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NY: Homeless Man Jailed for Failing to Put Address on Sex Offender Registry Dies at Rikers

[ – 7/20/20]

On March 4, Hector Rodriguez was sent to Rikers Island because he failed to log his address with state’s sex offender registry — even though he had been homeless for years.

Rodriguez died June 21 on his jail bed, while struggling to breathe during a severe asthma attack, according to Correction Department records and a family lawyer. He was 60 years old and had contracted COVID-19 in April, the lawyer said.

For criminal justice reform advocates and even one city group that represents victims, Rodriguez’s death behind bars underscored what they called outmoded and unjust restrictions people convicted of sex crimes must comply with after being released from prison.

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People know all the truths about “the sex offender registry. “ Really important and influential people. But this SORA is big business now. Lots of political patronage jobs over there & it’s a sewer. Ask me how I know.

This is going to come back and bite them.

I highly doubt that David

Do you doubt it? The Registry have been the direct cause of getting innocent people, including children, murdered. Obviously people are “getting bit”. You doubt that includes the scumbags who are profiting off the Registries?

Personally, I think there are only a tiny, tiny fraction of all the 300+ million people in America who have not already been negatively affected by the Registries. That number will only continue to grow. The Registry will certainly harm over 99% of the American population. It is a war, after all.

How do you know it’s big business?

I can think of many people that would be out of comfortable jobs, if the registry would go away.

I wouldn’t mind them getting paid with coconuts falling on their heads. Our tax money could be spent on things that actually make society safer.

So if the registry is creating jobs then it’s virtually impossible that lawmakers would dismantle it

Because the REGISTRY HAS ALMOST A MILLION PEOPLE + multiplying fast while it being Politically charged AND ITS THE CORRUPT LAW OF THE LAND …while Multitudes of SHEEPLES PASSIVELY LIVE THERE HUMMMM DRUM Self righteous lives !
Sounds Like Big Business to me !
Just a Mr. Nobody speaking !

Well, obviously pretty much everyone knows that the Registries are big business and big government. I was assuming that “Anonymous” was going to give some extra, juicy insight beyond the obvious. Maybe name some names and give some specific contract details, for example. I can think of some examples right offhand and I certainly don’t look for them or try to record/remember them.

The Registries are an entire, large sector of the incarceration business. Surely worth billions.

How do you know?

This man was MURDERED by the state. This is state-sanctioned MURDER. Plain and simple!!!

That was an amazing article! The authors humanized a registrant. That registrant had drug issues and other mental issues as well to neglect family. The failure to register and be put into prison for a statutory, civil scheme seems quite punitive. And to die because of it, two days after being seen by the medical staff to only return to his cell is disheartening. Despite the DOJ’s SMART spokesman stating the usual sex offender trope, the registrant hadn’t done anything sexual crime. If you only read the headline and not the article, then you’re missing out on an eloquent piece.… Read more »

A couple of responses to the following excerpts: (Registries) “allow victims and their families to know where sex offenders who assaulted or abused them are located,” said Sarah Blazucki, a spokesperson for the DOJ’s office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). Like they can’t Google if they’re that concerned. And again, I’ll ask what exactly they’re supposed to do with that knowledge. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why more people aren’t asking that. “From a public safety perspective, registries allow law enforcement agencies to track sex offenders and rely on registry information… Read more »

Registrant was humanized by the press of this non profit paper in New York. Wow I’m still speechless!!! Any time people can see how worthless the registry is and make the government more incompetent I support.

They humanized him with his imperfections but the system still took his life. Will the system classify him as a COVID death to add to their inflated ledger or an asthmatic death (a natural cause) as that’s what he passed from in the article? Comrade Mayor won’t care either way. RIP Hector and peace be with your family n friends.

Will Allen – In a strange way, I think you are spot on that this is “war”. I know you have a well understood hatred for the registry, and I believe to a certain extent, we all agree with you. Those who support registries either have not been affected (yet), or think that this punishment is deserved (doubtful). A friend of mine posted a link to a story about a news anchor who has been harassed and threatened by people because reporters put his address and names of family on the Internet, including pictures of his house. He felt it… Read more »

With all due respect, I’m not right in a “strange way”. I’m just right. 🙂 That’s because I can declare war all by myself. Not “war” either. Just war. So that’s what I’ve done. The beauty of war is that the other side doesn’t have to agree to have a war. They are in it whether they want to be or not. They are losing every day. They are having casualties every day. They are doing nearly nothing to me. I’ve neutralized their weapons. But they are paying grave consequences. And just a point of clarification – when I say… Read more »

Will Allen ~ Thanks for the clarification 😁.

For only being 5% of the world’s population with 25% of the incarceration speaks volumes in the land of hated. Just because the government makes money on how many beds are filled, doesn’t make it right. Incarceration is big business that has done nothing to improve society. Parole, probation, polygraphs, treatment programs, and the static 99 are a waste of money; while the justice system needs reform. Look what happened in Florida last weekend when 3 friends were killed while fishing. One of the perps has been arrested over 230 times and was out on the streets; with Sheriff Elmer… Read more »

The more 2nd class citizens they produce the weaker the registry becomes and as the number of people place on the registry Rises the more people are going to start organizing. Restricting people from what they can and cant do isn’t going to stop people from living there lives The American Slaves live under horrible oppression for hundreds of years with no civil or constitutional rights but yet they still married danced ate there own food had their own churches their own schools their own water fountains and eventually their own side of town my point is these second-class citizens… Read more »

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