As most readers know I have previously posted (http://goo.gl/kOo7oN , http://goo.gl/wQemdG ) that
fails to notify its Registered Sex
Offenders (RSO’s) of new laws and even current laws (the Do’s and
Don’ts) that they are required to abide by even though
other states do in fact advise their RSO's of their legal obligations. Virginia
I have heard from many of you over the years that when the law changed about dropping off and picking up your child from school (on school property) that you were not notified of the new prohibition that applied to you AND that it became a felony.
I know for a fact that back in 2011 when HB2066 (
and SB1185 (Norment) § 18.2-370.5. Sex
offenses prohibiting entry onto school property; penalty became law on July 1, 2011 banning most
(Violent) Registered Sex Offenders from stepping one foot onto a school bus or from attending any school-sponsored
activity on non-school grounds even if they child is a student that no RSO’s
were notified by the Virginia State Police (VSP) of this change in their
legal requirement. Bell
So I wondered if the VSP has EVER notified (before I became an advocate in late-2008) non-incarcerated RSO’s of new legal restrictions, regulations or requirements. Other than those Offenders who were retroactive re-classification via legislation in 2006 and 2008 from Non-Violent to Violent, they were notified only because their VSP re-registrations were increased from once per year to 4 times per year and they became “lifers” with no opportunity to ever petition for removal from the VSP Registry.
How could I get an official answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ have any other VSP notices ever been sent out when Virginia law changed for our RSO’s?
Well a Freedom of Information Act request would tell me, but almost every FOIA I’ve ever submitted to the VSP over the last 7 years has been denied (http://goo.gl/CVXNpY , http://goo.gl/06LxnL) even if the very same request was granted to Virginia Professors doing research or National Child Advocate groups.
So I decided why not try a new FOIA, maybe this time I wouldn’t be denied after this request has NOTHING to do with offender’s information, which is supposed to be the reason for a FOIA denial per the allowed exemption.