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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Action Item for Virginia 2018 Companion Bills, HB10 and SB112 to Expand the Victims Under a Hate Crime


A set of Companion Bills HB10/SB112 have been filed for the upcoming 2018 Virginia General Assembly session to expand the categories of victims under a Hate Crime to also include disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

The definition of a Hate Crime:
Hate crime (also known as bias-motivated crime) is a usually violent, prejudice motivated crime that occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group. Examples of such groups include but are not limited to: ethnicity, gender identity, language, nationality, physical appearance, religion, or sexual orientation. 

In Virginia it’s any criminal act committed against a person or his property with the specific intent of instilling fear or intimidation in the individual against whom the act is perpetrated because of race, religion or ethnic origin.

Registered Sex Offenders (RSO), their spouses, their parents, their significant others, their children, their room-mates and their property have become targets of vigilantes across the U.S. because their addresses are public information The property of RSO’s and their loved ones have been robbed, vandalized and set on fire. RSO’s and their loved ones have been harassed, taunted, assaulted and even murdered simply because a stranger found their name and address posted on the public Sex Offender Registry.

Based on the definition of a Hate Crime, Registered Sex Offenders are a “certain social group” and any violence against them should be punished as such.
 

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) added "Sex Offenders" to their list of people to target in 2009, possibly earlier.  In a Google search you can easily find videos and news articles about it. The KKK is motivated by theological and political ideologies, but mostly it’s an “Us” versus “Them” movement.  

The KKK is the oldest and most notorious Hate Group in America with a history of fear, violence and vigilantism. They are anti-African-American (Pro-Caucasian/White Supremacy), anti-Jew (Pro-Christian), anti-LGBT, anti-Immigrant, anti-Communist AND Sex Offenders. These are all “undesirables to target” according to the KKK. 

The U.S. Government should include those listed on the 50 State Sex Offender Registries who are copied onto the National Sex Offender Registry under the Federal Hate Crimes statute. Each State posts a variety of personal information of their RSO’s online including home addresses, name of employer, address of employer, phone numbers, license plate numbers and maps right to their front doors. It’s practically a Government sponsored invitation for a vigilante to strike a vulnerable stranger because they are part of an undesirable group.

Until the Federal Government makes the change to protect the 874,725+ RSO’s, the State of Virginia if expanding their definition of a Hate Crime in 2018 should take this much needed step to protect it’s 23,119+ RSO’s and loved ones who could easily become collateral damage of a Hate Crime.
 

While most Americans would agree any Hate Group is despicable and if they commit a crime against others based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation, they should face Federal charges. Most Americans couldn’t care less about Registered Sex Offenders (or their family members) being harassed, intimidated, threatened, vandalized, beaten or even killed, after all they are a Registered Sex Offender.

But that’s the point here. 
 

Selecting and then targeting someone from a “list” because the U. S. Government has claimed the public has a right to know who these “Predators”, “Perverts” and “Pedophiles” are and where they live actually creates paranoia and fear within the population that wouldn’t exist if there weren’t Registries.  

By posting RSO’s information online and mapping right to their front door the Commonwealth has made every RSO vulnerable to harassment, intimidation or worse.
 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Attention! An Action Item for Female Registered Sex Offenders


 
A national reporter is working on an article about Sex Offender Treatment for females and would like to hear from female RSO’s who either received treatment while incarcerated or while in the community OR who were unable to find a program because they were female.
 
Approximately 5% of the VSP Sex Offender Registry is female so if you are willing to share your experience with the reporter email me at MaryDavyeDevoy@comcast.net and I will send you her contact information.
 
Thank you!
Mary

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

November 2017: 50 U.S. States (and Territories) Per Capita of Registered Sex Offenders. Oregon Remains at #1, Rhode Island Jumped Up 18 Spots to #30 and Virginia Remains at #23.


I have now updated my Per Capita Chart (above, larger version below) that I originally created during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session per the request of a Virginia Delegate.  

