Deep Thought: What can “we” do to help Veterans with P.T.S.D.?

I decided to do this blog on this increasing growing topic after meeting a Vet that openly shared about this P.T.S.D. this morning. I was coming out of the local fitness center (R.F.C.) and as I was about to bike off after unlocking my chain, this “older” gentlemen (with a beard and a cane-thought he was blind as he held on to the rails along the wall. He appeared to be going to the P.E. Center to watch a local high school basketball game as he was wearing a West Central Knights jacket) wandered towards me to chat.

We talked about the nice sunny weather as a popular “Minnesota” topic. Somehow he asked where I was from, which I told him my parents are from the Philippines. He then told me he has had bad memories of being there? He then told me he was stationed there in the army. I then asked, “where-Subic Bay?”. He said, “yes..have you been there before”. I replied “yes too and told him I was there back in 2012 for vacation”. He openly (like many vets has had with me in the Morris area) shared he was in Vietnam. I then quickly replied, “thank you for serving”. He then replied, “not many people agreed when we returned home from Vietnam”, which I can agree with him from my history lesson. I then thought in my mind that it wasn’t his or any of the soldiers fault as I “blame” the “U.S. Government” (based on research I found). Anyways, he appeared to not want to chat more on this topic as he slowly walked away and went inside the RFC. I quickly prayed in my mind for him and thought about other Vets I know and have met.

Below are some notes I’ve collected on this topic on my facebook pic..

Veterans statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI, Suicide.
http://www.veteransandptsd.com/PTSD-statistics.html

19% of veterans may have traumatic brain injury (TBI)
-recent sample of 600 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan found: 14% post-traumatic stress disorder; 39% alcohol abuse; 3% drug abuse. Major depression also a problem.
-in times of peace, in any given year, about 4% (actually 3.6%) of the general population have PTSD (caused by natural disasters, car accidents, abuse, etc.)
-Oddly, statistics for veteran tobacco use are never reported alongside PTSD statistics, even though increases in rates of smoking are strongly correlated with the stress of deployment and combat, and smoking statistics show that tobacco use is tremendously damaging and costly for soldiers.
*see
https://www.facebook.com/groups/123846551128031/

Shocking PTSD, suicide rates for vets Released: June 05, 2013
– See more at: http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-terms#sthash.7fiu03jh.dpuf
http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-terms
More British soldiers commit suicide than die in battle, figures .
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10178403/More-British-soldiers-commit-suicide-than-die-in-battle-figures-suggest.html

Good News Death
https://www.facebook.com/groups/108262006010983/

->Misc

Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war | Sebastian Junger



TED

=>Music

Metallica – One

*see Heavy Metal Music

RESOURCES

-Civilians

Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about the war


“Published on May 23, 2014

Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the the paratrooper and captain—who went on to write “The Other Wes Moore”—explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it’s just not sufficient. It’s a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories — and listen.”

Questions NOT to ask:
“Did you shoot anybody?”

Questions to ask?
“How are you doing?”
“What was your experience like?”
“Thank you for your service!….(then listen)..

-Families

Army wives take Battling BARE pledge in support of soldiers suffering from PTSD
Written by Melody Harstine Foster – June 28th, 2012 – 2
http://twitchange.com/army-wives-take-battling-bare-pledge-in-support-of-soldiers-suffering-from-ptsd/
Military Marriages: The War of a Broken Heart at Home
http://marriagemissions.com/military-marriages-the-war-of-a-broken-heart-at-home/
Wives of PTSD Vets and Military
https://www.facebook.com/WivesofPTSDVets

=>Good News Family
https://www.facebook.com/groups/537041852992814/

American Combat Veterans Need You
http://www.cru.org/military/veterans-day-ptsd.htm
Ministering to Soldiers and Their Families
http://www.crcna.org/chaplaincy/ministering-soldiers-and-their
Military Bible wants to help soldiers suffering with PTSD
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/military_bible_wants_to_help_s.html
Military Chaplain Association
http://mca-usa.org/ministry-forum/wounded-healer/
Wounded Warrior Project
https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Veterans’ PTSD Project
https://www.facebook.com/veteransptsdproject

