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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Long-Term Care Facilities: Information on Residents Who Are Registered Sex Offenders or Are Paroled for Other Crimes

March 2006 National:

Approximately 23,000 nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for people with mental retardation (ICF-MR) receive federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. Media reports have cited examples of convicted sex offenders residing in long-term care facilities and, in some cases, allegedly abusing other residents. Given concerns about resident safety, GAO was asked to assess (1) the prevalence of sex offenders and others on parole for non-sex offenses living in long-term care facilities and the extent of any abuse they may have caused, (2) the legal requirements for notifying facilities and others when offenders are residents, and (3) the extent to which facilities have different supervision and separation requirements for offenders. GAO analyzed a national database for sex offenders and analyzed state databases in a sample of eight states for sex offenders and parolees. ..Continued.. GAO Office

Thursday, April 3, 2014

One size fits all isn't always wise

4-3-2014 Virginia, National:

Few public policies galvanize bipartisan political support like measures that target convicted sexual offenders.

Lengthy prison sentences, registration and civil commitment for the most dangerous offenders are among the tools used to mete punishment, protect the public and serve justice.

But as The Pilot's Louis Hansen reported Sunday, Virginia's practice of committing violent sex offenders to a lifetime on a public registry, and requiring them to jump through bureaucratic hoops long after they've served their prison sentences, can sometimes prove problematic.

Hansen's report on Willie Combo, an aging offender who recently landed back in jail after failing to renew his registration, underscores the need for policymakers to examine whether justice and the public are served through a rigid policy of imposing a lifetime of paperwork on every violent sexual offender, even after they are no longer a threat.

Combo, now 68 and sickly, was convicted in 1966 of attempted rape and assault. Since his parole in 1999, Hansen reported, Combo has twice failed to abide by a monthly registration requirement. He received two additional years in prison for failing to register in 2008, and he remains jailed for forgetting to register in July. "My mind just wanders," he told Hansen. "Maybe I'm just getting old-time."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Norfolk case highlights aging sex offenders debate

3-30-2014 Virginia:

Willie Jefferson Combo Jr. arrived at Norfolk Circuit Court on a cold December morning, guilty and worried.

On his mind was a pink slip buried in his mailbox for days - maybe weeks. The small piece of paper was a receipt for a registered letter from the state. His freedom depended on it.

Combo, 68, is a convicted violent sex offender. The letter represented his remaining debt to Virginia. Every month, he is required to return it to the Virginia State Police with his fingerprints and signature.

For the past 14 years, his lawyer estimated, he met that responsibility 166 of 168 times. His failure to be perfect has earned him one thing - prison.

In 1966, Combo was convicted in Chesapeake of attempted rape and assault of a woman. The 21-year-old was sentenced to life, served more than three decades and won parole in 1999. Except for twice failing to register with the state, he has no criminal record since his release.

His case highlights what some say is a shortcoming in Virginia's approach to aging offenders. Critics say state law captures Combo and others in a life of dependency, costing public money and resources to follow men who usually pose little threat to the community.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2011 - Statistical Tables

Feb 2014 NCJ 244525 National:

Presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities from 2009 to 2012. Findings are based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The report compares the victimization of persons with and without disabilities living in noninstitutionalized households, including distributions by age, race, sex, victims' types of disabilities, and other victim characteristics. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) and the 2000 U.S. Standard Population were used to estimate age-adjusted victimization rates.

Highlights:

  • Persons age 12 or older who had disabilities experienced 1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes in 2012.
  • In 2012, the age-adjusted rate of violent victimization for persons with disabilities (60 per 1,000 persons with disabilities) was nearly three times the rate among persons without disabilities (22 per 1,000 persons without disabilities).
  • In 2012, the age-adjusted rate of violent victimization was higher for persons with disabilities than for those without disabilities for both males and females.
  • For each racial group measured, persons with disabilities had higher age-adjusted violent victimization rates than persons without disabilities in 2012.
  • In 2012, 52% of nonfatal violent crime against persons with disabilities involved victims who had multiple disability types.

..Source.. by Erika Harrell, Ph.D.