October 22, 2010

Sweep updates E.L. sex offender information

Here we begin to see what "non compliant" means, one reason is failed to keep paperwork up to date. I have no idea what that could mean, because all paperwork is completed by registrants in front of the registering agent, and if there is anything wrong with it, the agent should catch it and ask the registrant to fix it right then and there. Michigan -like other states- is going broke, but they can afford to send a TEAM of police to a registrant's home because of some paperwork glitch, which is really the state's error for not catching it when the registrant was standing in front of the agent. What happened to using one's brain in this situation, a letter to registrant, come in to fix ___ ___ by ___ date, rather than pay the salaries of a TEAM of police. The people in charge of this mess should be paying for these state errors, out of their paychecks.
10-22-2010 Michigan:

There are 900 registered sex offenders in Ingham County. And police don’t know where 31 of them are.

These are the results of recent sex offender sweeps through the tri-county area of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.

The sweeps target registered sex offenders to ensure they have not given false information and are keeping up with the fines and paperwork associated with their sentence.

Many of the registered sex offenders do not pose a serious problem. Ingham County has a 93 percent compliance rate. From the 62 noncompliant offenders, 31 either have failed to pay a fee or keep their paperwork up to date, and 31 did not update the police when they changed their residency, or absconded.

The state of Michigan has a 92.5 percent compliance rate amongst its sex offenders.

Officers from multiple agencies joined together to perform the sweeps. There are various types of sweeps done throughout the year. On Tuesday, police performed a sweep called “Operation Verify.”

The sweep targets registered sex offenders who failed to verify their address in the first 15 days of October.

“If they didn’t check in with law enforcement, we’ll go in and target those offenders if they forgot, or ended up in jail, moved and didn’t change their address or decided not to comply,” Michigan State Police trooper Tim Burchell said.

Last year the State Police performed a random residence check for all registered sex offenders in the area.
Those who do not comply can be charged with anything from a simple misdemeanor to a four-year felony charge.

If a registered sex offender does not appear to be living at the listed address, police will continue looking for them, employing the help of the U.S. Marshal if the offender has left the area or the state, Deputy U.S. Marshal Joe Guzman said.

“We have a nationwide network of investigators more capable of handling them,” Guzman said. “Some are very difficult to locate. Some take years to locate.”

Burchell said police do not know the location of fewer than one percent of offenders in the local area.

“People can hide if they want to,” Burchell said. “It’s not always easy to find people, especially if they cross state lines and change their names. Usually we end up finding them, it just might take a while.”

Of the 21 registered sex offenders in East Lansing, 20 are compliant and 19 are on a 25-year sentence, which corresponds to a less serious crime, such as indecent exposure.

One resident is on a life sentence, usually assigned to sex offenders who have committed a more serious crime, such as rape or sexual assault, and one has a sentence period of less than 25 years.

East Lansing police Capt. Kim Johnson said the East Lansing Police Department has an officer to keep track of registered sex offenders in the area.

“The sex offenders, it’s not a big problem,” Johnson said. “We do not have a lot who live here in our city.” ..Source.. Emily Wilkins

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"These are the results of recent sex offender sweeps through the tri-county area of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties."

These 3 counties have gotten a lot of press over the last few weeks even though their combined poplulation is less than 5% (452,000)of Michigan's total population of just under 10 million. If they really were serious about what they were doing they would spearhead a "sweep" in the tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb in the southeastern part of the state where over 4 million people live (over 40% of the state in just 3 counties!). So why are they hammering on Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties? Is it just conincidental that the capitol city, Lansing, is in Ingham County? Hmmmmmm. Tell me this isn't just about politics.

A disgusted, frustrated RSO chained to the Michigan system of justice.