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AZ: Women working together to change sex offender notification process

Two North Valley women say they have their family lives and careers on hold, to fight for a safer community.

Julie Read and Ann O’Brien, who live in the Norterra subdivision of the North Valley, started this mission after an old juvenile detention facility re-opened as the Maricopa Re-entry Center, a place where former inmates who were drug addicts and sex offenders would come for treatment.

“It was literally 16 sex offenders came in one day, in addition to the dozens we already have living in our community,” said Read. Full Article

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  1. 1984

    I must apologize for my sarcasm. But, OMG somebody forgot to call Julie and Ann. I do understand the syndrome of not in my back yard. Instead of helping they will manage to add significantly to the rehab costs. I am sure the budget is minimal already. This kind of action(s) will affect the number of staff and the quality of the therapists. When there are failures the same will cry, “see rehab does not work”. The officials need to do their thing without interference. Unfortunately some people do not want to see success, they like having a group to hate. I have said before “if it was not the sex offenders it would be someone else”.

    So grow up, get involved and help.

  2. Timmr

    No women, the more you know, the more afraid it makes you and the more you think you don’t know, pretty soon you’ll have all 850,000 registrants on GPS and run constant alerts to your Google glasses, tracking dots on maps, and it won’t be enough even then. This whole thing started as a list you can view on a cd at the police station if you had any suspicions and cared enough to take the time and leave a name for the record. That wasn’t fast enough or convenient enough so you keep wanting more. The police must provide and everyone must pay taxes to make your witch watch more real time. Right now, you won’t have time to notice uncle Ernie in your daughter’s bedroom. That’s OK if he doesn’t wear the scarlet letter, he must be safe. You might as well leave raising your kids to a nanny while you track the boogie men.

  3. Registr Rage

    These two women’s “passion” is misplaced along with their collective, unwarranted fear being misdirected.

    A child’s worst enemy is his/her own mother. Irony!

  4. kat

    While I’m certain these two women think they are “well meaning” and “doing this for their community”, they have forgotten several things.
    Intentionally trying to keep people segregated from society, making them pariahs, is not “well meaning”. These former, and I stress, former offenders, are part of the community, so if you are hell bent on doing something to improve your community, then include them rather than purposefully trying to exclude them.

    Just as these women wouldn’t want someone “watching” them 24/7, registrants who have paid their dues don’t want that either. Maybe it’s time to turn the tables, maybe it’s time to “watch the watchers” and report on them everytime they so much as look at a registrant.

    These women want to be “notified” of a registrant’s very exsistence in their community.
    Ladies, I might suggest that it’s the people in your community that “aren’t” on the registry, those that you have no public access to information about, those that are doing nasty things behind closed doors in their own homes, your family, friends, neighbors, that are more likely to be a threat to your community than registrants who have already paid for their crimes.

    And, just an FYI, personally I feel that your comments “that’s why they’re called lobbyists, because they’re hanging around the lobby” and “we have to stop our housecleaning and change out of our sweats at a moments notice, it’s like a roller-coaster ride” sort of make you sound really dumb and really in this just for the attention.”

    • AZ sun has cooked their brains!

      I would guarantee you another Mommy (or parent/grandparent) is watching these Mommies in action when they are in the public eye. From my reading, other parents are not afraid to correct others when it comes to their and their children’s public behavior. Another well-known public American website detailing American nanny state control over parents and children in addition to the audacity of other parents is quite interesting to read about this.

      You want to criticize someone, criticize a parent in public about their parenting and maybe report them to CPS and/or LE authorities if felt warranted. That will get their attention faster than frying an egg on a sidewalk on hot Phoenix, AZ summer day!

      At the same time, these Mommies in Phoenix who want this list will be the first ones to tell you their child was almost made off with by some stranger in a store because someone looked their way (even if they were looking at something else in their general direction)! The nerve! The family member, clergy, law enforcement, teacher, coach, etc would never do this!! (That is not a generalization that all of these folks do this, but just a short list of those who have in past, so don’t take that as a colorization of them all. Many are fine people who serve their capacities well.)

      Stalking a registrant is still a crime even if it is in the name of safety. It is a harassing behavior.

  5. mike r

    Kat with all respect I completely disagree with the following statement.

    While I’m certain these two women think they are “well meaning” and “doing this for their community”, they have forgotten several things.

    I think these people are seizing on opportunities to become more powerful big nanny community terrorist and to create a so called “non-profit ” which as we all know so that they can draw enormous salaries and travel dinners vehicles all associated with the “nonprofit ” for doing absolutely nothing just like all the other organizations and politicians oh and plus huge tax write offs and so on and so on…if anyone really wants to protect children they would do their due diligence and apply factual data to determine what types of actions they can take to prevent child abuse before it happens….

    • Nondescript

      The NGO’s were set up to circumvent a lot of transparency in Government. The big money is funneled into these groups, that have the facade of grass roots organizations but they are anything but. They are the ones that author the legislation the corporations and billionaires want to become law and are merely front organizations for them. This article makes it sound like these 2 concerned moms are boots on the grounds lobbyist neophytes , but they are probably willing participants in some else’s larger scheme.

  6. kat

    mike r
    Point taken.

  7. dph

    Wow, well said Kat, good to hear from another female with her point of view on this side, not the fear and ignorance side, sure everyone wants their kids to be in a safe place, but home isn’t always the answer!
    And, not just the guys, some RC’s are the opposite gender, even though I am a bender, not straight. Thx Kat!
    (MikeR) has a ;point, but that’s how those 2 were thinking in their minds, that’s all you were stating, understood Kat.
    p.s. I lived in AZ for over 18 years and pink boxers Joe= NO

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