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New York releases some Level 3 sex offenders, houses them at Holiday Inn Express, does not notify local police

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Sex offenders in western New York have been released as part of the pandemic, with several currently being housed in a Holiday Inn Express.

The Level 3 offenders, who were released as part of the outbreak, have drawn the attention of local journalists, citizens and police officials alike, particularly in the town of Greece.

“Among the inmates known to be staying at the Holiday Inn Express are four registered sex offenders,” Sabrina Maggiore tweeted. “Three of whom are registered as level 3 sex offender and are deemed by New York courts as most likely to re-offend. All three of the level 3 sex offenders staying at the Holiday Inn Express have been convicted for the rape of minors.”

Maggiore later reported -on behalf of Rochester First- that Greece PD Chief Patrick Phelan noted that the inmates are not under direct supervision of parole authorities, and that the solution for inmates leaving the property is for hotel staff to notify the Corrections Department.

“It doesn’t make any sense. If you could present an argument to me that makes sense, I’m willing to listen. But this doesn’t make and sense,” Phelan said.

To make matters worse, the state didn’t notify local law enforcement.

“We weren’t told by anyone,” Phelan added. “I think good practice would be if your going to release convicted felons. Some of them very violent some of those level 3 sex offenders, You might want to give law enforcement the heads up.”

Due to backlash, the New York Department of Corrections and Community Services claimed they made the decisions based on how vulnerable the prisoners were, not what their original crimes were.

“This significant action is being taken in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in local jails over the past few days and weeks,” DOCCS said in a statement. “Our top priority remains the public health and safety of New Yorkers during this global public health emergency and this measure will further protect a vulnerable population from contracting and transmitting this infectious disease.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Of all the people ANY prison would release thses people shouldn’t even be a thought, especially at a time where everyone’s full attention is focused somewhere else. Once again our governments wonderful judicial system is showing how much they truly care about their people especially the one’s who cant defend themselves!

  2. The original article said that the New York DCCS made their decisions to release all inmates based on the parole,probation, or registry violation that put them in jail at that time, not the original offense that put them on parole, probation, or the registry. I would think that a perfectly reasonable criteria, considering the complexity, frivolity, ineffectiveness, and unconstitutionality of such restrictions. I would also think these men had all served their sentences, if they’re not on parole or probation.

    Also, LE got their “heads up” when those men went to register. LE now knows their location and can dedicate all available resources to the critical activity of monitoring these men watching TV in their rooms and maybe – gasp – getting something to eat. The nerve of them, right? The very idea…

    How exactly is it that the state all knowing and wise when determining that a registrant is level 3 and therefore “the greatest risk to re-offend” yet somehow incompetent when it decides to release someone so “risky” from jail on what is likely a frivolous registry violation (and one that in all likelihood didn’t have the first thing to do with the individual’s specific crime)?

    The fact is that sex offender registrants are the least likely recidivists, and the majority of registrant arrests are not for actual crimes of any kind, but registry violations (perfectly normal conduct or activity criminalized by registry status). LE is perfectly aware of that, and that the registry serves no law enforcement purpose as 97% of new sex crime is committed by non-registrants.

  3. Sabina – What does a Level 3 offender consist of in New York? In my state of California a person viewing Illegal images from there computer are classified as a Level 3. Here are 2 fun facts for you to educate yourself on who is exactly listed on our registry. 1) In 1997 there were only 8 offenses that would list a person on the registry. Today 2020 there are over 38 offenses with the majority of those additional 30 offenses being non-contact or non-violent offense that can and does place a person on our registry; 2) 20% of the 900,000+ names listed on our registry were convicted and listed on our registry when registrant was a minor under the age of 18. The youngest was girl listed when she was just 10 years old. Sabrina Maybe do some extra research and get the facts on exactly who are listed on are registry and for what. You may just find yourself shocked like I was when you learn the actual facts. As a parent, I am worried hat my children and grandchildren may end up on our registry for something stupid more than I was ever worried about them being a victim of a sex offense.

  4. The fact one is a level 3 means zero as far as reoffending since levels are also given out due the age of the victim. The difference between a level 2 and 3 is if the victim is under a certain age, that in itself does NOT make them more dangerous. Most of the registrants dont get any type of evaluation to determine dangerousness. Its basically “you raped a child instead of a woman? Well then, you’re worse and more dangerous!” Totally asinine.

  5. Fear mongering. Some men have committed murder therefore all men should be locked up and monitored. How about black men. Some black men have committed crimes so all should be locked up and monitored. Oh wait, some white men have committed crimes…, some women have committed crimes, oh my god, lock everyone up, lock your doors and stay inside…

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