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AR: Convicted Sex Offenders: Serving Full Sentences Rather Than Getting Out Early on Parole

[ – 7/17/18]

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Benton County detectives say more convicted sex offenders are choosing to serve their entire sentences than get out early on parole.

“We have more people going flat now in prison than coming out so they’re not on paper,” said Detective Paul Newell.

Two detectives at the Benton County Sheriff’s office dedicate their time solely to tracking and checking up with sex offenders.

Detective Newell says many sex offenders are eligible for parole after serving 1/6 of their time in jail, but now many of them are choosing to serve their full sentence.

“So they don’t have to deal with probation parole. When someone is on probation and parole they have a warrant search waiver so we can go into their house and search and do what we have to do than if there out on probation and parole they don’t have that search waiver on file,” Det. Newell said.

But Det. Newell says its a catch 22.

“If they go flat and they have to come out then they just have to deal with us, where they are not on paper. If they decide to if they stay in to go flat they’re serving more time in prison so they’re less time on the street with,” Det. Newell said.

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  1. AO

    “They can leave messages for us if they see something that causes some alarm with an offender in that areas,” Det. Newell said.”

    I’m willing to bet that 90% of these messages will be that there is an “offender” in the area. Not that they’re doing anything wrong. Just that they’re their.

  2. American Detained in America

    That was not available to me in California. My sentencing was specifically for two years in prison and three years of parole…I served 14 months locked up and then the full three years. Never had any options given to me…wish I had.

    • AO

      You may have had to request it during your court process rather than it being an open option. I don’t know if this is allowed for sex offenses, but I know CA does have this as I knew several people who took it. My experience with the system is that everything is more or less rubber stamped unless you specifically request things before everything is finalized. It’s something I wish I knew well before hand. It’s like I had a blanked no contact with minors even though both my therapist as well as PO said they saw zero issue with me having contact with males but since I didn’t request it during the hearing, I had to follow this generic order. And I wasn’t about to waste time and money trying to change something like this after the fact. It made things a bit more difficult in seeing my young nephew while I was on paper.

      • American Detained in America

        I was never informed that was even a possibility.

  3. bob

    yea because prisoneers all know that the SYSTEM or PAROLE and PROBATION are all 100% SCUM and dont want to have to deal with the SAME LOSERS on the outside ! Its actually smart, as LVL 2 prison her ein CA was CAMP SNOOPY 🙂 AKA EASY TIME… I know I have a TV on my bunk doors opened at 9am and closed at 9pm, could shower almost anytime, and do whatever you wanted to :)… I know its locked up but better than SCUM rifling through your personal property at home, not to mention the bracelet and the fake polygraphs and loser PO’s and RAIDS, and ppl seeing parole at your door or a whole SWAT TEAM which is for show and not to mention FAKE THERAPY !!! with FAKE INTERNS ! ahhaha ohhh yea and FAKE PAROLE OFFICERS that are all HATERS !

  4. Laura Allen

    I am a parent of a son who is a registered sex offender. He got out on parole and was approved to live in our home with his 3 year old sister. Now he has his old parole officer back and was told he had to move out in 30 days or I would have to move out of my home with my daughter because his paperwork doesn’t say he can be around children, but his paperwork does state he cannot be around children. We had found a place for him to move into that was in his price range and the parole officer and his boss said he couldn’t live there because there were too many children there. Now to keep him from going back to prison I have moved out with my daughter and mother. Is there anything we can do so I can move back home and my daughter can be around her own daddy again. I have looked all over the internet for housing that would accept him is harder than I though it would be. He also has a learning disability and is about three years mentally behind his age. There is no help for these people here in NW Arkansas and there is only so much for us to do to help get hi on his feet.

    • Eric

      That is a powerful, yet tragic story and is exactly what all this is about. We are being persecuted unjustly. No other people who are convicted of crimes, not arsonists, armed robbers, or murderers are treated as we are. Please stay with us and join the fight.

    • AO

      @Laura Allen – Is your son currently in treatment? If he is, speak with this therapist and find out if he’d be willing to write a recommendation that he’d be okay living with his sister. If he’s okay with that, than you can take that back to court and try and get the approval added to his official paperwork. Other than that, there really aren’t any legal options as his current paperwork has a blanket no contact with minors.

      I was in a somewhat similar situation (probation rather than parole) having a blanket no contact with minors. Neither my therapist nor my PO thought there would be any issues with me having contact with boys (my offence was against a girl). But because I didn’t request that on my paperwork in court, my PO had no choice but to enforce it despite her opinion otherwise. I just never bothered with the trouble of going back to court for it as it only loosely effected me of not being able to spend time with my young nephew. But in your situation, I’d very much consider trying what I suggested. At worst, your’e denied and are in the same situation you are in now.

      Good luck!

  5. Eric

    I was incarcerated and received no halfway house time. Halfway house was pretty standard procedure for all inmates, except for me. I had exemplary behavior, but had to spend all my time in prison, and was released to the streets.

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