Does the Insanity Defense justify the means?

With cases like Julie Schenecher who put a bullet through her son in his head while driving and another in his mouth and then returned home to do the exact same things to her daughter while she was doing her homework because she stated “they were mean to me”.

How about Megan Huntsman who was charged with killing 7 infants in her home and put them in cardboard boxes. Sometimes there is no justice where criminal defense attorneys do not even use the insanity defense where the evidence is so overwhelming and the defendant is acquitted of all charges such in the Casey Anthony case and in our system cannot be tried again. Where is the justice for these innocent souls?

Andrea Yates was legally insane when she drowned her five children in a bathtub, allegedly to save them from being tormented forever in hell.

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Many scientists and legal scholars have complained that tests like these, used by the law to determine criminal responsibility, are unscientific. Given recent advances in our understanding of human behavior and of the brain, these critics argue, the legal test for insanity is a quaint relic of a bygone era.

These criticisms misunderstand the nature of criminal responsibility, which is moral, not scientific. On the other hand, legislation that has eliminated or unduly constrained the insanity defense, often in response to unpopular verdicts of not guilty by reason of insanity, is likewise off the mark. Between these two attacks, the concept of the morally responsible individual seems to be disappearing.

In an effort to hold most people accountable, and recognizing both the difficulty of establishing what was in the defendant’s mind at the time of the crime and the defendant’s incentive to lie about it, the law sought to establish strict standards for responsibility. As a result, legal insanity tests were drawn quite narrowly. They did not excuse most defendants whose intentional conduct broke the law, even if they might have suffered from mental disorders or other problems at the time of the crime.

The rise of various materialistic and deterministic explanations of human behavior, including psychiatry, psychology, sociology and, more recently, neuroscience, has posed a particular challenge to the criminal law’s relatively simple central assumption that with few exceptions we act intentionally and can be held responsible. With perceptions of insanity, they have no control. People are not responsible for their crimes: it’s their poverty, their addictions or, ultimately, their neurons.

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If we agree that there may be some percentage of people whose moral cognition is seriously disordered, how can the law identify those people in a way that will not allow the materialism of science to expand the definitions of excusing conditions to include all criminals? That is, if paranoid schizophrenia can provide part of the basis to excuse some criminal acts, why not bipolar disorder, or being angry, or having a bad day, or just being a jerk? After all, a large number of factors over which we have no rational control cause each of us to be the way we are.

The short answer is that we should recognize that the criteria for responsibility. Most people are responsible, but some are not.

Convicting and punishing a defendant who genuinely believed that God commanded him to kill is not unscientific, it is immoral and unjust.

We should be skeptical about claims of non-responsibility. But, if insanity-defense tests are interpreted sensibly to excuse people who genuinely lacked the ability to reason morally at the time of the crime, and expert testimony is treated with appropriate caution, can the criminal justice system reasonably decide whom to blame and punish?

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In the 1950’s came the abolishment of the Mental Institutions where souls were left to squalor. Now the decision makers have to make a judgment that is never based on fact. Mental illness is not an exact science. Law is not a science.

The Atrocities of the Catholic Church

Most think and believe in recent years hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals have come forward claiming sexual abuse from priests in the Roman Catholic Church. That is valid. However, history for these crimes dates back much further with abuses from the Catholic church.

Numerous “pedophile priests” have been identified. Sadly, rather than defrocking the priests (removing from the priesthood), the Catholic Church has in most instances attempted to cover up the sexual abuse by transferring the offending priest(s) to different parishes or ‘re-locating’ them. In the spectrum of the law, aiding and abetting these crimes, is a crime in itself.

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The scandal and attempted cover-up continues to ever expand which reaching the papacy wants you to believe is current but this at The Vatican has been a cover-up for some time and a shared secret.

The Vatican faced blistering criticism from a United Nations committee recently over allegations it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims in what constituted a worldwide sex abuse scandal.

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It now appears with the over surmounting pressure from the UN and sub-committees that given the zero tolerance policy of the Vatican do we hear the Pope taking a stance.

Will we start to see methods to protect our children from sexual abuse? Will there be accountability? Should priests by treated any differently than other criminal offenders and will anyone from the Catholic church be brought to justice for their SINS? Better pray….your child could be next.

CHILD RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL – WHERE LIVES ARE AT STAKE!

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Why Child Recovery International?

