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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:20 PM
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Ala county rounding up sex offenders on Halloween
Ala county rounding up sex offenders on Halloween

A southeast Alabama county is trying to round up all its convicted sex offenders on Halloween night to make sure they can't come in contact with children who are out trick-or-treating.

The Russell County Sheriff's Department is requiring about 35 sex offenders who are on probation or parole to come to the county courthouse in Phenix City on Monday night for a mandatory meeting, and they could be charged with a parole violation which can lead to jail time if they fail to show up.

Authorities are asking the county's 115 other registered sex offenders to come to the meeting voluntarily. Sex offenders must pay $20 a quarter to register in the city and county, and anyone who shows up voluntarily will get a free quarter, said Laurie Franklin, an administrative aide to Sheriff Heath Thomas.


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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:29 PM
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1. I misread, thought they were offering them a quarter
to show up. Sheeesh!
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:31 PM
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2. While they're at it, why don't they have all the parolees and ex-cons of all other crimes check in
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 02:32 PM by Shagbark Hickory
Voluntarily, of course. :silly:
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:38 PM
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3. Attn: Sheriff Heath Thomas



Be sure to round up all rethuglicans on election day.


Thanks.

:eyes:


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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:39 PM
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5. DUZY!!!!!!!
:rofl: :bounce:
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:40 PM
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6. LOL! but they all vote by absentee.
but good idea
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:39 PM
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4. Can they come in costume? Will they get a party?
Will there be games like waterboarding for apples?

"I was there, parole officer -- I was the one in the Bishop costume."
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Laluchacontinua Donating Member (277 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:41 PM
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7. I've never understood how a sex offense became a life sentence.
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 02:45 PM by Laluchacontinua
If they're that dangerous, keep them locked up.

Otherwise, their sentence should be done when their sentence is done.

I don't see any evidence that this policy reduces sex-crime, either.

On edit: I also think that the policy makes re-offense more likely in some ways: if you can't get a job & have to wear a scarlet letter (which is what the registration policy does, brands you as sex-criminal in the newspaper & to your neighbors) -- you're more likely to be depressed, angry -- both of which lead to a "what-the-hell, nothing matters, no future, i may as well do what i want/take my revenge" attitude.

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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:41 PM
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9. horrible crime but they seemed to be punished more than murderers
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:43 PM
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8. Years ago...
...the town I was living in (back in IL) did this, but they actually had a Halloween party for the offenders. Not sure how much "fun" it was, but it was better than making them sit around in a mandatory "meeting".
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