For readers/supporters who have thought about coming to Richmond during our annual General Assembly session to speak ‘for’ and ‘against’ Sex Offender Legislation and always find a reason not to make the trip, you need to read the below article from Massachusetts.
I’ve said it for 7 session and this coming January will be my 8th session, the more faces, voices and families that the Virginia Legislators see and hear from who are opposing these hate-based, knee-jerk and punitive bills the more quickly we will see reform happen.
Showing up, speaking out and doing it year after year does make a difference while making an excuse on why you can’t (or won’t) attend Virginia G.A. hearings gives the Legislators the ability to ignore you, your family and the collateral consequences that come with ever new restriction, regulation and mandate.
Once you take that first step of showing up, the rest is easy.
Lawmakers weighing sex offender bills urged to consider supports, stigmas, December 2, 2015
By Katie Lannan
State House News Service
A host of bills dealing with sex offender registration encountered pushback Tuesday from advocates and offenders who urged lawmakers to consider whether the measures were meant to prevent recidivism or to serve as additional punishments.
Legislation now before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary includes measures that would establish restrictions on where certain sex offenders can live or spend time, and other proposals that would make more information available about some offenders.