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Saturday, December 7, 2013

WTVR's Story on Offender Compliance in Virginia Failed to Mention a 99% Compliance Rate. Why? Because Facts Like 99% Won’t Stir Up Fear in the Community

 
Chelsea Rarrick and Rashard Rose of WTVR, 

I just read /watched your recent story on the number of Sex Offenders in Virginia being monitored by the Virginia State Police. 

In Virginia there is 99% compliance for Registered Sex Offenders whereas in other states the rate of compliance is in the 60’s and 70’s. See 7 years of VSP reports below. 

Virginia does an excellent job in managing and monitoring more than 20,000 RSO’s. In 2012 new VSP Compliance Officer positions were created to assist with the ever growing number of RSO’s.  

Every year when it comes to sexual crimes the Virginia G.A. lowers the threshold of what is defined as a sex crime, makes the standards of guilt easier, increases and expands punishment, continues to tie the hands of judges with mandatory minimums and gives way too much power to prosecutors. This all results in 800 to 1,200 new RSO’s being added to the list EVERY year (more than 80% of them will be listed for life) and only 5-10 RSO’s get off the list each year. 

Your story had no real purpose other to stir up fear amongst your viewers.  

Some facts about who are the RSO's, how easily you can become an RSO, how many statutes are too broad and the burden falls on the accused to prove innocence not the prosecution to prove guilt or maybe the extremely low recidivism rate of RSO's would have changed your story from a fluff piece to a solid story. It’s a real shame that WTVR prefers sensationalism and fear-mongering of RSO's over real journalism. 

2013 Report:Virginia State Police Monitoring of Sex Offenders Required to Comply with the Registry

2012 Report:Virginia State Police Monitoring of Sex Offenders Required to Comply with the Registry

2011 Report:Virginia State Police Monitoring of Sex Offenders Required to Comply with the Registry

2010 Report:Virginia State Police Monitoring of Sex Offenders Required to Comply with the Registry

2009 Report:Virginia State Police Monitoring of Sex Offenders Required to Comply with the Registry

A Special Report on the Implementation of Sexual Offender Monitoring in Virginia, 2007

Monitoring of Sex Offenders in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in Virginia, 2007

Sex Offenders in Virginia, 2006

Sincerely, 

Mary Davye Devoy