Friday, April 17, 2015

Requirement to Register Administrative or Punitive? A Third Failure to Register Administrative Information Due to “Murky Rules” Could Send Josh Gravens to Prison for 25 Years to Life, a Punitive Punishment

For new readers, here is the event that occurred that led to the below.

We in Virginia know all too well aboutmurky rules” that the state of Virginia makes no effort to advise our RSO’s of.


Sex offenders registry may put man back in prison for offence committed as child, April 16, 2015
Aged 12, Josh Gravens committed a sex-related felony. Charged with failing to update his register details, he now, aged 28, faces a possible 25 years to life in jail
By Anna Codrea-Rado

Josh Gravens is trying to figure out how he’s going to tell his five children that he might be going to prison for a very long time.

Gravens, 28, is a one-time convicted juvenile sex offender facing a possible 25 years to life sentence for a felony related to a crime he committed in his childhood, and for which he has been to prison already. The current charge is not a repeat sex offence; he just failed to correctly update his personal information with his local police department in Texas.

Sex offender registration is a complex set of rules mandating how former inmates should live their lives after they have been released from prison for committing a sex crime. Failure to do so can carry heftier punishments than that of the original crime.