Monday, November 25, 2013

December 2, 2013 Virginia State Crime Commission Meeting Agenda

The third and final Virginia State Crime Commission meeting for 2013 is being held next Monday December 2, 2013 at 10AM. 

The agenda was released via email today (but as of this post it was not available on-line yet), it is below. 

I previously posted the Tuesday, September 3, 2013 agenda plus the two statements that I made during that meeting. 

I previously posted the Thursday November 14, 2013 agenda plus the one statement that I made during that meeting. 

This December meeting is where the VSCC members vote on all the proposals that have been made at the earlier meetings. Legislation has been drafted and will be discussed at next Monday’s meeting and then the members will vote if the drafted legislation should be patroned and submitted at the upcoming 2014 Virginia General Assembly session or not. 

Any proposals that are moved onto the G.A. session must make it through the process of a bill becoming a law so a vote at the December 2nd meeting just means the VSCC members have studied the proposal and approve of it. 


Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr., Chair 

Brennan Center for Justice: Proposal- Reforming Funding to Reduce Mass Incarceration

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant (JAG) funding is the “carrot” that U.S. Congress/ SMART Office use to “entice” the 50 States to become Federal Adam Walsh Act /SORNA certified. States that don’t become AWA/SORNA certified lose 10% of their yearly Byrne Grant (as a punishment).

  • National Criminal Justice Association JAG Facts
  • Virginia’s Byrne Grant information can be found here , here  and here . 
The Brennan Center proposal would recast the federal government’s $352 million Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, by changing the measures used to determine success of its grants. It reflects a broader proposed shift in criminal justice programs at all levels of government. The proposal could be implemented without legislation by the U.S. Department of Justice. 

The JAG program was launched nearly three decades ago at the height of the crime wave. As such, its performance measures center on questions about the quantity of arrests and prosecutions. Although funding levels are not based on rates of arrests and prosecutions, interviews with over 100 state and local officials and recipients found that many grant recipients interpreted the performance measure questions as indicating how they should focus their activity. 

The Brennan Center’s new; more robust performance measures would better record how effective grant recipients are at reducing crime in their state or locality.  

Read full press release and report below. 


Brennan Center for Justice
New Proposal: Reforming Funding to Reduce Mass Incarceration
By Inimai M. Chettiar, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Nicole Fortier and Timothy Ross
November 22, 2013

New York, NY – A leading law and policy institute unveiled a new proposal to reform the federal government’s largest criminal justice funding program. The Brennan Center for Justice's new proposal, Reforming Funding to Reduce Mass Incarceration, sets out a plan to link federal grant money to modern criminal justice goals – as a tool to promote innovative crime-reduction policies nationwide.

Read the full report click here. Read the press release here. Read the executive summary here.

The proposal, dubbed by the authors “Success-Oriented Funding,” would recast the federal government’s $352 million Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, by changing the measures used to determine success of its grants. It reflects a broader proposed shift in criminal justice programs at all levels of government. The proposal could be implemented without legislation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Funding what works and demanding success is critical, especially given the stakes in criminal justice policy. This report marks an important step toward implementing this funding approach in Washington and beyond,” said Peter Orszag, former Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, who wrote the proposal’s foreword.

The Center proposes major changes to the program’s “performance measures”, which are used to track a grant recipient’s use of the funds. The proposal notes:

Current measures inadvertently incentivize unwise policy choices. Federal officials ask states to report the number of arrests, but not whether the crime rate dropped. They measure the amount of cocaine seized, but not whether arrestees were screened for drug addiction. They tally the number of cases prosecuted, but not whether prosecutors reduced the number of petty crime offenders sent to prison. In short, today’s JAG performance measures fail to show whether the programs it funds have achieved “success”: improving public safety without needless social costs.

“What gets measured gets done,” said Inimai Chettiar, director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center and one of the report’s authors. “Criminal justice funding should reflect what works. Too often, today, it is on autopilot. This proposal reflects an innovative new wave of law enforcement priorities that already have begun to transform policy. That is the way to keep streets safe, while reducing mass incarceration.”

Success-Oriented Funding would hold grant recipients accountable for what they do with the money they receive. By implementing direct links between funding and proven results, the government can ensure the criminal justice system is achieving goals while not increasing unintended social costs or widening the pipeline to prison.

Are You Finding the Information You are Looking For? It’s All Here.

Are you searching the web for Sex Offender related National Articles, Proposed Legislation, Legal Restrictions and Regulations, Real Recidivism Rates, Books and Studies by Experts in the Field, Recent Findings with the Static-99 Assessment Tool, How Much Virginia DOC Spends on Sex Offenders or that they use the STABLE-2007 and the ACUTE-2007 for assessment or the Expected Growth of the VCBR over in next 5 Years.  

Stop looking, It’s all here!
Some days you’ll find new posts on the home page of this blog, some days you won’t. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything new here.  

Almost daily I load new articles in the articles page 

If you are looking for an old article and can’t find it, I probably moved it to the archived page. 

Some weeks I add new books, studies and reports in the books and studies page (including a Virginia section near the bottom of the page, lots of information available there). 

Every once in a while I make edits to the restrictions and regulations page to make it easier for everyone to stay complaint so keep an eye on this page. 

One of the Top 10 most popular posts on this blog is, What Are The Laws Restricting Registered Sex Offenders From Traveling Across the U.S. or Internationally? Obviously this is information folks across the U.S. (per the blog stats) are looking for and are finding it right here. 

Very soon before the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session begins in January I will add a G.A. page which will be updated almost daily. 

Are You Ready for 2014 General Assembly? 

The VSP Monitoring Report page will also get updated in the next few weeks with the new 2014 report that comes out the first week of January. I will then adjust the 5 years of growth chart with the new numbers from the 2014 report and the new percentage of female offenders that I finally found without any help from the VSP.

Do you know what AWA and SORNA are? 

Do you know what states have ruled portions of AWA or portions of their registries as unconstitutional? 

Do you know that Virginia is in a very small minority of States that foolishly, publically shame Employers who hire RSO’s?

Do You know How a Bill Becomes a Law in Virginia? 

Do you know what Federal Bills are being proposed and voted on by our Federal Legislators in Washington, D.C.? 

Do you know who your State Representatives are? How about your Federal Representatives? You can find out by clicking the links. 

I spend a lot of time making sure this site is informative and current and I hope everyone who visits it finds something new each visit. Sometimes the search box works and sometimes it doesn’t I do my best to add the best “tags” to posts and pages but there is a limited number of characters allowed. 

In just 21 weeks this bog has received more than 7,600 page views from across the world (per the blog stats), proving that this blog was desperately needed not just for Virginians but for RSO’s everywhere.