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Bill to ID Juvenile Escapees Gets Nod

Posted May 9, 2007

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— The State House on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow prison officials to release the names and photographs of juvenile escapees.

The identities of juvenile detainees aren't currently disclosed under state law.

House Bill 1148 would also require prison officials to release information about an escapee’s offense to help the public determine if he or she is dangerous.

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  • lifesjourney May 10, 2007

    szami...brillant...really.

  • HongKongPhooey May 10, 2007

    I'm sorry lifesjourney - I didn't realize you were suffering from paranoia. Just try to focus on the statements if you can. The rest who post here will try to be gentle with you.

  • lifesjourney May 10, 2007

    Dearest Szami, don't you have anything better to do than track my posts? Talk about predators...and you think the odds of a sex offender stalking one of these kids is slim to none? Interesting.

  • HongKongPhooey May 10, 2007

    lifesjourney: I strongly support our military, but for a person who was in the military, you sure do complain a lot. Everything from Nascar to errant juveniles. Please tell me the odds that a child molester will actually be able to find the escaped juvenile and perpetrate whatever evil you are thinking of? Don't you think the odds of the police or family finding them first is much higher?
    And as for some potential employer seeing and REMEMBERING said juveniles picture as being on the web, don't you think that is at even greater odds of happening? We live in a very short-term memory world. Let's try and focus on the continued safety of our citizens before any imagined damage to criminals.

  • Yelena May 10, 2007

    On the other hand, getting a kid back into the hands of the people who can help them is a good thing. IF a seriously depressed youngster goes AWOL from a mental health clinic, he could be a danger to himself.

  • lifesjourney May 10, 2007

    I happened to be in the Legislative Bldg listening to this session when this bill hit the floor. The disturbing thing about this bill is that is does not simply state that escaped juveniles who have committed violent crimes will have their pictures posted on the news/internet...it states ANY juvenile who escapes from any juvenile facility will have their picture posted. This means if the juvenile is in a psychiatric hospital suffering from depression or any other mental health issue, and they walk away from the hospital, their picture will be posted. So now you've got a severly depressed teen who has walked away from the facility with their picture all over the news and your local sex offender who has access to that same info knowing what this depressed child looks like. Or for instance, kid is depressed, walks away, picture is posted...kid gets his act together and then attempts to become gainfully employed...what employer who has seen this "dangerously depressed" juveniles pictur

  • spiritwarriorwoman May 10, 2007

    If they committed an adult crime and received adult time, their privacy should be treated like an adult, regardless of the age involved.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Sapphire May 10, 2007

    Since they're old enough to commit a/the crime & they knew exactly what they were doing, they're old enough to be publicized.

  • Capital Punishment Stops Crime May 10, 2007

    Once an inmate has escaped, the public's right to know outweighs any inmate right, no matter how old they are. Children can be just as dangerous as adults, so we have a right to know when they escape. I don't want to hear the "just a kid" excuse. Some of these "kids" have committed murder, and we should know when these dangerous "kids" are on the loose, or any criminal for that matter.

  • colliefan May 9, 2007

    Makes sense. Not only have they been charged with a crime but he/she has committed another by breaking out of jail.