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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Citizens, Advocates AND RSO’s Show Up at the Massachusetts General Assembly Session to Oppose “Feel Good” Sex Offender Bills, By Using Facts


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.  

Mary Devoy
 

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.

BOSTON - 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.
 

As of 2015 Open Government and Transparency in Virginia……it Does Not Exist!


Update: 

Editorial: Access blocked to court records, which should be public, February 19, 2016

Original Post:

A few days ago the Richmond Times Dispatch had an article about FOIA requests to local Richmond area entities Responses to FOIA requests vary across region http://www.richmond.com/news/article_1816b1a4-bafb-531c-8d02-ae10fc1287c5.html being denied. 

Last month I finally contacted (I should have done it months ago) the Virginia Supreme Court for some data that I had been looking for, for a very, very long time but everyone I had previously contacted (Virginia State Police, Virginia Crime Commission, Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission) claimed they didn’t have it. 

My request was: