"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." ~Abraham Lincoln

Friday, January 30, 2015

FAC Recent Post for January 28-29, 2015

FAC Submits Complaint to FL Attorney General Regarding Bogus Stings
January 29, 2015

Today, the Florida Action Committee submitted a written complaint to Attorney General Pam Bondi requesting the office investigate the bogus sting operations taking place in our...
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January 29, 2015
Indiewire.com posted the following review of “Pervert Park” a documentary on the lives and conditions of individuals living at Florida Justice Transitions, a...
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January 29, 2015
Eric Goldman calls our attention to a rather astounding story out of Florida, involving how various Florida police departments are engaging in what appears to be basically sham...
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January 29, 2015
The United States leads the world in the number of people the country puts behind bars. Although it only has 5% of the world’s population, the United States has 25% of the...
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January 28, 2015
Our nation loves stories about sex. You throw “sex” into a headline and you’re guaranteed readership. FAC’s legislative committee keeps track of Bills...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Florida Action Committee Recent Posts

January 27, 2015
The following is a well referenced article on the lottery debate, which is republished here. Most reading this article would agree that it’s absurd to create laws...    Read More »


January 27, 2015
News 4 Jacksonville, known for extensively reporting on anything sex offender related, put out the following story yesterday which highlighted some of the problems with the...  Read More »



January 27, 2015
The US House of Representatives yesterday passed the International Megan’s Law which would require the US inform other countries when a registrant intends to travel there..........   Read More »


January 26, 2015
Often, we like to share stupid statements contained in reputable news sources, because it shows how ignorant even the most highly regarded news sources can be. Today, NBC’s...    Read More »


January 26, 2015
Those who have been through the system have seen the corruption and are not surprised by what’s been going on in the State of Florida’s Prison System. The family...    Read More »


The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

January 26, 2015

By Vicky Pelaez Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States,...  Read More »

Saturday, January 24, 2015

National RSOL Update

Update on the registered citizen with cancer who was granted his dying dream by the Dream Foundation only to have it taken back when his past was revealed to them. If this is the first you are hearing of this, you can catch up by reading this.

After the family made the decision to reject the portion of the gift still being offered to the rest of the family, we put out this action item and this press release:

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE CONSPIRES AGAINST VETERAN
Dying man suffers public humiliation as direct consequence of 
overzealous operative determined to prevent his final wishes

For immediate release:

January 20, 2015—Dayton, Ohio—Military veteran Greg Poston and his brother are dying of cancer. 

Their physician, Dr. Emily Vannorsdall, contacted the Dream Foundation about their dying wish, to see the Grand Canyon. At first the foundation was on board, and, with the help of the Veterans Service Commission, offered the trip to the brothers and their siblings.

Read the rest of the press release here.

Additionally, Paul Shannon, co-chair of the National RSOL Board of Directors, issued this statement to media in the New England area:

"The decision of the Dream Foundation to withdraw its offer of a special vacation to Greg Poston, a dying man and once convicted sex offender who has fully served out his sentence, is surely a sign of just how much our society has sunk into an abyss of hatred. We have come to believe as a society that there is no redemption and that the best way to make the victim feel better is to make life as miserable as possible for Mr. Poston. See all of you 'Christians' at church on Sunday!"

National RSOL Event Announcement: Advancing Advocacy, Tue, January 27, 2015

National RSOL Advancing Advocacy


Guest: Chrysanthi Leon
 

Impact of sex offender laws on family members and friends of registered sex offenders 

Through the use of surveys and interviews, our research (in progress) examines the consequences current sex offender policies and laws such as residency restrictions, registration requirements, and community notification have had on the family members of the individual convicted of the sexual offense in the areas of social/family relationships, employment, housing, and community involvement. Telling these stories can help advocates reach policy makers and the public.

Chrysanthi (Santhi) Leon, JD, PhD, is associate professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice with appointments in Women & Gender Studies & Legal Studies at the University of Delaware. Leon received her graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and is a research fellow at the Criminal Justice Research Program, Institute for Legal Research at the Boalt Hall School of Law. She is an interdisciplinary scholar in the area of law and society with particular emphasis on the roles and experiences of women as they relate to the justice system. Her book, Sex Fiends, Perverts and Pedophiles: Understanding Sex Crime Policy in America, is available from NYU Press. Building on this research, Leon consults with groups and organizations grappling with how and whether to welcome sexual offenders as participants in their communities.