Good News Ministry
https://www.facebook.com/groups/313230752154108/

more..
http://military.goodnewseverybody.com/

Movies

Navy Seal Chris Kyle: Most Americans Don’t Understand War


“Published on Mar 27, 2012

Former Navy Seal and the man who is recognized as the most lethal sniper in U.S. Military history, Chris Kyle talks about his book American Sniper in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. Kyle also discusses why he felt compelled to write the book as a way to honor the sacrifice of servicemen and woman and their families.”

PEACE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/639527079395556/?ref=br_tf

PRAYER

Scriptural Prayers for People Suffering from PTSD
http://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2012/09/scriptural-prayers-people-suffering-ptsd/

Man Healed of PTSD


“Published on Jan 22, 2013

An Army veteran is healed of PTSD on Wednesday night at the School of Healing and Impartation in Redding CA”
Veteran Testimony , from youtube.com

=>Good News Prayer
https://www.facebook.com/groups/609542502392314/

NEED YOU NOW (How Many Times) by Plumb (LIVE)

HEALING

Combat Faith Home Page
http://www.combatfaith.com/AttnCombatVets.html
A Military Chaplain’s War with PTSD
http://www.guideposts.org/faith/outreach-ministries/faith-helped-military-chaplain-cope-with-ptsd
PTSD Spirituality-Healing Souls Wounded by PTSD
http://www.ptsdspirituality.com/about-dr-z/

=>Stories

-Iraq

Overcoming PTSD – Josh Lund Kelsey Baker17 May, 2017Sermons 05/06/2017 – Overcoming PTSD – Josh Lund morrischurch.com

“Soldiers’ Stories” Q&A: Iraq War Veterans and PTSD

I’ll Die Before I Quit… a Navy Seal Testimony | Wingmen.org


“Published on Dec 22, 2015

For more information on Wingmen, visit: http://www.wingmen.org
For more information on Chad Williams, visit: http://www.navysealchadwilliams.com
For more information on Harvest America, visit: http://www.harvestamerica.com
Video produced by Lure Studios: http://www.lurestudios.com

About Wingmen:
Wingmen is a gathering of men with the purpose of forming transparent, Christ-centered, masculine relationships. As Wingmen, we offer men acceptance, affirmation and accountability.

Wingmen is unique in the fact that it is not an accountability group, bible study, or networking group. It is an entity that emphasizes relationships above all else, relationships with Christ first and foremost and then relationships with other men. Our name, Wingmen, was purposeful in that fact that using military visual pictures/analogies are a powerful tool to bring home the idea of the need for masculine relationships in our lives as we conduct warfare and “spiritual maneuvers” in our daily spiritual battles. We do not dance around sensitive topics – pornography, addictions, over working, and abuse. We are a safe house — a place to get off the front lines and seek a reprieve/respite before jumping back into the battle. Wingmen is a 501C3

About Chad Williams:
Having been a featured guest on Fox News Channel, CNN News Room, Anderson Cooper 360, TBN, Daystar, Hour of Power, CBN 700 Club and more; former U.S. Navy SEAL Chad Williams draws on his experience as a combat veteran SEAL to yield an exclusive perspective rooted in teaching of Jesus of Nazareth.

Prior to entering SEAL training Chad was mentored by U.S. Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston. Just days before Chad headed off to Navy bootcamp, Helvenston took a brisk opportunity to serve his country once again in Iraq.

Shortly thereafter, Chad turned on a television one morning to learn first hand how precious and costly freedom is as his eyes met a screen that portrayed a smiling still image of his mentor followed by Scott’s birthdate separated by a *dash* March 31, 2004. What immediately followed was graphic video footage of Helvenston being mutilated and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Finally he was hung upside-down from the Euphrates River Bridge while an enraged Iraqi mob repeatedly chanted in Arabic, “Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans” and set him on fire.

