Monday, December 22, 2014

In 2008 1,492 Non-Violent RSO’s Were Retroactively Reclassified by the Virginia Legislature to Violent Making Them Lifers on the VSP Registry With No Opportunity to Petition for Removal While Denying Them Due Process, But How Many Were Reclassified in 2006? We Need to Know!

For 6 years I have been looking for the number of Non-Violent Sex Offenders who were retroactively re-classified to Violent by the Virginia Legislature in 2006 and then again in 2008 both sessions were prior to me becoming an advocate. 

I’ve previously submitted FOIA’s to the VSP asking for these two totals and I’ve been denied every time. Was it hundreds of citizens? Of was it a couple thousand? Were more swept up by the 2006 change in law than in 2008 or was it the reverse? 

When these 2 retroactive legislative reclassifications occurred it changed these Virginians mandate to re-register from once a year to every 90 days and it eliminated their minimum time listed on the VSP Registry from 15 years to a Lifetime with no option to ever be removed. 

So why does knowing the specific number from 2006 AND 2008 matter? 

How Many Yearly VSP Investigations Against RSO's are Filed for Failure to Register or Giving False Information? How Many Result in an Arrest, How About a Conviction? An Average of 18.88% of VSP "Investigations" Result in a Conviction, What a Waste of Time, Effort, Money and Lives!

Another chart, (see below).
Wouldn’t it be nice to know the costs to the Commonwealth for these yearly
  • Investigations
  • Arrests
  • Convictions
The decline in “Public Tips” over the last two years is very interesting, isn’t it? 

I wonder why they stopped tracking “arrests” last year. 

Have You Ever Wondered How Many Times Virginia’s RSO’s Travel to a VSP Barracks to Update Changes in Their Information Which Isn’t Part of Their Scheduled Re-Registrations? How About How Many VSP Employees/Troopers it Take to Get That Information Updated? In 2014 There Were 6,103 Additional Visits for 3 Out of the 8 Possible Legally Mandated Scenarios!

I was unable to update the charts (below) from the December 19th post for whatever reason, so I was forced to delete the December 19th post and redo it as a December 22nd post with revised data.

I apologize for any confusion -Mary

Now that the 2015 Report  from the Virginia State Police (VSP) on Monitoring Sex Offenders is available I decided to take some data from it that I’ve never broken down previously and chart it for the last 7 years. 

Every time an RSO moves, loses/changes jobs, gets a new phone number (home, work, cell), a new email address (personal, work), enrolls in school, buys or sells a vehicle, etc that information must be updated in-person (there is no electronic system) with the VSP during operating/business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4pm no evenings, no weekends and no holidays) most likely missing work to remain compliant and avoid a felony.

A VSP Employee/Trooper must take the information from the RSO and fill out a paper form (not electronic), then the paper form is sent to the VSP Headquarters and the changes are entered into the VSP database by another VSP Employee/Trooper and if the changes (like residence, employment or email) requires confirmation another VSP Employee/Trooper must go in-person to verify or send out an email to confirm. 

The numbers that are being tracked by the VSP are right here….