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?