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NY: Sex Offenders Drive Down Property Values, Quality of Life (updated)

One of the most highly publicized aspects of the city’s turn toward the poverty industry has been the open armed embrace given to registered sex offenders.  Full Article

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  1. mike r

    Man bombard this reporter with emails such as the following so maybe heir she will get their facts straight.

    When you start calling all these people perverts and predators that can’t be cured why don’t you do a little investigative reporting and get your facts straight. Let me educate you a little with some of the facts surrounding ex-sex offenders…

    I really wish the media and any other organization would stop publishing, producing or relying on reports and opinions from law makers or any organizations about how great sex offender registration and notification laws work or how residency restrictions and presence restrictions are needed. They are using false statistics and pure myths to further their personal agendas under the guise of protecting children. None of these failed policies have achieved any positive results in the US and are in fact destroying the lives of thousands of innocent children and their families because one of their parents or family members are on such a registry. Individuals and organizations should have enough integrity to investigate their claims before they publish it or rely on it and be sure that there is some credibility to it and not just a platform to exploit children for a law makers personal gains or their own. Here are some facts from the leading authorities on this subject which indicate what a failure these registration and public notification laws are in the US. These laws are a waste of tax dollars and are a misplaced use of valuable law enforcement and government agency resources.

    California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB)

    Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 0.8% (page 30)

    The full report is available online at

    http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/2014_Outcome_Evaluation_Report_7-6-2015.pdf

    California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014. (page 13)

    Under the current system many local registering agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers on the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the life’s of registrants and those -such as families- whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernible benefit in terms of community safety.

    The full report is available online at. http://www.casomb.org/index.cfm?pid=231

    National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America.

    The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, calling into question the justification for start-up and operational costs. Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses.

    The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/abstract.aspx? ID=247350

    The University of Chicago Press for The Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Law School Article DOI: 10.1086/658483

    Conclusion. The data in these three data sets do not strongly support the effectiveness of sex offender registries. The national panel data do not show a significant decrease in the rate of rape or the arrest rate for sexual abuse after implementation of a registry via the Internet. The BJS data that tracked individual sex offenders after their release in 1994 did not show that registration had a significantly negative effect on recidivism. And the D.C. crime data do not show that knowing the location of sex offenders by census block can help protect the locations of sexual abuse. This pattern of noneffectiveness across the data sets does not support the conclusion that sex offender registries are successful in meeting their objectives of increasing public safety and lowering recidivism rates.

    The full report is available online at. http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/658483

    These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of conclusions and reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community.

    People, including the media and other organizations should not rely on and reiterate the statements and opinions of the legislators or other people as to the need for these laws because of the high recidivism rates and the high risk offenders pose to the public which simply is not true and is pure hyperbole and fiction. They should rely on facts and data collected and submitted in reports from the leading authorities and credible experts in the fields such as the following.

    California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) (page 38)

    Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 1.8%

    The full report is available online at. http://www.google.com/url?sa= t&source=web&cd=1&ved= 0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F% 2Fwww.cdcr.ca.gov%2FAdult_ Research_Branch%2FResearch_ documents%2FOutcome_ evaluation_Report_2013.pdf&ei= C9dSVePNF8HfoATX-IBo&usg=AFQjCNE9I6ueHz-o2mZUnuxLPTyiRdjDsQ

    Bureau of Justice Statistics 5 PERCENT OF SEX OFFENDERS REARRESTED FOR ANOTHER SEX CRIME WITHIN 3 YEARS OF PRISON RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C.

    Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.

    The full report is available online at. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm

    Document title; A Model of Static and Dynamic Sex Offender Risk Assessment Author: Robert J. McGrath, Michael P. Lasher, Georgia F. Cumming Document No.: 236217 Date Received: October 2011 Award Number: 2008-DD-BX-0013

    Findings: Study of 759 adult male offenders under community supervision Re-arrest rate: 4.6% after 3-year follow-up The sexual re-offense rates for the 746 released in 2005 are much lower than what many in the public have been led to expect or believe. These low re-offense rates appear to contradict a conventional wisdom that sex offenders have very high sexual re-offense rates.

    The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/236217.pdf

    Document Title: SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING IN WASHINGTON STATE: RECIDIVISM RATES BY: Washington State Institute For Public Policy.

    A study of 4,091 sex offenders either released from prison or community supervision form 1994 to 1998 and examined for 5 years Findings: Sex Crime Recidivism Rate: 2.7%

    Link to Report: http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Washington_SO_Recid_2005.pdf

    Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009.