The data in this chart comes from the NCMEC Sex Offender Map, November 2017 

NCMEC gives the 100,000 per capita numbers but that really doesn’t mean much to most folks, they need something a bit more tangible. So I took the idea from my Virginia State Police Registry Growth chart where I calculate 1 out of every Adult Male in the State. 

Now, not every Registered Sex Offender is a Male, in Virginia approximately 5% of the VSP Registry is female. 

Also, not every Registered Sex Offender is an adult; there are juveniles in many States who are Registered Sex Offenders. Plus, there are States with Private Registries and NCMEC doesn’t note anywhere on their map if their RSO count includes juveniles or private registries. Also NCMEC claims their Registered Sex Offender count does NOT include incarcerated Registered Sex Offenders, but when you compare their count for Virginia and the Virginia State Polices count they are very close which means NCMEC”s count for VA IS including incarcerated RSO’s.  

So, this Per Capita Chart (see below) for November 2017 is as good as the NCMEC data. 

Here are the most notable changes and similarities from the May 2017 data to the November 2017 data in the per capita chart:
 

November 2017 U.S. Sex Offender Map from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is Now Online. They Say There are 874,725 Registered Sex Offenders in the 50 States and 5 U.S. Territories.


November 28, 2017 http://www.missingkids.com/content/dam/ncmec/en_us/documents/Sex_Offenders_Map.pdf

 
Note- I can email my full spreadsheet (May 2005 to November 2017) that is at the bottom of this post to anyone who is interested, it’s just too wide to post on this blog as an image and attachments can not be loaded onto a blog.
 
Every May/June and then again in December I begin checking the NCMEC website for their latest "Sex Offender" count because the number they claim is the ONLY source for a total number of Registered Sex Offenders in the U.S.. The NCMEC RSO count is THE go-to for media, Politicians, Researchers and Victim’s Groups.  

Today I found their latest map for November 2017:

Once NCMEC posts the newest map their previous count disappears from the Internet and since they don’t archive their map/counts for the public, I started a BIG chart years ago to track their numbers from May 2005 to the present, plus I have archived EVERY NCMEC map. 

So today I took their latest counts and I updated my BIG spreadsheet. According to NCMEC as of November 2017 there was an increase of 12,888 Registered Sex Offenders in the U.S. for a total of 874,725 RSO’s. 

Next, I’ll be updating my Per Capita chart based on NCMEC’s counts. 

There will always be an ebb-and-flow to the U.S. RSO population growth, those who move to another state, those who die, new crimes being implemented in States, Court rulings that add or remove people, Court petitions for removal being granted, etc.   

But as followers have noted over the years (here, here, here, here) I have serious doubts about NCMEC’s data being accurate. 

Why should I care? 

Because they are the ONLY source of this data for reporters, researchers, politicians and victims groups and until the U.S. Department of Justice requires every States Attorney General to be the reporter of this information we are dependent on a non-profit. 

Here are a few examples of the issues I’ve noticed with NCMEC’s November 2017 Map: 

  • Arizona dropped by 543 RSO’s after NOT add one additional RSO since December 2016.
  • There are ridiculously low increases in Connecticut 7, in Hawaii, 4 and in Delaware 2 additional RSO’s in the last 6 months.
  • Somehow Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina have not added 1 additional RSO in the last 6 months, that is impossible as big as NJ and PA are.
  • Per NCMEC Virginia added 343 additional RSO’s (which I’d agree with), but that means Virginia contributed to 2.66% on the last 6 months of growth but Pennsylvania which holds a similar total % RSO to Virginia didn’t? In May 2017 Virginia had 2.64% of the total RSO population in the U.S. and Pennsylvania had 2.42% of total U.S. population.
  • And Massachusetts that had NOT added ONE additional RSO in the last 3 years according to NCMEC finally added new RSO’s, 443 of them.
As you can see on my chart (below) Michigan went from having 4.99% of the entire U.S. RSO population to 5.01% and California dropped from 12.12% of the entire U.S. RSO population to 12.03%. 
 

Monday, December 11, 2017

50 State Comparison: How Often Are Registered Sex Offenders Mandated to Re-Register Their Already Registered Information (not a new change) with the Authorities Under Threat of a New Felony?


