Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

RSOL 2011 National Conference

Forwarded info on Upcoming March in Washington

Hi All Warriors,

Let me introduce myself. My name is Gail, I am the President and Legislative Chair, of the Florida Action Committee, we are the Florida RSOL Affiliate. I believe I have met many of you at the St. Louis conference. I have recruited Rita from NY RSOL and we will begin to coordinate the “March on Washington in 2012”. There is much to do and we have not really gotten too far. What we have identified is we need and want to make this happen. We need a permit and we do not yet have the schedule for the 2012 Legislative session, (so we cannot yet set a date). What we can do is begin the planning. Decide on the actual message of the march and what strategy we will employ to mobilize a HUGE GROUP. I am sending this email as a first point of contact. I was unable to read all of the emails of those who signed up as interested. If you know of anyone else interested please pass this on.

What I need to know from you all is how much are you willing to do to organize for your state.

Once we know who the players are we can schedule a conference call and begin our work. I check email frequently. So let me know what you are willing to do.

I look forward to bringing this to fruition in a “BIG WAY”. Note: Updates will follow!

Let’s get started.

Warm regards to all of our “Warriors”

Gail

Gail@floridaactioncommittee.org
Florida Action Committee
President and Legislative Chair

Florida Action Committee
http://www.floridaactioncommittee.org

Affiliated links:
http://www.youtube.com/user/FLActionCommittee
http://twitter.com/FACforChange
http://onetoseechange.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 22, 2011

MA - Topic: D.C. Circuit Upholds Sex-Offender Registr


Original link: http://www.inbrockton.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=9479

D.C. Circuit Upholds Sex-Offender Registry

A federal appeals panel in Washington today rejected an argument that the District of Columbia's sex-offender registry is an unconstitutional example of ex post facto punishment.

The challenge to the registry was brought by Grant Anderson, who according to the panel's opinion is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. A jury convicted Anderson in 1988 of attempted rape and other charges. While he was serving his sentence, the D.C. Council in 2000 passed its Sex Offender Registration Act.

Anderson brought the case pro se. U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts granted motions by the District government and the U.S. Justice Department to dismiss the case. On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit appointed a student and professor from the University of Georgia School of Law to argue for Anderson as amicus.

The decision today from a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit says the D.C. registry should be viewed as a civil system of regulation and not as an additional criminal penalty. The opinion notes, for example, that the registry is housed in an administrative agency, not in a court office or in an agency charged with carrying out punishment.

"We see no reason to think that the Council's aim with [the registration act] was different from that of the many other legislatures that have passed similar laws," Judge Thomas 
Griffith wrote for the unanimous panel. Judges Merrick Garland and Karen Henderson joined the opinion (PDF).

Griffith wrote that Anderson failed to support his other claims, including violations of the Fifth and Eighth amendments.

Ariel Levinson-Waldman, senior counsel to D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan, wrote in an e-mail today: "We are pleased that the court of appeals confirmed the constitutional validity of the Council's regulatory law dealing with this important issue."

A message left with Erica Hashimoto, a University of Georgia associate professor who handled amicus briefing in the case, was not immediately returned today.


Schools tighten policies - Registered sex offenders' access to property restricted

http://www.pal-item.com/article/20110821/NEWS01/108210325

"To Catch A Predator" Judge Dismisses Sex Case Says Dateline Entrapped Sailor

http://www.tmz.com/2011/08/16/dateline-acquittal-nbc-joseph-roisman-to-catch-a-predator-sex-offense-case-chris-hansen-entrapment/#.TlJZH1s-GRM

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Be aware of sex offenders - Interesting????


"The woman behind the page reinforced Mr Spagnolo's advice, saying the possibility of repercussions existed, as the person posting the information could defame an innocent person's character."

Iowa Prison Officials To Recalculate Sentences Of More Than 3,000 Inmates

Govt eyes tightening laws for sex crimes

Inquiry ordered as law lags behind teen sexting

Police get judge's OK to evict sex offenders near school

New Site Found - Registrationx.net

Where to put Oregon

Tampa FL - Are kids at risk near sex offender?

Are kids at risk near sex offender?

