Monday, March 27, 2017

Legislative Goal #1 for a Smarter Sex Offender Registry in Virginia - Remove the Employer/Company Name AND the Street Address from the Online VSP Sex Offender Registry

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As you most likely already know, I completely redrafted my Legislative Goals for a Smarter Sex Offender Registry in Virginia on March 22, 2017. 

Now I’m going to post 1 to 2 of those goal per week, one at a time until mid-May to not only highlight each one but hopefully to inspire you readers/followers to speak up and ask your one Virginia Delegate and one Senator to Patron/Sponsor a Bill at the next Virginia General Assembly session in January 2018. 

Our VA GA. sessions begin the second Wednesday of every January so you should make your request somewhere between May and early-November. You could do it via email, via phone or even schedule a meeting with your Delegate and Senator to discuss the issues that concern you as their constituent and then propose a Bill or two at that meeting.  

If they decline to Patron/Sponsor the Bill, ask them why 

If their concerns can be addressed, address it. If not let them know you’ll be in a touch again in a month or 2, then pick a different goal and ask them to sponsor that new proposal and if they decline, again ask them why 

If their concerns can be addressed, address it. 

If not (they may say I just don’t want to patron that), then select another goal and ask them again in 2+ months to sponsor that Bill, persistence pays off!  

Even if they don’t agree to be a Sponsor they will know:
  1. If they give you a legitimate reason not to Sponsor you will return with facts and data to alleviate those concerns.
  2. If they don’t give a legitimate reason not to Sponsor a Bill you are willing to point out empirical evidence should be the reason laws are proposed not emotion, myth and hate.
  3. That you will continue to return to them asking for sponsorship as a constituent in their District.
  4. That you are a registered voter (hopefully) and these issues are very important to you and your family members (also voters, hopefully) and so every November they are up for reelection you and your family will be making your selection based on a candidates willingness to listen to reason and data.
You are their constituent, you are a tax-payer and hopefully a voter, they must listen to your concerns and proposals. If you aren’t sure how to address their reason/denial to sponsor a particular Bill that came from my Legislative Goals list, email me at with:
  1. The # of Goal you requested
  2. Which VA Legislator you asked
  3. The reason they gave you not to sponsor the Bill
If I can help you find a solution to deliver to your Delegate or Senator, I will. 

Today’s Goal is #1; remove the Employer/Company Name and the street address from the online VSP Sex Offender Registry. 

Mary Devoy  

Goal #1:

Virginia should remove at a minimum the Employer/Company Name of RSO's from the online Virginia State Police (VSP) Registry. The street address of the employer should also be removed from the online VSP Registry. 

Today Virginia Businesses are being punished/ shamed by customers, clients, vendors and neighboring businesses for hiring an RSO when they are participating in the successful re-entry of ex-offenders in Virginia. Most employers will not hire otherwise qualified individuals knowing that their company name will be posted on the VSP Registry. They do NOT want to be bothered with the criticism, shame, intimidation, harassment and occasional threats that follow. 

If the Employer/Company name and the street address were removed for the Internet nothing would change when it comes to the registration requirements, restrictions and VSP checks on the Offenders.
·         The RSO’s would continue to register ALL their employer information with the Virginia State Police (and their VA-DOC Probation Officer).
·         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.  

Virginia is one of only 6 States that publicly posts an RSO’s employer AND full address. 

29 states do not publicly post ANY employer information, 5 of those States are certified Federal Adam Walsh Act/SORNA compliant.  

10 States post just the address, 8 of those are AWA compliant.  

5 States post the city, county and/or zip code & 3 of those comply with AWA.  

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. 

A homeless RSO is an untraceable RSO, & that makes registration irrelevant. 

Past Legislation attempting to accomplish this:
Ø       2010- SB635 –Sen. Marsden     
-       (Passed the Virginia Senate 40-0 to then be stopped in a House Militia, Police and Safety Sub-Committee of 6, Virginia State Police Legislative Liaison openly opposed it.)
Ø       2012- HB413 Del. Watts
-       (“Laid on the table” instead of voting by the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee of 8, Virginia State Police Legislative Liaison openly opposed it.)
Ø       2016- SB11 –Sen. Howell
-       (Passed the Virginia Senate 22-17 to then be stopped in House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee of 12)