5:30AM- 12/12/17 Updates:
Since the original post I have received Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia’s information. Now I just need District of Columbia, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New York and Wyoming. -Mary



Original Post:
Attention: I am looking for additional data (see below) anyone that has the answers to the States I’m still missing please email me. – Mary Devoy
As most of you know, in Virginia per VA Code § 9.1-904. Reregistration depending on your conviction Registered Sex Offenders must re-register (already registered data) with either the Virginia State Police or the local authorities (who send the forms to the VSP):
1.     Every 90 days (not 3 months)
2.    Every 180 days (not 6 months)
3.    Annually
If an RSO has ever had a failure-to-register conviction they must re-register every 30 days.
Now, this is just mandated “re-registrations”, NOT registering an actual change in one’s residence, mailing address, employment, school, phone numbers, email address, name, motor vehicle /watercraft ownership, etc which per VA Code § 9.1-903. Registration procedures must be done within 30 days or 30 minutes of the change occurring.
I have previously posted about Virginia’s wasteful re-registration letters and moving the State towards a rotating system as well as many internal VSP policy changes that Virginia’s RSO’s were never made aware of but were directly affected by.
Recently I wondered how often do the other States make RSO’s re-register the already registered information. So, I started researching the timeframes for the other 49 States and I’ve found the answers for all but 8 States and the District of Columbia. Once I have those 9 I want to then include if a State increases re-registration if there is a failure to register OR if the RSO is homeless are they mandated to re-report their same location just because they are homeless?
Below you will find my current list of Re-registration timeframes for RSO’s. Anyone that that has the information I’m looking for, for the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia or Wyoming please email me the answer and a link to where you located this data to MaryDavyeDevoy@comcast.net . I’m asking for a link because for some of these State I found articles (not a statute) from 8+ years and since then the law may have changed, I’d like either the specific statute stating the re-registration timeframes or an article no more than 3 years old. Also if anyone knows if their state does or does not increase reregistration for failure-to-registers or homelessness, please email that information so I can check your State off before I start researching those issues.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Study: Children on Sex Offender Registries at Greater Risk for Suicide Attempts, Sexual Assault, Being Approached by Adults for Sex and Mental Health Problems


Back in April I attended the Johns Hopkins Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Symposium in Baltimore which I posted about here for anyone who is interested.

Well today Johns Hopkins has posted a study so I’m sharing the link.

Virginia publicly registers children as young as 13 years old (yes 13) as Sex Offenders on the Virginia State Police Registry. These children are classified as Violent and they have no avenue to ever be removed from the VSP Registry, and will remain listed, managed and monitored by the Commonwealth until they move to another State or until they die.

I have been proposing smart reforms for juveniles in Virginia (goo.gl/qYqGRv and goo.gl/DeeWOa) for the last 10 years and
I will not give up fighting for smart reform in Virginia, it’s too important.

Here is a new study from Johns Hopkins on what registering juveniles as Sex Offenders really does.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Children on Sex Offender Registries at Greater Risk for Suicide Attempts, Study Suggests December 6, 2017
Other risks include sexual assault, being approached by an adult for sex and mental health problems
https://www.newswise.com/articles/children-on-sex-offender-registries-at-greater-risk-for-suicide-attempts-study-suggests

Psychology Today: Children on Sex Offender Registries at Risk for Suicide, December 6, 2017
Other risks include sexual assault and being approached by an adult for sex.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prevention-now/201712/children-sex-offender-registries-risk-suicide


Mary Devoy

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Action Item for Virginia 2018 Bills SB24 & SB49 Emergency Shelters and Registered Sex Offenders, Patroned by Senator Lionel Spruill and Senator John Cosgrove.




Virginia Senators Lionell Spruill and John Cosgrove have both filed identical legislation for the 2018 Virginia General Assembly session. 

Last week I learned this request came from the Chesapeake Police Department. 

I expected a possible companion Bill in the House but I was surprised to see an identical Senate Bill post in LIS on Monday. 

