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Shocker, not: Criminally insane in Oregon commit more crimes after release from state hospital

Another reason to exercise your Second Amendment right.

From Oregon Live: About 30 percent of people found criminally insane in Oregon and then let out of supervised psychiatric treatment were charged with new crimes within three years of being freed by state officials, according to a comprehensive new analysis by ProPublica and the Malheur Enterprise.

The analysis and interviews show that Oregon releases people found not guilty by reason of insanity from supervision and treatment more quickly than nearly every other state in the nation. The speed at which the state releases the criminally insane from custody is driven by both Oregon’s unique-in-the-nation law and state officials’ expansive interpretation of applicable federal court rulings.

In Oregon, those decisions are made by the Psychiatric Security Review Board. The five-member panel of mental health and probation experts has custody of defendants found “guilty except for insanity” and oversees their treatment.

Between Jan. 1, 2008, and Oct. 15, 2015, the state freed 418 defendants who had been acquitted of felonies because they could not tell right from wrong or control their actions. About 20 percent of them, or 83 people, were charged with attacking others within three years. Thirty-five were charged with lesser crimes. Fifty others were charged more than three years later, including 30 people for violent incidents.

They were charged with felonies more often than people freed after serving prison terms — 23 percent compared to 16 percent within three years — according to the Enterprise analysis and the Oregon Department of Corrections.

The frequency of new crimes and violence startled experts who have long hailed Oregon as a leader in balancing the civil rights of patients against the need to protect the community. Many mistakenly believed that only a tiny percentage of the people released by state officials went on to commit new crimes.

“I didn’t know that,” said Dr. Landy Sparr, who directs the Forensic Psychiatry Training Program at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and has evaluated hundreds of insanity defendants in the state. “I’m totally surprised.”

One reason for Sparr’s misimpression was that the Psychiatric Security Review Board has not publicly disclosed what it has learned about this issue.

On its website, the board assures Oregonians that repeat offenses by people it supervises are exceedingly rare events, with only 0.46 percent of defendants committing new crimes each year.

That rosy statistic does not encompass the significant problem of what happens after defendants are freed, and the board knows it. Almost three years ago, internal documents show, board officials exchanged emails about the rate of crimes committed by clients released from oversight. The officials launched a preliminary study of three sample years, which found from one-third to one-half of the people freed by the board had since been arrested on new charges. They limited that search to Oregon records, which means the real number of crimes is almost certainly larger.

Those numbers are “higher than I was expecting given how well our clients do on supervision,’’ Juliet Britton, the board’s former executive director, wrote in a September 2017 email.

Read the whole story here.


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Jon Stewart's Vagina Manger

Jon Stewart, whose birth name is Jonathan Leibowitz, is a non-religious Jew who said he was subjected to anti-Semitic bullying as a child. He describes himself in high school as “very into Eugene Debs and a bit of a leftist,” but says his political affiliation is “more socialist or independent” than Democratic. Eugene Debs was an American union leader and ran several times for the U.S. presidency as the candidate of the Socialist Party of America.
Nevertheless, Stewart insists he’s not liberal; nor is he a “partisan ideological activist.” He makes $15 million in salary a year; has an estimated net worth of $80 million; owns a duplex penthouse in lower Manhattan’s tony TriBeCa neighborhood, a water front home in the Bay Point area of Sag Harbor, New York and, his most recent purchase, a water front home in Red Bank, New Jersey. What a “socialist” that Jon Stewart is!
On April 16, 2012, on “The Daily Show” increasingly the source of news for young Americans Stewart ripped the Fox News Network for giving air to the “war on women” issue. He then ridiculed Fox’s “war on Christmas,” asking, “What can women do to generate the same sense of outrage from Fox as the removal of decorative slightly poisonous holiday plants? Perhaps they could play into the theme?”
At this point, Stewart showed a picture of a naked woman with her legs spread apart with a nativity scene ornament in between.

