In this newest
EvenHand journal entry I am pleased to feature the writing of Joy Vyoral. Joy has worked in
the Liberty County Texas Sheriff's Office for the last four years. Since December 2005 she
has served as an Administrative Assistant to Sheriff Greg Arthur.
By Joy N. Vyoral
The nervous man sits on the other side of my high computer desk talking with
the deputy. He talks too loud. He talks too much, never finishing a sentence.
He responds to the deputy’s questions and instructions with a quick "Oh,
yes ma’am!" He has been out of prison only three days. Four weeks ago, I
would have been curious. Today, I am trying to ignore him.
When my predecessor retired, the duty of registering sex offenders in our
county became the responsibility of Terri, a commissioned law enforcement
officer. Her private office is under construction so the files are still in my
office. When the offenders come in, she brings them where the file cabinet is
to fill out paperwork and take photographs. I make it a point to remain seated
behind the wall of my desk and if I must walk past them, I never make eye
contact. I’m not afraid; I just don’t want to see them.
Most offenders are very quiet. They are polite and on their best behavior. The
most unsettling thing about them as a group is their failure to stand out in
any way. They are old, young, scruffy, neat, well spoken, illiterate. So far,
with the exception of a very young Hispanic man, they are Caucasian. I want
them to look like monsters. I want them to have "bad guy" tattooed on
their foreheads. Instead, they look like the guy next door, or in the
supermarket, or two pews over in church.
The nervous man asks the deputy about the limitations his sex offender status
places on him. He says the "boss" at the prison unit told him before he
left ‘stay away from kids… don’t do anything to get sent back here…’
He says he wants to make sure he follows the rules. Terri tells him he has
served his full ten years and, aside from coming in to re-register every three
months, he is subject to no limitations on his activities. Terri goes back to
filling out papers and the man begins to talk even faster. He talks as if a
dam has burst inside him. He rambles in half-sentences, never completing a
thought. He talks of being featured on a TV show about "America’s 10 Most
Wanted." He tells of finding the skeletal remains of a policeman in the
woods and now he talks of playing horseshoes with his dad. My heart is chilled
when he speaks of telling the children in his neighborhood to stay out of the
woods, that ‘there are bad people in the woods.’
Finally, the paperwork is done and his photograph is taken. Terri escorts him
to the outer security door. Rockie, my office mate, has been standing out in
the hall waiting for the nervous man to leave. As the three of us pause in the
hall staring at the outer door, Rockie says what I am thinking, "That guy is
The deputy thumbs through the file folder in her hand. "He sexually
assaulted two seven year old boys." Her shoulders sag forward a little and
she looks down at her shoes. Quietly, she says, "He’s going to
© 2006 Joy N. Vyoral, All Rights Reserved
In other news, our own Lovisa has begun
pre-production on Buster, her
indie feature film, starring the incomparable Cosmo
and the lovely and talented Sandra Andreis in the lead roles.
Lovisa is shooting on super 8mm film that she is developing herself. Extremely cool.
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