Monday, November 22, 2010

When it comes to sex offenders – how does Ohio compare to California?

Even California, the medicinal marijuana center of the world, recognizes danger. If located in California, the registered Tier III sex offenders in Greenville and Darke County would be (1) given 25 years to life imprisonment, (2) require GPS monitoring and (3) in a “containment model that requires more costly treatment, intensive monitoring and polygraph tests. Those who committed a violent sex crime against a child under 14 would be given a life sentence without the possibility of parole.” It is evident by the strident measures they have taken, that the state of California has absolutely no fear of the ACLU. Criminologists and sociologists alike agree that dumping an excessive number of felons into a community can overwhelm its resources and thereby endanger its citizens. This is especially true of a community with large numbers of the sex offenders’ most common victims - single mothers with children that live in poverty.

It is obvious the Ohio Dept of Corrections is dumping this particular kind of felon into small communities to avoid the expense of housing, training, monitoring and psychotherapy. Can Mr. Buchy, on his return to Columbus politics, help us make certain that sex offenders are evenly distributed across the state so that the communities will be able to fully assist and assimilate them, thereby reducing their recidivism? ~ Opinion submitted by Rebecca A. Reier


  1. Read the following link, you'll notice the Chelsie King Family has a few other states they are hopeful of getting this going in also, which includes Ohio.

  2. For all Ohio communities to become safer a petition is needed for Chelsea's law. In addition a program to prevent sex crimes is also require.

  3. I applaud Rebecca Reier due diligence in providing the location of her sources. It evidences credibility for the opinion instead of quoting someone with a no annotations. I was in California when this law was being considered. Personally, I was glad to see a tighter reign on this particular, what everyone terms offence, I would suggest returning to the nomeclature sexual predator (this suggests a victimizer and a victim, lest we forget. Victims are often emotionally imprisoned for their lives.)

  4. 1) "Tier" is a classification system that designates the level of post incarceration regulation, not the prison sentence. (See the Adam Walsh Act (2006) or ORC 2950.01).

    2) You cannot, nor are prison sentences, before or after the passage of this new law, given according to the "tier" of the sexual offense. Possible prison sentences are written into the statute regardless of the state. The article states: "Impose a sentence of 25-years-to-life for other forcible sex crimes, depending on the circumstances." Nowhere is there any reference to the tier system created by the Adam Walsh Act. Not all tier 3 crimes would be affected by Chelsea's Law.

    3) Tier 3 offenders are already monitored with GPS in Ohio. This new law would track "habitual offenders." Which is mostly a moot point because most people that commit a second sex crime receive an increase in their tier level anyway.

    5) This "opinion" is inconsistent with the first article it cites. Who knows if the second article even supports the single mother statement. I doubt many people are going to sift through 36 pages to find it.

    6) I'd love to see a "source" that shows the Ohio Department of Corrections is dropping convicts off in Greenville or any other community. That's simply not true. People choose where they want to live. The state of Ohio is under no obligation to incur the "expense of housing, training,* * * and psychotherapy." If they did that would be a pretty liberal idea and costly burden to the state. Much like the monitoring already in place.

    7) Citations don't make an opinion credible when the statements don't accurately reflect the source, it contains bad information, and contains a whole host of other unsupported statements.

  5. anonymous 12:50 appears to be "filled with sound and fury but in the final analysis signifies nothing". For Example: the felon's selection of Greenville is obvious when there are only 60 beds in the state and 10 in Greenville according to one reference. If it wasnt for STATE money and STATE support there would be NO beds in Greenville either.
    By the way, did you see the Advocate article of the previous sex offender?It certainly isnt a reassuring picture.

  6. Your response is a butchered Bill Faulkner quote? You must be the author of this stellar op ed.

    The State is under no obligation to incur any expense other than monitoring. Period. Any money spent on housing is discretionary. And you don't have to be a felon to be a sex offender. There are plenty of misdemeanor crimes that trigger sex offender status.

    No I don't read the Advocate or this site with any regularity. This is my second post here. I was sent a link to this piece and wanted to set some facts straight.

    I didn't take any position here. I just pointed out the flaws in an op ed that it seems many take to heart and they shouldn't. I can see why more people don't point out the inconsistencies here though, there's no point.

  7. And btw, I meant Bill Shakespeare, though Faulkner does use similar language in his book.

  8. 12:50-We aren't buying it, JG! Give it up and GET OUT!

  9. Did not see any reference to the statement in quotations - are you illusional? Looks like just a paraphrase without reference to authorship.

  10. 5:55pm Im with ya! And any one who supports him can go too!


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