This is not the first time that the state has struggled with trying to find suitable housing for offenders. The reason for his other warrant: Today, Menard notes, the DOC will allow offenders a bit more time before starting that process, depending upon their offense. Commissioner Andrew Pallito claims no. Moreover, he says, the percentage of criminal court cases involving offenders under correctional supervision has been steadily declining in recent years, from 24 percent six years ago to 17 percent today. The case prompted the Legislature to create a new crime of aggravated sexual assault against a child, expand special investigative units statewide to investigate sex crimes, and increase the collection of DNA samples from criminal suspects. Police eventually stormed the house and found Berard dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. But the dilemma posed by his placement underscores the heightened sensitivity within the Department of Corrections and Vermont communities in dealing with sex offenders since a highly publicized case in that prompted changes to the law. Jasper is charged with touching the genitals of a young boy who was about 5 years old at the time. Although high-profile crimes committed by repeat offenders are bound to attract media attention, he points out that they actually reflect only a tiny percentage of the total number of individuals released from DOC custody each year. The night before, on May 14, year-old James Gagner allegedly led Burlington police on a high-speed chase through the Old North End in a stolen car before hitting a tree and fleeing on foot. The act occurred in Windsor. And, as with most people who struggle with addiction, it typically takes five or six attempts before a person gets clean, she says.