    The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%

    Link to Report: http://www.in.gov/idoc/files/RecidivismRelease.pdf

    Once again, These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so. Megan’s law is a failure and is destroying families and their children’s lives and is costing tax payers millions upon millions of dollars. The following is just one example of the estimated cost just to implement SORNA which many states refused to do.

    From Justice Policy Institute. Estimated cost to implement SORNA Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M.

    For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work.

    http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-08_FAC_SORNACosts_JJ.pdf

    The Supreme Court has fed the fear of frightening high sex offender recidivism rates that has proven to be universally untrue. It’s become the “go to” source that courts and politicians rely upon for “facts” about sex offender recidivism rates that aren’t true. Its endorsement has transformed random opinions by self-interested non-experts into definitive studies offered to justify law and policy, while real studies by real scientists go unnoticed. The Court’s casual approach to the facts of sex offender re-offense rates is far more frightening than the rates themselves, and it’s high time for correction.

    The sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the actual facts.

    I think the media or other organizations need to do a in depth investigation into the false assumptions and false data that has been used to further these laws and to research all the collateral damages being caused by these laws and the unconstitutional injustices that are occurring across the country. They should include these injustices in their report so the public can be better informed on what is truly happening in this country on this subject.

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Q

    “Sex Offenders Drive Down Property Values, Quality of Life?” Wow! maybe I could afford to buy a house there to replace the one I was forced to short sale when the AWA cost me about everything! I’d love to live around a bunch of dummies that haven’t a clue of what a lower quality of life is really like. I’d be laughing at them all the time!!!!

  3. David

    LOL!! Do John and Jane Q. Public realize it is the laws passed by their chosen, elected officials with their encouragement that is causing the problem? If Joe Ex-offender’s info and address were not posted online (as other ex-felons’ info is not posted), then no one would be the wiser and home values would not suffer! Congrats, Mr. & Ms. Public, you have done this to yourselves as well as to us!

    • David Kennerly

      Actually, there is a profit to be made by enterprising individuals. One could simply buy a single home in a neighborhood at market rates, put a sex offender in it and wait for the prices to drop in the neighborhood. Some of the neighbors will decide that they don’t want to live near a sex offender so their properties could be purchased at below-market prices. The sex offender could then move to a different neighborhood (starting the process over) and the earlier purchased properties could then be re-sold at higher prices.

      • TiredOfHiding

        David, one of the things I like about you is your ability to find the silver lining in these situations! For real! 🙂

        Lee

      • Tim E

        Yeah David maybe I should flot that idea to a rich friend of mine to start a business.

      • Eric Knight

        My associate at SOSEN actually had a full-fledged business plan, complete with price projections of home values, using a strategy of hiring three registrants. The investment entity (firm or individual) would purchase three homes very close to each other in an area with no registrants. In addition, the entity would ensure that none of the houses were in an exclusion zone for registrants. Three RSO’s would move into each house and register, immediately causing conniption fits in the neighborhood. The registrant would live rent free in a room in each house, while the rest of the house was rented to other people at a relatively cheap rate. Within a year, the prices of the entire neighborhood would drop. At the time, the price drop was estimated at 8%, but ensuing studies showed it to be about 12%. When the prices dropped, the entity would purchase those houses and rent them out or just hold onto them. Once they bought enough houses at lowered prices, three houses were purchased in another targetted neighborhood, preferably in another state, and the three registrants would be moved to those houses. Then in a few months, after the original neighborhood’s prices returned back to normal, the houses would then be sold for an immmense profit, while the original three homes were sold at rougghly the same price as they were bought.

        My associate is a genius, but he’s a bit wacky as you can tell.

        • mch

          I prefer exclusive gated communities…what a kick to watch those home prices drop!

  4. anonymously

    It’s hearsay that registrants living around you reduces the quality of life when we know the reoffense rate of such minimality, less than 1%. I would not doubt the reduction in resale value due to registry hype, though, which is an artificial liability. There surely is money to be made moving in sex offenders to then resell at a higher amount once the registrant moves out. I wouldn’t doubt this isn’t already being done. Little Al Robles of Carson who moved in felons to another city he was involved with to affect the local elections there tend to think outside the box when it comes to stuff like moving in people to different places to get ahead, and others probably do so as well to make a smart buck these days. Turnaround on reselling the property might take a few years though.

  5. anonymously

    Speaking of New York, NY Prosecutor Preet Bharara already took down Sheldon Silver, and Dean Skelos ( a buddy of Brian Curran ). I read some rumor that Cuomo is next to go down for corruption., to take down the triangle of corruption of New Yorks power structure and I wonder if his corruption can be traced back to Kelly in any provable way. I can only pray.