Old school and old methodologies standards have no merit and you never want to gamble with a child’s life. What do you do when your child goes missing? Probably what every parent does; run to the police who most likely just takes an incident not a missing person report and then you call NCMEC. So, whether or not the police report to your home which is proper procedure, the police will most likely advise you that your child will return home due to childhood ANGST and acting out. This is them telling you their disinterest. The hate domestic calls. Also, the police are far specialists in missing persons.

PredatorCertainly there are good detectives but most will admit they did not receive the high level of training at the police academy for this type of expertise. The main factor of course is that that are confined to their own jurisdiction and unless your child is blond haired and blue eyes or has powerful political or corporate connections, you will catch the media eye and in turn get federal attention and the eye of the public.

The private sector as most know is always more proficient and dedicated. Child Recovery International has recovered over 650 missing and endangered children in just 17 years. Statistics speak volumes. We have the knowledge, skills, tools, techniques and abilities to focal point each given assignment and quickly disseminate the factual nature on each case assignment with an accurate profile in a proficient time element. Time is essential. Each case requires an accurate profile with strategic thinking and assessments. Each minute is a mile that potentially separates you from your child . We respond immediately and can process the nature of a child’s disappearance by developing an accurate profile through proven analysis and human behavior. We do not post flyers nor hold candle light vigils.

Our Theorem

We do not just immerse ourselves in today’s tasks. We think big picture. We step back fromstrategy the dance floor from time to time and take the balcony view. We review systems. Set priorities aligned with the major goals. We learn new sets of strategies for the leads we develop and move quickly. We take our innovative and creative knowledge and possessive qualities by backing it by taking smart risks. We overcome barriers with collaboration methodology applications. We stay on radar. We do not work on assumption but on clear and evident facts and evidence. We understand the value of direction and perseverance in our roles within our organization.

Leading by Example

We understand that being a role model is effectively networking by showing the value of spanning old boundaries and busting out old silos. That is how we are effective working hand in hand with local, state and federal authorities whenever necessary. Your IQ alone can’t fuel one’s success. Emotional intelligence is critical. We build and brand our self-awareness, self- management, social awareness and relationship management.

We recognize that as a leader, you can be contagious. We you need to be a source of energy, empatRUNAWAYhy and earned trust, proving optimism and reality with proven results. We understand that resilience is the key to leadership especially in stressful times. Critical thinkers question conventional wisdom. Here, we are vigilant about identifying and challenging assumptions that underlie actions and inaction. We are automatically wary of generalizations and unproven theories. We strive to be independent thinkers, careful to check how others base their colorful decisions and try not ask “how do you know that?” Avoiding this, we are able to speed up good decision-making and not cause paralysis by analysis.

Effectiveness

As the private sector leader, we have recovered over 650 missing and endangered children and approximately 1500 adults.

expertWe understand that you have to communicate effectively in order to be efficient in one’s mission statement. Listening is the goal and the most powerful interpersonal form of communication with the members of the immediate family with one-to-one or small group circles.

Fear is not an exception for us. The Client is always the Child and the ONLY priority. We fear not the consequences of our work. because the tunnel of our objective is always clear and precise that we will not fail. There is always a pathway to a missing child. We know that we will have to find it! Closure is key!

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NCMEC are Fat Cats that will not investigate your missing child!

Make no doubt about it. NCMEC is a government front that exaggerates claims about what they do, statistics about success rates and their self-proclaimed nobility. Celebrities have come to their side to voice their support for NCMEC and if you like to drink from the Kool Aid, you will get poisoned also.  The simple question is where are the children? Just ask the hundreds or thousands of parents who reported to NCMEC and ask them where their children are today?

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, NCMEC, was created out of the publicity generated from the Adam Walsh disappearance and death back in 1981. The claim raised at the time before Congress was that there was no government-affiliated agency in existence to assist the parents of abducted children. The figures at the time portrayed the situation as grim, insisting that tens, if not hundreds of thousands of children a year were abducted by strangers. As it turned out, long-term abductions by strangers figured only in the tens per year. Since its inception, MK_logoNCMEC has received millions of dollars each year from Congress. Presently, Congress allocates $50 million per year to the Center. But how is the money used? And how does NCMEC work? NCMEC describes itself as a Missing Children Clearinghouse, meaning that it disseminates information, but plays no active role in the actual recovery of missing children. Today, NCMEC has hundreds of staff and its salaries alone are running close to $30 million a year.

But what does it do? Well, it gathers information and disseminates it. Does this help when a child goes missing? Perhaps, but not significantly. Basically, what happens is that NCMEC posts a photo of the child on their website. They have partner programs with Wal-Mart and with ADVO to distribute photos of parentally abducted children, which have been successful to a small degree. But what about those few children that are actually in peril; the ones that Congress originally intended a national missing children center to be structured for; the kids like Adam Walsh? The answer is, not a whole lot of help gets channeled from NCMEC.

