Sex offender checkup: 13 violations

Sex offender checkup: 13 violations

 

Five Champaign County police agencies joined with state and federal officials last week in checking on area sex offenders.

A release from Champaign police Lt. Bob Rea said of 213 compliance checks conducted in Champaign County on Aug. 7, there were 13 people in violation.

The results for the area agencies were as follows:

— Champaign County Sheriff’s Office: 79 sex offender address checks; 61 were verified, 16 not home; two in violation.

— Champaign Police Department: 74 sex offender address checks; 43 were verified; 23 not home; eight in violation.

— Urbana Police Department: 24 sex offender address checks; nine were verified; 12 not home; three in violation.

— Rantoul Police Department: 34 sex offender address checks; 21 verified; 13 not home.

— Mahomet Police Department: Two sex offenders verified.

The checks were done by area police with help from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Illinois State Police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Department of Corrections, Champaign County Probation, and the University of Illinois Police Department.

Rea said the goal was to verify that offenders required to register under the provisions of the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act were listing the correct addresses and that they were the appropriate distance away from schools, parks and day care providers.

Some agencies also had to obtain DNA from individuals who had not been entered into the database.

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Phillip wrote on August 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

The moral panic about sex offenders is a self fufilling prophecy.  There are over 750,000 in the United States and the latest statistics show a recidivism rate or (probability of another similair crime happening) is about 5%.  I only mention this as an exmample of what the media can do in terms of controlling and/or frightening people by making it seem as though there's one around every corner.  The best thing you can do to make society safer is to hire or rent an apartment to an ex-offender; statistics also show a lower probability of reoffending if they are employed and have a stable permanent address.  But, I am afraid "knowing their address" didn't provide any better statistics.  This is busy work for law enforcement; job security based on false fears.  Criminals should be in jail, once time is served, people should be released, entirely.

 

Laws like the registry; pave the way for other laws to be passed, based on the intentions of other laws, like this one.  So a theory in this law might be used to perhaps mandate the requirement of registering your address for say drunk drivers; and other misdemeanor crimes.  People are giving away their rights with the false hope that having this information made public, somehow prevents actual crimes, it does not.  It does etch away at other's rights in a general sense for other crimes.