followers/readers know since the 2016 Virginia General Assembly came to a close
in early March I’ve been looking at the possibility of filing an injunction to
stop SB666/HB1190 (HB305 was rolled into HB1190) from becoming law on July 1st.
I spent $4,296.90
in legal research over the last 2 months with a firm in Alexandria, VA
looking into what viable options I had for a court-challenge. In those 2 months I received
$1,385.00 in contributions from followers/readers but then I refunded $50 to
one disgruntled donor, so in the end you all helped cover 31% and I came up with $2,961.90 (69%) for the investigative work. I am so appreciative to those who
sent a contribution, thank you!
early 1980s, rehabilitation counselor Robert Longo could hardly have known that
his work with convicted sex offenders would make him a minor celebrity. At the
time, he was running a program at the OregonStateHospital to treat and
rehabilitate prisoners who had committed sex crimes. It was a new field, and
Longo says they were using what at the time were considered innovative
approaches: aversive conditioning, administration of Depo-Provera to reduce
testosterone levels, and penile plethysmography to measure arousal.
documentary filmmaker John Zaritsky heard about Longo’s work and gave him a
program was featured prominently in the resulting HBO special, Rapists:
Can They Be Stopped? While the film was being shot, word got around
about Longo’s methods, which were seen as a potential solution to ending rape.
He started getting invitations to appear on Oprah—he was on five times in all, he remembers—and now he was being quoted in the New York Times
and national magazines.
AG Opinion submitted last August to determine if Virginia’s 22,500+
Registered Sex Offenders (RSO’s) can OR can not attend church if there is a
daycare and/or school on the property?
The two Virginia statutes in
question in this matter are:
§ 18.2-370.5. - Sex
offenses prohibiting entry onto school or other property
§ 18.2-370.2. - Sex offenses prohibiting proximity to children on School and Daycare
learned late yesterday that the Virginia Attorney General’s Office has
declined/ignored the AG Opinion submission…….an option that they are allowed to
do AND they don’t have to put their reason for denying/ignoring it in writing.
It allocates $20,000,000 to the US Attorney General for 2017and again in 2018.
It allocates $61,300,000 to the US Marshal’s Service
for 2017 and again in 2018.
It adds a Sexual
Assault Survivors’ Rights section to the Act that covers Rape Kit
collection, retention and DNA notification. It also redefines “Sexual Assault”.
amends The Victims of Crime Act of 1984 by adding grants for Sexual
directs the US Attorney General to form a Joint Workgroup along with the US
Secretary of Health and Human Services that will develop, coordinate, and
disseminate best practices regarding the care and treatment of sexual
assault survivors and the preservation of forensic evidence. Within 2
years a report is due from this Workgroup.
also increases the civil remedy time-line for survivors of child sexual
exploitation and human trafficking from 3 to 10 years.
Goal #12 Rotating Re-Registration System
based on DOB August 10, 2016 –Goal
#4 Scrap 2-Level Conviction-Based Classification System for a 3 or 4 Level
Risk-Based System /Goal #14 Remove the Misdemeanor Offenses and
Juveniles from the Public Virginia Sex Offender Registry October 7, 2016Goal #3 3 day/30 Minute Statute verbiage needs to
email’s almost everyday from RSO’s or their loved ones asking me to help them;
many times they believe I’m an attorney (I’m not).
do I do as a volunteer advocate working toward data-driven reform of the
Virginia Sex Offender Registry since October 2008, what are my goals?
Well I do
a lot and it’s always evolving but I have a few set goals that cover much of my
time so I’m going to share them here for those of you who wonder what I do.
My first goal
has always been to oppose harsher restrictions and regulations that are
completely baseless. Playing defense on a platform that far too many of our
elected officials exploit to build their own resume. Every year at the General
Assembly in Richmond, VA http://goo.gl/FqheXv
I face an on-slot of punitive and questionably Unconstitutional measures and
almost every year I am the only one to stand up in Sub-Committee or
Full-Committee to question if there is even a need for the Bill and then to
question the legitimacy of it by proving data a research in opposition.
My second goal
soon became to keep Virginia’s RSO’s updated on what their legal obligations as
an RSO were http://goo.gl/5UzoNQ, if a Virginia statute is unclear or overly broad
to get clarification from the Administration http://goo.gl/51E8aZand if new proposals
were working their way through the Virginia Legislature to get RSO’s and their
loved ones involved in the process by contacting their District’s
Delegate and Senator.
great article (see below), what a great
program in Vermont!
Vermont offers support, guidance,
accountability and empathy to its Registered Sex Offenders.
in Virginia we continue to expand the restrictions, regulations and barriers
which not only isolates our RSO’s but leads to arbitrary violations costing the
State more money and time…. and for the RSO…. a new conviction.
Vermont’s system is preventing future
crimes while assisting the RSO’s to become contributing members of society.
system has nothing to do with assisting our RSO’s in becoming contributing
members of society…it labels, restricts and regulates our RSO’s……… period.
the difference between a system based on hope, success and proven process
compared to a system based on punishment, anger and vengeance.
being “Soft on Sexual Predators” its
being smart in reducing crime and recidivism rates.
plays a role in helping ex-prisoners, May 15, 2016
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Whenever Travis Papineau's
parents left town, things went wrong. He logged onto the internet and did things
he shouldn't. He got drunk, then got behind the wheel. He acted like a
delinquent teenager, even though he was a grown man.
ended up back behind bars.
registered sex offender, Papineau had been in and out of prison for years. But
this time, he had a plan.
had friends: Community volunteers he'd been meeting with every week for three
months, since he'd last walked out of a cell in January 2015.
Despite providing the Virginia Delegates and Senators stacks
of research and data against Residency Restrictions over the last 8 years (that I’ve been an advocate) I’ve
still been forced to oppose Legislation/Bills proposing expansion of§
Athey (retired, now a Judge), Del. Albo, Sen. Vogel
article pretty much sums up every point I’ve made to the Virginia Legislators. I’m sure some lawmaker will propose another Bill to expand in the future and I’ll
have to provide them with all the facts all over again.
real shame that fear-monger, myths, hate and vengeance are how our elected
officials chose to address ALL things “Sex Offender”.
Despite Concerns, Sex Offenders
Face New Restrictions,
May 6, 2016
years I've made you aware of the Virginia State Police certified
re-registration letters not arriving at all, arriving with less than a day to
comply or arriving too late....... in fact my latest email about these problems was sent to you on 04/23/16 (it’s
advised you (many times) that the VSP REMOVED the next re-registration due date
for our RSO's from the VSP website years ago for no reason making it
impossible for our RSO's to know when to expect their next letter.
autumn (I learned) the VSP stopped giving our RSO's a copy of the completed re-registration
form when they go to a VSP Barracks, so they no longer have a receipt to prove
they re-registered on time.
these issues exist, the VSP knows these issues exist and yet those who have the
ability to fix these problems have failed to take ANY action.
had reregistered as a sex offender every 90 days for the last 15 years, and testified
that he was late two weeks in reregistering because he had not received his
letter for reregistration from the Virginia State Police, the Court of Appeals
affirms his conviction for knowingly failing to timely reregister. While Va. ...
morning I finally I finalized the 2016
General Assembly Legislation page so that all the
details on what Bills failed and what Bills passed are in one location. That
page will remain up until November and then it will be replaced with a new 2017
GA Legislation page in anticipation of the next GA session.
that’s all over…………. what new laws begin on July 1, 2016 that will affect Virginias current
Registered Sex Offenders? Is there anything significant that you need to know
about or to avoid or are now required to do?No,