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Saturday, May 9, 2015

New Book! Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws are Failing Us by Emily Horowitz, Ph.D.

 
Update:

This book is the best one I have read in 7 years. Every policymaker in America needs to read this book.  

If I had the $5,400 to buy 145 copies for every Virginia Legislator and the Administration I would! 
If you read only one book on Sex Offender Registries this should be it! 
Mary 

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I preordered this book two weeks into the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session that began in January and ended in February. 

This year was the first session in the 7 years I've been presenting facts and research during session that I walked away EXTEMELY dumbfounded and disappointed that Virginia’s 140 Legislators and our Governor willfully ignored every fact, our Constitution (retroactively placing citizens with 20+ year old convictions on a new VSP list-of-shame) and ignored every unintended consequence presented to them in regards to the two Myth-Fear-Hate-Based proposals HB1366 and HB1353/SB1074 that will become law on July 1st. 

The book arrived earlier this week and today I finally sat down to read it. 

                Introduction – Why Sex Offenders Matter
                1. Child Abuse Becomes a Social Problem
                2. Race and Poverty Matter
                3. Sex Offender Panic
                4. Sex Offenders are Different
                5. Case Study – New York
                6. Child Porn Panic
                Conclusion – Why We Need to Talk about Sex Offenders 
 

June 9, 2015 is Primary Day in Virginia. ALL 140 State Seats Are Up for Re-Election on November 3, 2015!


Why should you care about who represents you in Richmond every year? Because THEY represent YOU!

Most Virginians wrongly assume that what happens in Washington, D.C. when it comes to passing new laws is much more important than what is happening in their State Legislature. The majority of laws that affect our daily lives are State laws, not Federal. Most laws affecting Registered Sex Offenders are State laws, not Federal 

What happens at the annual Virginia General Assembly in Richmond is extremely important and you should know who the candidates are, if there is a Primary for your House or Senate District in June you should vote on the 9th and on November 3rd if there is a contested race (more than one candidate running) you should get out an vote! 

Every two years Virginia Delegates (100) run for re-election and every four years Virginia Senators (40) run for re-election. This November 3, 2015 ALL 140 seats are up for grabs. 

If there is more than one candidate vying for the same political party seat then they participate in the June Primary, the winner will then go on to represent their party in the November election.

As of today:
                Candidates for Virginia House
·       68 out of the 100 House seats have candidates from only one political party running, that’s 68% running uncontested.
                Candidates for Virginia Senate
·       23 out of the 40 Senate seats have candidates from only one political party running, that’s 57.49% running uncontested. 

11 current Legislators are retiring (no incumbents) so there will definitely be a new representative in the following districts.
 

Florida May Spend One Half of a Million Dollars in Taxpayer Money to Incarcerate Two Idiots that Had Sex on a Beach, Plus the Cost of Lifetime Monitoring as Registered Sex Offenders. Which is More Obscene……. Having Sex in Public (While Drunk) OR 15 Years in a Prison for that Public Sex?

 
Update:
Florida prosecutor says he will not seek 15-year prison terms for sex-on-beach convictions, May 10, 2015 http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2015/05/florida-prosecutor-says-he-will-not-seek-15-year-prison-terms-for-sex-on-beach-convictions.html

 
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What do you think? 

Mary
 

What's the Right Penalty for Having Sex on the Beach in Florida?
The correct answer is being mocked on Fark.com. But Sunshine State officials believe that up to 15 years in prison and a spot on the sex-offender registry is appropriate.
By Conor Friedersdorf
 
What is the appropriate penalty for having sex on the beach? This is a story about how that offense, like so many others, allows a penalty far longer than is just.