Steeled in his resolve to walk in his Helvenston’s footsteps and become a SEAL in honor and memory of his good friend, Chad entered the military’s most grueling and difficult training known as BUD/S. BUD/S Class 254 started out with 173 sailors vowing they would die before they ever quit the rigorous training (which requires ringing a brass bell three times and surrendering their class helmet on the asphalt grinder). By graduation day there would only be 13 of those original sailors still standing there and Chad was among them.

Serving his country proudly as a Navy SEAL, on Teams One and Seven, Chad came into contact with the horrors of war first hand, even fighting his way alongside his Team through a premeditated ambush in Iraq, near the location that took Helvenston’s life in a similar scenario.

Today Chad is the author of SEAL of God and an in demand guest speaker, taking the principles and ethos learned as a U.S. Navy SEAL to better communicate the Gospel. As a gifted evangelist, Chad’s message is captivating and eye-opening as he relates to the audience the price of freedom that was not only paid for in the blood of our soldiers on battlefield but most importantly the blood of our Savior at the cross of Calvary.”

-Afghanistan

Soldier talks about his struggle with depression and PTSD


MiliSource
“Published on Aug 25, 2013

Soldier talks about his struggle with depression and PTSD. How his struggle lead him to some destructive behavior and finally to seek the help he needed to cope with his emotions. Video by Gilbert Telles | Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office | Date: 08.15.2013

Thumbs up for the troop!
Favorite this video and subscribe for news updates.
MiliSource – Your online source for up to date military news videos.”

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/October/Wounded-Warriors-Find-Path-to-Healing-in-Alaska
http://www.onewithchristministries.org/about-us-1/william-s-testimony/
“….I did not know what to do, I was afraid to go to sleep in fear the enemy (VC) Viet Cong would hurt my family. I decided the only way out where the enemy could no longer hurt me or my family was to take a lot of medication and to commit suicide. I began taking medication and took about 26 or so pills the day of January 17, 1991. I knew that by taking that much medication it could possibly kill me, I was ready to stop living. …n my last breath of air, I just put both of my hands toward heaven and said to God, “DO SOMETHING WITH ME NOW OR TAKE ME HOME”. I took my last breath. The next thing that I remembered wad seeing white and my arms were still stretched toward heaven, I was numb all over and could not move, and was so hot inside, but I felt a peace in my mind. As I looked up toward heaven I heard these words, “WILLIAM YOU MUST NAME ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU HATE EVEN ALL OF THE VIETNAMESE THAT YOU HATE AND ALSO THE ONES THAT YOU THINK THAT YOU HATE, AND THEN ASK ME FOR FORGIVENESS. I said Lord I don’t hate anyone anymore, “AND GOD SAID NAME EACH PERSON.” So I started to name the ones that I hated and then ask God for forgiveness….”

“…Just take some examples: The veterans – men and women – who are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Here we are talking about more than a million vets. Simply coming back and resting for a while doesn’t heal their wounds. Our friend, Rev. Nigel Mumford is a veteran of English military who saw fellow soldiers killed and personally experienced healing for PTSD. He is now planning “Welcome Home” programs for wounded vets and is in touch with the Pentagon and UK military leaders for prospects on future programs. This is a huge need and requires experience and time that most healing ministries simply do not have. For instance, Judith and I spent an entire weekend ministering to a Vietnam vet who hadn’t been able to sleep in a bed for 20 years, but after prayer was able to sleep through the night for the first time in 20 years. And there are millions more who need prayer because human sources of healing are good as far as they go, but they don’t reach down into the very depths of the souls of vets who have been wounded or have seen friends die…”
http://www.christianhealingmin.org/current-issue/202-magazine/2006-2010/hl-articles-2010-3

