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New NY State law toughens monitoring of sex offenders

Aides to Governor Cuomo announced new crackdowns on sex offenders Thursday that will require some convicts on parole to renew their photos every 90 days if their appearance has changed.  Go to full article

Sex offender facility holds an open house

New York's Senate and Assembly agreed this week on a law allowing civil confinement of sexually violent predators. The bill has been sent to Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The law would give the state attorney general responsibility for seeking further confinement of sex offenders at the end of their prison terms. A panel of mental health professionals would review each case. The details include treatment and annual reviews, as well as security and tougher parole standards. Up to 80 of these sex offenders will spend their confinement in a newly remodeled facility in Ogdensburg. The building offered public tours last weekend. Jonathan Brown reports that, despite the open house, questions remain.  Go to full article

Court ruling clouds Ogdensburg sex offender lock-up

New York's highest court ruled yesterday the state wrongly kept violent sex offenders in psychiatric facilities after their prison sentences ended. In a prepared statement, Governor Pataki said he was "deeply disappointed" with the court's ruling, and said he'll call a special session of the legislature next month to change state law. The decision clouds the status of a facility in Ogdensburg that would hold the kind of sex offenders in question. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
A new billboard on Route 11 in Gouverneur.
A new billboard on Route 11 in Gouverneur.

SLC launches "No More Victims" campaign

A new education program will teach communities how to protect themselves from sex offenders. The St. Lawrence County Sex Offender Management Program is spearheading the effort, along with other county agencies. County Probation Director Francine Peretta says there's no program so comprehensive in New York State. The "No More Victims" campaign will feature radio ads and billboards. Next month they'll schedule community education meetings around the county. As Peretta told Gregory Warner, the goal is to root out some of the deep myths and fears around the subject.  Go to full article

Reforming sex offenders, with Hollywood's help

One of the touchiest subjects about sex offenders is recidivism. Some say that therapy isn't effective because sex offenders will almost always try to repeat their crimes. And that's true--for a very small percentage of sexual predators. But most sex offenders have low recidivism rates, lower than any other criminal except murderers. St. Lawrence County just launched a new treatment program for sex offenders. It's a 16-week program meant to teach so-called "low-risk" offenders to control their behavior. It also prepares them for the next 20 years of probation. Gregory Warner stopped by one class in Potsdam. They had just watched The Woodsman the week before, a 2004 film where Kevin Bacon plays a child molester just released from prison.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg To Consider Law to Prohibit Sex Offender Loitering

Ogdensburg's Town Council will consider a law tonight that would bar sex offenders from living within 800 feet of any school, park or playground. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Landlady Caught in Crossfire

Ed Remington's case in St. Lawrence County highlights a gray area of the consequences of New York's Megan's Law. Gregory Warner went to Chestnut Street. He found two houses with posters on them. Posters had also been hung on 10 Chestnut St. in Potsdam, where Remington is now living. His landlady, Eileen Sellers, says she's felt like an innocent bystander, caught in the crossfire. She's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Ed Remington, level III sex offender. Photo: NY  Registry
Ed Remington, level III sex offender. Photo: NY Registry

Leaflet Campaign Aimed at Potsdam Sex Predator

A level 3 sex offender has moved to Potsdam but he may soon be moving on. Ed Remington has been targeted by a poster and leaflet campaign to get him to leave. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

"Buffer Zones" for Sex Offenders Can Have Unintended Consequences

A bill now being considered in Albany would ban the highest-risk sex offenders - level 3 - from living within a quarter mile of schools and day care centers. The bill has passed the Senate, but is still stuck in committee in the Assembly. One councilman in Ogdensburg says it's too important to wait. He's proposed a city-wide law, even stricter than the state version. It would bar all sex offenders from living within 2000 feet of schools, day care centers, and also parks and playgrounds--essentially restricting them to the very fringes of the city. It's not the first such law. Similar legislation has been passed in Buffalo, and Amherst New York, and around the country. But as Gregory Warner reports, the laws can have unintended consequences.

A warning to listeners: This story includes a brief description of violence against children.  Go to full article

Civil Confinement Unit for Sexual Predators set for Ogdensburg

Over 40 'sexually violent predators' are currenly being civilly confined in New York - held by the state after their criminal sentences are completed.
Governor Pataki cleared two major hurdles in his effort to build a permanent civil confinement facility at the St Lawrence PSychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, as well as other sites around the state.
Lawmakers approved the measure in the budget. And last week an appellate court ruled that the legislation, similar to that in over a dozen other states, is legal.
The union that represents workers at St Lawrence Psychiatric Center has endorsed the project, as have corrections officer's unions. Even residents opposed to the plan agree the issue is settled.

Still, about 50 people came to a special town hall meeting in Ogdensburg last night to get their questions heard.  Go to full article

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