SB24-Spruill and SB49-Cosgrove:
Provides that a registered sex offender who enters an emergency shelter designated by the Commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof and operated in response to a declared state or local emergency shall, as soon as practicable after entry, notify a member of the shelter's staff who is responsible for providing security of such person's status as a registered sex offender. The bill provides that the shelter's staff may access the publicly available information on the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry regarding such person and use such information in making reasonable accommodations to ensure the safety of all persons in the shelter; however, no person shall be denied entry solely on the basis of his status as a sex offender unless such entry is otherwise prohibited by law. The bill also requires that such person register with the local law-enforcement agency where the shelter is located within three days of entering the shelter if such person continues to reside in the shelter at that time. 

Now most readers are immediately going to say, WHY Registered Sex Offenders? Why not ask thieves, drug users and drug sellers, armed robbers, murderers, abusers and assaulters to declare their past convictions to the shelter? All of these crimes have recidivism rates that are 3-6 times higher than the recidivism rate of Sex Offenders but here you are singling them out in the midst of an emergency. The basis of this legislation is NOT fact but it is myth, fear and hate and no law in Virginia should ever be based on one of those reasons let alone all three. 

I’d agree with all of that. BUT, that is not an argument that Virginia Legislators will listen to when opposing a Bill/Legislation. They just aren’t, I know because I tried using that argument for my first few years of advocacy. 

So, let’s look at these 2 identical Bills, determine what the main problems with them are and if there is a reasonable fix OR if there isn’t. 
 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Getting Ready for the 2018 Virginia General Assembly Session


The 2018 Virginia General Assembly session begins in Richmond, Virginia 7 weeks from TODAY, on the second Wednesday of January. 

This will be my 10th session as a volunteer advocate working for data-driven reform of Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry and Laws. 

The annual Virginia General Assembly is where new State laws are proposed, debated, voted on and passed onto the Governor to be signed into law, amended or vetoed. 

2018 is an odd-year so we are looking at a Long Session (60 calendar days) as opposed to an even-year Short Session (30 calendar days). 

The filing of Bills for the upcoming 2018 session started just two days ago because it’s a Long session, in a Short Session year filing begins in July. 

Four years ago, I posted How a Bill Becomes a Law in Virginia it outlines the process of a bill moving through the Virginia Legislature as well as the differences between a Short and a Long Session. 

This November was an election year, for all 100 VA House seats and for Governor this means an inauguration is on the horizon plus the swearing-in of all new Delegates. This delays the real start of the 2018 session. Short sessions (odd years) are intended to hit-the-ground-running, so they do not follow an election.  

In anticipation of the 2018 G.A. session bills I deleted the 2017 Virginia G.A. page and Committee Member page a few months back. If anyone needs the information posted on that old page I can email it, just let me know. 

Yesterday I started the 2018 VA GA Committee page and today I started the 2018 VA GA Legislation page (see Directory on right side of screen) this is where I’ll post all relevant Bills to this platform. At first the Legislation page may only be updated weekly but by the second week of January until the end of session that page will update daily, sometimes multiple times in a day. 

All Virginia General Assembly Action Alerts will be in posts (not in a page) so you’ll see them as soon as you visit this blog.  

During the 2018 session I will post numerous Action Alerts for everyone to act upon and many times there will be less than 24 hours notice of a bill being heard and my Action Alert posting.  
 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two Sets of Rules: Virginia will Charge a 15, 16 and 17-Year-Old as an Adult for a Crime but then Claims that Same 15, 16 and 17 Can’t Consent to Sex.


In 1985, I was 14 years old and I had sex for the first time, but according to Virginia law I couldn’t consent to that sex ……..I was a victim.

When I was 15 and 16 years old I was lying about my age to 18, 19 and 20-year-old men at the Wards Corner Roller Rink, Military Circle Mall, Putt-Putt Golf and Waterside in Norfolk.

I clearly remember waiting in line back in 1987 overnight for U2 tickets at the Military Circle Mall with a friend of mine, I was 16 years old and none of the guys (mostly military) we talked to and hung out with that night knew it. My friend didn’t even have money to buy tickets the next morning, she just came along with me for the overnight “experience”, which was a TOTAL party.