Join RSOL on (usually) fourth Tuesdays to learn tips and get answers to questions surrounding sexual offense laws and policies, seeking change among lawmakers and the general public, and in general becoming a better advocate. We will be covering everything from basics to more detailed suggestions on how to approach lawmakers and build working relationships.
 
Conference "doors" will open at 7:45 p.m. E.S.T. for early birds. Details will be sent once you sign up for the workshop. The log-in and call-in can CHANGE so please always sign up to get the correct call information! Thank you.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Florida Action Committee Recent Posts


NH: A local lawmaker sponsors bills to protect convicted sex offenders

January 23, 2015
If anyone feels compelled to write a thank you message to this representative after reading the below story, here is his email information: Representative Timothy Robertson (d)...
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Q: Where can I find more information about the registration restrictions?

January 22, 2015
FAC tries to make as much information about registration requirements as possible available on our site, www.floridaactioncommittee.org. Additionally, there are several online...
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Article equates sex offender registry to prison.

January 22, 2015
The following is an excerpt from a very insightful article by Maya Schenwar. The article, which discusses the “prison outside prison” world of electronic monitoring,...
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New Sex Offender Bill Filed in Senate


January 22, 2015
Senate Bill 0336 was filed yesterday. There is an accompanying bill filed in the House the day before (H0387) The bill creates Florida Statutes 921.2312 and makes substantial...
 
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Florida:FAC President to Testify before Senate Criminal Justice Subcommittee

***UPDATE*** The bill was not heard on 1/20/2015 – Will advise on when it will be scheduled.

Posted by on January 20, 2015

"The lifetime GPS bill will be discussed in the Senate Criminal Justice Subcommittee today.
This is a horrible, nonsensical bill that will place everyone convicted of a “sex offense” on lifetime GPS after October, 2015.
It makes no distinction between someone that looks at inappropriate images on their computer from the privacy of their own home and someone who abducted and raped a child in a school yard. It makes no distinction between a first time offender and a serial rapist. Everyone gets a life sentence!
Offenders will have to cover the cost of monitoring and if they can’t afford to do so, they will earn a new third degree felony and go back to jail.
It is critical that we reach out to our legislators and express opposition to this horrible bill.

To watch the testimony go to: https://www.flsenate.gov/Media/VideoSchedule"

Note: Meeting should start at 4:00 under the House Criminal Justice Committee.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Florida Action Committee Recent Posts

Man Mislabeled Sex Offender Died Before Suit Could Be Heard

January 15, 2015
Just to illustrate how humiliating and life-threatening the “sex offender” label can be, a Jacksonville man whose drivers license mislabeled him a sex offender sued...
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Maine Supreme Court Finds Changes to the Registry Impose Extra Punishment

January 15, 2015
Maine is another state to add to a list of Supreme Courts who have found that enhancements added on to the sex offender registry constitute punishment. In this case, individuals...
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Controling what Sex Offenders do With their Money.

January 14, 2015
There’s been a lot of attention on Jeffrey Epstein lately. The Florida registrant served 13 months for procuring an underage prostitute in 2008. Last month, a victim filed...
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Failure to Register Carries a VERY STIFF Penalty

January 14, 2015
A 40 year old man in Jacksonville is facing 10 years in prison and a quarter of a million dollar fine for failing to register as a sex offender. The man, who committed a sexual...
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City of Hollywood to Decide Whether to Allow Adults Without Children in Playgrounds

January 13, 2015
In a move that FAC actually supports, the City of Hollywood, Florida will likely approve a new set of rules tomorrow that will prevent anyone OVER the age of 12 from being in a...
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Good Read: Disgust, Dehumanization, and the Courts’ Response to Sex Offender Legislation

January 13, 2015
The following appeared in the National Lawyer’s Guild Review. It highlights the impact the negative sentiment towards sex offenders and strong political influence has on...
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Proximity Ordinances: Does your county have one?

January 13, 2015
Just as our goal for 2014 was to have a legal challenge against residency restrictions (and we were successful in getting one filed), our goal for 2015 is to have a legal...
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Home in Daytona Houses 9 Registrants

January 12, 2015
Yesterday’s Daytona Beach News-Journal reported on a home in Daytona which as many as nine registrants call home. As if it were any surprise, registrants are clustered...
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Are You Being Solicited Online?

