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MA: Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts risk

Many of the 23 registered Level 3 sex offenders who live in Ware rent from another Level 3 sex offender who owns several properties and plans to provide a home for other offenders who need help. Full Article

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  1. AJ

    I’ve always thought this would be a great thing to happen. I’m glad to see it’s out there, even if it’s the exception.

    Here’s the 2015 SJC decision about residency restrictions that is mentioned: http://cases.justia.com/massachusetts/supreme-court/2015-sjc-11822.pdf?ts=1440770496
    I haven’t read it yet, but the fact they compared RCs to the Japanese-American Internment, as well as Native American forced relocation, has me interested in picking through it.

    • AJ

      Here’s a link to the amicus brief that was filed in the MA case. Of note is the Wetterling Resource Center filing in support of the RCs and against the City of Lynn. Worth reading, with some good references and data.
      aclum.org/app/uploads/2015/07/Amicus-Brief-FINAL.pdf

      • Chris F (@AJ and Mike R)

        @AJ and Mike R

        Great find!

        I like how they reference info from Derek from Once Fallen’s book about the Miami-Dade issues with sex offenders under bridges. Powerful stuff.

        I don’t want to hold up Mike R’s work any more, but he may want to look at this to add some references or re-do some sections of his lawsuit.

  2. totally against public registry

    Joel Pentlarge should be given an award for helping fellow human beings. State Senator Anne Gobi has a lot of learning to do. She talks about how other states have residency restrictions and sex offenders should not be allowed to live together, but has she looked at the results of what these laws have done to these states?
    Just another politician trying to make herself look good to her fear mongering constituents!

  3. AlexO

    What this man has done is something I always thought I’d do should I ever come into enough money to acquire such real estate. Good for him!

    • Timmr

      It wouldn’t be impossible for a few to get to get together and pool some resources to buy some property. Can registrants for corporations? Just thinking out loud. There may even be some grant money in it, although forget section 8.

      • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

        Even if it were not formed as a non-profit there would be great value in simply accepting tenants who are on the Registry. I had thought to buy a motel in New Mexico a couple of years ago along with a three or four others to do just that but it didn’t materialize; one of our group had a massive stroke and there remained the question of harassment by officials if concentrating S.O.’s in one location.

        • kind of living

          good man , this is how it should be everywhere , so we all have places for not just for RC’s, but our familys as well , the very key to having a normal life and backing up what we preach at the same time , sure a lot of people will to hate it , but those very same people will roll around in there hate no matter what you do , I would gladly pay rent to an RC that’s got my back , the land lord would make good steady income , I have a slum lord now and still the only reason they keep renting to us is the fact that not only to we pay our rent like clock work but we are great people that bother no one , but there are people I would have kicked out long ago because they do nothing but cause trouble for good renters selling dope and a$$ mites that come visit them , it calmed down a bit lately , but we are always waiting for the next shoe to drop , this guy that’s helping other RC’s should get a noble peace prize medal , he is a hero in my eyes

        • AJ

          I’m thinking a wrought-iron fence around the property and one of those phone-pad access panels at a locked, electric gate would slow the thin-blue-liners a bit. If every time they want to do a harrassm…oops…compliance check it involves buzzing, waiting, and maybe being ignored, it would probably lose its fun. It would certainly slow them down and waste their time and public monies.

          To avoid whatever legislative body from passing a retro law banning association among RCs, you could sell the units (for first month’s rent, then maybe ‘monthly maintenance’ equivalent to rent?) to give a little legal standing under the Takings Clause.

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          Our (my friend’s and my) idea was to buy a motel so that a chain-link fence around it would not have been feasible. The idea was to keep it as a motel, at least until we managed to fill it the rest of the way up with Registrants. It is too bad we couldn’t get it off the ground as it was a very good deal on a 60 unit motel in a very scenic locale but we couldn’t make the numbers work with any less than four of us. And, of course, there WAS the issue of being harassed out of existence.

        • Timmr

          No, too fancy. I am thinking something on the Latino immigrant model would be the only way it would work — keeping an eye out for each other, providing jobs and security on an opportunistic and ad hoc basis. Frankly, it is more of an extended family concept, but it is not going to happen.

        • Timmr

          It would be a very satisfying thing to do. Some day some where. You are going to face opposition where ever you put it. I would like a facility to be more or less self contained for the registrants, where they can get the rewards of their own labors. Call us the Mayflower operative. Escaping tyranny is our enterprise. I resent any of my labor going to benefit the registry advocates. I would like for us to keep as much as we can to ourselves. I had never been that much for self employment until getting on this registry. I am not making that much in my business, but at least I am not helping to make a registry goon rich.

        • kind of living

          @Timmer AJ David Kennerly . I really do think this is the key in battling this registry , as well as living a life that shines a good light on RC’s , being able to grow much of our food , but as AJ was talking about with the gate would be funny , because we could all have the gate cam on our TV’s as well as other cams on site , great for catching witch hunters in there cowardly acts and make them pay for damages they get away with everyday now , sorry stupid you messed up my ride now your going to put new rims on it and paint sucker fish because we have your face and plate number , and at least 50 0f us have it recorded , the more they get pissed the more it will be clearly shown who is being a truly bad citizen , I don’t think it will happen but it would be great , that’s the kind of stuff that attorneys can sink there teeth into , in many different ways to combat the constant every day issues , and make it not worth running this dog and pony show these people have been able to get away with out being taxed back for there phony bull , take all of there fun out of the picture and they will go dormant

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          Perhaps things will change so much for the better that it will no longer be necessary. One can dream…

  4. AJ

    Rats, this would have been the perfect place to let RCs live (though on the street): http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Rich-SF-residents-get-a-shock-Someone-bought-11738236.php

    • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

      Yes, this would have been a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Broken-down old RVs parked in an oval across from Nancy Pelosi as well as Dianne Feinstein’s old house.

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