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USA FAIR Calls Suffolk County Contract with Parents for Megan’s Law Government-Sanctioned Vigilantism

Shana Rowan of USA FAIR, Inc. call Suffolk County's $3 million sex offender monitoring contract with Parents for Megan's Law "government-sanctioned vigilantism."

USA FAIR, Inc., a national organization founded by family members of former sex offenders, today strongly opposed the proposed contract between Suffolk County, New York and Parents for Megan’s Law, a not-for-profit private organization, to provide monitoring of people required to register with the sex offender registry.

Under the contract, Parents for Megan’s Law would be responsible for monitoring registrants in what Suffolk Police chief James Burke called "the toughest monitoring and enforcement program in the nation" for dealing with the county's more than 1,000 registered sex offenders.  The organization would be paid $2.7 million over 3 years.

“Suffolk County has every right to implement as tough a program as its legislators desire, so long as it is permissible by law.  However, the monitoring of sex offenders has traditionally been a law enforcement function throughout the country.  To outsource this important task to a private organization with a history of demonizing the very people they are contracted to monitor is unprecedented and unwise.  It amounts to government-sanctioned vigilantism,” said USA FAIR Executive Director Shana Rowan.

According to Rowan, “Parents for Megan’s Law and its Executive Director, Laura Ahearn, have promoted the myth of high sex offender recidivism, a falsehood that is contradicted by every major study, including a landmark study by the U.S. Department of Justice that found that sex offenders actually have one of the lowest re-offense rates of any offender group in the criminal justice system.”

“Laura Ahearn has shown herself to be a strident ideologue on sex offender issues, not open to a dialog with the former offender community and their family members.  USA FAIR has repeatedly tried to get her to take down misleading statistics form her organization’s website and she has failed to even respond to our requests.  Our only conclusion is that the “big lie” of high recidivism serves her agenda and her finances.”

USA FAIR raised particular objections to County Legislator Jay Schneiderman’s  (I-Montauk) desire to see this $2.7 million contract hastily approved today by circumventing the normal committee process, which Rowan called a “rush to judgment without due diligence that will undoubtedly lead to unintended consequences and future lawsuits.”

Rowan concluded, “Law enforcement should be performed by objective and well trained professionals - not issue advocacy ideologues.”

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John K Massaro February 17, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Why do they still let you post here?
Treborjo February 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM
The problem is that the registry lumps all offenders into the same group of child molester/rapist, the tier system is charge based not re-offend risk based. So the teen who had sex and the child rapist are looked upon by society as the same threat. We all want to protect our children but how does a registry that is so watered down do that? It doesn't! How does inducing homelessness, joblessness, poverty, hate crimes, and the shamming and bullying of the children of offenders and their families help anyone? It doesn't. The sex crime rates are nearly the same now as they were before the registry. If your a good parent and watch your children and who is involved in their lives and teach them about the dangers that are everywhere in life, explain that not all people are good people, and where it is that nobody should ever touch you and to not go with strangers no matter what, then it don't matter who lives where. There is a sex offender who lives three houses down from mine, the registry said he was convicted of indecent assault and that is all it say's. I don't know what he did,and if he didn't live there I would still teach my kids. I'm more worried about them getting hit by a car or hooked on drugs than being molested by some guy down the street. Sex offenders have the lowest re-offense rate than any other criminal except murderers. Sure I made them aware of him living there, but I also made them aware of the potential threat of all the other people in the neighborhood.
Darren Gengarelly Sr. February 18, 2013 at 12:38 AM
If a twelve year old murders a six year old but does not sexually contact her in any way does he have to register as a violent criminal? No , once his sentence is complete he is 100% free. Murder with no other recourse other than serving a sentence. Yet a kid "mooning" someone has to register for life? The system is broke. Knee jerk over-reactions over minor incidents has been the norm for some time now. Ridiculous as it is. This is what we as a society are into. Accountability takes a back seat to manipulation.
Valerie Parkhurst March 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM
To stand back and read the various post one can sure decipher the "agendas" going on here. Shana attempts to distance herself from NAMBLA at every turn but its difficult to do that considering the players involved. Many posters (pro-Shana) also go out of their way to quote stats from a self serving agency (DOJ) "fast and furious" who put out numbers based on the amount of money that agency wants to spend on the problem. I personally dont put much stock or confidence in the DOJ or the people they use as researchers. What I do observe is the horrendous daily headlines around the country profiling sexual abuse. But of course the Pro-Shana posters dont even bother to log in on those stories. No ,this motley crew only expend any energy on articles that threaten to tighten or to relax the leash around their necks. Then like clockwork its the common mantra of "we all peed on a bush, or had consentual sex with willing girlfriends and as predicted the over-used "mooning" example. What Shana and her cheerleaders NEVER mention is the horrendous accounts of abuse that happen everyday in this country and if they do mention it, its the punchline "well, its rare and these people need punishment". Also what Shana fails to mention is the majority of her members have crimes under their belts that would set the public's hair on fire. Shana wants the registry abolished due to the fact her members can never petition off the registry their crimes were so heinous. Thats her agenda.
Non Citizen April 09, 2013 at 05:46 PM
People who are listed on these nanny, big government Registries (CRHHs) are at war with the terrorists who support the Registries. The terrorists work to lower the quality of CRHHs, their spouses', and their children's lives, so CRHHs should do anything legal to retaliate against the terrorists and do the same to them. CRHHs: The Registries are unacceptable - don't just ensure that they are worthless, ensure that they are counterproductive. If the Registries were actually about public safety, protecting children, or any of those other lies, then many, many other types of Registries would have been created well before the year 2000. But they weren't. Intelligent, informed Americans have never support the Registries.

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