  6. TiredOfHiding

    I am pretty sure that if you substituted “black” or “Jew” in this story for “sex offender” that people might not be so eager to jump on the bandwagon and actually be critical of the author.

    Might even be the potential of a charge of “hate speech” in those cases.

  7. Never Quit

    Please read about the “Niagra Falls Reporter” and its owner, Frank Parlato at this wikipedia entry:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Falls_Reporter

    Seems that this so-called ‘newspaper’ and especially its owner, Parlato, may be of questionable integrity and reputation.

    Here is a short excerpt regarding the ‘newspaper’s’ owner, Frank Parlato:

    “Buffalo, New York’s weekly ArtVoice published a scathing report on the Calleri incident entitled,
    ‘The Niagara Falls Reporter and Gynophobia’.[5] The article, written by Alan Bedenko, included citations of Parlato’s misogynistic writing on two his his previous websites, manliness.org and manmaker.com.[6] Three years later, Parlato aquired a 51 percent ownership stake in ArtVoice and appointed himself as Editor-in-Chief.[7]”

  8. Never Quit

    Please read about this article’s illustrious author, Mike Hudson, who seems to have a quite colorful personal background. As I am not one to cast aspersions on one’s character, I leave it to the readers to decide for themselves whether Mr. Hudson’s history (which seems to include the use of cocaine,alcohol, and possibly other prohibited substances, as well as other admitted criminal acts resulting in an arrest, or arrests). This information about Mr. Hudson’s character traits may be informative as to his reputation in his community for honesty, truthfulness and personal integrity, as well as his ability to function as a journalist. Given his self-admitted questionable history, are we now to believe that Mr. Hudson objectively investigates and then accurately reports facts to this relatively small community?

    http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/06/mike_hudson_pagan_punk_rocker.html

    One must also wonder what type of newspaper would employ a person such as Mr. Hudson as a reporter, a very critical position indeed. What publisher would put at risk a newspaper’s assumedly good name and stature by employing such a person? Could it be that the publisher bought this ‘newspaper’ so that he may have a vehicle to disseminate his own personal brand of vile hatreds and prejudice? Did the publisher intentionally employ a person such as Mr. Hudson, believing that Mr. Hudson would then carry out this indulgence? One may wonder. Please read from this wikipedia entry regarding the publisher, Frank Parlato:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Falls_Reporter

  9. Never Quit

    My apologies. I posted the above comments just a bit too early. I should have done my due diligence just a bit more thoroughly. I overlooked this gem on Frank Parlato, federally indicted for fraud and money laundering, just a few short weeks ago. Enjoy:

    http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/federal-court/developer-and-newspaper-publisher-parlato-indicted-on-fraud-money-laundering-20151120

  10. ab

    “NY: Sex Offenders Drive Down Property Values, Quality of Life”

    Oh really? Calling someone a pervert, victim, or sex offender among many other terms are not ways to boost quality of life either….maybe we should think about the power of labels before applying them. As for property values being lower what about gangs, poverty, and generally crappy neighborhoods?

    Want less sex offenders? Do something to make sure fewer people become sex offenders in the first place.

  11. td777

    This may be the worst piece of propaganda I’ve ever seen…what a load of crap!

    The only ones whose quality of life are driven down by registered citizens are the registered citizens themselves and their families…driven down by idiots like Mike Hudson who continue this insane paranoia!

  12. j

    Politicians creating senseless laws drive down property values.

    Did the offenders implement these useless laws?

    Let’s start telling the truth instead of more hyperbole.

  13. Timmr

    Well, they should look on the bright side, much like an ambulance showing up in the neighborhood, a real live ex offender in the neighborhood brings people together who have never talked to one another in years. In my neighborhood we have a lady who’s turned nearly everyone in for some sort of code violation or suspected animal abuse. She even accused one of her neighbors of killing her goat and putting a fence on her property. We heard terrible things from her about all the other neighbors, until she found out I was a registered American, read that “monster”, and now my wife and I often receive in the mail from animal control or code enforcement notices about a complaint filed by some “anonymous” person. One neighbor who she had turned in for animal abuse is now on visiting terms, and guess what, I just saw the goat killer neighbor helping the complaint lady fix her sprinklers today!
    I should get a rebate on my property taxes for providing such a benefit to the neighborhood.

  14. mike r

    Excellent rebuttals they added.

  15. anonymously

    From the article written by Mike Hudson “The stunningly high population of registered sex offenders here begs the question – What are the numbers for other categories of paroled felons, murderers, robbers, arsonists and more?”

    I agree this question is begged.

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