Saturday, 29 September 2012

It Haunts Men Like An Evil Genius ...

“Next in importance to personal freedom is immunity from suspicions and jealous observation.

Men may be without restraints upon their liberty; they may pass to and fro at pleasure; but if their steps are tracked by spies and informers, their words noted down for crimination, their associates watched as conspirators – who shall say that they are free?

Nothing is more revolting to Englishmen than the espionage which forms part of the administrative system of continental despotisms.

It haunts men like an evil genius, chills their gaiety, restrains their wit, casts a shadow over their friendships, and blights their domestic hearth. The freedom of this country may be measured by its immunity from this baleful agency.

Thomas Erskine May, Constitutional History of England (1863)


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Time For A New Purchase

Internet Child Pornography: Causes, Investigation, and Prevention

"The role of the Internet in fueling the problem of child pornography is enormous. Prior to the Internet, child pornography was typically locally produced, of poor quality, expensive, and difficult to obtain. United States' law enforcement officials were able to boast in the late 1970s that the traffic in child pornography had virtually been eliminated. The advent of the Internet in the 1980s made vast quantities of child pornography instantly available in the privacy of the viewer's home.

Today, child pornography largely exists because of the opportunities provided by the Internet. Internet Child Pornography provides a comprehensive overview of the issue by describing the problem of child pornography, examining the impact of the Internet, and presenting a profile of users.

With this foundation in place, the authors then address responses to child pornography and shed light on the complexities of dealing with criminal activities that are perpetrated largely online--for example, the fact that people behave differently in online environments than they do in other areas of their lives.

The book examines prevention efforts designed to reduce access to child pornography, law enforcement responses designed to catch known offenders, and treatment responses designed to reduce reoffending."

Richard Wortley (Author), Stephen Smallbone (Author)
31 Aug 2012 | ISBN-10: 0313381798 | ISBN-13: 978-0313381799


Sunday, 2 September 2012

The SOPO - A Punishment Without A Crime (Part 1)

SOPOs (i.e. Sexual Offences Prevention Orders) are now being used*, in lieu of prison sentences, to punish, satiate ill-informed public and police opinion and to infringe (no, stomp all over) the civil and Human Rights of ex-offenders. It should also be noted, that a SOPO may be applied for, against ex-offenders who have no previous 'sexual' convictions.

Sexual Offences Prevention Orders - Andrew Keogh
This eBook is provided free to all CrimeLine users with our compliments
November 2011, CrimeLine
Sexual Offences Prevention Orders after R. v. Smith - Nicola Devas
Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPO’s) were introduced by the Sexual Offences Act 2003 ss104-113 and have recently been extensively reviewed by the Court of Appeal in the case of R .v. Smith & others, OPB 2012
Is My SOPO Lawful? - 13KBW

R v Beeden – Case Comment (Breach of a SOPO)


Individuals convicted of sexual offences - Sexual offence convictions - SOPOs Included

Sexual Offences - Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) - CPS

S113. Breach of SOPO or interim SOPO - CPS

Guidance On Part 2 Of The Sexual Offences Act 2003 - HO

Sexual Offences Act: Definitive Guidelines - SGC

Sexual Offences Prevention Orders – Tips for practitioners

Here is one example, there will be more to follow:
Re: SOR legislation fighting fund!...« Reply #40 on: Today at 10:33:17 »

"I work with someone who is on the Register and still has a job - though not the same job he had before his conviction for downloading. He is basically a good man, in his late 50s. The prosecution got a SOPO and tried to stop him having Internet access but because of the ruling in R v Smith and others last year they had to allow him access through the library. He can't even have Internet access on his phone. He wasn't imprisoned for the offences but obviously would be if he reoffended. Instead he is on a 3 year probation order and on the register for life.

Apparently, he is a great fan of the opinion site and has been following this forum ever since it started and when this thread started, he thought that at last there was hope for the future. But he told me straight that he is terrified of even making a post here because the police have told him that if he contacts any other sex offender by any means* - including online forums - they will ask for the SOPO to be varied, he will lose all access to the Internet and they will seek to imprison him as his risk will be seen as having increased."!/msg541/#new
*contrary to Articles 18, 19, 20 and 27 of the UDoHR and Articles 9, 10, 11, and 14 of the ECoHR.

To be continued.


On The SOA2003(R)O 2012

I contributed some research and content, to The OSC's recent piece, on the The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) Order 2012 (appeal of indefinite notification], which can be found, here.