Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Mexico: Interview with Attorneys Barry Porter and Sheila Lewis

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GREAT RADIO SHOW IN New Mexico; YOU GOTTA LISTEN!

Everyone is invited to listen to the interview of Barry Porter and Sheila Lewis, attorneys from New Mexico, as they discuss reentry barriers and collateral consequences facing those with felony convictions. The show was aired today on public radio in Santa Fe and is available online at  http://www.santaferadiocafe.org/uncategorized/2015/07/29/sheila-lewis-and-barry-porter/.

The hour-long show covers many topics with an emphasis on:

·        barriers to reentry;
·        lack of housing/employment opportunities;
·        excessive sentencing; and
·        the need to enact legislation that would expunge some arrest records.

Both attorneys discuss Sex Offender Registration in detail and the need to move away from the “one size fits all approach” that is used in New Mexico and most other states. Mr. Porter attended our national conference and mentioned some of what he learned regarding practices in other states. Also, Mr. Porter regularly contributes to our monthly newsletter. In this month’s issue he will respond to a question regarding whether or not a person must admit his crime to be granted parole. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fix the Florida Sex Offender Registry


"Sex offenders are not a homogenous group. Not everyone on the list is a child molester, not everyone directly harmed someone and not everyone represents the same level of risk. Lumping everyone into the same basket who may or may not pose a likely risk or even be present in our community is unfair and it impairs a parent’s ability to distinguish the truly dangerous from everyone else.
 
It is time Florida fixed its sex offender registry and removed those who are no longer in the community, no longer dangerous or who never were dangerous in the first place."

Sign the petition for Governor Scott to fix the Sex Offender (for LIFE) Registry here in Florida! Click here to sign! 

 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Punitive incarcerations drain state coffers | Florida Action Committee

Punitive incarcerations drain state coffers | Florida Action Committee

Miracle Village gets more national attention. | Florida Action Committee

Miracle Village gets more national attention. | Florida Action Committee

Justice for Zachery Anderson (Indiana) and Fix the Florida Registry Petition

Justice for Zachery Anderson

Parents of Zachary Anderson

Also, don't stop there with the injustice for many that were forced into the same situation! 

Florida couple was convicted for having consensual sex on a public beach

"Sex offenders are not a homogenous group. Not everyone on the list is a child molester, not everyone directly harmed someone and not everyone represents the same level of risk. Lumping everyone into the same basket who may or may not pose a likely risk or even be present in our community is unfair and it impairs a parent’s ability to distinguish the truly dangerous from everyone else.
 
It is time Florida fixed its sex offender registry and removed those who are no longer in the community, no longer dangerous or who never were dangerous in the first place."

Sign the petition for Governor Scott to fix the LIFE registry here in Florida! Click here to sign!

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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.”