That some sex offenders in this State have no facility or residential program to go to after release is not news (especially since David Pollitt’s saga), but now we are seeing more examples of this problem (or maybe it is just being covered more by the MSM).
Ransome Lee Moody is a three-time convicted rapist who has finished his prison sentence but is still so dangerous and calculating, officials testified Thursday, that he defies all conventional sex-offender treatment and no facility — in this state or beyond — will take him.
Finding a permanent place for the 50-year-old Moody, who has served a total of 30 years in prison, is proving to be “an impossibility” even though a slew of state agencies are working on the problem, Superior Court Judge Robert L. Holzberg said Thursday at a hearing on the conditions of Moody’s probation.
Moody is not alone. At any given time, there are 50 to 75 sex offenders who have nowhere to go. They are staying in the shelters, Chief Probation Officer Dorian Santoemma explained, because they may be too risky for inpatient sex-offender treatment, or there’s no room in the programs, or there’s no living arrangement with relatives that would be appropriate.
There are only three shelters in the State that will accept them: one each in Hartford, New Haven and New Britain.
Holzberg rescinded a requirement that Moody be placed in an inpatient program because none could be found. The judge said that without “the good graces” of Warren Kimbro, the studious 73-year-old ex-Black Panther who runs Project More in New Haven, there would not even be a temporary solution to Moody’s placement problem.
“If we won’t take him, who will?” said Kimbro, whose programs help ex-convicts return to society. “Regardless of their offense, once they’re released, if we don’t assist them with re-integration, then we can expect them to re-offend.”
He can’t stay there forever. This will need to be addressed soon. I just hope we don’t go the civil commitment way.