To Jackson, MS: No reason to exclude registered sexual offenders from program

By Sandy . . . In response to this article, this was emailed 8/10/18 to each of the four addressees:

Dear Jackson Free Press, Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba, chief administrative officer Robert Blaine, and Larry Perry, president and CEO of New Way Mississippi:

As an organization that deals with and advocates for returning citizens, NARSOL has tremendous respect for the decisions that have been made by you in creating and initiating this work program.

However, as an organization whose full name is the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws, we are appalled at the statement, “…with the exception of sex offenders,” especially as it appears in juxtaposition with the statement that both violent and non-violent persons are eligible for the program.

So, due to this decision, the man who had pre-marital sex with the woman now his wife when she was 15 or 16 or, in some states, 17, is shut out of even applying for this work program, but the man who killed his friend in a drunken bar fight is eligible. Those who committed armed robbery and may have hurt or killed innocent people in the process are welcomed, but those who had a single image of a scantily-clad, underage teenager on their computers are denied.

We commend you for including those whose criminal records include violence. We are totally unable to understand why this is not extended to those whose criminal records reflect a sexual offense.

What do you fear? As a group, those with sexual offense convictions have the lowest reoffense rate of all classifications of crime with the exception of those who have murdered. A significant percentage of sexual convictions are for non-violent offenses. Surely the screening done for behavioral issues will identify the rare registered sex offender who might pose a threat to others just as it will identify those with other categories of crime who would not be a good fit for the program.

We ask you to reconsider your decision. The vast majority of individuals on the sex offender registry are exactly the type of individuals who would benefit from your program. They struggle to support themselves and their families. They are and have been living law-abiding lives since a single conviction — for some, decades ago. They have a wide variety of talents and abilities to offer. They, above all, will be grateful for the opportunity, for they above all know the pain of being excluded based on nothing but a label that covers a vast multitude of behaviors.

Your program is innovative, wonderful, and a win-win for everyone involved, especially the community. Please extend it so that all who could benefit at least have a chance.

Sandy Rozek, Communications Director, NARSOL

communications@narsol.org

www.narsol.org

 

 

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Sandy Rozek

Sandy is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.

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    • #44624 Reply
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      Maestro

      Have you heard back from them yet? Truth paints close minded people into corners they can’t get out of and their only way to get out of the corner they’ve been painted into is to ignore what’s being told to them.

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        Sandy Rozek
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        I have not. I have waited the better part of a day to answer your question, hoping that I would have a positive answer to give, but it is not so.

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      R M

      Excellent to the point letter Sandy/NARSOL. My responses to articles and legislation with the exact points you make have been minimal to say the least. That doesn’t deter me from at least trying to debunk the myths and lies. Thank you.

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      Maestro

      NARSOL,

      I follow President Trump on instagram (I can’t stand twitter so I stopped using it) and today he posted the following on his IG account:

      “I am proud to have fought for and secured the lowest African and Hispanic American unemployment rate in history. Now I’m pushing for PRISON REFORM to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance”

      So now might be a good time to get in touch with the White House and make a real advocacy for us.
      If Trump can talk to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (celebrities who should not even get involved in politics) then I don’t see why an actual organization can’t sit and talk to him about political issues regarding the Justice system.
      🤷🏻‍♂️

      Just a thought

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      Tim L

      Sandy,

      An often overlooked aspect of policy(s) that ban registrants from interacting with children is the reformed person is not able to communicate and pass on the lesson learned via the oral tradition of story telling.

      The removal of that opportunity has deleterious effects upon the social problem. Victimites* insist on banning for child safety however they ignore the inherent drawbacks to their position which in the long run exacerbates the issue. Sexual norms like gender roles are completely culturally driven and derived from tradition. In short, these are learned behaviors.

      Clearly young men tend to overate the vagina and the pursuit thereof. This is an ages old problem seemingly inherent into man for the promotion of the species. Cultures have reacted to the problem in very different ways. Muslims cover their women to the extreme, tribes in Papua New Guinea lock young menstruating females in huts, Christians approach the issue with notion of denial or abstinence and the use of law. Of these various actions however none are as ineffective as the utilization of written law to address the issue. If the utilization of law worked to deter sexual aggression it would have proven itself long ago.
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      IMHO, law will never be effective to that end. So the answers must lie elsewhere.
      Somehow intuitively I believe relief will be had through the oral tradition of story telling; Men to men, man by man. Though I admittedly have little empirical evidence and am forced rely on the anecdotal, thus far.
      Today I prayed for Miss Tibbits.

      Definition – under construction
      * Victimite (noun)
      Person who thrives parasitcally from the victimization of another surreptitiously.
      Ex: ambulance chaser, yellow journalist.
      The guy in the front of the three car pile up hired a victimite to maximize his civil suit.

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      mike

      Their answer will be simple : “cuz it’s just the way it works in the U.S. “

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      MARK S.