I did not look or act like I was 15, 16 or 17 years old, I easily passed as an 18 year old and that’s what I regularly claimed to guys but according to Virginia law if those men believed my lie and had any sort of sexual contact with me the burden fell on them, not me because legally I couldn’t consent.

When I was 15, 16 and 17 years old occasionally I drank alcohol it was easy to acquire just stand outside the Tinee Giant or Be-Lo and ask some guy to buy me (and my girlfriend’s) a 12 pack of beer.

How did I have money to buy beer? I worked.

I began babysitting at the age of 12 by 14 years old I was babysitting until 1-2am sometimes a few miles from home. By 15 or 15.5 years old I had my first job as a cashier at the McDonald’s by the Granby St. bridge in Norfolk, after that I took a job at a local dental office filing, answer phones, cleaning the dental tools, making plaster molds and developing x-rays. After that I was a salesperson at Stitches at Wards Corner, all before I turned 18 years old.

During that time, I was driving a vehicle (not my own, I had to ask to use it) not just during the day but at night as many 16 and 17-year old’s do across Virginia.

In 1987 and 1988 if I had committed a crime like DUI, robbery, drugs or even murder I would have been charged as an adult in Virginia, facing adult penalties even though I was a minor.

The state of Virginia allowed me to hold a paying job and to drive a 2,700+lb vehicle down Interstate-64 at night, without an adult but it says I couldn’t consent to sexual activity. Even if the guy had asked me if I was 18 years old to make sure he wasn’t breaking a law and I flat out lied to him, he was responsible for MY lie if we had any sexual contact. Think about that for a minute, you’re held responsible for someone else’s lie.

This double-standard has bothered me for years especially over the last 10 years since I became an advocate working towards data-driven reform of the Virginia Sex Offender Registry.

What is the hypocrisy of allowing 15, 16 and 17-year olds to hold adult jobs with adult responsibilities, allowing them to drive vehicles that could easily kill other people and charging them with almost any crime as an adult instead of as a minor but SEX...they cannot handle that decision, they aren't old enough to consent, it's too risky for them.
 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Action Item: Why Doesn’t Virginia Track the following Data About its Registered Sex Offenders?



As everyone knows the Virginia State Police spends around $8.2 Million per year on the monitoring of approximately 40% of the entire VSP Registry.

That’s a lot of money especially since it’s for less than half of the entire group. So, you would think the State would track certain data about it’s RSO’s to better understand if they are wasting money treating everyone identically, if there are people who are truly zero-risk that should be removed, if race may place a part in convictions and if RSO’s have a higher rate of homelessness, joblessness or self-employment than other former felons in Virginia.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Virginia 2017 Election Results for House of Delegates, 3-4 Districts are Still Undetermined


Tuesday was Election Day in Virginia, to decide Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, all 100 House of Delegates seats, plus many, many local offices including Commonwealth Attorneys.
 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today, There is Hope for a Smarter Sex Offender Registry in Virginia


This year I did not meet with Virginia Legislators from Spring through Autumn as I usually do each year, I was losing steam and losing some hope that Virginia would ever move towards reforming the VSP SO Registry and our laws.

For far too long myth, fear and hate has driven Sex Offender legislation while facts, data and proven processes were being willfully ignored by 3 separate Administrations and 9 Virginia Legislatures. The Virginia Senate wasn’t as big as a barrier for reform as the Virginia House was. All smart and proven criminal justice reform that makes it into a piece of Legislation dies a quick and swift death in the Virginia House.

I’ve been called names, I’ve been shamed in Committee meetings, I’ve been silenced by Committee Chairs and I’ve had Legislators say they don’t care what the facts are or what evidence I provide they will always vote for harsher laws against Registered Sex Offenders. Even with all of these reasons to quit, I continue to show up and speak out.

