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My son must present post release plan to parole board including housing and treatment. He has been unable to find any facilities that accept sex offenders. He is not a predator, pedophile or sexual deviant. His charges stem from alcoholic inappropriate behavior with like minded peers in a private setting. This is not the right forum to detail the facts. How garden variety chemically infused party behavior has become felonious is frightening. Once labeled they have no rights to post release residential rehab, housing, ...they can't even stay in a shelter! With probation to adhere to without any resources , not even a roof over their heads, they are set up to fail. It seems unconstitutional that they are thrown to the curb. There are laws that are enforced if you did such to a dog. Why is it okay to treat sick and suffering drunks this way? This sex offender label is being misused and creating a sub population stripped of all constitutional rights. Maybe that's okay if you ARE a monstrous sexual predator but what if you are not? Living hell on earth, right here in America. Help .....anyone ??

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One does not end up a felon in rehab by engaging in conduct with like minded, consenting adults and abiding by the law. Somewhere along the line, your son screwed up. If he has a felony conviction he also had the opportunity to challenge any erroneous charges in court, and to appeal if he felt the court got it wrong. He is now paying the price. He isn't constitutionally entitled to parole. If granted, the parole board may set the terms. They do not have to set the terms he would prefer. They are not throwing him into the streets, though the government has no obligation to provide him with housing. Perhaps you, as a concerned parent could provide shelter.

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 He is not a predator, pedophile or sexual deviant. His charges stem from alcoholic inappropriate behavior with like minded peers in a private setting. This is not the right forum to detail the facts. How garden variety chemically infused party behavior has become felonious is frightening.

 

He may not be a “predator, pedophile or sexual deviant” but he was convicted of a sex offense. And I’ll guess that this “chemically infused party behavior” essentially involved college kids getting drunk and then raping one or more of persons at that party. If so, that is indeed a serious crime. We used to let those kinds of incidents go unpunished decades ago, but that didn't mean it was Ok for such things to ever happen. Today many prosecutors are far more willing to prosecute those kinds of things. Getting drunk or high on drugs does not excuse taking sexual advantage of another person. I understand your sympathies lie with your son here, but like it or not society has decided to take a tough stance against sex offenders, and not just pedophiles. If his crime requires him to be a registered sex offender there is no doubt that there are lots of restrictions he'll have to cope with. To change that, you'd need to get the legislature to change the rules. You may find lobbying to decrease the restrictions on persons convicted of sex offenses to be tough going. It likely won't be very popular.

 

It is not unconstitutional to simply release an offender without providing shelter or other services. Lots of convicts, whether sexual offenders or otherwise, are simply released when their terms are done with very little in government aid. This is where family and friends can step in to help get the released convict back on his/her feet.

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