Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Action Alert! If the Monitor and Manager of All Virginia’s RSO’s (Virginia State Police) Doesn't Know How to Comply Then How is an RSO Supposed to Know?

Back on Sunday July 20th I received an email from a reader (first time) looking for direction to remain compliant and avoid inadvertently committing a felony. 

He is a Virginian RSO and he’s getting married in the next few weeks and they plan to honeymoon in Europe following the wedding. 

He had visited the Traveling as a Registered Sex Offender page on this blog and read about the Federal requirement to notify the authorities of his intended travel abroad. On that page there are article about other RSO’s who failed to notify the authorities prior to travel and when they returned home they were arrested and charged with a new felony, so this reader understood the risk if he did not follow the process. 

Problem is I have been unable to find the process for Virginia RSO’s to submit the planned travel ahead of time.

SVP Residents of the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation Received Approval from a Staffer to Watch the Free HBO that Appeared on the Facility Televisions Last Month and Now They’re Being Punished for “Sexual Behavior” and Demoted in the Program


I’ve previously given examples to the Virginia General Assembly Committees and to the Virginia State Crime Commission of the VCBR stacking the deck against the residents to retain them as long as possible (usually because legislation to expand their authority is being proposed) and this recent example is just another shameful example of how the staff/management regularly sets residents up for failure.

As ACLU of VA's Claire Gastanaga says below, “It’s about some people doing it because they can”. 

It's an abuse of power by the VCBR and it's been occurring for years, most examples just never make the news. 

Sex offenders upset over punishment for watching HBO, July 29, 2014
By Melissa Hipolit

A human rights advocate for a state facility that provides treatment for civilly committed sex offenders in Virginia has filed a complaint on behalf of one of those sex offenders alleging unfair treatment.