In the 9 sessions I’ve had meetings w/ Republican’s and Democrat’s, I found a few sponsors for legislation (2009- HB2225, 2010-HB1328 SB635, 2011- HB2382 HB1628, 2012- SB420 HB413 HB416, 2014- SB553, 2016-SB11 SB243) and I’ve spoken against myth-based hate-driven legislation with a few successes. Of the 140 current Virginia Delegates I've met with 46 of them and 23 of their Legislative Assistants, that’s 69% of the entire VA House. Of the current 40 Virginia Senators I've met with 26 of them and 10 of their Legislative Assistants, that’s 90% of the entire VA Senate. Then there's all Delegates and Senators who've retired from 2009- 2016 that I had also met with.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Visiting RSO’s from Out-of-State: In 2011 Virginia State Police Legislative Liaison told the Virginia Legislature They Must Register in 14 days, Turns Out That was WRONG!


Over the last 9 years I have shared many frustrating interactions, conflicting information, bad processes and inaccurate claims when it comes to getting a straight answer, registration, re-registration and updating data for Virginia’s 22,800+ Registered Sex Offenders with the Virginia State Police.

In the last week I could not get a straight ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer from the Virginia State Police (the owner of the VA Sex Offender Registry and the monitor and manager of VA’s RSO’s) on a very basic question, all they will do is point me to the Code of Virginia for me (a non-attorney) to interpret what it means.

First let me give you some history on the topic.
 

Back in 2011 there was a Bill that the VSP Legislative Liaison (I gave his name to Virginia Legislators in an email 4 days ago but I’m omitting from this post) was asked by the House Militia, Police and Safety Sub-Committee to first explain how the current law was applied and he did. 

The Bill was HB1579 and on January 28, 2011 in House Sub-Committee before it was amended Lt. Reed explained to everyone in the room that a visiting (not volunteering, not for school and not for work) Registered Sex Offender who spends 14 consecutive days in the Commonwealth must register with the authorities and an RSO who spends a total of 30 days in a calendar year must register. This clarified https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title9.1/chapter9/section9.1-905/ to everyone when it comes to the 14 days and to the 30 days. 

So since 2011 when out-of-state RSO's contact me and they ask when do I need to register in Virginia while I'm on vacation or visiting family and friends I have told them all per the VSP Legislative Liaisons clarification of the statute back on 01/28/11 on the 14th consecutive day.
 

Well last week I reread the VSP SP236 form and I saw that there was a check box only for 30 days, not for 14 days so I sent an email to the VSP asking, What about 14 days per the 2011 VSP Legislative Liaisons explanation to the Virginia Sub-Committee? 

VSP Lt. Jeremy Kaplan (one of the three people I asked in my email) copied VA Code and highlighted the employment portion (14 days) and the extended visit portion (30 days) and he then concluded in his email reply that the VSP SP236 form is correct per VA code.  

This reply from Lt. Kaplan meant what the VSP Legislative Liaison told the House Sub-Committee, me and the entire room back in 2011 was completely incorrect.  

So, I wanted to be sure that I understood and I asked Lt. Kaplan to confirm (w/ a ‘yes’ or ‘no’) is an out-of-state RSO who visits Virginia for 14-29 days required to register with Virginia authorities and he again copied VA Code but did not answer ‘Yes’ or “No’. 

This means: 

1.     The 2011 VSP Legislative Liaison who described exactly what must be done by a visiting RSO to the Virginia Legislature was wrong. That’s a big deal! Many Virginia Delegates and Senators chose to believe whatever the VSP Legislative Liaisons tell them in Committee hearings even when I stand up and point out they are incorrect and then give supporting data to back up my point.  

2.    RSO’s from Virginia and from Out-of-State should be able to ask the owner and the manager of the Virginia Sex Offender Registry (the Virginia State Police) a 'Yes "or "No" question and get an actual answer to avoid arbitrary felonies. But instead the VSP copies VA Code for non-attorney’s and even illiterate folks to figure it out on their own and if they get it wrong you can bet they’ll face a new felony. 

3.    RSO’s from Out-of-State who are visiting (not volunteering, not going to school and not working) do not need to register with Virginia authorities until the 30th day. I will be revising my VA RSO’s Legal Restrictions and Regulation page to reflect this change in information that has come directly from the Virginia State Police.
 

