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November 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm #48956
By Sandy . . . As a writer, I have been aware my entire life of the impact that words have on readers and listeners. NARSOL is blessed to have among i
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November 16, 2018 at 10:02 am #48967
It is heartening to hear that in the case of Canon City, there may be some rational thought being applied before a new law is constructed. For those who do not know, the major industry of Canon City Colorado is the state prison system. It is there, more specifically at Fremont Correctional Facility that the bulk of Colorado’s imprisoned sex offender are held. Included in the constellation of facilities in Canon City is, or at least was when I was an inmate, the Therapeutic Community, for Phase 2 level of treatment of SOs.
Many of the prison staff live in Canon City, as well as many family members who move close to be near their incarcerated loved ones. Any residency restrictions would likely become a hot topic since newly released inmates could very likely be housed throughout the area due to the fact that their family has relocated there. This also places them in close proximity to many of the prison guards and administrators homes. So I could see why the political division could be intense.
Since proximity laws have not been shown to reduce recidivism, and seem to be focused on all sex offenders as child predators, rather than the bulk of them being family members, it seems that residency laws would not be implemented so easily. But I can already hear the outcry of those who work in the correctional industry saying we don’t want them in our neighborhood.
My son was a sheriff in our local job in the where I now reside. He was very aware of the fact that many of the men who he had to supervise were released in the same Community where we live. He was always nervous that somebody was going to retaliate. He was anxious about being recognized in town, but he also agreed that that was bpartly due to his choice of careers and choice of his own home. From his perspective as a cop, and mine as an exfelons, I can see that great leverage might be placed on the city council in Canon City from bother sides.
Yet my concern is, where are post incarcerated citizens to go when released? If you don’t have family, they stick you on a bus and send you somewhere where will you get dumped off at have to walk around looking for a new life. But if you have family nearby who can take you in, evidence shows that you are less likely to offend.
I think that with the help of NARSOL and truthful statistics, Canon City could become a reasoned consideration when it comes to residency restrictions. It will be interesting to see if this will be a test case, or a repeat of so many other reactive laws.
November 18, 2018 at 6:42 pm #49032
I think Canon City has to consider this with rational minds. If you recall a couple years back, they were the subject of a major news story of the high school students sexting each other (adults and minors). The DA had to do something locally, the school district had to do something, and the legislature had to in Denver when it came time to deal with this so as to not ruin lives of young adults and minors nearing adulthood there and in the entire state.
Maybe, just maybe, Canon City can be a model rational city when it comes to these things given the populace’s major employer and understanding of impacts to those who offend, are released, and families impacted. This would be opposed to other suburban areas north of Canon City who are hiding behind political pandering and votes, e.g. research online some of the major Denver suburbs who fight these efforts to shorten distances or even remove them. Millard’s atty led the fight against several of the areas.
November 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm #49043
Power of the word interesting. Guess its who’s word that is giving the word. Back in my days the expression “Whats the word” thunderbird was a bit off key. Than we have govermental word, the school board word, or city government word. Even words about respecting authoreity, whether its parents, school board, law’s and code’s but some words are a bit offensive today and would offend some.
One even has words in court room settings or should we all agree to not agree. What’s really the trimmings on a lot of this is the power of the word abuse. A lot of this sex offender stuff is not even constructed right and some folks can stand up to the word that the government employee’s speak and some just let it go by the wayside. But its power in the word of the people thats most interesting. Yes there’s a lot of advocates that are fighting for this registry and some against the whole sex registry issue. Sure cities have to deal with things of this nature, but its helping others with truth that really makes the difference. Registry restrictions are a bit bias to me but than who am I to say. We can only voice it seems.
Power in words have no meaning unless they are truthful and honest. So solving problems with the power of the word is good but its the impact statement that has to have positive results and lastring creditablity otherwise its a predicting type of venture. Sure there is safety in number and we are all responsible for self but we are also helpful people or we are suppose to be of good conscience but when something like this sex offense thing crops up than people want to think the worst before they really know the true information. Call it human nature but offenses will come unless someone speaks up about all this and thats why NARSOL is geared up to help in this fight for truth and justice. I still hope courtrooms look for truth and justice but today I wonder about our constitution and true American value and belief’s, or is our justice system being watered down today. So who puts the blame on who’s word today in a lot of this registry gibrish.