Monday, February 22, 2016

HB628 Passed out of Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee 7 to 5 AND Delegate Rob Bell Confirmed it’s a CYA for the Virginia State Police Adding Employer Information Online Years Ago Without the Approval of the Legislature

Legislative notebook: No-wake bill, fantasy sports, worker's comp and sex offenders, February 24, 2016

Dear Virginia Senators,  

Today HB628– Rob Bell -Reiterating the Employer Address AND Adding College Name to be Publically Listed on the VSP Registry, passed out the Senate Courts of Justice Committee 7 to 5. 

There are 4 important factors affecting recidivism for Former-Offenders released back into our communities. They are Education, Housing, Employment and Family support, HB628 targets two of these. 

  • Virginia is one of ONLY 6 States that posts ALL Employer information of Registrants on online TODAY!
  • 29 States do not post any employer information online; five of those States are Federal Adam Walsh Act /SORNA compliant
  • 10 States post just the address; eight of those are SORNA compliant
  • 5 States post the city, county and/or zip code; three of those are SORNA compliant
Just a few years ago Texas and Kansas removed ALL employer information from public view, the Texas advocacy group actually used Virginia’s 2010 failed bill (SB635) as their foundation.  

Policies like HB628 guarantee a revolving door of low pay, public sector work. This contradicts the claim the public Registry is simply administrative, not punitive AND it makes stability and traceability increasingly difficult for the RSO which is creating a greater likelihood of recidivism. 

The more you push the RSO’s to the fringes of society with your mandates, restrictions and regulations, the more you play a part in them possibly committing a new crime and creating a new victim either to survive or because they have nothing left to lose. 

Back in 2009, Florida experienced a sharp increase in sexual assaults among the general populace (NOT by those on the Registry) they determined that the recent increase in unemployment lowered the self-esteem of those predisposed to this type of crime. Unemployment leads to a higher rate of crime.