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Monday, May 16, 2016

Community Plays a Role in Helping Ex-Prisoners (Registered Sex Offenders), Instead of Shunning Them and the Results are Extremely Positive


What a great article (see below), what a great program in Vermont! 

Vermont offers support, guidance, accountability and empathy to its Registered Sex Offenders. 

Whereas 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. 

Virginia’s 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. 

That’s the difference between a system based on hope, success and proven process compared to a system based on punishment, anger and vengeance.  

It’s not being “Soft on Sexual Predators” its being smart in reducing crime and recidivism rates.  

Why can’t Virginia see that? 

Mary Devoy 

 

Community plays a role in helping ex-prisoners, May 15, 2016
By Gina Barton

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. 

He always ended up back behind bars. 

A registered sex offender, Papineau had been in and out of prison for years. But this time, he had a plan.

And he 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.