Imagine if Stewart had done that with an image of Mohammad.
Stewart said, “Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vagina mangers.”
We heard ad nauseum about Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” remark about the unmarried Georgetown U. student Sandra Fluke who said the federal government taxpayers should pay for her contraceptives.
But did you hear about Stewart’s vagina manger?
No? Why is that?
Did you know that it was the Catholic League who went after Stewart for that blasphemous offensive “vagina manger” image, and insisted that the non-liberal [snark] Stewart apologize or the League would coordinate a boycott of businesses that air commercials on The Daily Show?
Well, Stewart did not apologize.
On May 7, 2012, it was reported that as a result of Catholic League’s campaign, Delta Airlines pulled its ads from The Daily Show.
Delta spokeswoman Leslie Parker said that “We are constantly evaluating our advertising strategy and at this time no longer advertise during The Daily Show,” but denied that the decision had anything to do with “any opinions expressed” by the show.
Yeah, right.
Catholic League’s pugnacious president, Bill Donohue, pledges in a press release to continue his campaign, with Kellogg’s as the next target: “All the top management at Kellogg’s will receive a color photo of a naked woman with her legs spread and a nativity scene ornament in between. Let’s see if that jars them. Over 700 photos have been sent to leaders in Battle Creek, Michigan.”

A Kellogg’s representative didn’t immediately comment on whether anyone at Kellogg’s had received the photos. A spokesperson for the Daily Show didn’t respond to an inquiry from BuzzFeed.

Founded in 1973, Catholic League is America’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. The League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination. Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.
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Big Labor Strategy – Opposition Is Racist

Two days ago the AP published a very telling story outlining the Big Labor strategy to buck the trend for state governments to stand up and say NO.  They are reframing the debate and tying it to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. “The planned rallies on the 43rd anniversary of King’s death are part of a coordinated strategy by labor leaders to ride the momentum of pro-union demonstrations and national polls showing most Americans support collective bargaining rights as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP leaders in states fight to reduce or strip those benefits.”

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School Choice Update: Besieged Wake County Wins Key Victory

Progressive busybodies in North Carolina lost ground this week in a win for both school reformers and privacy advocates.

As part of the Fellowship’s continuing coverage of the political war zone, we are happy to report some bit of good news (if you are unaware of the story, read this).
These liberal do-gooders have pulled out all the stops to punish the school board. They opened federal investigations into gender discrimination. Then they got accrediting authorities to look at stripping away the district’s educational accreditation, meaning graduates would not have a real high school diploma.
When that didn’t work, they finally got the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to investigate the school board for accusations of hurting poor minorities.
The goal of all this is to stall reform until the next election  and then find some way – any way – to go back to diversity busing.
Most recently they concocted a plan to use “socioeconomic factors” in place of skin color. Translation: we’ll make the poor kids and the rich kids switch places.
However, this can’t be done unless they  have data on who is rich and who is poor. They can look at general trends from census records, but that doesn’t help them pinpoint specific neighborhoods.
So progressives decided to seize data from school lunch programs to identify kids who applied for free lunches. The theory goes something like this: you’re a poor family in the slums of Raleigh. You apply for little Bobby to get free lunch at school. The school board identifies exactly who Bobby is, where he lives, and how much money you have – so they can decide on your behalf if Bobby should attend some school farther away.
Yes, it sounds absurd and intrusive when you put it like that. It might make parents think twice if they think Bobby will be singled out. It might make them fearful that free lunches become a scarlet letter, whereby Bobby is carted off to a preppy school and everyone can figure out exactly why he is there.
In short, it might make Bobby afraid to sign up for free lunch.

photo courtesy Screen Gems

Do progressives care about that? Heck no.
Fortunately, the Department of Agriculture feels bad for Bobby. That’s the arm of the government that handles free lunch programs. And it told progressives it refuses to release personal information about kids who signed up.
Reformers are rejoicing over the news.
However, parents really need to understand how big of a bullet they dodged here. This is what happens when you rely on the government to give you free stuff. It’s not about charity. It’s about finding a way to barge into your business so they can control you. If progressives are willing to snoop at your child’s name on a free lunch program so they can play God with school assignments, trust me, please, they will snoop on other things to control you somewhere else.
The USDA protected you for now. But you might not be so lucky next time. Remember that the next time you’re offered a bribe from some government bureaucrat.

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