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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Action Item: It’s Time to Eliminate the Virginia State Police USPS Certified Letters for Registered Sex Offender Re-Registrations and Save Half a Million Dollars Each Year




This post is Part 7 of If You Risk Nothing, You Gain Nothing…. http://goo.gl/r4QhA6. 

#12 of my 28 Legislative Fixes (or Goals) has always been to eliminate the Virginia State Police USPS Certified Letters for Registered Sex Offender Re-Registrations which would save the State more than Half a Million Dollars EVERY year. 

Instead of the VSP printing, processing and mailing USPS certified letters to every Virginia RSO 1-4 times per year we’d move to a rotating schedule for re-registration based on the RSO’s DOB. 

In 2015 postage for Virginia State Police SO re-registration letters was $10.48 per letter, for a total of  $584,333.00 on JUST postage to mail out 55,757 USPS Certified re-registration letters to our RSO’s the cost of printing and stuffing is an unknown. 

For the last 8 years there have been numerous examples of re-registration letters never arriving at their destination (for a myriad of reasons beyond the recipient’s control) or arriving with less than 2 days to comply that I have previously posted about on this blog (http://goo.gl/v3CCBx , http://goo.gl/5KDbVY , http://goo.gl/jtfmIk) and/or emailed the Virginia Legislators about. Plus………. back in 2010 or 2011 the Virginia State Police arbitrarily REMOVED the next re-registration date from every RSO’s VSP online posting so RSO’s can no longer look up when to expect their next letter. Without their certified letter in-hand the VSP and local police/sheriff’s will NOT allow them to re-register. 

There are States that set the re-registration months for their RSO’s based on their date-of-birth, their last name and how often they must register. Then the RSO knows year-in-and-year-out when their re-registration is due and it never changes. 

Virginia could easily switch to a rotating re-registration system with preset re-registration dates.
  1. Those with last names beginning with A-L register from the 1st to the 15th of the month.
  2. Those with last names beginning with M-Z register from the 16th to the last day of the month.
  3. The below list would be posted on the VSP website.
  4. The below list would be handed out during VSP Residency Checks and In-Barrack Re-registrations for 6 to 9 months notifying all RSO’s that re-registration letters will stop going out and the first batch of handouts would have the start date of no more letters being mailed out.
  5. Copies of the below list would be stacked on the counter at every VSP Barracks.
  6. And the next re-registration due date for all RSO’s would be put back on every Offenders VSP On-line Posting.
  7. Some Offenders might re-register back-to back months when it first starts and some may go a bit longer than 6 or 12 months but it will all even out after the first year.
 



Annual Re-registrations Birth Month

Reporting Month

January

January

February

February

March

March

April

April

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

August

September

September

October

October

November

November

December

December



Semi-Annual Re-registrations Birth Month

Reporting Months

January

January and July

February

February and August

March

March and September

April

April and October

May

May and November

June

June and December

July

January and July

August

February and August

September

March and September

October

April and October

November

May and November

December

June and December



Quarterly Re-registrations Birth Month

Reporting Months

January

January, April, July, and October

February

February, May, August, and November

March

March, June, September, and December

April

January, April, July, and October

May

February, May, August, and November

June

March, June, September, and December

July

January, April, July, and October

August

February, May, August, and November

September

March, June, September, and December

October

January, April, July, and October

November

February, May, August, and November

December

March, June, September, and December
 
For the RSO’s who must re-register every 30 days, just divide them up by last names A-L register from the 1st to the 15th of the month and M-Z register from the 16th to the last day of the month. 

So what’s stopping this change from occurring? 

  1. The current 30, 90, 180 day and once a year verbiage in Virginia Code § 9.1-904. would need to be removed and the scheduled months based on an RSO’s classification/conviction and their DOB inserted into the code.
  2. I would like to also suggest that the photo due dates get synced up with a re-registration date as the VSP has ignored the ‘every 2 year’ language the VA Legislature placed in code and the VSP counts the due date as every 730 days even if a re-registration date is no where near it. If letters are no longer mailed out then the photo due date needs to be based on a DOB rotating schedule too.
  3. Finally I would like to suggest the VSP return the ‘next registration due date’ onto every Registrant’s VSP posting/page. Why the VSP removed  this information back in 2010 or 2011 is still an unknown and doing so has made it much more difficult for our RSO’s to know when they are due to re-register and I believe that was the VSP’s intent.
This means a Bill is needed for the next Virginia General Assembly session and a Delegate and/or Senator would need to be willing to patron it.  

AND if it passed the State would save at LEAST a half-a-million dollars per year! 

Action Item:
  1. Ask Virginia Governor McAuliffe https://governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/ to find a sponsor and/or support legislation at the January 2017 General Assembly session to make the above changes to Virginia Statutes and VSP Policy.
  2. Tell your one Virginia Delegate and your one Virginia Senator http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ to sponsor legislation at the January 2017 General Assembly session to make the above changes to Virginia Statutes and VSP Policy.
Thank you for your support! 

Mary Devoy