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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Virginian Pilot Editorial Board G.A."Hits and Misses"…. Says 2015 Robby’s Rule SB1074 and HB1353 Should Die!


Update:

February 10, 2015 Full Vote on the Virginia House Floor: 

93 Yeas – 6 Nays 

Breakdown by Delegate: 

YEAS--Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, BaCote, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Bulova, Byron, Campbell, Carr, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Futrell, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Herring, Hester, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, James, Joannou, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lingamfelter, Lopez, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Mason, Massie, McClellan, McQuinn, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, Morrissey, Murphy, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Plum, Pogge, Poindexter, Preston, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Rust, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Stolle, Taylor, Torian, Tyler, Villanueva, Ward, Ware, Watts, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker--93 

NAYS--Hope, Kory, Krupicka, Rasoul, Sullivan, Surovell--6.  

ABSTENTIONS--0.  

NOT VOTING--Toscano--1 

Original Post:

Some good news! 

Every time I send a mass email against a bill to the Virginia lawmakers I usually send a copy to the 2 major Virginia newspapers, sometimes to the Washington Post, sometimes to the AP and ALWAYS to the Governors Office and the ACLU of Virginia. 

Today’s Virginian Pilot Editorial "Hits and Misses ".....includes “Robby’s Rule” SB1074  and HB1353 (creating a Supplemental VSP RSO Registry) it is an amazing synopsis of my argument against Robby’s Rule 2015 becoming law. 
 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HB2129 Patroned by Virginia Delegate Monty Mason Takes Away 3 More Employment Options for Virginia RSO’s


Update:

VA lawmaker: 40-hour police training 'completely unacceptable', February 9, 2015
"The status quo is completely unacceptable," said Senator Norment who is pushing Senate Bill 1195.
The bill would prohibit Special Conservators of the Peace from using the title police on their badge, uniform or vehicle. They couldn't use blue flashing lights or sirens. It would also prohibit registered sex offenders from being appointed.
"I doubt very seriously you would want someone performing a security task at an apartment complex who was on a sex offender registry," said Senator Norment.

 
Original Post:

So I just found HB2129 bill today (see below), sorry for the delay. 

It’s already been heard by the Sub and Full Committees it now heads to the House floor for a Full vote. 

I’ve reread the bill 4 times now and I’ve decided I am not going to oppose it.  

I already thought Security Companies would have a policy of no one convicted of a felony or that has to register as a Sex Offender could be a Security Officer. 

It is already Virginia law that an RSO (Non-Violent or Violent)
  1. Can NOT be licensed as a Bail Enforcement Agent
  2. Can NOT be any type of law-enforcement officer
If the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services licenses Security Guards and Bail Bondsman then it does make sense that no one with a felony conviction or that has to register as a Sex Offender could obtain such a license. 

For those of you who disagree with my stance on this bill, I’m sorry. Just know I've previously opposed the CDL revocation and we got that amended so RSO’s who held CDL’s and made their living driving did NOT lose their career or ability to provide for their families, in the end they just were prohibited from driving school and daycare charters a reasonable request.

I carefully weigh all pros and cons, I consider the intent of a bill, then if there is research or 20 years data on an issue I look at that, then I move onto the collateral damage and unintended consequences before I make a decision on a bill stance and sometimes I change my mind mid-way through session due to substitutes and amendments. I will continue to monitor HB2129 for any changes. 
 

Action Alert: HB1366 the "Recipe for Disaster" Bill Pitting RSO Parents Who Are Petitioning the Court to Drop-Off & Pick-up Their Own Children From Daycare /School Against Complete Strangers Who Hate RSO's, Moves Forward to the Virginia House Floor for a Vote

 
Well readers Delegate Campbell’s bill HB1366 passed out (sailed through) of the House Courts of Justice Full Committee yesterday and onto the House floor for a vote.  

Not ONE Delegate voted against it.  

Not ONE Delegate asked questions about it. 

Not ONE Delegate raised any concerns about it. 

As the bill passed out of the Full Committee I did not expect them to ask for any audience input (because it was a unanimous vote in Criminal Sub Committee) but I at least expected a few Delegates to discuss the collateral consequences of this bill, especially after the ACLU of Virginia was quoted being against the proposal after the Criminal Sub-Committee. 