January 12, 2015
Have you noticed that you’ve been receiving an increased amount of solicitations since you’ve been required to register your online identifiers? There is a suspicion...
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Florida police lured innocent men into online sex stings and seized their property, records show

January 7, 2015
The following is a cut and paste, so I am attributing the source here.We are really glad this is getting the media attention it is. It’s time to start prosecuting the REAL...
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The Prince and the Sex Offender

January 5, 2015
Today’s Washington Post features a story titled, “The prince and the sex offender: Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious relationship“. The article...
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Good Quote


LOve IT!


Recent Posts: Florida Action Committee


Should this be Rape?

December 30, 2014
Here’s the scenario… An 18 year old and 15 year old are at a party. The two know each other for five months. The 18 year old gives the 15 year old a ride home from...
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How law enforcement turns law-abiding men into sexual predators.

December 30, 2014
This is the latest in a series from investigative reporter Noah Pransky. FAC Applauds the efforts of Mr. Pransky in uncovering a horrible injustice that has been taking place in...
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Restoration of Civil Rights for Sex Offenders

December 30, 2014
Lake Monroe, FL— December 30, 2014.  News of the Florida legislature potentially restoring felons who have completed their full sentences right to vote is encouraging.  However,...
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Judge says police can impersonate others to catch people on social media.

December 26, 2014
A warning to anyone using social media, including Facebook. A federal judge in New York ruled that law enforcement can set up fake profiles on social media for the purpose of...
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Florida: Deaths of SO's


Sex Offender Murders + (Current): Anita Smithey murder trial: Jury selection underwa...: 11-10-2014 Florida: Jury selection is underway this afternoon for Anita Smithey, an Oviedo woman accused of murdering her estranged husba...

Sex Offender Murders + (Current): Eyewitnesses scarce in Williams murder case: 9-17-2014 Florida: The 46-year-old Eastpoint man charged in the bludgeoning death May 10 of a known sexual predator has said he doesn’t ...

Sex Offender Murders + (Current): Dade Correctional back in spotlight after inmate s...: 8-4-2014 Florida: Prison protocol dictates that inmates be isolated when they express fear for their lives, at least until their complain...

Sex Offender Murders + (Current): After day-long search, suspected rapist Charlie Ch...: 9-6-2013 Florida: Suspected rapist Charlie Christopher 'Chris' Bates was shot and killed in a shootout with law enforcement offic...

Sex Offender Murders + (Current): Cops: Eastpoint man bludgeons to death sexual pred...: 5-13-2014 Florida: APALACHICOLA - 46-year-old Eastpoint man has been charged in the beating death Saturday night of a notorious sexual pr...

Sex Offender Murders + (Current): Police fatally shoot man accused of trying to rape...: 5-7-2014 Florida: SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. — Police said they shot and killed a man who was allegedly trying to rob and rape a woman inside a...

Officers involved in deaths of suspects return to duty
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Links of Interest:


Who knew it? Online services can block illegal images.



December 18, 2014
This article from Business Insider reports that Google is going to use a database of “digital fingerprints” of online images of child pornography to block the content...
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Commissioner Mike Moore: Dangerously Uninformed


December 15, 2014
An article from last week’s Laker/Lutz News highlights just how dangerous an uninformed legislator can be. In the article, Commissioner Moore makes several statements...
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Contacting your Legislator


December 15, 2014
Many of our members write to us regularly and suggest we contact the lawmakers and ask them to do something or to oppose a proposed law or ordinance. Chances are, if it’s...
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First-time child porn sentences too severe


December 14, 2014
Our own Gail Colletta contributed this one:...
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Jessica’s Law promised more than it could deliver


December 14, 2014
Jessica’s Law, the ballot measure to harness sex offenders, began eight years ago with a promise – one that parents whose daughters have disappeared, as well as law enforcement...
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International Megan’s Law


December 14, 2014
International Megan’s Law has been placed on the legislative calendar. https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4573 Here is the summary: International...
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International Megan’s Law: Misguided and Ineffective Policy


December 12, 2014
International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking (HR 4573): Misguided and Ineffective Policy On May 20, 2014, the United States House of Representatives...
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Backlash from Sex Offender Lottery Win


December 11, 2014
As predicted, the rash of backlash and stupid comments following Timothy Poole’s $3MM lottery win are pouring in. Every major news network has reported on it, as if no one...
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ACLU 2015 Priorities Survey

Forwarding so you, too, can have a voice:

Please take just a few minutes now to respond if you haven't already. Your answers are critical to guiding our work moving forward. We want to make sure your feedback is included as we plan our 2015 strategy.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Do You Believe in Karma Mike DeForrest?



Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Articles

Just over a month ago, Orlando reporter Mike DeForrest ran a series of reports for WKMG 6 to “out” local registrants who were working in the community.

The registrants were not committing crimes or doing anything illegal, they were simply working to support their families.

After publicly outing the registrants and shaming their employers, the registrants lost their jobs.

One of the registrants named in the story was Lake County’s Timothy Poole.

FAC wrote about the series in this post and concluded by saying, “The real shame should not be on the head of the registrants who were working hard, doing a good job and trying to live a law abiding life to support their families. The shame should not be on the head of the business owners, who were willing to give a human being a second chance… good for them!  The shame should be on vigilante reporter Mike DeForrest and Click Orlando for creating hysteria where it didn’t exist and leaving at least two families without an income tonight.”

Anyhow, in an incredible twist of fate (call it Karma, if you will), Timothy Poole just won three million dollars!!!

That’s right… here’s the same station’s report from today announcing that Timothy Poole had won the lottery!

We sincerely hope that Mr. Poole will take some of his winnings and invest it in challenging some of the draconian laws being passed.

(For response :https://www.facebook.com/MikeDeForestLocal6)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Florida Action Committee Recent Posts

Another FL Police Officer Caught Molesting Children

December 2, 2014
Florida has its fair share of Police Officers and Teachers caught molesting children. This week in Port St. Lucie another police officer was caught having a sexual relationship...
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16 Men Sentenced in Florida Sex Offender Sting

December 2, 2014
From News4 Jacksonville, which might as well be called the ‘Sex Offender News Network’ – given their vigilance in reporting on sex offender stories, comes the...
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Growing awareness of the limited efficacy of local sex offender residency restrictions

December 2, 2014
This new Wall Street Journal article highlights the new awareness of enduring problems with sex offender residency restrictions.  The lengthy piece is headlined “Cities and...
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Florida corrections secretary is resigning

November 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews is resigning at the end of the month. Crews notified Gov. Rick Scott on Monday of his...
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I take care of schizophrenics and sex predators. I’m completely unqualified.

November 24, 2014
This Washington Post article from today, highlights just how little it takes to operate or work in a mental health facility. It also references the Miami Herald’s 2011...
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Local child sex prosecutions at record rate

November 24, 2014
TAMPA — A defense contractor from Riverview is spending 30 years in prison for forcing a 16-year-old girl to have sex with him and using his computer to record their encounter. A...
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Sex Offender Redemption: A story on Miracle Village

November 24, 2014
SEX OFFENDER REDEMPTION A colony of child molesters and sexual predators moved to a small town that didn’t want them. This is the story of what happened when they started showing...
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Almost 150 Registrants STILL Living Homeless by Railroad Tracks

November 21, 2014
Over a year since we reported it and a month since the ACLU lawsuit was filed, there are almost one hundred fifty registered citizens still living homeless by the railroad tracks...
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Florida’s Civil Commitment Center Run by Geo Group is For-Profit

November 21, 2014
That’s correct, the Florida Civil Commitment Center located in Arcadia, Florida is run by Geo Group, Inc./Correct Care Solutions, a for-profit private corporation. This...
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Internet Identifiers – What the California Courts Found and What it Means to Florida

November 20, 2014
In 2012, the state of California added a provision to their Sex Offender registration requirements that provided: sex offenders register “any and all Internet identifiers” within...
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California Can’t Enforce Online Tracking of Sex Offenders

November 19, 2014
California can’t enforce a law to combat sex trafficking because it tramples on free speech rights of sex offenders by requiring them to report online activities, such as their...
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Tampa: 8 On Your Side discovers incorrect, missing sex offender data

November 18, 2014
The following story was reported by Tampa’s WFLA. Apparently the City’s Police Department Website had inaccurate locations for sex offenders. One showed a registered...
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MUST SEE: Does the Sex Offender Registry Protect Children?

November 18, 2014
Of the more than 8,000 people listed on Maryland’s sex offender registry, the vast majority have never been convicted of touching a child or assaulted another person. Instead,...
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Sign ACLU Petition to End Mass Incarceration.

