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Friday, January 1, 2016

Action Item: $584,333.00 was spent in 2015 for Virginia State Police on Postage Alone to Mail Out Certified Letters to RSO’s


Back on September 28, 2014 I posted about a Fiscally Responsible Proposal I had made to the Virginia State Police Leadership, to all 140 Virginia Legislators and to the Governors Office. It was to eliminate the USPS certified re-registration letters (SP-236A forms) mailed out by the Virginia State Police (VSP) to our Registered Sex offenders (RSO) and to switch Virginia to a rotating re-registration schedule based on an RSO’s DOB like Michigan (see schedule below).

Without this letter (SP-236A form) in hand the VSP and the local authorities will NOT allow an RSO to re-register so if an RSO is leaving town and attempting to be pro-active knowing they might miss the letter they are turned-away from their legal requirement to re-register by that date. 

Many times when these certified letters finally arrive to their destination there may be just a day or two left before the deadline forcing the RSO to miss work to comply or face a felony charge. 

Back on September 28, 2014 I had estimated the number of USPS certified letters that the VSP sent out in 2013 to the 8,145 RSO’s under VSP supervision (total RSO population of 20,360) being approximately 29,800 letters at an approximate cost just for the postage ($9.00 per letter) of $268,200.00 . 

In 2014 the cost of postage for a USPS certified letter increased to $10.18 per letter and the number of RSO’s under VSP supervision increased to 8,726. 

In 2015 the cost of postage for a USPS certified letter increased to $10.48 per letter and the number of RSO’s under VSP supervision increased to 9,233. 

A few days back I learned exactly how many certified letters the VSP mailed out from January 1 to December 29 2015 and how much it cost the VSP.