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NY: Critics say pardons will give sex offenders access to schools

[timesunion.com – 7/24/18]

ALBANY — Schools are generally off-limits for sex offenders, but not when it comes times to vote.

A carveout in the state’s criminal trespass laws allows sex offenders to enter a school for the specific purpose of voting, including school district votes and other government elections, where the school is the polling site.

The issue has jumped into the public’s consciousness as the result of outcry by some Republicans about conditional pardons recently issued by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that could speed up the restoration of voting rights for sex offenders on parole.

“Registered sex offenders who have been released are allowed to vote,” Albany County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Rachel Bledi said. “Obviously you have a problem when the polling place is at a school. … We’ve never really had this issue raised.”

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  1. R M

    To: David.Lombardo@timesunion.com

    Dear Mr. Lombardo,

    I am writing to express my feelings about sex offenders being able to vote at a school. I realize you are just reporting on what the critics say but your article is biased against a group of people who hardly ever commit another sex crime.

    1. 95+% of registered sex offenders never commit another sex crime.

    2. That means that 95+% of NEW sex crimes are committed by parents, teachers, coaches, clergy, and ones who are known by the victim, not those who are on the registry or by strangers.

    3. There was no mention in your article (except a link to another article) that other types of people (murderers, weapons charges, violence, or drugs, etc.) can vote at schools and the public isn’t concerned about them.

    4. Has there ever been a sex crime at a school during voting that was committed by a registered sex offender?

    Again, I realize you are just “reporting” but why not tell the whole story?

    Regards,
    [me]

    P.S. I can provide credible references to back up my statements if you like to see them.

    • R M

      Here’s the response I got back from the article’s writer, Mr. Lombardo:
      “Professor,

      Thank you for passing along these points. They will definitely inform additional reporting on the larger issue of our society’s treatment of sex offenders.

      The focus of the article you referenced was on the exception in state law for sex offender voting, which most aren’t familiar with. People I talked to while reporting this article, except for election officials, assumed that the restrictions on sec offenders entering schools didn’t have any carveouts.
      David Lombardo
      Times Union – Capitol Bureau
      (m) 518.495.4140
      Sent from my iPhone”

      I’m not sure why he addressed me as “professor”, maybe being sarcastic? I guess he took my e-mail in a positive way.

      • SCOTUS SAVE US NOW

        Most people also assume that sex offenders have residency restrictions which they no longer to do after coming off paper in NY

  2. E

    The theater of the absurd continues.

  3. Will Allen

    Stupid, stupid people. What a vapid bunch. Don’t they have anything significant to worry about? I suppose they feel that if their big governments will keep “$EX offenders” out of schools then no one has to supervise any children there. They will all be so much safer. Stupid, stupid people.

    And people with brains do have to wonder why these same geniuses want people who have shot children with guns to be in schools. America grows dumber by the day.

  4. Crazy times

    While only referencing the title of article, by definition doesn’t a pardon represent rehabilitation. At what point do they just say, “fuck it, nothing we say or do will give you relief.”

  5. Jack

    Gotta admit the lengths they’re going to at this point are funny lol. They know it’s just more votes for the democrats.

    • Will Allen

      Please. Let’s not talk Democrats and Republicans. That makes people stupid. There are plenty of people who are Democrat or Republican that support this kind of idiotic, useless nonsense. Right?

      Are not the Republicans the fans of huge nanny government? Have they ever seen a law that they don’t like? Could they ever possibly have too many laws? Do they ever get tired of trying to control other people?! See what I mean. All people who support the Registries are scumbags, regardless of their political leanings.

      • Jack

        And the only people who’ve ever tried to curb the registry, in any way were the dems.

  6. Lake County

    We hear everyday that teachers and coaches molest children from their schools. When are they going to stop teachers from having contact with children? Shouldn’t parents demand that children be taught through TV monitors or have adults separated from kids by fences, bars or windows?

    • NPS

      Forget the teachers and coaches. Let’s not forget that most sex crimes that occur among the school-aged are THEMSELVES the culprits. Teenagers are having sex with each other (statutory rape), taking nude selfies or sex acts and sharing them with friends (child porn), grabbing each other (sexual assault), talking about sex (molestation), etc.

      These chicken littles need to start taking a look inside their home rather than worrying about someone’s PAST transgression.

    • Harry

      “…have adults separated from kids by fences, bars or windows?” This need to be the requirement in every home, Lake. A mental illness that went to seed.

  7. Eric

    This is nothing but the new Jim Crow law. When there is polling at schools there is no access to the students. They still haven’t come up with any solution whatsoever to prevent people from walking onto campus with a gun, which is becoming a regular occurrence, but I’ll guarantee there has never been a single incidence of a RSO reoffending while going to vote. These people are just so sadly pathetic, all they do is try to come up with something to justify their jobs and their salary. Remember, when your appeal rating drops just shout “I’ll protect the children.”

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