I appreciate all of you who have emailed and called your two Representatives asking them to vote “No” on HB1366 but now I am asking ALL of you to email ALL 100 Virginia Delegates today before they begin the 3 votes on the House floor. 

For points against HB1366 go to past posts
·         January 20, 2015
·         January 17, 2015
·         January 1, 2015
·         December 4, 2014 

HB1366 will most likely be in a "block vote" on the floor of the House, these happens when there haven't been ANY "No" votes in Committee. Ask the Delegates to remove HB1366 from the Block Vote and discuss what this proposal really does to the parents and the children of Virginia.
 
Here are the email addresses for every Virginia Delegate: 

Robby’s Rule 2015 SB1074 and HB1353 Creating a Supplemental VSP Registry that Will List Deceased Virginians, Virginians Who Moved out of State Long Ago and Will Lead to Innocent Virginians Being Confused for Sex Offenders and They Will Have No Recourse

 
 
Update:

February 10, 2015 Full Vote on the Virginia House Floor: 

93 Yeas – 6 Nays 

Breakdown by Delegate: 

YEAS--Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, BaCote, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Bulova, Byron, Campbell, Carr, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Futrell, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Herring, Hester, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, James, Joannou, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lingamfelter, Lopez, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Mason, Massie, McClellan, McQuinn, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, Morrissey, Murphy, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Plum, Pogge, Poindexter, Preston, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Rust, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Stolle, Taylor, Torian, Tyler, Villanueva, Ward, Ware, Watts, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker--93 

NAYS--Hope, Kory, Krupicka, Rasoul, Sullivan, Surovell--6.  

ABSTENTIONS--0.  

NOT VOTING--Toscano--1 

Original Post:
 
Robby’s Rule 2015 is still alive, both the House and the Senate version and the number of co-patrons have skyrocketed.
 

Senators McDougle and Wexton SB1074 passed out of Senate Finance on Tuesday and onto the chamber floor for a full vote. 

Delegates Ramadan, Bell, Campbell, Edmunds, Fowler, Garrett, Greason, Head Hodges, Keam, Marshall, Pogge, Simon, Villanueva and Wilt HB1353 passed out of House Criminal Sub Committee and onto the Full Courts of Justice Committee. Based on the number of newly added patrons I believe this poorly drafted (but yet cheap) bill with the main goal of getting Robby’s Abusers pre-1994 conviction posted on-line will become law in Virginia this July. 

I haven't given up ........but I can see the writing on the wall. I just hope those who are posted on-line take a legal court challenge against Robby's Rule AND those who are incorrectly presumed to be a Sex Offender because they share a name and yet the online VSP post isn't able to rule them out as the Sex Offender also take a legal challenge against Robby's Rule. For their reputations being smeared by a State run website with out-dated and vague information especially if they lose jobs, rental properties, friends and family because of the confusion, I hope they have grounds for a civil suit. Because the Virginia Legislators, the VSP and all the patrons won't be able to claim ignorance, I've raised the alarm and they willfully ignored the collateral consequences that will occur because of Robby's Rule.

The Robby’s Rule VSP “Supplemental Registry” would list the name of someone from 20 or 30 years ago and the jurisdiction their conviction occurred in. Today they may have a different name and they may live 100 miles from that jurisdiction…. BUT the public will not know that.  

The original conviction was most likely a misdemeanor in 1980 or 1990, but TODAY it is a felony so when the public clicks on the statute they will read about a FELONY including years of additions…..making the information meaningless but appearing to be significant 

The most obvious problem with this Supplemental Registry will be mistaken identity. What if an innocent person shares the same name with someone who is placed on this Supplemental Registry for a 1982 conviction? 

There will be no photo to rule out the innocent person. 

There will be no address to rule out the innocent person. 

As an example I checked just a few names of House Criminal Sub-Committee members as my name is too unusual to make a point:

How many Robert Bell’s are in Virginia?                Per the Internet White Pages I found More than a 100.
How many Ben Cline’s?                                              5
Richard Morris?                                                           More than a 100
Todd Gilbert?                                                                6 

Let’s say there are 4 Virginians who share these names and have sex convictions from 1982 that are added to the new VSP Supplemental Registry. 