Sex Offender Issues: OK - Repeat sex offender on the loose in Wagoner

Sex Offender Issues: OK - Repeat sex offender on the loose in Wagoner: The title above is misleading. They say it's a " repeat sex offender ." They don't know if it's the same person, although the eyewitness a...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dixon: New Missouri law makes teaching more difficult

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110819/OPINIONS05/108190305/Dixon-New-Missouri-law-makes-teaching-more-difficult


Sad our country has come down to fear and hysteria.

GA - Megan’s Law group available for help with info on offenders - REALLLLY!

http://neighbornewspapers.com/stories/Megans-Law-group-available-for-help-with-info-on-offenders,174093?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=stories&town_id=&page=

"The Paulding County Sex Offender registry can be accessed by going to the website, www.paulding.gov/sheriff, and clicking on “Sex Offender Watch” in the top right corner.
Residents are able to report Paulding County registrants who are failing to comply with registration requirements, employment or supervision restrictions or who are in positions of trust where they have access to children by contacting the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Crimes against Children Unit at 770-445-6105. The PFML Sex Offender Registration Tips Program allows citizens nationwide to report registrants who are not in compliance. Those tips can be provided through the Helpline or online at www.parentsformeganslaw.org.
Gulledge reminds residents not to use these non-emergency reporting channels to report police emergencies. Dial 9-1-1 in any emergency."

Interesting??....now neighbors can report on sex offenders' non-compliance and sent them back to jail? Don't you think that's odd that others have a right to do that. I think harrassment is one way to get SO's out of their area even if there was no non-compliance with them.

And, what about that last line in its entirety... so confusing to say the least, "not use emergency reporting channels". So there isn't much of an emergency threat then, is there?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

AG Cooper: NC sex offender registry not in compliance with federal law

Florida - ANDREWS v. STATE - Opinion filed August 15, 2011.

‘The Closer,’ Season 7, Episode 6, ‘Home Improvement’: TV Recap - SEX OFFENDER OMG


Interesting: "dead sex offender", "sexual assault", "Megan's Law", "realtor says that the sex offender single-handedly kept him from selling the house", "The theory: The couple couldn’t sell the house with a sex offender living so close, so they killed him and dumped him, but his name couldn’t be removed from the sex offender website until his body turned up, so they sent the email that appeared to be from Dale to the city"....

Homeless shelter serves higher calling | panama, serves, calling - The News Herald

Homeless shelter serves higher calling | panama, serves, calling - The News Herald

Where is the humanity in America?

torquemada1369

8:03 AM on August 14, 2011

Fox said he realizes not everyone " believes in what we do,and that's OK but it means you don't have a say. Really Mr. Fox? What if we believe in what your clients do to the downtown area. Do the people who have to put up with being pan-handled have a say? How about the down-town business owners have a say?How about the police department who must increase resources in the area, do they have a say? And since you house sex offenders, do the local parents have a say? I could do this all day Mr. Fox. And whether anybody believes in what you do or not we are a community and this is America so everybody has a say. Especially when your actions effect everyone in said community. I like the idea of moving the shelter to a less populated area. It would benefit the shelter because you could produce food and help instill a work ethic and self respect into there hearts. And the downtown area could be more hospitable to businesses as well as consumers.


Colorado - Family members of sex offenders organize lawsuit against Colorado's indeterminate sentences

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18677345

ACLU Lawsuit Moves to Keep Sex Offenders in House Near New Day Care Center

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/16/aclu-sides-with-sex-offenders-in-day-care-center-dispute/

Seeking your support in amending the sentencing guidelines for possession of child pornography offenses for first time, non-contact offenders

Greetings Everyone! We know that time is critical in getting these letters to the U.S Sentencing Commission.  Emphasize to your group and friends and family that letters should be in the U.S. mail by this Friday, August 19th in order to arrive by the deadline date.

There are 2 documents in this one link: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=tZrCajOX4KYt2j4jjMFTzA 1) A suggested cover letter that summarizes the contents of the 5 page letter to the US Sentencing Commission; and 2) The actual letter . Both are to be signed. 

Please review both documents carefully. In the full 5 page letter, add your story (BRIEFLY) if you can to indicate why you are interested or affected.  It is suggested that this be done perhaps following the first paragraph that begins 'We are seeking... and ending with 'no effective purpose.' Again, be brief but make your personal story touch the hearts of those who will be reading it.(i.e. My son has served his time in a federal prison, lost his job, home and family.  He now has to struggle to find work even though he is well educated and highly skilled.  His desire is to once again be a contributing member of society." 