http://ministry.goodnewseverybody.com/healing.html

“…ck to that moment to relive it again and again. So what is the answer?
One of the ways to defuse the memories is to expose them. I’ve heard it said that you are only as sick as the secrets you keep but revealing is healing! When you bring the event into the light, darkness loses its power!! The enemy would have you keep the memory under lock and key in the fortress of your mind. But Paul tells us that light and darkness can’t coexist. Darkness loses its power when you turn on the light! Exposing it and releasing it allows Jesus to restore your soul!
The word restoration in itself means to be put back together to its original state. We can infer that this means “before the trauma.” And if it’s before the trauma, then those memories aren’t going to continue to wreak havoc on your soul. You may still remember that place, but it won’t be so painful. I think of it much like a scar reminds you of a past wound or surgery. You see the reminder…but it doesn’t hurt anymore….”
http://www.overcomepanic.com/PTSD.html

Books

-Unbroken
*see Personal Life Messages from the movie Unbroken goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

How to Survive a Plane Crash, Sharks, Torture, Etc. – YouTube

THNKR
Published on Nov 9, 2012
This episode of BOOKD chronicles Louis Zamperini’s incredible tale of suffering, survival and triumph, as portrayed in Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, UNBROKEN.

BORN TO RUN author Christopher McDougall, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, talk show host Steve Wilkos, and Colonel Eric Chase discuss Zamperini’s inspirational life and what you can learn from it. Among the topics they discuss are the perilous effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and what it takes to survive what Zamperini went through.

You want to weigh in on the conversation? Join the BOOKD forum on Goodreads:‪http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/8…

Book Report: “About Face- Finding Peace Within the Battle” goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

BIBLE

Military personnel find hope and help for PTSD
https://www.mnnonline.org/news/military-personnel-find-hope-and-help-for-ptsd/
Psychiatry is Junk science
No scientific data that Psychiatry works!
http://www.bible.ca/psychiatry/psychiatry-junk-science-post-traumatic-stress-syndrome-PTSD-critical-incident-stress-debriefing-CISD-myth.htm

=>Good News Bible
https://www.facebook.com/groups/289838404478292/

Celebrities

-Montel Williams

Veterans statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI, Suicide.http://www.veteransandptsd.com/PTSD-statistics.html19% of veterans may have traumatic brain injury (TBI)-recent sample of 600 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan found: 14% post-traumatic stress disorder; 39% alcohol abuse; 3% drug abuse. Major depression also a problem.-in times of peace, in any given year, about 4% (actually 3.6%) of the general population have PTSD (caused by natural disasters, car accidents, abuse, etc.)-Oddly, statistics for veteran tobacco use are never reported alongside PTSD statistics, even though increases in rates of smoking are strongly correlated with the stress of deployment and combat, and smoking statistics show that tobacco use is tremendously damaging and costly for soldiers. *seehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/123846551128031/more..Good News Mindhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/556119821134734/Shocking PTSD, suicide rates for vets Released:  June 05, 2013- See more at: http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-terms#sthash.7fiu03jh.dpufhttp://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-termsMore British soldiers commit suicide than die in battle, figures .http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10178403/More-British-soldiers-commit-suicide-than-die-in-battle-figures-suggest.htmlGood News Deathhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/108262006010983/RESOURCES-FamiliesArmy wives take Battling BARE pledge in support of soldiers suffering from PTSDWritten by Melody Harstine Foster - June 28th, 2012 - 2 http://twitchange.com/army-wives-take-battling-bare-pledge-in-support-of-soldiers-suffering-from-ptsd/Military Marriages: The War of a Broken Heart at Homehttp://marriagemissions.com/military-marriages-the-war-of-a-broken-heart-at-home/Wives of PTSD Vets and Militaryhttps://www.facebook.com/WivesofPTSDVets=>Good News Familyhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/537041852992814/American Combat Veterans Need Youhttp://www.cru.org/military/veterans-day-ptsd.htmMinistering to Soldiers and Their Familieshttp://www.crcna.org/chaplaincy/ministering-soldiers-and-theirMilitary Bible wants to help soldiers suffering with PTSDhttp://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/military_bible_wants_to_help_s.htmlMilitary Chaplain Associationhttp://mca-usa.org/ministry-forum/wounded-healer/Wounded Warrior Projecthttps://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Veterans' PTSD Projecthttps://www.facebook.com/veteransptsdprojectGood News Ministryhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/313230752154108/more..http://military.goodnewseverybody.comPRAYERScriptural Prayers for People Suffering from PTSD http://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2012/09/scriptural-prayers-people-suffering-ptsd/=>Good News Prayerhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/609542502392314/HEALINGCombat Faith Home Pagehttp://www.combatfaith.com/AttnCombatVets.htmlA Military Chaplain's War with PTSDhttp://www.guideposts.org/faith/outreach-ministries/faith-helped-military-chaplain-cope-with-ptsdPTSD Spirituality-Healing Souls Wounded by PTSDhttp://www.ptsdspirituality.com/about-dr-z/http://ministry.goodnewseverybody.com/healing.htmlBIBLEMilitary personnel find hope and help for PTSDhttps://www.mnnonline.org/news/military-personnel-find-hope-and-help-for-ptsd/Psychiatry is Junk scienceNo scientific data that Psychiatry works!http://www.bible.ca/psychiatry/psychiatry-junk-science-post-traumatic-stress-syndrome-PTSD-critical-incident-stress-debriefing-CISD-myth.htm=>Good News  Biblehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/289838404478292/