The Delegates won't be wrongly presumed of being a "Sex Offender", but what about the other 203 Virginians with the same name?  
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Suffolk Virginia Christain Organization "Coalition Against Poverty" Offers Shelter to the Homeless During the Cold Winter, Unless You Are a Registered Sex Offender!

 
Dear Victoria Bourne of the Virginian Pilot, the Coalition Against Poverty and it's partners, 

I just read the recent Virginian Pilot article Suffolk group partners with churches to help homeless http://hamptonroads.com/2015/01/suffolk-group-partners-churches-help-homeless 

So is it my understanding (per the article) if any homeless Virginian looking for shelter is listed on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry they will be turned away by the Coalition Against Poverty denying them a warm place to sleep for a few hours simply because of a conviction from 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago? 

But you don't turn away anyone convicted of any other crime like murder, drugs, robbery, assault, battery, burglary, larceny, DUI, domestic violence or animal abuse?  
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Book in April 2015 - Protecting Our Kids?: How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us by Emily Horowitz


I just preordered my copy (see below)! I’ve also added it to the Books, Studies, Reports page. 

At the moment I’m 1/3 the way through The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know, an excellent read and the first I’ve found on this topic. 

Mary 

 
Protecting Our Kids?: How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us by Emily Horowitz
Release Date April 30, 2015 

Summary: 

Do sex offender laws protect children, or are they inherently unfair practices that, at their worst, promote vigilante justice? The latter, this book argues. By analyzing the social, political, historical, and cultural context surrounding the emergence of current sex offender policies and laws, the work shows how sex offenders have come to loom as greater-than-life monsters when, in many cases, that is not true at all. Looking at its subject from a fresh viewpoint, the book shares research and new analyses of data and qualitative evidence to show how sex-offender laws are not only ineffective, but engender destructive fear and anxiety.  

To help readers understand the impact of these laws, the author presents interviews with sex offenders and their families as they describe the day-to-day reality of living on the sex offender registry. Citing research and statistics, the book challenges the idea that sex offenders must be continually monitored and publicly identified because they are incurably predatory. Most important, the study shows that undue sex offender panic is preventing policymakers from addressing the true threats to children—poverty and growing inequality. 
 

Is It Illegal for a Virginia Registered Sex Offender to Use Facebook to Connect with Friends, Family and Loved Ones Across the Country?


One of the more popular questions I get from readers is about having a Facebook account as an RSO in Virginia. 

Before I cover the law in Virginia let me first make a disclaimer. 

If you are under VADOC Probation supervision or under court-mandated Sex offender therapy you have a separate set of rules that you must follow that could result in criminal charges if you break them and you need to refer to your specific rules and not just Virginia law to confirm if you are in compliance. 

OK. 

Virginia Code says under Registration Procedures for Sex Offenders
Section G - 30 minutes following any change of electronic mail address information, any instant message, chat or other Internet communication name or identity information that the person uses or intends to use 

Any changeincludes the creation or the deletion of any Email Address, Instant Messenger Name, Identity or Address. 

1. As an RSO in Virginia you must register EVERY email address you have access to, period! 

2. Virginia law does not require an RSO to register their social media accounts or chat-room accounts to the Virginia State Police (VSP) including but not limited to:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterist
  • LinkedIn
  • Tumblr
  • eHarmony
  • Match.com
3. In Virginia it is not a crime for an RSO to have a Facebook account, but in some other states it is

Note: Such laws have been overturned by the courts as unconstitutional:
2009/2012:
o        Nebraska
2012:
o        Louisiana
2013:
o        California (email addresses too)
o        Indiana
o        North Carolina 
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Some Good News, a Start Date was Added to Senator Garrett’s SB1138 AND It Appears We Have Confirmation the 2006 and 2008 Retroactive Re-Classifications Legality is Highly Questionable!


 
Finally, a bit of good news to share from the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session. 

