IL: Jail inmates target female guards, lawyers with sexual abuse

They call themselves Savage Life. Inmates facing charges of murder, rape and other serious crimes formed the gang about six months ago in the Cook County Jail. Their goal is to sow chaos, officials say. They physically attack guards. … And they expose themselves and masturbate in the presence of female defense attorneys and female correctional officers. …

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, is pending in the General Assembly and would require inmates to register as sex offenders after two or more convictions for public indecency in a penal institution. … Inmates can also be charged criminally, but the short sentences they usually get for the misdemeanor offense of public indecency don’t mean a lot to men facing the possibility of life in prison. …

But Smith said she thinks the bill requiring inmates to sign up as sex offenders after two indecency convictions could have the biggest impact on changing their behavior. “These inmates don’t want to be labeled sex offenders” when they are in the Illinois Department of Corrections, she said. Full Article


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Interesting how the label of “sex offender” is being used as a “punishment threat”. I thought sex offender registration wasn’t a punishment, but only a “civil regulation”?

I appreciate Mr. Cunningham’s honesty.

Yes, the registry if vital for parents to keep their children safe. From people on their block and from inmates serving life sentences in a prison cell block. Ha ha.

This is excellent. The Emperor clearly has no clothes… if only legislators had brains.

Which brings up another point. If the reason for the existence of the registry is to alert parents to possible threats to their children, why are RSOs in prison listed on the internet? Or people living in a different state – for years? Or dead people?

Just make it a law that everyone going to prison, be labeled a sex offender, regardless their conviction and upon release all of then need to be on SOR, for life. That should make the public feel safe.