Monday, November 15, 2010

Parole Not Working for New York Sex Offenders


Shocker Alert! Parole Not Working for Sex Offenders

New York Struggles with Re-Offenders

By: Joseph L. Giacalone

The latest statistics on New York State’s most violent sex offenders is not good news for its citizens.  It shows what Crime Control Advocates already know: Parole does not work.  After the latest rape and sodomy of a young woman in upper Manhattan, a parolee and registered sex offender has been charged. Parole statistics show that 60% of sex offenders re-offend.  Unfortunately, the parolees are re-offending with sexual related crimes.  According to the Daily News, sex offenders are being charged with new crimes shortly after being paroled including rape, the possession of Viagra and the use of social network sites.

The real scary part is that sex offenders can get paroled from prison without any restrictions if they choose a jury of their peers in a trial instead of a bench trial, where the judge alone decides.  A jury trial can be even more beneficial to them, because the judges base their decision strictly on the letter of the law, where a jury may be influenced by other factors.

It appears, unfortunately, that laws designed to protect the most vulnerable in our society are not working.  State budgets are constrained to a point that less people will spend time in prison, which means an increased case load for already swamped parole officers.  Besides incapacitation, what else can be done?  

10 comments:

  1. I think parole for most convicts does not work. Besides sex offenders, I think most ex convicts become repeat offenders. I do not have the exact statistics it this i sjust my opnion. There are not a lot of options out there for ex-convicts that allos them to do much positive with their time so I feel they will eventually become repeat offenders because there is nothing else they have to do.

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  2. This article leads to the question if jail time actual helps change a criminal. In my opinion criminal will go back to the streets doing what they did best because they have already limited their opportunities in life. As for sex offenders I think the power and control over someone is a thrill for them and of course they will go back to doing what they did before expect some might be better after the amount of time they had to think it over. Like the expression goes - no matter how much you try to straighten out a cruciate dog tail it will remain cruciate.

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  3. I personally don't believe there is much else that can be done, because any programs that the court or parole officers mandate them to attend won't help them. They eventually become repeat offenders because that is all they know and they will describe it as a sickness. When a persons sick eventually there is a cure but not according to them. You could try a halfway house with restrictions on them but it won't guarantee they'll stay out of trouble. Besides torturing them and drowning them I think the only other solution is to put a ankle bracelet on them, track them, and send them to a halfway house to get themselves integrated with society.

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  4. NOTHING, besides incapacitation can be done to stop sex offenders from re-offending. Even incapacitation is a temporary solution because they are only being controlled while behind bars. I learned in a Parole class at John Jay that there is virtually no deterrent that can be used. There are two parolees that are particularly tricky to deal with. Those parolees are drug addicts and .... sex offenders. No one knows what makes these offenders tick. What is it that makes them not able to control their urges? The state cannot control the urges and desires of sex offenders. Sure its a good start to keep them away from schools. But the whole idea of babysitting a sex offender (Parole)is impractical. Parolees have alot of free time on their hands. Perhaps a lower case load for the Parole Officer? But that means increasing the ranks of the NYS division of Parole, and we know that's not going to happen. It is a war that can not be won.

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  5. The Civil Commitment Law passed by congress in 2007 has been a heated debate for the last several years because of the power it extends to congress which aren't identified in Article 1 of the Constitution. In May 2010 the Supreme Court in a vote of 7-2 upheld the the Civil Commitment Law. The Civil Commitment law allows the government to "continue to detain prisoners who had engaged in sexually violent conduct, suffered from mental illness and would have difficulty controlling themselves. If the government is able to prove all of this to a judge by “clear and convincing” evidence — a heightened standard, but short of “beyond a reasonable doubt” — it may hold such prisoners until they are no longer dangerous or a state assumes responsibility for them" (Liptak 2010). Personally, what I feel is that prison is too good for sex offenders of any kind and that in the case of the violent one's they should be held in Administrative Custody for the entirety of the sentence. Another opinion is that the government shouldn't have to prove that heightened standard of clear and convincing evidence but instead should have to use the preponderence of evidence standard which is used more in civil cases than in criminal cases.

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  6. Its something that people take lightly, being a sex offender is a disease an addiction. Its not something that one can get over with in just for example two months in jail it takes time. That is mainly why once these sex offenders leave jail they commit the same crime again, Without getting actual help. Like you have discussed previously in class there is not much help out there for sex offenders, once your in that status as an offender. That follows you whether its looking for a job and starting over, its impossible. Jail time to me does not help the offenders at all, they should be sent to a treatment center where they can get actual help. The question is do these sex offenders deserve any help with a fresh start at all? If it helps where they don't go back out there and continue to rape then by all means.

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  7. It is very sad to say, but when it comes to sex offenders I believe they will strike again. Yes there are some sex offenders who are labeled this way when they should not be, but a vast majority of them are sick and feel okay with sexually abusing someone. When it comes to parole, I agree with another individual who commented, a lot of the individuals who come out of jail may try to seek better but are unable to because they are an ex convict which quickly puts them at a disadvantage to getting a job, and what that leads is to them going back to their old habbits, whether it be robbery, narcotics, etc, and finding a way to get money, because at the end of the day know they have to support themselves out here in the real world. Its not like being in jail where ok they have to work, but they get three meals a day, have acess to a gym and many other things inside the correctional facility. Parole does not work and even though many say it is the fault of the parole officer, they are so overswamped with work, at times there will be on individual that will fall through the cracks, because a parole officer can not be with the individual all day to prevent them from doing bad.

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  8. Based on this web page http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1778
    Chemical castration has been advocated. There is a study that claims "chemical castration decreases the occurrence of repeat offenses from 75%". This high probability may be difficult to establish but this might be a possible solution to the problem.

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  9. according tohttp://coldcasesquad.blogspot.com/2010/11/parole-not-working-for-new-york-sex.html.Iam one of those people who don't understand why people like this get to leave jail.I don't mind paying taxes to keep Sex Offenders behind bars.as the father of a little girl, I also want people like this behind bars. It really says a lot about our values that people like this can get out after 7 or so years...that's disgusting. If you can rape a child there is something broken inside of you which cannot be fixed and you can't ever be trusted again.therefore; people like that should stay in prison to stop them to do it again because many companies will not hire them once they check their history.

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  10. I agree with mart_486's comment, "being a sex offender is a disease an addiction. Its not something that one can get over with in just for example two months in jail it takes time." In my opinion, i think these sex offenders are sick, and shouldn't be released back into the public. I strongly believe sex offenders, especially repeat offenders, should never be given a chance to see the light of day ever again after being convicted such kind of nasty crime. Therefore, I think we should make rape and sexual assault a class A felony, life in prison. You may think that is harsh, but as you said in class, nothing else could work for these sex offenders. PSC 201 Me Po.

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