->Shootings
https://www.facebook.com/groups/139706352858524/

Fort Hood Shooting: Soldier With ‘Mental Health Issues’ Kills 3, Self April 2, 2014
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/shooting-incident-fort-hood/story?id=23166944
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/02/us/fort-hood-shooter-profile/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
“…Authorities looking into Lopez’s combat experience in Iraq “so far … have not discovered any specific traumatic event, wounds received in action, contact with the enemy or anything else specific that he may have been exposed to while deployed,” Milley said Friday.
However, Lopez “self-reported” suffering a traumatic brain injury while deployed, Milley said….”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/05/us/fort-hood-gunman-facebook/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
Another post dealt with his time in Iraq: “Celebrating life. It has been exactly 1 year and 2 days since left Iraq seeing in Fallujah the most brutal explosion… I was left paralyzed and started a discussion over the radio… I was only focused on breathing deeply so that I don’t lose focus and continue the mission. [Those] were hours of agony waiting for an attack by the insurgency but we were able to exit Fallujah all alive. I was in vehicle #6.The worst was that #5 was a diesel truck, the perfect target. And I was only thinking about getting back with my family.”

Lopez added: “To be in the line of fire is f—– up but even more f—– is the suffering of the families.”

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the post’s commanding general, said Lopez did not experience direct combat in Iraq.

Salvation Prayer
http://smu.gs/1mw8cXr

WARS

-WWII

Psychopathology and psychiatric diagnoses of World War II Pacific theater prisoner of war survivors and combat veterans.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8422074
“…METHOD:

A group of 36 POW survivors and a group of 29 combat veterans, all of whom had seen fierce fighting and heavy unit casualties, were compared approximately 40 years later on psychological instruments assessing psychopathology constructs, negative mood states, and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and on the computer-administered National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Interview Schedule…”

Motivation

Transition to Civilian Life

My journey from Marine to actor | Adam Driver from youtube.com
“Published on Jun 21, 2016

Before he fought in the galactic battles of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was a United States Marine with 1/1 Weapons Company. He tells the story of how and why he became a Marine, the complex transition from soldier to civilian — and Arts in the Armed Forces, his nonprofit that brings theater to the military. Because, as he says: “Self-expression is just as valuable a tool as a rifle on your shoulder.” Followed by a spirited performance of Marco Ramirez’s “I am not Batman” by Jesse J. Perez and Matt Johnson. (Adult language)

Sports

Amputee veteran, BT Urruela, coping with PTSD, becomes VetSports co-founder, model, inspiration #The


“Published on Feb 12, 2015

What happens when an American Hero comes home from war? What happens when that person is required to assimilate themselves back into civilian life; meantime, coping with what they heard and saw while in the midst of battle.