After 9 years of volunteer advocacy I shouldn’t find the Virginia State Police haphazard answers to basic questions surprising or disheartening, but I do and so should the Virginia Administration and Legislature. 

Virginia State Police Legislative Liaisons should only speak the truth/fact at Virginia General Assembly Session Committee hearings when new and harsher laws are being considered.  

AND the VSP should be required to answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions for Registered Sex Offenders who are trying to interpret their legal obligations whether they live, work, go to school or are just visiting the Commonwealth.  

Mary Davye Devoy

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Action Item: Ask Virginia Administration to get the VA Department of Corrections to Track Registered Sex Offenders


 
Back on June 21, 2017 I posted the 2016 VADOC totals along with an action item to get the VADOC to go back to tracking the recidivism (re-offense) rates of Virginia’s Registered Sex Offenders. Then on September 21st  I posted the 2017 numbers.

Today I am reposting the action item because of two Virginia Candidates campaigns. 

One is Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Gillespie who first had a flyer calling Ralph Northam soft on Child Molesters. Then Mr. Gillespie had a video produced saying Unrepentant Sex Offenders should not have their rights restored and then held up one anomaly as an example of Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia, later this ad was edited to say Unrepentant Violent Offenders but still held up the one man as the example. Then this morning a new television video ad is running for Mr. Gillespie with Woodbridge VA Attorney Heather Steele (a mother) continuing the fearmongering of “Sex Offenders” in Virginia. 

The second is Green County VA Republican candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney, Matthew Hardin who wants no plea deals for “Sex Offenders” in Virginia. When we all know that 95% of cases that end in a conviction in Virginia is settled with a plea because the system cannot support trials for everyone especially in a State with mandatory minimum sentences and no parole, plea deals are the only route. I reached out to Mr. Hardin on Twitter this morning and not only did he say he wants zero tolerance for Sex Offenders but he incorrectly claimed that “Sex Offenders” have a high rate of recidivism. I then educated Mr. Hardin with links https://twitter.com/AttyMattHardin/status/923519478058668032 https://twitter.com/AttyMattHardin/status/923519759727120384  so he could do some much-needed reading if he becomes a Prosecutor in Virginia after the election in November. Since sending him facts to counter his hysteria, he has not replied back. No surprise.

Candidates, current Legislators and even Commonwealth Attorneys regularly make false claims about the recidivism of Sex Offenders in Virginia and no one ever questions them about their false statements. 
 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

50 States: Juvenile Registration as Sex Offenders - Public, Private or Not at All? Revised List as of October 17, 2017


10/23/17 Update: 

After 5 hours of additional research I determined a few States that I originally had noted as having Private Registries but per Impact Justice did not, actually do have them. 

The below list of 50 States has been revised to reflect this confirmed information. 

Mary

 

Original Post:
 
Impact Justice / National Juvenile Justice Network have had a 50 State Juvenile Registration Snapshot that I was intending to compare to my 3-4-year-old 50 State Juvenile List but I just had never gotten around to it, plus I had seen a few errors about Virginia in the Snapshot, I was in no hurry to update my old list. 

But then I was asked by Impact Justice last week to review the VA information in their current Snap Shot as they are planning on an update in the near future. I was very happy to assist them in getting the VA information corrected. 

So today I had the time to compare the data from the 49 other States and Washington D.C. to update my own chart that had taken me weeks to fill out and even then, I was missing New Mexico, New York, North Dakota and Oregon, boy did my chart need updating.  

Halloween 2017 Do’s and Don’ts for Virginia’s Registered Sex Offenders


Halloween 2017 is two weeks from today. 

What Can and Can't Registered Sex Offenders (RSO’s) in Virginia legally do on and around the Halloween holiday? 

Well it depends. 
  • If you or your loved-one are NOT under VADOC Probation supervision see I.
  • If you or your loved-one are currently under VADOC supervision see II.
Finally, will you/ your family possibly be visited by U.S. Marshal’s or the Virginia State Police before, on or after Halloween and what are your obligations? See III.