November 17, 2014
Please take a minute to support the ACLUs effort to end mass incarceration and also support an organization that supports FAC. Here is their plea:       While you...
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9 Investigates: Low percentage of those arrested in online sex stings get on sex offender list

November 17, 2014
More exposure for the extortion that was taking place throughout Florida with these “sex offender stings”.   9 Investigates: Low percentage of those arrested in...
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Transient Sex Offenders Continue To Be A Problem

November 17, 2014
News media and the public continue to complain about the transient homeless sex offenders being such a big problem but they ignore the cause… Residency Restrictions....
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Florida lawmakers tighten limits on sex offenders

November 17, 2014
FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. – Florida Lawmakers have passed numerous laws punishing those convicted of sex crimes and this year added more laws designed to keep the worst of the...
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Miami-Dade pushes Florida to require lifetime GPS for ALL registrants.

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~Adlia Stevenson U.S. Vice President (1893–1897) and Congressman (1879–1881)

On a Personal Note

Thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts regarding the issue of citizens’ rights, particularly addressing certain sex offenders’ crimes that do not fit the devastating, inequitable and endless punishment given.


As you know, many young men and women lives across the nation are being destroyed by incarceration, life-time registry and restrictive laws that do more harm than good. For those individuals, there is no second chance.

Below is a personal letter to President Obama:
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“Dear President Obama,

I truly agree with your sentiments that individuals, such as ex-felons, should be able to receive a second chance at life. Since we all know that one can veer off that path of life and travel along rough, rocky terrain, sometimes running off and ending up in some ditch. We all have made our fill of mistakes and sometimes those held a costly consequence that changed life forever. So we lived through it, trying harder to make things right with family, friends and those around us, but what about those who aren’t able to make things right even if they tried…because they’re labeled as too dirty, a leper, a person who is rejected from society and home.


But what if they’re a seventeen year old and had sex with a fifteen year old, consensual at that? Or they’re a teen that had gotten so enraged after a breakup that he sent out naked pictures of his girlfriend on his cell phone or email? Or an individual urinates where someone just happens to see them?


All are wrong and a travesty but do they deserve the life of no second chance with a registry that ends all. They are labeled, no jobs, no where to live…they have been deemed a menace to society, a plague. These certain circumstances, and many other situations similar to these, I believe still deserve a second change.

Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution


Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


After my son’s early release and two years of prison, I thought I had handled that fact graciously knowing after serving his time he would be able to get that fresh start, that second chance. He was an exemplary inmate, GED, college courses and vocational classes. Little did I know that a second chance on the outside was the farthest from the truth? He now struggles and lives in a trailer park sharing a trailer with another and surrounded by others in the same rocking boat, one to float endlessly in shark infested waters. I see him little because of probation requirements (he couldn’t live with us because we were 800 feet near a school). My family is afraid of what would happen to them if he lived with them…vigilantism. My son has no other place to stay since others condemn him of his crime that is screamed from the highest rooftop. Sex offender, sex offender!

Not all sex offenders are pedophiles or predators but some are simply young kids that make one stupid and rash decision that eventually changes everything, and they have no idea what they’ve done until their life is never their own. Exactly, where is that second chance for those sex-offenders who are lumped together with pedophiles and predators? Now, it makes me sick to think of my son’s future and many like him that are on the registry and many with no second chance…ever. I am asking you as a mother and as another concerned citizen of the United States that these laws are looked at again and taken into serious consideration in what they are doing to the Constitution of the United States, not for sex offenders in general but the future rights of every citizen, before anymore are put into effect. They unjustly strip an offender of their rights and place them in a guillotine that can be easily set off by anyone and at anytime. Where is the second chance for ex-sex offenders in the present, pending and future laws?”
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What truly saddens me is the weakness and deterioration of what the sex offense issue is doing to our once, great nation. Across Europe, others are seeing the injustice and disregard of rights, but we ignore this problem and it makes me wonder where humanity is heading….

We have become a hysterical society in which our latest witch-hunt is a sex offender--no matter his/her crime.

Below is a email sent from a foreign advocate to a father of a sex offender:
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“The tragic story of your son's death is just so sad that it's difficult to explain how. It was very hard to read your letters. It seems almost unbelievable that this can take place in a democracy! From our point of view, there is no justice in this. Not in any way: not for you, your son, the former girl friend – or even the state.

It is an abusive legal system. It seems barbaric. And we are so very sorry that this takes place. That's why it's so important for us to try to neutralize the debate with this…, hopefully making some changes. ….. to show the every day life of the sex offenders, trying to show how they keep on being punished, even after served prison time…..But we will for sure tell the story of the injustice that your son has been exposed to.”
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I appreciate everyone's commitment and backing to protect everyone's civil rights, plainly as noted in the Constitution of the United States and is presupposed, giving ALL men are “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”