The ABC Action News app brings you the latest trusted news and information.

ABC Action News is Taking Action For You with leading local news coverage, “Certified Most Accurate” weather forecasts, and award-winning I-Team investigations.

ABC Action News, WFTS, covers local news in Tampa Bay and Florida. “
Veteran Brian Taylor Urruela Helps Other Vets Heal Through Sports By Caitlin Keating•@caitkeating Updated September 23, 2016 at 9:40pm EDT people.com
“Two days before he was to leave Iraq in 2006, Army Sgt. Brian Taylor Urruela s Humvee hit a pair of roadside bombs, killing his commanding officer and severely injuring him and his comrades.

After 35 unsuccessful surgeries, the life-long baseball player from Tampa, Fla., made the agonizing decision to have his mangled right leg amputated. He thought the worst was behind him, but a new kind of suffering soon began.

“When I got out of the military, all the support was gone,” says Urruela, 27, who was diagnosed with PTSD. “I was drinking away the pain.”

With therapy and a hefty dose of determination, he pulled himself out of that hole and now he is lifting up others with him.

In August 2012, Urruela and a fellow vet founded VETSports, a sports league with 100 players in several cities.

“Sitting home when you re having a bad day is the worst you can do,” says Urruela, who lives with his girlfriend and is studying sports management in college. His work is so inspiring that readers voted him one of 30 everyday heroes through PEOPLE and Major League Baseball s Tribute for Heroes campaign. ..”

Theatrial

“Now, After” (PTSD From A Soldier’s POV) [contains graphic imagery]


“Uploaded on Dec 2, 2010

I went to film school at USC after returning from Iraq. This is what life was like for me then, and this is 100% a true story. Hopefully others – especially those who’ve lived it – can get something out of this film. It was one of the first I ever made…

by SSG Kyle Hausmann-Stokes
US Army, Infantry, OIF 07-08

Disturbing images and haunting flashbacks plague a young soldier recently returned from the war in Iraq. Re-adjusting to his former life as a college student proves to be more difficult than he ever imagined – connecting with veterans of wars past may be just what he needs.”

Original Album

or
http://salphotobiz.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=26717675&AlbumKey=MSdLKw

Peacemaking: How to do it? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Good News Mind
https://www.facebook.com/groups/556119821134734/

Suggestions to rehab success for sex offenders?

STATS

Managing the Challenges of Sex Offender Reentry
February 2007 csom.org
Incarceration, Release, and Reincarceration Trends with Sex Offenders

Of the roughly 1.5 million individuals incarcerated in state and federal prisons throughout the United States, it is estimated that approximately 150,000 are imprisoned for a sex offense conviction – 40% for rape, and 60% for other sexual assaults such as lewd acts with children, fondling, molestation, statutory rape, indecent practices, and other related offenses (Harrison & Beck, 2006). Recognizing the variations from state to state, convicted sex offenders represent between 10 and 30 percent of prison populations (see, e.g., Bynum, Huebner, & Burgess-Proctor, 2002; Greenfeld, 1997; Harrison & Beck, 2006)…..

In terms of “staying out,” a recent national study revealed that nearly half of released sex offenders (43%)
were rearrested for at least one new crime – and well over one-third were returned to prison – within three years (Langanet al., 2003).