Email me with questions  one.to.see.change@gmail.com or flrsolbmc@aol.comWe will get information out later on getting in touch with the Federal judges and judiciary committee members.

Blessing to each of you!

Barbara in Florida

Note:  Also, please do not submit back with this form. However, only mail it in at the address above the two combined forms. If you would rather have the documents sent as two separate entities just email me at one.to.see.change@gmail.com

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fear without Function: Do Sex Offender Registries Reduce Crime?

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2011/08/fear-without-function-do-sex-offender-registries-reduce-crime.html

More kids sexting: SA police

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8285646/sa-police-warn-teens-about-sexting

OH - City issues order against controversial homeless shelter

http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20110812/NEWS01/110812014/City-issues-order-against-controversial-homeless-shelter?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|Frontpage

OH - Stop bringing sex offenders to Mansfield

http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20110813/OPINION01/108130316

29 year old male, falsely accused of rape - Here's his story

Hi! I am a 29 year old male who was falsely accused of rape when I was a minor. When I was 17 yrs old I got accused of raping a 16 year old female. But the thing is I didn't rape her! We have never engaged in any type of sexual activity. I am writing you because I have a family now and I am in desperate need of getting my story heard so that my name can be cleared!
 
Prior to this night, Latoya (name withheld) had been pursuing me for years. On the night that I supposedly raped her she had consensual sex with one of my friends, whom of which was also at my house. I later learned that she snuck out of her house that night, got in trouble with her parents, and ultimately put the blame on me.
 
During court, Latoya let her mother do all of the talking instead of speaking up and telling the truth. I could not afford my lawyer therefore he insisted that I take the plea bargain, otherwise I could have been facing a 15 year sentence in prison.
 
This experience has been very life changing even though it was 12 years ago. I am struggling to provide for my family (my wife and daughter) because I can’t keep a job, and as a result we keep getting evicted from our apartments/houses. At the end of each year, I have at least 15 to 20 W2's for my taxes because I keep getting fired. Continuously getting fired has been very frustrating for me because I have attended college for three years and I still am not able to obtain a job. The most devastating part of it all is that I have to register as a sex offender for the rest of my life!
 
The question that I ask is: What would you do if you were me? Would you be able to handle this punishment for a crime that you didn’t commit?
 
All I want Latoya (name withheld) to do is take a lie detector test so the truth will be known and my name will be cleared! I have made several attempts to accomplish this goal via The Steve Wilko Show, Judge Mathis, Judge Pirro, Tyra Banks but she has declined every offer and repeatedly changes her phone number.
 
I thank you in advance for taking the time out to read this. I also pray that this email has touched your heart and has moved you to help me accomplish my goal. I am more than willing to provide you with in depth details, because I have nothing to hide.

Please contact this falsely accused male if you have any more questions or would like to assist him. Email one.to.see.change@gmail.com

Videos and documents needed

I received this as a personal e-mail from one of my friends at CFC as many of you know they are working on a video documentary now they have all the equipment and the getting started at I will paste part of my friends e-mails to me here if any of you can help with personal stories or possibly videos where you are explaining your situation or your family situation please read through the documentation below and see what you think you can do to help

It is like this my wife is an international prosecuting attorney employed for another country. She carries no weight in America but she is volunteering her time and knowledge of laws and briefings to help us put together a brief and a video that should if all goes well be released hand in hand. Here is a short layout concept we want everything to follow. The idea is simple. we need as many videos and documents from family and friends and children that are being victimized by these laws, we need as many personal stories and videos as possible, we need current law and updated law information, we need money trails, and history trails of the advocates.. This information needs to be broke down into the headings ive posted below. My wife will then break it into as powerful a synopsis as can be. We are going to make a movie out of it and a written documentary. Ounce this is done I have an idea that a few select people can help out with that will hopefully help to get us some positive international recognition.
A. A History of sex offender laws in America
B. wo profits from the sex offender laws in America and their histories
C.Do the sex offender laws work and are they constitutional?
D. Innocent victims of the sex offender laws. Spouses and children.
E. Who is registered under the S/O laws and how does this affect recidivism?
F. (conclusion) Is thier a Better alternative?

