Group urges RI governor to veto legislation restricting SO access to shelters

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      Robin Vander Wall
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      By Sophie Culpepper . . . Last month, a bill that would cap the proportion of registered sex offenders in homeless shelter beds at 10 percent for shel
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      Jerry P.

      The possibility of my brothers and sisters freezing to death scares me…. My heart is yet again saddened…

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        Sandy Rozek
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        Jerry, your simple statement brings tears to my eyes. And then the sadness is overcome with fury.

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      Roger

      Has anyone done a study of how man sex offenses have been committed by offenders while living in one of those shelters? I’d be willing to bet is is close to zero if not zero. The lame stream media has convinced the public that a sex offender is a person who abducts children from a playground but have no facts to back it up.

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      Yeah right

      Also, once an American satisfies their sentence (punishment) which is spelled out by their Judge, their rights are restored. AND it may be looked at as retro active punishment imposed by the legislature. AND WHERE IS THE PROOF THAT THE STATE IS IN DIRE NEED OF THIS LAW??!!?!

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      Yeah right

      Can the convicted domestic violence felons stay? What if they were convicted multiple times?

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        Brian

        As long as you a murderer, bank robber, drug dealer, car thief, shoplifter, serial killer, hey you can stay as long as you want to, if your on the ML list then you a danger to everyone! It’s known now that RSO’s have the lowest recidivism out all the above but politicians want everyone to think SO’s are a danger to society not murderers or drug dealers who feed people poisonous drugs or shoot an innocent person because some addict didn’t pay for his drugs on time and they pull a drive-by shooting, but hey we’re the dangerous folks here.

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      Jim

      The courts are providing some measure of help, though the fight is far from over. This nonsense in RI is just another example of RSO’s being used as political fodder. With the public it appears, to me at least, not as much a matter of fear as it is hatred. We are turning into a society that is so filled with bitterness, and that is sad. The outlook for such a society is very disturbing.

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      Jane Smith

      I’m so sick and tired of how SO’s are repeatedly being vilified and constantly used as political pawns- taking on more and more restrictions in their lives. If they have served their time let them be! These laws are draconian and I find it appalling that in 2017 politicians, judges and people are just as ignorant as they were in Salem during the witch trials. Wake up!
      They must be allowed to establish a normal life without having that registry ball and chain follow them for years and years and for some the duration of their lives. When it comes down to restricting them from getting shelter that is just plain sad. It’s barbaricly inhuman.

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      Sue Wearethepeople

      God is to watch over all his children. We are all his children! So my question is, how many of the shelters had problems with SO? How many of the schools had problems with SO? So why is it even an issue?Taking away shelter is just taking away someones life. When it comes to medical, we save everyone no matter who they are, and what they may have done. We are all created equal!

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      Tom

      I am an RSO in Rhode Island. I have just sent the governor my thoughts. Hopefully, other Rhode Islander RSO’s wont sit back and complain and rather do something. Perhaps my letter will have little effect, but I feel better after writing it.

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      Maestro

      I’ll tell you what I’m personally sick of hearing/reading about living restrictions for sex offenders…
      I’m sick of this ‘crutch’ always being used: “If they don’t have stability, it could cause recidivism.”

      So basically what that is saying (and we are saying it, and our advocates are saying it) is that we are sooooooooooooooo dangerous that we MUST be given shelter be it as homeless people or being allowed to live where we chose to….OR ELSE!
      We are FEEDING THE FEAR MONGERING by using the excuse to give us shelter by saying we’ll recidivate if we don’t have it. So…. the L.E.A. and the politicians scare people into not wanting us anywhere and then we, ourselves, along with our advocates seem to be saying “only fear us if we’re homeless and denied shelter.”

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        Sandy Rozek
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        I too wish the word ‘recidivate’ would not be used in this context, but because most people don’t distinguish between recidivating and re-offending with a sexual offense. A more accurate phraseology would be that those with stability in their lives are more likely to successfully be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society, all of which reduces the risk of re-offense.
        And please don’t misinterpret my use of rehabilitation. No, not every one with a sexual conviction needs to be rehabilitated. I can think of no needed rehabilitation for two teens sexting each other or engaging in a sexual relationship — probably a crash course in risky or illegal behavior but not rehabilitation. However, that is not true for many sexual offenses.
        And I don’t believe that anyone would argue that someone who is homeless is at less risk of engaging in behaviors that will run him afoul of the law than is someone with a stable home and life. The homeless are at higher risk for many undesirables…health wise, nutrition wise, and engagement with law enforcement wise.

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      Saddles

      No man is an island. Actually I like all these comments on here. After collage I went to business school studied travel and tourism. Believe I worked in a lot of National parks during the summers. Yes I worked at a place called Ballard Inn on Block Island. I’m sure with my small sex ordeal I couldn’t get any job with any Park or anything like that today. Yes all that was in my drinking days.
      Sure we can all throw off the old man and put on the new but when siciety deny’s one group over another because of a ” fear factor” element than thats not justice. Sure protecting and serving are good but its still predicting in these sex offender ordeals. Matter of fact I wouldn’t want to be around someone as pompus as someone denying me or be any different than everybody else. Weather your a sex offender or drug addict doesn’t matter we are still human and human rights would look down on this one. Can someone say “Ostracize” in a dire circumstance such as this.

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      Saddles

      . No, not every one with a sexual conviction needs to be rehabilitated. Sandy I liked that answer. And you know you are right in a lot of respects. I was always wondering why they didn’t want me in those mandatory sex offender classes. Maybe the instructor couldn’t make her point with the others in the class and be more in tune with her lectures than me giving a sort of a gospel throw to all her brew making ways to cleanse one from this man eating flesh one has in themselves.
      Remember we are all carnal by nature. You know I’ve finely figured out Maestro and I know where’ he’s coming from. He’s ok
      The main point sandy there’s no “love thy neighbor” in any of this restricting thing in case of a real disaster. Sure the law can do just so much. If that’s the case that. Two wrongs don’t make a right. I think these sex offender things have more of man’s thinking, but if man created the world I’d hate to be living in it. I feel its getting stranger and colder everyday in some respects.

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      Brian

      I think they should be more worried about the Gilbert Godfrey impersonation up top, I mean that’s a great costume for Halloween. Sorry just trying to lighten things up around here. I know this sucks bad but we will get through this one way or another.

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      Tom hewes

      Sadly, Governor Rainmondo, like most politicians, took the political points and ignored research and evidence. She signed the bill into law on Friday, October 5th.

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        Brian

        Well then screw the shelter, once a storm hits or natural disasters happens all the SO’s need to go camp out in her front yard then. I don’t believe there are restrictions on that in your state.

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          anthony jones

          Jews in NAZI GERMANY were denied entry to shelters see documentary film exposing this http://www.evillaw.tk

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      Maestro

      “One of the “public safety” concerns in Lombardi’s district is cases of sex offenders being dropped off at the shelter and loitering if no beds were available.”

      Yeah, ONLY sex offenders need to be a concern. Dropping off a convicted thief or a drug dealer/addict or a gang member is of no concern to us if they loiter.
      The hypocrisy is REAL.

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      Wes gray

      This is all murder, just like they are killing our children with this stigma alone. They should be held accountable. We are human not animals. Fight back now, all of us and our families, we can stop this witch hunt. Demand justice now, do not fear the evil.

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