Yesterday afternoon the Senate Courts of Justice Committee heard SB1138 which Raises the penalty for sexual abuse (a defined term) of a child 13 or 14 years old from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony I posted about the issue with this bill back on January 14, 2015 . I wasn’t opposing the point of making it a felony, I opposed the fact that it had no start date and when past bills like this have become law.... the Virginia State Police has then implemented the change retroactively to the currently listed Registered Sex Offenders on the VSP Registry. By increasing their classification from Non-Violent to Violent, making them “Lifers” instead of being able to petition for removal after 15 years and changing their mandated re-registrations from once a year to every 90 days. All while denying them due process. 

When I spoke to the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee about this issue it was amazing every single one of them.... I had their undivided attention. 

I told them that when they made similar legislative changes in 2006 and 2008 without including a start/effective date the Virginia State Police (VSP) took that as a directive to retroactively apply the change to our current Non-Violent Offenders. I told the Committee that I found the number from the 2008 change to be 1,492 Virginians and I still didn’t know how many from 2006. That the fiscal impact statements in 2006 and 2008 did not capture including these current offenders and that this SB1138 was also going to miss the true cost since we don’t know if 200 or 2000 Non-Violent Offenders who would be swept up. 

I reminded them that the Virginia Sex Offender Registry already lists approximately 83% of the Offenders as Violent leaving just 17% as Non-Violent and with SB1138 we would move Virginia closer to a single-tiered classification system where everyone listed is considered the same and no ever has the ability to petition for removal. Making it worthless for the public who are attempting to decipher who poses a true threat and who has just been swept up in such mass legislative mandates like this one.

Senator Stanley’s SB700 and Delegate Ramadan’s HB1354: Proposing a VSP Public Animal Cruelty Registry



Update: 

  1. On January 22nd Senator Stanley SB700 passed out of Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee and onto Senate Finance. On January 28th Senate Finance “passed the bill by indefinitely”. SB700 is dead for 2015.
  2. On January 28th Delegate Ramadan tabled his own bill HB1354 in House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub Committee. He told members with the $130,000 cost he knew his bill would not pass but he believes in creating an Animal Cruelty Registry and will resubmit his bill in the future when there are funds to approve it. HB1354 is dead for 2015. 

Original Post:

Senator Stanley’s SB700 VSP Animal Cruelty “List” will be heard by the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee this afternoon. 

Back in 2011 the Virginia State Crime Commission studied if there should be an Animal Abuser Registry because of a bill at the 2011 session. Here is the VSCC Presentation, http://leg5.state.va.us/User_db/frmvscc.aspx?ViewId=1989 

Per the presentations, in 2011 an estimate of the funds needed for an Animal Abuser Registry was:
·         $49,321 would need to be appropriated to DOC in FY12
·         Two state correctional beds and less than one local jail bed would be impacted by FY17
·         VSP estimated that about $986,000 would be required to design and develop a new registry and website
·         An additional $126,411 would be needed each year to support a position
·         Cost to local law enforcement was unknown. 

From FY2007 to FY2011 (5 year period) there were 104 Felony convictions of Animal Abuse in Virginia. That’s 20.8 convictions per year. More than $1 million for a public Animal Abuser Registry for 20.8 additional people per year. 

I did not oppose the bill during the 2011 session but I did oppose it during the VSCC study. The 2011 VSCC voted NOT to create an Animal Abuser Registry. 
 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Action Item: SB1374 Excuses EVERY Virginia Department from Ever Advising Our RSO’s of Their Legal Restrictions and Regulations That Change Every Year, Retroactively……and the RSO’s Will Still be Charged With a Felony

 
A new Bill just posted that everyone needs to send an immediate email or make a phone call against, it affects every current RSO and every future RSO. 

It is patroned by Senator David W. Marsden , SB1374 

Bill Summary:
Provides that a defendant cannot raise as a defense to a charge of failure to register as a sex offender the fact that he did not receive information outlining registration duties and procedures from a state entity. 

Bill Text:
L. Failure of the defendant to receive any instructional or informational publication or guidance document developed or published by a governmental entity for the purpose of assisting persons required to register with registration or other requirements or prohibitions shall not constitute a defense to any criminal charge or  to a violation of any other requirement or prohibition imposed upon a person for whom registration is required, nor shall any civil liability attach to a governmental entity involved in the development or publication of any such document. 

