Tuesday, September 22, 2009

He doesn't deserve a Ticket to Ryde

Has anyone been hearing about the Dennis Ferguson case lately? Or rather, how he has been released from prison, to the streets of Ryde?

Right now, the people of the suburb of Ryde, where Dennis Ferguson is currently residing, want him to leave because they believe children are in danger.

I have two thoughts about this. On one hand, I can understand why the Ryde community want Dennis Ferguson out. It is natural for parents, guardians...to worry, or worse, respond violently when a former paedophile resides in your neighbourhood.

However, after watching the Today Show and listening to MIX 106.5 FM with Sonya Kruger and Todd McKenney - Dennis Ferguson has the right to move back into society without people taunting him.

He has served his time in prison. Listening to both media outlets, I don't think society gives sex offenders, thieves, hell anyone who's sent to gaol a second chance in re-establishing themselves in society. There's one thing I know, moving Dennis Ferguson out of Ryde won't solve anything.

What are your thoughts on this issue?

Happy reading,


Corrine/Frock And Roll said...

I recently read a really interesting article about this in the paper on the weekend, and it introduced me to a perspective that I hadn't even initially considered: how well do we know all of our neighbours, anyway? How do we ever really know what goes on behind closed doors, regardless of what we think does? The reality is, there's a lot of unpleasant stuff everywhere, and trying to ban Dennis Ferguson from one suburb isn't going to necessarily preserve it from everything bad that exists..

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

i havent really been following, so thanks for the update! ok, ryde wants him out, but where is he going to go? EVERY suberb is going to want him out too.

Im also in two minds about this issue. I watch a lot, and i mean ALOT of law & order: svu and ive thought about this before. sex offenders, just like other criminals, deserve a second chance. but i still wouldn't want to live next to him if i had kids. hypocritical, yes. it's such a grey area, there is no clear cut right or wrong.

Emma xx said...

I agree - when I did legal studies in VCE we learnt that inprisonment was done to rehabilitate offendors. once they do their time and are returned to society they are supposed to be able to rejoin society. our society, and the media, are failing our system in still persecuting people that have done their time. yes, they may re offend, but shouldn't they be given the benefit of the doubt?

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