      What they fear is their “image.” Sex offenses,” or better stated a “sex crime,” is politically uncontested – period. If charges, you are now guilty and the presumption of innocence is gone. The trust factor is shot; no one wants to “take a chance” and then have a sex crime on their hands. Not to mention the fact in virtually all US states there is no individual assessments of a prior sex offender. For brevity sake I will end it here. As for me, I cannot even apply for veterans housing, work, section 8, or HUD. Not to mention the facts of a very miserable childhood of abuse ad nausea, and acted out in 1984. 35 years years later I am still psychologically incarcerated. Thank you media, thank you states, thank you Congress, and lest I forget, Justice Kennedy – you know “frighteningly high.” Ad nausea………

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      Saddles

      Actually I’m glad that Sandy wrote this letter to speak out or should we all take lesson’s in history. Sure officials are not going to back down but their has to be some leverage. Or should one say “Frankly My Dear, I don’t give a damn”. Believe the movie producers were sued by that remark but that was a memorible line. Should we all now be censoring true justice today?
      Sure a lot would be a bit pissed about housing, jobs, or even entering the work place with some type of prison record. Second chances are good. Today the one’s that seemed outcast are the sex offender and that is sort of strange. I hope “We the people” or Government are not all born with “silver spoons” in our mouth.
      Sure public speaking is good and speaking out on the causes that effect others. Even Maestro sounded off to me about my spelling and puncutation a bit but thats good., but belitting one in these types of ordeal or circumstances is not as who know’s another man’s circumstance.

      Sure we all learn lesson’s or should the murder, or pety theif, or arsonist be a bit of the upper crust of the criminal letter. When immigrants came over to this country a lot of them were criminals and wanted to start a better life and I dont blame the sex offender for seeking justice.

      Either one can be Proud of a Nation or something is wrong in government. Moral princilals of right and wrong are good but type casting one as unfit for work or associating with others is underhanded for any government. Maybe we all should go back to the Rossevelt days and carry a big stick.

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      Thomas Darby

      I’ve heard the statement before that sex offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism, “except for those who have murdered.” Think about the problem with that statistic: Murderers (as opposed to involuntary manslaughter, 2nd degree murder, etc.) have by definition committed a pre-meditated crime. Those who have committed pre-meditated murder are unlikely EVER to get out of prison and I can tell you from personal prison experience and my own knowledge, that gang-type street murders happen repeatedly. The statistic is way off, skewed by the data itself. Sex offenders, on the other hand, are actually the LOWEST of all, even lower than most places claim of 5%. The actual number of Registered sex offenders who are convicted of the commission of another sex crime are less than 1%! Source: SOSEN, Nebraska studies, etc. The thing that skews sex offenses upward is that many stats go by re-arrests, not re-convictions; or include non-sex related crimes such as theft of food to survive.

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      Saddles

      Thomas
      Actually you make a lot of truth in a lot of this. While Sandy took good initavitive with I’m sure guidance of NARSOL to send this letter. I think that letter says meaning to all. Sure Jackson, MS is a hard market. Is it almost like everybody wants their own market in Government today.
      Sure a lot of people can be bias even when it involves criminal elements. Look at Government today at the capital leval. One of the people I go to see at a nursing home introduced me to this fellow and he know’s my plight from the lady that introduced us. We talk about theology and other things but sometimes I can’t understand him at times so I have to use a ‘grain of salt’ on his views. While he is an ordain minister he has told me he has never preached. He’s also a hard core Republican. I wonder today if this even about gvovernment, and thats a scary thought
      Sure I’m not proud of my little criminal things I did growing up but this sex offender ordeal seems to be the turning point for true justice. So NARSOL full steam ahead in all this fight for restoration for justice for many.

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      CL

      http://longisland.news12.com/story/38922887/lawmaker-pushes-bill-to-limit-sex-offender-housing

      Another news organization and lawmakers that need to hear Sandy’s well written responses. Thank you NARSOL for all that you do.

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      d

      Good job Sandy!

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      Saddles

      These comments on here are good on here in referrence to your letter that you wrote Sandy. I would think the important thing is the discrimination factor of all sex offenders. Is the sex offender some new age slavery? Even the method that some law enforcementsgo to via a computer in a pretend copacity of instilling on one they are teenagers to lure by cunning means one into this trap. Sure two wrongs don’t make a right but to the law officer their thinking seems to over shaddow those.

      Duping those in a lot of this con game is unethical as it leaves the one caught up in this endeavor helpless not mention the burden and expense one has to go thru, whether its prison or probation. Also the life time of registry, the discrimination, the public notification. Those factors can dehumanize one. That wasn’t the way life was meant to be. Now you made a choice Sandy with this letter and it does speak volumes if they listen and understand and people today need to listen and have some compassion and understanding before they interfeer in other people’s lives with a lot of this sex registry matter.

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