Take the case of Shawn Hornbeck, who had been abducted by a stranger for four years. Or that of Shasta Groene, the little girl, who was abducted after her whole family was murdered. Or Elizabeth Smart, who was with her kidnapper less than a quarter of a mile away from her house with a clear trail any competent bloodhound handler could find. Where was NCMEC then? Nowhere to be found. Does America Need a $50 Million a Year Missing Children Clearinghouse……or, rather, a $50 Million a Year Missing Children Emergency/Ongoing Response Team?

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children is a private and conservatively funded front organization that works hand in hand with the corporate media to exploit the fear for one’s children in order to help get laws passed which are fully unconstitutional. They are secretive about their operations and routinely refuse to even cite their data sources as they spread false and misleading statistical information to a nervous but clueless public. What is most startling is the seemingly limitless connections this organization has, despite their secretive nature.

They seem to have instant access to nearly any politician or corporate television program, and no journalists ever look into the group itself, but merely parrot the misleading information and often false statistics passed along to them. CNN and Oprah are notorious for doing this, and yet they reach such an unbelievably wide audience that it’s as though what the NCMEC says simply becomes fact when spread through these media outlets, with nobody bothering to verify anything.

It’s as though the claim that they stand for defenseless children somehow excludes them from scrutiny, but their clear involvement in political matters and influencing of the legal system begs some real investigative journalism. To the journalists who try, don’t be surprised when you hit a few walls. NCMEC is nothing more than a patriarchal organization handovermouthdesigned to control women who leave a situation where they are being dominated and by doing so, it sends a message to other women caught in an abusive relationship, that they had better not leave or their abuser will hunt them down like dogs with the assistance of Ernie Allen and the justice departments in various countries.

I feel this is an assault on the rights of women and of course, most especially on mothers who are raising the next generation. For me, this is a straightforward attempt to silence women and the women’s movement through the re-victimization of the most vulnerable. If NCMEC’s Going to try to regulate the Internet for Child Porn, It Should At Least Be Subject to FOIA. NCMEC’s job is simply too important to be entrusted to a nonprofit group–such a task can only be performed by a fully trained and funded law enforcement agency (one, which conveniently enough, is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, congressional oversight, and constitutional requirements for due process.)

Congress is unlikely to address the problem of NCMEC’s accountability given the sensitivity of the issue of child protection. But, fortunately, we live in a republic, not a pure democracy: Our third branch of government, the judicial branch, exists to enforce the rule of law; being somewhat insulated from political pressure, the courts provide a final check on the authority even of the almighty NCMEC. So it’s never been high on the Obama administration’s list of czarist reforms. But simply by ordering NCMEC to comply with FOIA, the FOIALazaridis court http://about.bloomberglaw.com/law-reports/district-court/) could, with the stroke of a pen, bring accountability to NCMEC’s law enforcement functions.

The legal question is simple: Does NCMEC qualify as an “agency,” which FOIA defines as an “authority of the Government of the United States?” If so, NCMEC must not only respond to requests for certain of its “records,” but it must also follow a rule-making process akin to that required of federal agencies when they make policy decisions, offering the public appropriate notice and the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations—instead of, say, threatening Internet companies behind closed doors (sometimes the same companies that later make generous donations to NCMEC) or cutting deals with state attorneys general. It turns out that this is not a new issue.

Federal courts have had to decide whether a number of quasi-governmental entities qualify as “agencies” over the years, especially given the trend towards privatization over the last three decades. Some organizations, like the Smithsonian Institution, have decided to comply with FOIA even though courts have held that they’re not required to do so. NCMEC could have allayed all these concerns years ago by doing the same thing, but absent a change in management at the organization, it seems only a court order will force the organization to open its “black box” of decision-making to public inquiry. In a number of other circumstances, courts have required nominally private organizations to comply with the federal FOIA or its state equivalents. A thorough (if dated) treatment of this issue can be found in the 1999 law review article, Privatization and the Freedom of Information Act: An Analysis of Public Access to Private Entities Under Federal Law by Craig Feiser, Florida’s deputy solicitor general and an adjunct at FSU Law. Feiser explains: When Congress amended FOIA in 1974, it added section 552(f)(1) and broadened the definition of “agency” to include entities not explicitly mentioned under the APA, but which “perform governmental functions and control information of interest to the public.”

