Thursday, August 14, 2014

American Bar Association’s National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction Lists ALL Prohibitions on Benefits and Employment for Registered Sex Offenders Across the U.S.

Today is day 4 out of 5 for the series on Sex Offender laws with a final summary including recommendations expected tomorrow. 

In today’s brief article there is a 5 Question Quiz on what jobs are legally prohibited for Registered Sex Offenders. 

Anyone who doesn’t want to know the answers to the quiz because you want to take it, stop reading right now! 

This is an issue I’ve tracked here in Virginia including a full list of prohibited employment on the Virginia Legal Restrictions and Regulations page of this blog. 

Today’s list from the Slate article came from American Bar Association’s National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction by searching all the punishments for sex offenses, something I did today for the first time ever.  

And I learned that RSO’s in Virginia are Ineligible:
  • for participation in Department of Veteran Services mental health/rehabilitative services program,
  • to be reunited with a biological child placed in foster care  
Back to today’s article and survey.

A sampling of Employment Restrictions for RSO’s: 

  • Hearing aid dealers within five years of an offense
  • Sport Fishing Guide on the Kenai River, for a felony sex offense
  • Driving wheelchair vans
  • Litter vans
  • Tow trucks
  • Carnival worker
  • Ice cream truck driver
  • Locksmith
  • Live-scan technician
New Hampshire
  • Taxi dispatcher in Philadelphia
  • Funeral Limo Driver
  • Athletic Agent
  • Wrestling Promoter
  • Transporting Hazardous Waste
  • Behavior analysts
  • Midwives
  • Motorcycle instructors
  • "Alternative massage" practitioners
AND … California an RSO can NOT receive treatment for erectile dysfunction! Holy moly!!!! 

Let’s hope a Virginia lawmaker doesn’t read the above and think “what a great idea” to then propose a bill at the upcoming General Assembly session in January adding on to employment barriers of Virginia’s RSO’s. A small concern I always have when I post about laws and barriers in other states but in the end, educating everyone on this platform with facts and empirical evidence so they stop using myth, fear and prejudice is my #1 goal. 

Mary Devoy