Returns to prisons were generally not, however, because of new sex crimes. In fact, only 5.1% of the released
sex offenders were rearrested for another sex offense during that period of time, and only 3.5% were reconvicted of another sex crime. The clear majority of sex offenders (71%) were returned to prison for
technical violations of release conditions or were rearrested, and the remaining reincarcerations (23.9%) were the result of new sentences for additional crimes. …

GEOGRAPHICALLY

-Michigan

Judge rules parts of Michigan sex offender law are unconstitutional
Published On: Apr 07 2015 06:22:56 PM EDT Updated On: Apr 07 2015 06:23:33 PM EDT clickondetroit.com
“The ACLU of Michigan has successfully argued that some parts of the law are too vague.”

-Minnesota

Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders:
Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws
house.leg.state.mn.us
Judge Wants Alternative Structure to Sex Offender Program Updated: 06/17/2015 9:04 PM
Created: 06/17/2015 11:01 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Lissarrague
“… However, as of October 2012, the program’s timeline indicated a range of 6-9 years for a “model” client to progress from Phase I through Phase III. Some committed individuals have been confined for more than 20 years.

Comparison to Other States

According to the ruling, Minnesota currently has the lowest rate of release from commitment in the nation and the highest per-capita population of civilly committed sex offenders in the nation.

Only three people have ever been provisionally discharged in the program’s more than 20 years. One returned after violating the conditions of his release and died in the program. Two are now in community-based programs under intense supervision.

A study was published last October on Sex Offender Civil Commitment Programs…
Legal Topics: Sex Offender Statutes, Minnesota, from mn.gov
Minnesota sex offender program is ruled unconstitutional By Chris Serres Star Tribune
June 17, 2015 — 11:43pm startribune.com
“..The ruling sets the stage for what could be a long and bruising battle between the courts and state officials over reforming a system that has been widely criticized for locking up too many sex offenders for too long. Frank called on legislators and the state’s executive leadership to “fashion suitable remedies” in time for an Aug. 10 hearing in his courtroom…”

-Texas

Texas in final stages to allow some sex offenders to deregister from list mrt.com
“…Also, offenders must not be convicted of any crime for which imprisonment for more than one year could be imposed during the registration period; offenders must not be convicted of any sexual crimes during registration; the offender must complete all treatment and must have finished all supervised probation or parole…
..”

HOUSING

Sex Offender Group Home Changes Focus, Neighbors Still Fight it
Posted: Mar 03, 2015 9:52 AM CDT myfoxorlando.com

Housing and Placement – Center for Sex Offender … from csom.org

“…A particularly promising example of managing sex offender housing challenges involves inviting housing representatives to participate proactively in the transition planning process as members of multi–disciplinary teams. The benefits of such an approach are numerous, including the following (Cowan et al., 1999):

Housing officials are more willing to make homes available to reentering sex offenders;
Specific attempts are made to minimize negative sentiment and unnecessary fears among local tenants;
Supervision agencies and law enforcement officials make commitments to provide ongoing support and increased monitoring in those areas where sex offenders are housed after release; and
Greater confidence is instilled with respect to the sex offender management practices in place in the community.
…”

=>Ministries

Phoenix ministry among few places helping sex offenders start anew By Michelle Ye Hee Lee The Republic | azcentral.com Wed Dec 5, 2012 12:59 AM azcentral.com
“…Redeemed Outreach is one of a handful of faith-based organizations in Phoenix where convicted sex offenders can go upon release from prison. The ministry is one model that local and national experts say could help solve the problem of how to successfully reintegrate sex offenders into society without losing track of them on the streets or encouraging recidivism.

Moriarty’s ministry is a little of everything: halfway house, rehabilitation center, workforce-training program, religious refuge.

Here, a resident is not judged for his crime, beaten up, or labeled an “S.O.” (shorthand for sex offender). Instead, all receive shelter, clothing, food, camaraderie and a chance to try to turn their lives around. Anyone is welcome, regardless of criminal history.