In deciding whether a private organization qualifies as an agency subject to FOIA, courts have considered two factors. One factor asks whether the entity has substantial independent authority in performing a function of the government, making it the functional equivalent of the government. The other factor asks whether the government substantially controls the entity’s day-to-day operations or organizational framework. In using either factor, the court is essentially asking to what degree the entity is performing a government function.

In one case, the government is pulling nearly all of the strings; in the other case, the entity is making decisions independently for the government. Financially, NCMEC is largely a creature of government: 70% of NCMEC’s $42 million budget in 2007 came from the government. But as Feiser notes, funding does not always mean control. Government control over NCMEC’s internal decisions is unclear. Indeed, the very lack of government control over an organization essentially regulating the Internet and imposing criminal sanctions that could follow convicted “sex offenders” for life would by itself be an enormous problem.

But given what NCMEC actually does, it obviously qualifies as an “agency” subject to FOIA under the “functional equivalence factor,” which as Feiser explains, basically represents the opposite situation from the control factor. Here, the entity is functioning independently, but making decisions for the government, as opposed to having its decisions made by the government. In effect, it is the functional equivalent of the federal government, and, therefore, it should be an “agency” under the FOIA. I am hoping that the court sees NCMEC for what it is: a private organization tasked with implementing not just any government function, but the enforcement of laws against the most vulnerable victims in society. Absent such a recognition, NCMEC will continue to grow into an unaccountable regulator for the Internet.

Today, the only public oversight of NCMEC required by law is the requirement that NCMEC (like any non-profit with federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit status) file a Form 990 each year disclosing basic information about its finances. That report does not list NCMEC’s donors, because donors have a First Amendment right to remain anonymous, but a more transparent organization would, like my own think tank, at least identify its major donors. NCMEC’s CEO, Ernie Allen, was paid $359,191 plus $411,636 in benefits in 2006 (PDF p. 46) and $409,821 plus $426,540 in benefits in 2007 (PDF p. 19), for a total of $1.6 million in two years (roughly $800,000/year); I’d be reluctant to suggest that anyone at NCMEC was more interested in money than in ernieallenprotecting children, but if given the choice, we’d all prefer to do well while doing good. So if Allen were smart, he’d realize that a court order subjecting NCMEC to FOIA might be the best of all possible worlds: Requiring real accountability would neutralize calls for nationalizing NCMEC, allowing the organization to continue operating as a non-profit that can pay quite a bit better than the Federal civil service. Even the Senior Executive Service, for agency heads, maxes out at a measly $197,000/year.

Of course, if NCMEC’s records and decisions were subject to FOIA, the organization might not be able to convince any companies or Corporate America to essentially to write large checks to NCMEC. But even this tax-hating libertarian would be hard-pressed to argue against funding the enforcement of laws against child pornography, abduction and exploitation with taxpayer dollars. I can’t help but wonder how many more agents the FBI could employ to combat child porn with an extra $1.6 million/year in funding (the salary of Allen and NCMEC’s top-five highest paid employees). It seems that FBI agents today make roughly $48,000-87,000/year. Let’s call it an average of $67,500 and throw in 20% for overhead. That works out to $81,000/year—or: 20 new agents for what NCMEC is paying its top six employees; or 368 new agents for the $29.82 million NCMEC received in government support in 2007. http://www.wearenotmissing.com/responsefromthencmec.htm FBI agents today make roughly $52,000-89,000/year. Let’s call it an average of $70,000 and throw in 20% for overhead. That works out to $84,000/year—or: 20 new agents for what NCMEC is paying its top six employees; or 398 new agents for the $35.82 million NCMEC received in government support in 2012.

I’m certain that the solution is far more complicated than simply hiring more FBI agents, and that NCMEC does any good work in the service of a noble cause. There are local, state and some federal agencies that claim they make a dent in the investigation and recovery of missing children and should not be excluded from the merit of their accomplishments. I credit any law enforcement for their efforts. However, the conception of a family running to the police for the sake to filing a police report which is actually an incident report for the most part and then running over to NCMEC will most often never be of any consequence or investigation resulting in the return of a missing child.  It is grossly misleading.

The big picture here and the reality is that every 5 minutes, a child goes missing and the clock starts ticking. Action is required and if you think like NCMEC and the follow police protocols like taking a missing persons reports, talking to all of your child’s friends, their family members, combing the neighborhood, your child’s schools, hangouts hospitals, driving the streets, bus stations, train stations only will make you all the more hysterical and waste precious time. NCMEC admits in its tax returns as having in overages in the bank. Yet in its more than a quarter century of history, whenever a child has been abducted and faces death, the NCMEC has not offered one cent as a reward. What does that say about those that run it?