I do not know your personal situation but can u get some feelers out for me on some possible videos? My daughter,my wife, and myself have used our little webcam and put some together, the pastor to our church is doing one as well and the more victim stories and stories from our mothers,fathers,sisters,brothers,children,and wives we can collect the bigger a punch we will have.I promise faces will be blotted out very well and basic voice scrambling will be used for privacy and security ounce we receive everything.
I am also working with places like wikileaks and others so we can try to get an international publishing of things if we can get this right.

Please contact info@cfcamerica.org for more info

Saturday, August 13, 2011

DAVIS v. STATE - August 11, 2011.

Neighborhood watch steps up patrols near sex offenders' home

http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20110812/NEWS01/108120308/Neighborhood-watch-steps-up-patrols-near-sex-offenders-home

The Chomo Gremlin

Schools wrestle teens texting, social media use

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/article_766a69bc-aec2-5d7f-8336-0a1652dc0b15.html

CANADA - Crack, not sex urges, behind crime: lawyer

http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/news/Crack+urges+behind+crime+lawyer/5239954/story.html

Ireland - Child sex duo fail to halt review of job ban decisions

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/child-sex-duo-fail-to-halt-review-of-job-ban-decisions-16035138.html

Federal judge hears arguments about sex offender registration for people convicted of crimes against nature

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/08/federal_judge_hears_arguments.html

Neighborhood Looks To Ban Sex Offenders - Orlando News Story - WESH Orlando

Alabama's final version of the new SORNA law... all 100 pages of it

http://reformalabama.blogspot.com/2011/08/alabamas-final-version-of-new-sorna-law.html

Is the crime of "Failure to Register" a crime of moral turpitude

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bombing, Attempted Murder due Sex Offender Registry

Sex Offender Issues: TX - So why did this reporter INFLATE the numbers?...

Sex Offender Issues: TX - So why did this reporter INFLATE the numbers?...: "Original Article So why does this reporters report, not jive with what the sheriff departments own web site is saying? 08/09/2011 By ..."

Miss - Immigration issues ranked 'epic fail' in U.S. and Miss.


•Senate Bill 2032 deals with sex offender registration and requires anyone with temporary or permanent resident status who is employed or attending school in Mississippi and has been convicted of an offense must register with the appropriate agency and the Department of Public Safety.

Heat damages medical supplies stored in ambulances


[• Discussed sex offender issues with Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn.
Chinn said, “One week they’re complaining about me not tracking sex offenders and the next week they’re complaining about me arresting one.”]

GA - Augusta sex offender asks to get off state list | The Augusta Chronicle

Missouri - 85 currently on Webster County’s sex offender registry - SouthCountyMail.com: News

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Repost - "The Second Chance Act Amendments of 7/21/2011 Excluding Sex Offenders: REINSTATE sex offenders back into The Second Chance Act of 2011"

Should Sussex Limit Where Sex Offenders Can Live?

http://menomoneefalls.patch.com/articles/should-sussex-limit-where-sex-offenders-can-live

SHSU studies GPS monitoring of Arizona sex offenders

The Daily Mail > News > County, NYS on collision course

STATE v. RABER - Dated: August 8, 2011.


With the agreement of the parties, the court took the matter under advisement so that counsel could have the opportunity to brief issues related to sex offender classification. The court later determined that, pursuant to RC 2950.01(B)(2), ...

Court rules state can't ban sex offenders from nursing homes

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2759967/posts
http://www.patriotledger.com/topstories/x181932476/Court-rules-state-cant-ban-sex-offenders-from-nursing-homes

Monday, August 8, 2011

Missouri Teachers Seek Clarity on New Law Prohibiting Them From "Friending"

Sex Offenders: 1 Supervision Officers: 0

Sex Offenders: 1 Supervision Officers: 0

Massachusetts top court finds constitutional problems with state law barring certain sex offenders from nursing homes

http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2011/08/massachusetts-top-court-finds-constitutional-problems-with-state-law-barring-certain-sex-offenders-f.html

Handbook of Sex Offender Treatment - Corrections & Mental Health - Corrections Community

"The Second Chance Act Amendments of 7/21/2011 Excluding Sex Offenders: REINSTATE sex offenders back into The Second Chance Act of 2011"

