Friday, October 7, 2016

Action Item: Virginia is One of Only 6 States that Publicly Posts Registered Sex Offenders Employer/Company Name AND Full Address, Shaming Virginia Businesses and Increasing Unemployment

This post is Part 10 (the last) of If You Risk Nothing, You Gain Nothing….  series. 

#1 of my 28 Legislative Fixes (or Goals) has always been to remove the Employer information from the online Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry. Virginia Businesses are being punished / shamed for hiring Virginians listed on the VSP Registry because they are willing to contribute to the successful re-entry of former-offenders in Virginia. 

Virginia is one of only 6 States that publicly posts an RSO’s Employer/Company name AND full address. 

- 29 states do not list any employer information publicly; five of those States are Federal Adam Walsh Act AWA/SORNA compliant.
- 10 States publically post just the address; eight of those are AWA/SORNA compliant.
- 5 States post the city, county and/or zip code; 3 of those are AWA/SORNA compliant. 

In September 2013 Texas and in 2012 Kansas both removed ALL employment information from their public registries.  

Why? Because those 44 States & Congress recognize employment as a top priority in an ex-offender's successful reentry back into our communities. Without employment the rules of probation would be broken, court fines and restitution would not be paid and stable housing would be impossible. 

Removing the Employer Information from the Internet changes none of the Registration Requirements of Virginia's RSO’s.
1. RSO’s would continue to register ALL their employer information with the Virginia State Police (and their VA-DOC Probation Officer).
2. The Virginia State Police (and their VA-DOC Probation Officer) would still confirm that their place of employment does not violate any State Law AND they would still confirm that the RSO does actually work there.  

Action Item: For the Last 9 Years the Virginia Legislature and the State Police Have Intentionally Kept VA Code that is Impossible to Comply With. Ask Them to Finally Act in January 2017!

This post is Part 9 out of 10 of If You Risk Nothing, You Gain Nothing….  series that I started back in May. Where I select a few of my Legislative Goals for Virginia and ask you to take action on the ones that speak to you. 

#3 of my 28 Legislative Fixes (or Goals) has always been to get Virginia Code to align with Virginia State Police hours of operation / registration availability. Current Virginia Code conflicts with the reality of the access our RSO have to be able to comply (register, re-register or change data) with the VSP Registry mandates.  

Goal #3 has always had 2 parts and I am going to leave it that way in this post.