Their NetSmartz website is probably worth another $25,000, but that’s a one-time expense. And their Cybertip hotline for the online sexual enticement of minors could be run for pennies. Why? Because the information collected is simply redirected to the FBI. NCMEC does not investigate. In 1984, Thursday’s Child sited a girl believed to be Kimberly Doss, a missing child then listed with NCMEC. However, due to stonewalling by NCMEC and that time working with Children of the Night, local police authorities were persuaded to drop their search for the girl, who was in plain sight with her pimp. It was only years later that NCMEC admitted their error and now gives her the street name she used at the time of Kimberly Gardner. Doss was never seen again. The NCMEC (color) photo tends to look more like comedian, David Steinberg, than anything Kimberly Doss might resemble should she be alive today.

The police enhancement is probably a far more accurate portrayal. In fact, when abducted Shawn Hornbeck was found by accident, he turned out to look nothing like NCMEC’s age-progressed photo. The age-progressed photo of Hornbeck shows him to be more of a Ben Affleck type. Yet Hornbeck turned out to look more like Elijah Wood.

The fact of the matter is that only a handful of children like Jaycee are abducted each year and an annual budget of $50 million dollars (NCMEC also gets an additional $8 million from private sources) is more than enough to further any search. As it turned out, though, Jaycee and the other were just poster children for Congressional waste. NCMEC also does age progressions. Yet compare their age progression of Kimberly Doss with that done by Texas Police.

So, when the $50 million a year puts up a poster where the photo is totally wrong, aren’t the effects actually counterproductive to any recovery? No one would have recognized Shawn Hornbeck even if they had seen him in person, because he didn’t look like NCMEC said he should. And what about Jaycee? While she was imprisoned in her captor’s back yard, living as his sex slave from age 11, bearing two of his children, never seeing the outside world, never being allowed to experience childhood, NCMEC was raking in nearly half a billion dollars from Congress, while their President, Ernie Allen kicked back in a swell home and shook the hand of the United States President that led our nation into ruin. Why didn’t NCMEC search out all the pedophiles in the area where Jaycee Dugard was abducted?

  • Why did they not hire one private investigator to continue the search?Jaycee Dugard
  • Why did they not use Bloodhounds in any of these cases where a discovery could have been made immediately?
  •  Why did they not offer a reward for her recovery?
  •  Why are they not listed with directory services?
  •  Why don’t they have 24-hour critical staff?
  •  Why does no one notice?

While Jaycee was wasting away and lost her childhood, NCMEC was raking in nearly half a billion dollars from Congress. Why didn’t NCMEC search out all the pedophiles in the area where Jaycee Dugard was abducted?· Why didn’t they hire one private investigator to continue the search?· Why didn’t they offer a reward for her recovery?· Why aren’t they listed with directory services? Is there any red flags, indicative behavioral signs that might lead to your children to runaway away or feel isolated enough to look for attention from a stranger on social media and fall prey to a predator? If NCMEC’s Going to Regulate the Internet for Child Porn, It Should At Least Be Subject to FOIA

If so, NCMEC must not only respond to requests for certain of its “records,” but it must also follow a rule-making process akin to that required of federal agencies when they make policy decisions, offering the public appropriate notice and the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations—instead of, say, threatening Internet companies behind closed doors (sometimes the same companies that later make generous donations to NCMEC) or cutting deals with state attorneys general. Until NCMEC is either nationalized as a direct arm of law enforcement or made significantly more accountable as a private organization, we won’t really have any way of knowing whether the money being spent on NCMEC is being spent in the most effective manner possible to deal with the problems of child pornography, abduction and exploitation. We also won’t know whether draconian alternatives to direct enforcement (e.g., hiring more FBI agents) like network-level filtering mandates are truly necessary, despite their unintended consequences for the free speech and privacy rights of law-abiding Internet users.

There is a cause to end worthless spending in this country that is part of our fiscal end and part of our economic crisis. It is also another part of the corrupt political system where bystanders takes no action and let perpetrators allow crimes to be committed and predators to repeat their offenses. In this particular case, this is not just a major financial case of white collar crime of epidemic proportions but the great loss of innocent lives. Children are our greatest resource. To trivialize human life and take advantage of this the pain, angst , peril, frustration and desperation of the families of the lost is abhorrent. To divide the families from their loved ones and outright misrepresenting an organization and stealing money from the government and the public is simply a scheme no different than a grifter.

