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Miracle Village: A haven for America’s social pariahs (with Video)

Almost 750,000 Americans are now on sex offender registries, and the numbers just keep growing. Because the truly dangerous are mixed in with the far more numerous low-risk offenders, registries are useless from a public safety perspective. But they do have a pernicious effect on ex-offenders, who oftentimes find themselves with nowhere to go and no hope of ever reintegrating into society.

Enter “Miracle Village” in Florida. Built in 1964 for sugar cane workers (some of whom still live there), it was transformed into a haven by an evangelical pastor and his wife (both of whom, ironically, were sexually molested as children). It’s now home to about 100 convicted sex offenders, a place they can be among others like themselves and feel a bit more human. Since the community was established in 2009, there has not been one reported sex crime, according to the local sheriff’s office. Full Article – New York Times Article / Video

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This makes me think of a leper colony. Or maybe that place out in the California desert where they made the Japanese go during WWII.
I’m glad the residents in this place have found some peace but it’s still segregation.
And, as someone I know pointed out, the research shows that there wouldn’t have been recidivism no matter where these men resided.
Do you want your children raised in a “camp?”

In what kind of society is a young man who has a 16 year old girlfriend a ‘social pariah’ for the rest of his life???

Anonymouse, the answer to that is… The kind of society where legislators, law enforcement, mental health providers, journalists, television talk show hosts, and the general public call them “social pariahs” and get away with it. (And a lot of other nasty names)

great beginning, but does not far or deep enough into the truth. These reports need to go deeper into the non offence offences. The Romeo and Juliets, reporters please put this side by side with marriage age statistics from our grand parents and great grand parents generations. The victim less offences, not a single individual was touched or even spoken to… The pirated music downloader that picked up a picture image in error, the indecent exposure that wasn’t even a “flasher” senerio just poor judgement of time/place/privacy (i.e. are the homeless bared from having sex since they lack a private… Read more »

At Reform Sex Offender Laws’ (RSOL’s) annual conference last year, a map of Albuquerque, New Mexico was shown with all of the places a “sex offender” cannot live close to circled, with each circle representing the area within which a sex offender cannot live. Virtually the entire city was engulfed in circles on this map…except for a very small area on the south side, where sex offenders have naturally congregated to find homes in which they can legally live. Some have been forced to relocate miles from any town, and others follow. This is, indeed, a travesty. That this travesty… Read more »

We no longer live in a demcratic society when an innocent man is imprisoned for 6 years for child pornography on his hard drive after using a music file sharing program. A family devastated financially, emotionally, publically. Sex offender registry to follow incarceration for a lifetime of discrimination and hardship. What is this country coming to when tax paying, law abiding, productive members of society are railroaded by their own local police departments, defense attorneys and the government that claims to be for the people. Innocent until proven guilty no longer exists. We now live in a society that only… Read more »

“Miracle” Village?? What kind of a “Christian Group” is conspiring to augment this “Final Solution” against the mostly innocently-arrested & illegally convicted victims already made by your dishonest out-of-control Court systems in Florida which also further illegally punishes law-abiding singles & parents of children, by attempting to further segregate or banish them? Anyone conspiring to the segregation or banishment of non-criminals from society is punishably INHUMAN, and punishably ILLEGAL in America, especially in America! JESUS CRIST himself would angrily FORBID the ‘power’ you greedily attempt over your helpless American victims under your disquise of supposedly “helping” them with your “Ministry”!… Read more »

Suzi, while I agree with your sentiment, I have to say I disagree with you in part. At least someone is doing something to provide a place for these people to go. Ideally, they would be able to go back home and be left alone. Since that is not allowed, I’m glad to see some Christians stepping up to the plate and saying “we’ll take you.” These registrants do have conditions put on them by Miracle Village, and some of those conditions are ridiculous. However, they do it so that they have less issues with law enforcement, as a way… Read more »

There are some who say you can get a fair trial in california ..
Let Them Come to orange county ……
they can call for an immediate backhall conference to delete/
remove evidence from record after witness acknowledged no
crime occurred and motive for accusation in the first place….
they can keep from open court re-reading of the very same
evidence …….they can blatantly give false jury instruction …..
they can keep a Real private attorney from entering the case
before sentence………………they need to close that court system
Down……. corrupt.

LA and Riverside counties are no different. In fact, Riverside county doesn’t even allow you to have the option of pleading no contest. There, you either plead guilty or you go to trial.

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