Monday, January 4, 2016

Support Virginia Bill SB11 To Remove the Employer Information of RSO’s From the VSP Online Registry a Current (and Significant) Barrier for a Successful Re-entry Back Into Society

Second article about SB11 ! 

Mary Devoy

Bill proposes to strike employer names from state sex offender registry, January 4, 2015
By Leah Small

RICHMOND, Va. — A state senator has proposed a bill to strike the name and location of sex offenders’ employers from the state’s public registry system. 

The Virginia State Police department lists employer information alongside offender photos, names, addresses, ages and a description of the offense and the date committed. 

The proposed legislation could help sex offenders make a transition back into society, says Christina Mancini, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor who studies sex crimes. 

Similar to other criminals, housing and employment are two of the biggest indicators of recidivism rates for sex offenders, Mancini says. Employed offenders could feel that they have something to lose if they continue to commit sex crimes. 

She also says that keeping employer information from the public could reduce incidences of vigilante justice. Businesses who have hired offenders could also be less stigmatized. 

On the other hand, Mancini says that restricting information makes it harder for the public to know about the presence of sex offenders and take precautions they might deem necessary.