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USA FAIR: Parents for Megan's Law Not Qualified to Administer Suffolk County's New Sex Offender Law - Urges RFP

"Parents for Megan's Law has no experience in sex offender management. This contract should consider truly qualified parties - such as mental health professionals and sex offender policy researchers."

February 6, 2013 – USA FAIR, Inc., (Families Advocating an Intelligent Registry) today condemned the $2.7 million sex offender management contract to be awarded to Parent for Megan's Law.  "Parents for Megan's Law has no experience in sex offender management - none.  To sole-source such an important and costly contract without even considering truly qualified parties - such as the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (http://www.atsa.com/), who are mental health professionals and sex offender policy researchers - that the vote last night by the Suffolk County Board of Legislators was a political attempt to purchase Laura Ahearn's support for the controversial proposal at great cost to the taxpayer.  County Executive Steven Bellone should conduct a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find the most qualified organization to perform this service," said Shana Rowan, Executive Director of USA FAIR.

"As Executive Director of Parents for Megan's Law, Laura Ahearn has shown herself to be a zealot who has built a career demonizing the very people she is now to be charged with monitoring.  She has perpetuated the myth of high sex offender recidivism, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, to enrich her organization. To give semi-policing powers to a victims’ advocacy organization is unprecedented and unwise. How can law abiding former offenders and their family members in Suffolk County possibly expect her to be fair and objective in the administration of her duties?”, asked Rowan.

"The role of monitoring registrants has been performed by professional law enforcement agencies since the registry's conception.  This contract amounts to government-sanctioned vigilantism," concluded Rowan.

 

USA FAIR has been attempting to get Parents for Megan's Law to take down misleading statistics from their website that reinforces the "big lie" of high sex offender recidivism.  Numerous studies, including a landmark 2003 study by the U.S. Justice Department have found that sex offenders actually have one of the lowest recidivism rates in the criminal justice system, about 5.3% (http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsorp94.pdf.)

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Luther February 14, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Parents for Megan's Law is almost bankrupt. The County Executive and SCPD just saved them.
Adam Jared Smith February 17, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Check out this film about a kid who kills pedophiles: http://youtu.be/iT-QHOLAsSc
Larry Levine March 02, 2013 at 06:55 PM
The following is an excerpt from Marc Klaas' article, "The Re-Victimization of Innocents: Criminal Justice Run Amok!." Shana Rowan is the Executive Director of USA FAIR, a non-profit organization she founded that is dedicated to defending the indefensible: registered sex offenders. According to her official biography, Shana’s passion for registered sex offenders is personal and very close to her heart. She is engaged to marry a registered sex offender named Geoff. His support gave Shana the strength she needed to leave a long-term abusive relationship. Now his past is making it impossible for them to move on with their lives. In her biography Ms. Rowan recounts his criminal behavior and portrays her fiancé as the true victim and she totally dismisses the very young half-sister that he serially abused. She argues that she and Geoff are victims of bad policy, and that sex offender registration and community notification laws (Megan’s Law) punish hundreds of thousands for crimes that a very small percentage of people might commit. She forgets that each and every person on the sex offender registration list has been convicted of, not committed as there is a vast distinction, at least one sex crime, almost always against a child or a woman. Citing studies that demonstrate that sex offenders have a very low recidivism rate Ms. Rowan ignores the best known study of all....read the rest of the article at http://klaaskids.org/blog/?p=1012
Valerie Parkhurst March 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM
I find it amusing how Shana can insert her opinions on who is awarded contracts on this issue. According to Shana Rowan only a bunch of convicts with SO status are qualified..she cracks me up.
Valerie Parkhurst April 19, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Face it Shana ..you and your motley crew of sex offenders wont be happy until your perverted, dysfunctional group are the ones to sit down and make laws on these crimes.

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