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There’s hope even for sex offenders
....So we register sex offenders as surrogate terrorists and post their personal information as if it were bin Laden’s bio on the Internet for everyone to see. Failure to report to police on a quarterly basis earns a sex offender a new felony charge. We ban them from living near schools, daycare centers and school bus stops with draconian penalties for violations. We civilly commit them when they finish their prison terms.
We make sure those are long sentences by stacking charges in multiple consecutive bids. Each image of child on hard drive becomes a separate felony. We give sex offenders special license plates. The police notify the neighbors when a sex offender moves in nearby. The neighbors evict them, or force the landlords to do it for them, sometimes subtly, sometimes with raw violence.
Circles for sex offenders first in the South
Durham is starting the first Circles of Safety and Accountability in the South for sex offenders getting out of prison. COSA will match recently released sex offenders in Durham with a circle of people who will meet with them weekly to hold them accountable and support them in re-entering the community.
Durham County is home to about 300 convicted sex offenders.
Are sexual abuse survivors well served by restorative justice practices?
from the entry by Maeve Lewis on One in Four:
At One in Four we have just finished a training course in restorative justice practices. We decided to do the training because so few cases of sexual abuse actually get to a criminal trail and even when they do, the survivor often feels side lined by the trial process.
Restorative justice works from a different viewpoint to the criminal justice system. It brings together (usually) the person harmed with his/her family and friends wiht the offender and his /her family. It tries to create a space where the harm done can be acknowledged, where the survivor has the opportunity to describe the impact of the crime on him or her and where agreement can be reached as to what needs to be done to repair the harm.
Apr 10, 2012 Case:Sexual