The State has already excused the Virginia State Police for giving out-dated information to our RSO’s  with this current statute http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+9.1-917  

SB1374 would excuse ANY Virginia Department
  • The Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • The Department of Corrections
  • The Office of the Attorney General
  • The Virginia State Police
  • …..etc
from advising a newly convicted Virginian who must register as a Sex Offender that they must even go and register within 3 days (not 3 business days) of the conviction or when they are released from prison or jail. 

I can tell all of you from experience, the Commonwealths’ Attorney, your defense attorney and the Judge don’t advise a defendant what they can or can’t do when they are convicted of a Registrable Offense.  
 

Action Item: HB1366 Passed out of House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee and Moves onto the Full Courts of Justice

Update: 

ACLU questions new sex offender bill, January 20, 2015

Original Post:

Late yesterday afternoon the Virginia House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee passed Delegate Campbell’s HB1366 onto the Full Courts of Justice Committee. 

I was the only opponent (as usual) against this terrible proposal, the Virginia School Board Representative stood in favor of the proposal and not one Commonwealth’s Attorney (and there were plenty in the room) stood up to question the bill.  

There were also no reporters in the room during the discussion but afterwards NBC12 located Claire from the ACLU of Virginia and she gave a great response to the proposal. VIRGINIA ACLU: New sex offender bill 'invitation to throw stones’, January 19, 2015 http://www.nbc12.com/story/27887584/virginia-aclu-new-sex-offender-bill-invitation-to-throw-stones 

How many petitions are filed by parents every year in Virginia? 

How many of those are granted or are denied? 

I believe this data is extremely important to know because if this bill becomes law, the denial rate by Judges will skyrocket due to the public pressure and that should not be a goal of this bill but it will be a result, intended or not.

The bill now goes onto the Full House Courts of Justice Committee most likely to be heard this Wednesday (tomorrow) or this Friday. 

Below is the statement that I made against the HB1366 yesterday and here are past posts on the HB1366.
I hope everyone will take points from the older posts or the below statement and Email or call your one Virginia Delegate and if you are feeling industrious every member of the House Courts of Justice Committee (see list below) TODAY and ask them to vote “No” on HB1366! 

Action Item: SB1074 Robby's Rule Passed out of Courts of Justice and onto Senate Finance Committee Yesterday Morning

 
The two Virginia Senate versions of Robby’s Rule were rolled together and passed out of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee yesterday morning. Bill: Add to Virginia's sex offender registry, January 19, 2015
http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-bill-add-to-virginias-sex-offender-registry-20150119-story.html

Senator McDougle told the Committee that SB1074 is not the expensive version of Robby’s Rule that was proposed last year so this year’s version(s) will NOT have the posted information confirmed by the Virginia State Police but yet it would be listed by the VSP for the public to view. Senator McDougle pointed out that the bill is “fairly limited” that this Supplemental Registry “will be a central depository of old court records from across the state and put it in one place”. 
 
A bill with almost no fiscal impact that will hurt innocent Virginians isn’t worth the savings of the earlier version that had a cost of $1.69 million but would have been verified by the VSP as accurate.  

While I was  making an example of mis-identifications by the public from old, unverified information being listed on this public Supplemental Registry (my full statement to the Committee is below) Co-Chair and acting Chairman Obenshain stopped me and said, “I would caution you for personalizing this, it undermines the effectiveness of your statement” Then another Committee member said, “what if a reporter walks into the room and they hear Senator Norment (I never said Senator Norment, I said “the mis-identified Mr. Norment” and “a Thomas Norment”) is convicted of a sex crime. So I agreed to insert my name for the rest of the statement if it made the Committee members more comfortable. 

Senator Obenshain and I think it was Senator Edwards actually supported what my argument against Robby’s Rule is, but they didn't see that. That people will hear about or read a name on the VSP Supplemental Registry with no picture, no address, no other identifying information and an innocent person with the same name would be smeared as a “Sex Offender”. 

This was exactly my point…. A name is not enough to go and incorrect assumptions will be made by the public but the members of the Committee were too busy being concerned with telling me to stop using the example of “the misidentified Mr. Norment” to absorb the irony of their outrage I was smearing an innocent Senator. 

