This post is Part 10 (the last) of If You Risk Nothing, You Gain Nothing…. http://goo.gl/r4QhA6 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
- 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
both removed ALL employment information from their public registries. Kansas
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.