One of many complaints I also get, is the posturing of racism and why one’s child is not deserving of the attention of another. That emotional nature is grief talking but one that also
has meritblack. if you take a hard line approach at NCMEC and look at their flyers which most often if not all the times offer no reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the children, what does that tell you? We know that they are properly funded, so why no reward? Where is the incentive? Is it because of the huge benefits that are paid to Allen and the employees of NCMEC are the reward?

If you look at the r\missing flyers of the children, why is there only one photo of a black child and several of a white child. Why is there more descriptions in the flyer of a white child? When it comes to catching the eye of the media, have you ever seen a black child disappearance case covered extensively?  How about just one time?

The photos that appear in this blog are all high profile cases where a sea of law enforcement did not solve them. It took a sea of media to follow the case and put it out to the public who solved the mystery but law enforcement still took the credit. What happened to those less fortunate did that did not receive the attention from the press? How many families aregrieving each and everyday about their loved children?

Families are clinging onto the steps that law enforcement taught them and NCMEC advised them but neither of the two took the time to investigate their child’s whereabouts. The first 5 hours is crucial to children of the ages of infancy to 5 years of age. Then it is of utmost importance from the ages of 6-12 hours for the ages of 6-11 years of age. From 12-18 years of age, you have at best 12-48 hours and perhaps in remote cases where they are abducted they can become victims of human trafficking and every minute can equal a mile that separates you from your child.

Either way, the clock ticks, and the chances of finding them dead or alive are precious. There are thousands of cold cases out there simply because they were never investigated or they were mishandled. NCMEC is getting FAT and simply not helping grieving families find their children. The government is part of the problem also and not part of the solution. If you want to find a missing child who is in eminent danger, you MUST hire a professional with a proven track record and not waste valuable time.

No flyers or candle vigils in the world will bring back your child. The wait and see approach is a disservice to your and most important your child who is crying out for help. The police cannot leave their jurisdiction so if the FBI will not take your case, the likelihood of any qualified law enforcement agency of even looking into your matter is about 1%. If you want to gamble of those odds, that will be the percentage of ever seeing your child again. www.thelost.net

Private sector Experts rescue Missing At-Risk Children

Every 7 minutes a child goes missing. When this happens to you or someone you know, what will you do? File a missing police report, call all your child’s friends, drive around the neighborhood, visit all their hangouts, call all the area hospitals, talk to all their teachers, post more flyers all around town, bus stations, airports, train stations? Where does it end and in the end how much time have you expended? Do you really think that after filing a police report, that the police go and investigate your child’s whereabouts? Do you think they have the skills to properly investigate a missing child? Do you read the news? Ask the parents of the missing who after years or decades are still out there looking for their children and have taken these measures and ask them if they are still looking for their child. Are they dead or alive?

If you turn your back, your child can be snatched. From there, every second counts. A minute can mean a mile that separates you from your child. If you want your child back, who would you call to get your child back?

If you turn your back, your child can be snatched. From there, every second counts. A minute can mean a mile that separates you from your child. If you want your child back, who would you call to get your child back?

The decision to have a private expert is always the best option when it some to investigating the missing. Choosing State, County or Municipal police will always have some unforeseen drawbacks. I can state unequivocally the following:

Private firms have more authority on private property than police. In addition, private agencies have a vested interest and work on special assignment. The police, even off duty, have to follow the guidelines set forth in the 4th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution.

If your child is taken, most times the predator has done his/her research ad knows your movements. It might be minutes and most likely hours until you know that your child is gone. if you wait for the police to arrive and run through their check list, days can go on and then weeks and months leading to a very cold case and anguish for you and your child. You may never see your child again. The steps taken are wrong! You need an expert who knows what steps need to be taken to get your child back.

The police cannot stop anyone to ask if they live on property, what they are doing, etc. This is a violation of a person’s Constitutional Rights which could open the police or property owner up for a civil suit. The police are not allowed to speak to anyone unless they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime may be afoot. Further, they must be able to articulate this suspicion in clear language. Private can interact with anyone at anytime. Because they do not represent the Government, the Constitution does not apply to private.

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Police are overwhelmed with keeping the peace and generally not trained for missing persons cases and certainly not very attentive to give the attention 2,000 cases a day the missing child requires around the nation. The clock is ticking and every minute, it means that the missing child can distance about a mile in any direction and can often be located instantly if the party given the assignment has the skills whose only occupation every day is to locate the missing and take each case very seriously.

