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GA: Sex offenders require constant vigilance from law enforcement

When ____ ____ set foot in South Georgia a few years ago, he had just spent 30 years in a Detroit prison for being a serial rapist convicted 10 times over.

Because Palmer committed his crimes before June 4, 2003, under Georgia law, he is allowed to settle down anywhere with no restrictions.

Yes, that’s right. Anywhere.

He can settle in a home next door to a school or day care or playground — anywhere.

“____ ____’s crime is so old (he) can live next to whatever he wants to. That’s not right. (But) that’s the law,” said Perry Connell, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office investigator who has monitored the county’s sex offenders, including ____, for the past six years or so. Full Article

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  1. ab

    1. Anyone ever ask this man what drove him to rape after the first conviction?

    1a. If yes then why did no one step in to introduce everything necessary in this man’s life to insure that whatever motivated the rape the first time was no longer an issue? Additionally why wasn’t the support network there to further insure anything else that might eventually become problematic was addressed prior to becoming a problem?

    1b. If no, why not?

    2. How come if yes the resulting data was not used to prevent others from ever potentially becoming rapists?

    The solution is not law enforcement monitoring, it is preventing law enforcement from ever having to get involved in the future. Believing otherwise leaves open not just the possibility for future offenses, but an assurance that one way or another something will happen.

    • KM

      Please. This guy deserves little sympathy. Either the guy is evil or very mentally disturbed. Either way, he should be put away for life. Blaming society for this guy’s crimes is completely inappropriate. Trying to defend this guy delegitamizes any other argument you might make.

      • Understanding is better...

        Please KM, you make no effort to want to understand what drove this person and what can be done to help this person, if possible. If it is not possible, then there are ways of dealing with that too, but to understand at the beginning is to start a path to a solution, not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

        The point of the article is to show the fractured nature of GA laws, not garner sympathy for this person, and compare them to other states. There is a shorter article from the same set of notes published by the Valdosta paper showing what really needs to be done: (http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/opinion/editorials/keeping-track-of-sex-offenders-restrictions/article_1ae02f13-6cb9-56d4-8c0d-b63c1f853cb2.html)

      • Timmr

        I don’t think he is sympathizing with the guy. He is suggesting a more rational, evidentiary and effective method of preventing harm, using social mechanisms other than penalization.

  2. Registry Rage

    “If they re-offend, we’re responsible,” he said. “That’s why we take monitoring so seriously.”

    Then why don’t you turn your badge and gun in because clearly, you’re just picking up a paycheck. “Proactive hyper-vigilance” will never, NEVER prevent the same thing the Kankas and Walshes went through. This is the sad reality and hard truth.

    What a predictable and overzealous “I’m protecting the community” article.

  3. Nondescript

    “Thomas County’s Watkins said he’d rather see offenders locked up because then the sheriff’s office does not have to monitor them and the offenders can’t commit new crimes”

    Quite a statement to make about former offenders who have and are continuing to comply with these arbitrary regulations.
    The sheriffs in this hellhole are engaging in stalking by any definition and for some it is probably affecting their consciences.

    People willingly participate in all kinds of things they are told to do for their paycheck or self preservation but eventually, they pay the consequences and their soul pays a price.

    Stalking: obsessive attention towards an individual, monitoring a persons schedule, posting embarrassing information about an individual on the internet, intimidation.

    • Ignorance at best

      Obviously, the Sheriff has never heard of jail rape (or choses to ignore it), etc since President GW Bush outlawed it specifically. That would be committing a sex crime again.

      I think I hear banjos playing….

    • Registry Rage

      Yes! They are willfully and knowingly facilitating cyber-stalking, reckless endangerment, encouraging/promoting dysfunction and inciting vigilantism.

      Oh, and these “task force” officers have less than zero sympathy for us, much less a conscience.

    • AJ

      What an asinine statement by Watkins. That myopic logic holds true for every single human, criminal or not. If you lock them up, of COURSE they cannot commit any (more) crimes, at least on the outside. Duh! Sadly for Mr. Watkins, we have that nuisance called the Constitution which gives people liberties and freedoms once they’ve paid for their crime, aside from “non-punitive schemes” of course.

      –AJ

  4. Chris F

    “SEX OFFENDERS REQUIRE CONSTANT VIGILANCE FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT”

    The long title would actually be:

    SEX OFFENDERS REQUIRE CONSTANT VIGILANCE FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ORDER TO TRAP THEM BREAKING THOUSANDS OF OBSCURE LAWS WRITTEN JUST AGAINST THEM IN ORDER TO PUT THEM BACK IN JAIL AND MAKE THEIR LIVES HELL EVEN THOUGH MOST NEVER RE-OFFEND EVER AGAIN.

    • AJ

      …And every single infraction is a felony so we can lock them up and make them “habitual offenders.”

  5. Michael

    “He can settle in a home next door to a school or day care or playground — anywhere.”

    Articles like this, and people like Perry Connell, are so incredibly disingenuous. Was he convicted of raping kids? If not, shouldn’t Perry Connell be more concerned if he was living near a retirement community?

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