It is a no-nonsense place. The pastors run a disciplined program designed to help newly released sex offenders, many under state or county supervision, structure their daily routines and lead faithful lives. “Amen” and “God bless” are part of the everyday vernacular.

Everyone must follow the rules. No drugs, alcohol, smoking, profanity, stealing, fighting, threats or porn allowed. Phone access and TV watching is limited. Everyone must attend and be on time for church services, Bible studies and meals. Music must have Christian lyrics and is played only after 4 p.m. and through earphones.

The eight-month “discipleship” program has three phases that, if successful, help inmates rebuild personal relationships, find spirituality and rejoin society.

At first, outside contacts are restricted as the participants immerse themselves in Bible studies and personal introspection and improvement, including substance-abuse and anger-management counseling. Next, they get job training and help finding work. Room, personal-hygiene items, food, bedding and counseling are free.

Once participants find employment, they must donate one-third of their earnings to the ministry. The goal is to transition into their own housing, after which they are encouraged to continue helping others like themselves.

Redeemed Outreach offers offenders fresh out of prison help in navigating the world outside the walls. There is plenty to take care of, whether registering with various agencies to comply with the law or relearning the basics of life on the outside. Even elementary tasks can seem daunting to those who went to prison up to two decades ago, before the arrival of things like smartphones.

Participants hear about Redeemed Outreach through other prisoners, a prison chaplain or ministry pastors who preach in the prison yard. Arthur Diaz, for example, heard about the ministry in prison. He is a Level 3 sex offender, convicted of attempted sexual assault, kidnapping and failure to register.

Diaz, now trying to live a drug-free life, recalled how he first landed at one of the ministry’s properties. He’d borrowed enough money to buy a one-way, light-rail ride there. He was parched as he came down from a methamphetamine high.

“I got to the church and I told them I was thirsty. They gave me water, they gave me food,” Diaz said. “Since I’m here, I don’t have to worry about where to sleep, what to eat.”

The living situation is modest. Many sleep in bunk beds. All share a kitchen. But to those who would otherwise sleep on the streets, Redeemed Outreach is a safe haven.

“We should look at them as being human beings first,” said Autumn Freeman, a Maricopa County probation officer who has clients living at Redeemed Outreach.

Freeman often faces difficulties helping sex offenders on probation find housing because crime-free housing laws limit how many offenders a landlord can rent to at one location. One of Freeman’s clients was registered to a Phoenix bus stop.

TREATMENT

WPTZ Exclusive: Richard Laws speaks about his attempts to get treatment while incarcerated
Richard Laws sits down with WPTZ’s Jarred Hill

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Since the first announcement that a violent sex offender was set to be released after more than two decades in prison, officials have said Richard Laws showed no interest in completing sex offender treatment while in state custody, but court documents and Laws himself, raise the question of whether that’s entirely the case.”

Rehabilitating Sex Offenders

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We go behind bars at a federal prison for an exclusive one-on-one interview with a convicted sex offender. The story focuses on a rehabilitation program called SOAR, where a team of psychologists work intensely to help these felons change.”
-21 Week program (Successful.Offenders.Accountability.Rehab.), which 2 of 157 that completed the program “returned”

Sex Offender Accountability and Responsibility (SOAR)
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/North Carolina /Sex Offender Accountability and Responsibility (SOAR)
“…provides cognitive treatment for sexual offenders. To be enrolled in the program, the offender must be 21, convicted of a sexual felony, admit guilt, have no disabling mental illnesses, and have at least a 6th grade reading level. Additionally, offenders must voluntarily participate in intensive highly interactive therapy sessions, and be infraction free for at least one year. The program lasts 20 weeks with meetings 5 times a week serving approximately 56 offenders. A psychological services coordinator, 2 staff psychologists, a contractual psychologist, and a processing assistant are needed for this program. The Office of Research & Planning has formally evaluated the program. Needed materials and resources include videotapes and office supplies. The program costs $333,942.00 a year…”

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