Law enforcement officers are less likely to get involved because of legal issues. Missing child cases cost the taxpayer millions if not billions and usually take back seat to other crimes that are more solvable and are given more attention. This means the more manpower is securing answering calls on domestic issues, keeping up the quota on speeding tickets, parking tickets and less investigative skills like trespassing, DUI’s and such. Police work in the “criminal realm” and in keeping the peace. They are not allowed to become involved in civil matters. Property owner rights, lease agreements and other such issues are civil matters. The police have limited knowledge or responsibility in missing persons unless there is specialized units and they are scarce and bordered.

Private sector are also more effective as we blend into the canvass of the environment.  We are never perceived as as a threat and are normally greeted with effective leads with proper interpersonal skills.

Private sector are also more effective as we blend into the canvass of the environment.
We are never perceived as as a threat and are normally greeted with effective leads with proper interpersonal skills.

Police have a very difficult job. They are not specifically trained not adequately qualified or equipped with the right resources. Specialists is always a better, more effective option. Also, the most important factor is that police is limited to their jurisdiction. Most often, a child will leave or separated from your home town or even your states where the FBI has to be called in. Ask yourself this, how many times out of millions of cases do you think the FBI will get involved in a missing persons case and remain active?

We are highly trained profilers and criminal behaviorists that know the criminal mind set. We can assess whether or not if your child is missing or becomes a victim of human/(sex)trafficking. We know and understand the steps required to thoroughly investigate a missing child case and bring closure in an expedient fashion. We simply are cold case experts who can analyze a case and respond immediately. We also take a different approach that yields success. Our methods are thorough and precise which leads to closure. Most times, at the initial phase of any given missing person (child case) with sworn law enforcement, the chain of proper methodologies and procedures is broken from the onset which is turn leads to missing and overlooked evidence which turns to these cold cases and lost children for prolonged times and broken hearts.

When your child goes missing and is reported to an agent at CRI, we respond immediately, unlike police. If your matter is criminal which has to be determined, analysis and obtaining an accurate profile is the first step for any successful investigation and recovery operation. As soon as your child goes missing, the clock starts to tick and you must be on top of it. If you have a case that is cold, our case Operatives has the experience, knowledge, skills and dedication to close them regardless of time span. We closed one recently of a case that a world of law enforcement could not solve over 30 years old.

Your children are out there, crying our for help and assistance. They can be located if the right resources are provided. Also, if a predator is responsible for the disappearance of a child we can also apprehend the perpetrator (with assistance of law enforcement) responsible for the abduction of your child so this does not happen to another child.

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This information is intended to help you in making an informed, cost effective decision. It’s your child, how much longer do you want to wait and see what develops with flyers and candle light vigils or a hope and a prayer?

2,000 children go missing each day! No offense but law enforcement does not have the resources to conduct a proper missing persons case and locate our loved ones. Most of these remain unsolved while families grieve each day and the anxiety and frustration mounts.

Are you aware that their are professionals out there that solve about 85% of the cold cases out there and bring closure to families and locate missing and endangered?

If this frightens you, imagine what your child feels at this time. You feel the same emotions; fear, terror, trepidation, horror. There is only one thing to do, you must end this.

If this frightens you, imagine what your child feels at this time. You feel the same emotions; fear, terror, trepidation, horror. There is only one thing to do, you must end this. No flyer or candlelight vigil will do. No social media group or non-for-profit will find you the closure you desperately need even with the good intentions they possess. It maybe comforting but is does not justify the end. Your child is still crying out for you and your nightmare continues.

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Commercial Bail Bonding

Why commercial Bail & Bounty Hunters play a vital role in the criminal justice system.

 – High Risk Fugitive Apprehension, Child Recovery Expert, Law Enforcement Trainer, Security Consultant, Speaker, Author

This is my take on the article written by Bruce Murphy for Urban Milwaukee. Link listed below.

Murphy’s Law: Bail Bond Bill Will Create Debtor’s Prisons urbanmilwaukee.com

Every research study ever done on pretrial release has shown that commercial bail bonding is the MOST effective form of release.

Defendants that arraigned on bail are based upon the severity on the crime(s) they commit and therefore the comment made that people are languishing away in jail because they cant afford a bail bond is absolutely false. This author needs to be schooled. With bail bonds as we know you only need to post 10% of the bond amount to get out of jail for 10% as opposed to having to pay the whole amount.