Rob Buswell (of Robby’s Rule) doesn’t care that old and confusing information will be placed on a VSP list of “Sex offenders, his goal is to get his abusers pre-1994 conviction listed on line and a bill with his name passed into law, if that means no fiscal impact of $1.69 million and unverified information of people who may have died or moved out of state he’s fine with that. He has one goal and he wants it no matter what the human cost is, this is what happens when Legislators propose bills for citizens who have an axe-to-grind. The collateral damage that will occur if either the Senate or the House version HB1353 of Robby’s Rule becomes law in Virginia is incalculable. 

Why doesn’t Mr. Buswell ask for any pre-1994 convictions of people who are already listed on the Regular VSP Sex Offender Registry to be added to their existing post?

  1. I would not oppose such a proposal.
  2. No innocent Virginians who share a similar name with someone convicted 3 decades ago will be confused or misidentified.
  3. And no one that has remained crime free for more than 20 years would be retroactively added to a VSP Sex Offender list, denying them due process and up-ending the successful re-entry that they made decades ago?

To understand what the hul·la·ba·loo in yesterdays’ Committee was about and to read the valid concerns about this proposal below is my statement against SB1074 (and SB934 that was rolled into it). 
 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sex Offender Outpatient Program: “The Longer People are Institutionalized the More Complicated their Return to Society Becomes”

 
The below article is about Nebraska Sex Offender therapy program funding, but there is so much more in the article.  

Including the difficulties of retaining employment because co-workers and employers can’t look past the public label of “Sex Offender” and instead at the person in front of them who is not only qualified for the job but is a human being.  

On how lawmakers won’t spend one-dime on programs that assist Sex Offenders in a successful reentry or to thwart any future crime (sexual or not) but when it comes to locking them up (in prison or civil commitment) or creating another Registry requirement that carries a Felony punishment, the Politicians will spend any amount because they can tout it in the future campaign materials as “I’m Tough on Sexual Predators”. 

And how the public label which was claimed to keep society safer because they have a right to know who has been convicted of a sex crime actually makes a successful existence impossible. Just like all the books, studies and reports have concluded public registries do more harm than good. 

I could have just added it to the In the News page (a new 2015 page will be created soon), but I decided it deserved a spot as a post. 

Mary   

Sex offender outpatient program a small cost in big system, January 17, 2015
By Nancy Hicks

For 23 years Caesar lived in an institution -- either prison or treatment center -- after being convicted of raping a woman in her apartment. 

His options were limited. Someone else cooked his meals, told him when to get up, when to eat, when he could have visitors. 

He served his time. 

And for the past year, he’s lived in Lincoln -- first in a halfway house, now in his own apartment. 

It's been a transition. 
 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Action Item for Virginia Delegate Rob Bell’s Bill HB2040 It Has NO Start Date So it Will Retroactively Capture Convictions from 1-20 years Ago and Mandate an Unknown Number of Virginians Register as a Violent Sex Offender for Life, Denying Them Due Process and Violating Ex Post Facto!

 
Delegate Rob Bell’s HB2040 proposes numerous changes, including: 

  1. For the Prostitution of a minor increasing the Class 4 Felony to a Class 3 Felony for receiving money, procuring or pandering, which I do NOT oppose. 
  2. § 18.2-356. Receiving money for procuring person becomes a Registrable offense, which I am NOT going to oppose.
  3. § 18.2-357. Receiving money from earnings of male or female prostitute becomes a Registrable offense, which I am NOT going to oppose.
  4. The transporting of a person for the purposes of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse, which I am NOT going to oppose.
  5. The creation of two new crimes (recruitment and conspiracy) under criminal gang and racketeering for receiving money from prostitution, which I am NOT going to oppose.
  6. And the civil forfeiture of property used in the commission of these crimes.
BUT what I do oppose is the current crimes of:
§ 18.2-356. Receiving money for procuring person 
§ 18.2-357. Receiving money from earnings of male or female prostitute
are being added to the VSP Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry RETROACTIVELY. 

Anyone convicted of these two crimes 1, 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago were already given their court-ordered sentence that the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Judge agreed to would now be overturned by the Virginia Legislature because of a retroactive mandate to register after the fact.