Per Virginia Delegate David Ramadan’s Face book page, Governor McAuliffe signed his House version of Robby’s Rule 2015 into law yesterday. It’s not noted in LIS yet but there is always a delay.
I had hoped the letter sent from the ACLU of Virginia to Governor McAuliffe asking him to veto Robby’s Rule 2015 and the reasons why would have resonated with our Governor, but sadly naming laws that would not have prevented the original crime from occurring after a victim and that will do more harm than good is still the status quo in Virginia.
Myth, fear, hate, vengeance and prejudice wins out yet again while facts, due process and successful re-entries into our communities are claimed to be important and to matter....... but the proof-is-in-the-pudding.
I sincerely hope someone who had not committed a crime in 25 or 35 years and is placed on this VSP Supplemental Registry challenges Robby’s Rule as a violation of ex post facto or a denial of due process….and they win......overturning the entire VSP Supplemental Registry.
I tried my best to stop Robby’s Rule 2015 from becoming law, I’m sorry everyone!
Richmond, VA – The American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) of
today condemned Governor McAuliffe’s action on two bills that will create a new
sex offender registry, SB 1074 and HB 1353. Virginia
ACLU Virginia "denounces" McAuliffe's signing of sex registry bill, March 27, 2015
“We are disappointed in the Governor’s decision to sign these bills,” said ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga. “Not only does it create an added punishment beyond any penalty handed down as a part of a criminal conviction, it also fails to provide any rational connection to public safety.”