The author either seems to gloss over this fact or deliberately ignores it. The bottom line is a bail bond is an insurance policy. Just like any other insurance policy you pay a premium to the insurance agent for that coverage. If you drive a car and don’t have an accident or ticket, does your insurance company refund your premium? Of course not. What a commercial bail bond does is “GUARANTEE” that the defendant shows up for court. If they don’t the bail agent goes and gets them. If they don’t get them, they not the government or the taxpayer pay the full amount to the court.

A cameraman films a cell during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

When someone is let out through the current system in Wisconsin or Oregon for example, nobody goes and gets them, a warrant is issued and it becomes law enforcement’s job (at taxpayer’s dollar). Most times they are not picked up until they commit another offense and that can be a violent crime like rape or murder. Explain that to the victim of family member about pre-trial release and that they were release because they could not come up with $50.00!Also, if commercial bail is the cause of jail overcrowding than explain why Wisconsin jails are dealing with an overcrowding problem if there is currently no commercial bail allowed.

Here is a link to a story on the ACLU’s website about this problem (http://aclu-wi.org/story/more-money-prison-overcrowding-human-rights-crisis). The author’s [photo is at the end of the article. My response is noted below the end of the article. Remember…no commercial bail in Wisconsin and there is overcrowding. Interesting huh?

Also, in Wisconsin according to this welcome sign, the government wants their citizens to protect crime within their state and promote vigilantism in lieu of public safety. It seems that the shoot first posture applies to this state whether or not their citizens have been properly trained in any fashion at all in police procedure to determine if a crime is being committed and when to use the act of deadly force. “Acts of Criminal Violence” does not necessitate deadly force and will land your citizen is the can or 6 feet under. Where does it say that in the sign? Also, I believe the last time I checked and the first time I learned this in first grade and that Chicago and Illinois are pretty much one and the same.

I believe this exemplifies a clear message why I guess why their platform of bail is not required and their stance that commercial bail creates overcrowded and their solution to it by arming as many of their citizens.  Beware great citizens of Wisconsin that as a Law Enforcement and Security trainer, career criminals are great shots and have killed many trained police officers and federal agents.  I hope that when it comes down to the use of deadly force and your life or your children is on the line, that you are a better and more accurate shooter then a hardened criminal especially one who is on your pre-trial release program.

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In regards to the statement that commercial bail costs the state money…really? How is that math being done? The current system requires tax dollars and lots of them. People have to come up with the full amount of bail (harder to do than just 10%) and sit in jail longer all on the taxpayers dime. With commercial bail, people are released quicker because they only have to come up with 10%. The insurance companies that back each bail bond pay a premium tax to the local jurisdiction (in California that premium tax amount topped $12 Million), and when they don’t perform, bail agents pay the full amount of the bond to the court. Explain to me where the cost is for the county. There is no cost. In fact, bail actually generates revenue. Additionally, in a recent study out of the University of Texas at Dallas, a researcher determined the cost of a failure to appear (when someone does not show up for court). Based on that amount (a little over $1,700 per defendant) the commercial bail industry saved Dallas County over $11 Million. Does that sound like an industry that costs the local jurisdictions money…hardly.

And now something that we can all agree is important, public safety. When people are released on a commercial bail bond, they are being watched and monitored by several people who all have skin in the game. The bail agent has put up his money and promise to the court (along with the insurance company). The family has put up financial assets to secure the defendants release. What this does is create a circle of influence around each defendant that both ensures they show up for court and in the process stay out of trouble. Financially secured release has been proven time and time again but every research study ever done to be the most effective form of release.

Why are Republicans pushing a bill opposed almost unanimously by criminal justice professionals?

  • Scott Bernstein

    High Risk Fugitive Apprehension, Child Recovery Expert, Law Enforcement Trainer, Security Consultant, Speaker, Author

    Wisconsin is not alone in its thinking. Currently, Oregon is also contemplating the return of commercial bail. Why? Because it works. Without someone monitoring defendants with skin in the game…without defendant’s knowing that someone will come after them if they don’t show up for court…without family members tied emotionally and financially to the performance of a defendant…there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY in the system. And without accountability, the system fails. People need to stop believing what they see on television and in the movies. The commercial bail industry is vital to the criminal justice system. In recent surveys among judges, sheriffs and court administrators across the country, it was found that all of the groups (over 90% in every case) believed that commercial bail played an important role in the criminal justice system.

    Next time there is a story put out about they commercial bail bond industry returning to Wisconsin, it would be good to hear both sides of the story. Once the facts are shared, the decision is pretty simple. That would be great journalism.

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