, yet fact based data tells us this is not true. The media has driven people to believe that sex offenders are the most dangerous persons out there. They have failed to inform the public of the thousands of non-violent offenders affected by this horrible registry. Make no mistake, the majority of offenders are not proud of their offense, and had they been stable people to begin with, would have not committed their offense. This being said, the registry was created just as a way for politicians and media to gain attention. If you think that their are millions of missing children because of sex offenders, think again. Everyone needs to be better informed before placing judgement on another's life, which is exactly what the public does as soon as they even hear the term 'sex offender.' The Center for Disease Control, U.S. Dept of Justice Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, and Throwaway Children, and The American Journal of Psychiatry, all government sites, clearly define that the most dangerous person in a child's life is their parent. Of 1,315,600 missing children, 115 were snatched in the sense that everybody is worried about. You will find less than 1/100th of 1% snatched, but the number that people care about and are willing to spend our resources on is much lower. Your child is 4000% more likely to be shot, stabbed strangled, burned alive or poisoned, than abducted and killed by a sex offender. We need to look at sex offenders individually as people, not as a society who currently believes they are living a life of that of a Puritan.
Im Joe the Plumber

Bellefontaine, OH

#15 Sep 27, 2009
They can't help it, they were born that way and we should embrace their lifestyle. (Yah, right.)
factsNOTmyths

Marion, OH

#16 Sep 27, 2009
Spyderwasp and Hemicuda have said all that needs to be said, and I will not repeat it.

I'm very tired though, of explaining why castration is NOT the answer, and why we don't need expend the dollars in "microchipping" these individuals.

Those who think castration is the answer are those who completely and totally no NOTHING about what motivates a sex offense to begin with. They believe it is the sexual urge that that the offender is acting on, when that has nothing, or very little anyway, to do with it. The offense is generally about power and control. If you completely cut the phallus off, the offender would possibly use a broomstick, a pop bottle, something else to penetrate.

Sex offenses are much more of an emotional/mental issue, than a physical one.

Even is you WERE right, we'd all be a lot safer if we worked WITH them, instead of ostracizing them and making pariahs out of them.

But then the rest of the public is perfect...right?
Chillax Max

Columbus, OH

#17 Sep 27, 2009
We put all this energy into knowing where sex offenders live... But we put next to no energy knowing who and where the illegals are located.

FOR ALL WE KNOW, half of the illegals could have extensive criminal records in Mexico. Or given Mexico's flawed, underfunded law enforcement system the illegals might be criminals but have no Mexican criminal record at all.
Pitbull

AOL

#18 Sep 27, 2009
Well everyone wanted these laws don't cry that your head hurts now. Ohio is allready broke so the donut chompers are just gonna have to suck it up and go walk a beat and check on these guys.

This system has not saved a single child from abuse but everyone wants the illusion of safety and thats fine just do not complain about higher and higher taxes.
Jim

Pickerington, OH

#19 Sep 27, 2009
No one will rent to them or give them a job.. What are they to do
Andre

Pickerington, OH

#20 Sep 27, 2009
WE what to pass all these laws. And what we are doing is adding more cost. This city is broke and still we want more laws to keep them away from kids..
You want it you got it
Feed up

United States

#23 Sep 27, 2009
Sex offenders are the new leprosy community of long ago. No one wants them to live near them. Why are we putting a scarlet letter on them? Not all sex offenders are child molesters, yet when some one says sex offender, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

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