Posted: 06/19/2012 01:27:39 PM MDT
Updated: 06/19/2012 01:29:42 PM MDT
Boulder sex offender balks at 'intensive' probation, asks to be sent to prison
"Judge grants Justin Mathis' request, sentences him to 12 years
After months of being out of jail, a convicted Boulder sex offender self-revoked his probation, electing instead to go back behind bars to serve a 12-year sentence.
While parole violations are not uncommon, it's much less frequent that a sex offender on probation opts for incarceration -- and the scenario that played out in a Boulder courtroom last week helps prove that the treatment and probation program for sex offenders is rigorous, prosecutors say.
"It speaks to the stringency of probation when you've got somebody saying, 'I don't want to do this -- just send me back to prison,'" Boulder prosecutor Katharina Booth said.
But Denver defense attorney Gary Lozow -- who is not connected to the case of Justin P. Mathis, 37 -- countered that, if anything, such a decision illustrates that the program treats sex offenders like pariahs, making it difficult for them to transition back into society.
"At the beginning of the process and in the preliminary stages, there's an incredibly high price to pay for such an offense," Lozow said of Colorado's approach to treating sex offenders. "There's isolation. There's reporting. There's overtaxing dues to pay. The concept all but makes you a pariah. They require a process that lends itself to failure.
"The idea is to disintegrate you as a human being.""
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
MD - Captain Mark Waltz of the Brunswick Police Department admits the registry is punishment!
"Officer mentions in the video that "the sex offender registry is the most significant punishment most sex offenders get," admitting it's punishment and therefore unconstitutional! He also says "to teach your children that nobody is suppose to touch them in their bathing suit area," but most sexual crimes occur by someone the victim knows, usually a parent or sibling."