Please sign the petition "The Second Chance Act Amendments of 7/21/2011 Excluding Sex Offenders: REINSTATE sex offenders back into The Second Chance Act of 2011".
The goal is to reach 10,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:
You can also spread the word to other advocates and especially friends and family. The petition needs all the signatures we can get for when we go to Washington DC early in the fall.
Thanks!
Terry @ NJVoices/RSOL

Sunday, August 7, 2011

National Post editorial board: Even the lowest of the low have rights

Addressing the 100,000 Missing Sex Offenders myth once and for all by Derek Logue



"One of the most prevailing myths driving tougher sex offender legislation is the 100,000 missing sex offender myth. This article (link above) addresses the history of the myth, questions the accuracy of the myth, and explains what it really means to be “non-compliant.” This article also summarizes the few studies on this myth and determines the number of  registrants who are truly 'non-compliant.'" ~Derek Logue

Saturday, August 6, 2011

MA - Molotov cocktail thrown through the window of the home of an ex-sex...

Miracle Park - Make donation

 
Also recommended read and video by Mr Witherow -
http://www.redstate.com/aarongardner/2011/07/30/sen-rubio-beat-a-dead-horse-in-the-senate-today-his-name-is-john-kerry/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium

The Agenda - Grinding America Down (Off Topic)



Coincidence or truth?

UT - Wrongly convicted man shares story of faith, redemption

IL - Sex offender limits to stay as is - Beacon News

Dad Sent To Jail For Threatening Daughter’s Sex Offender Boyfriend

 
Interesting comments below this article...

The Crime Analyst's Blog: Federal Sex Offender Law May Create More Problems ...

The Crime Analyst's Blog: Federal Sex Offender Law May Create More Problems ...: "CNN had an interesting piece this weekend about the lack of progress by the states in coming into compliance with the federal law the Adam ..."

CA - Realignment Might Be Good For Cars - But Is California a Porsche or a Lemon?



"California's Little Prison Problem
The current consideration of realignment began this year with Governor Brown's January budget proposal, when he suggested reassigning the incarceration of low-level offenders and the supervision of parolees to the counties. Low level offenders were generally defined as prisoners who had never been convicted of a serious or violent crime, nor been required to register as a sex offender. This proposal was projected to help solve two problems:  the need to cut expenditures, and the requirement to move prisoners in order to ease overcrowding in the state prisons. In addition, those on parole from prison, or on post-release supervision locally, were to be sent back to prison only for the commission of a new crime, and no longer simply for a violation of a condition of their release.

There was serious pushback from local authorities and members' constituents about the lack of capacity in local jails and the lack of local rehabilitation and transition programs.  Visions of wholesale release of dangerous criminals abounded, even though lifers, high risk sex offenders and any felon who had committed a serious or violent crime would remain in the custody of the state prisons. The trick for the budget balancers was how to lower expenditures from the general fund while, at the same time, providing a source of money to fund local governments to incarcerate, rehabilitate and supervise low level offenders, and parolees. Even though the overall cost to the state would be less, money still had to flow to the locals to pay for the public safety piece. And there was more."

The Jessica's Law Nightmare in California: Are All Internet Users Child Pornographers?

The Jessica's Law Nightmare in California: Are All Internet Users Child Pornographers?: "From: Lubbock Online http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/bert-knabe/2011-08-03/hr-1981-presumes-we-are-all-child-pornographers H.R...."

Housing Sex Offenders Work Group Meeting Minutes – 8/3/11

http://westernmasshousingfirst.org/2011/08/04/housing-sex-offenders-work-group-meeting-minutes-8311/

Liberty County Juvenile Probation Center hosts awareness seminar - Your Houston News: News

Liberty County Juvenile Probation Center hosts awareness seminar - Your Houston News: News: "Liberty County Juvenile Probation Center hosted a community awareness seminar on Aug. 5 at the Cleveland Civic Center."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thylane Loubry Blondeau 10 yr old Sex Symbol?

72 Charged in Online Global Child Porn Ring

3 Boys, Sex with a teen girl in the back seat

IL - Illinois 'Romeo And Juliet' Law Would Take Young Sex Offenders Off ...

Ex Post Facto in Oklahoma Unconstitutional?

TX - Batavia Aldermen Won't Change Sex Offender Restriction

http://batavia.patch.com/articles/batavia-aldermen-wont-change-sex-offender-restriction#photo-7240167

STATE v. DaSILVA


"5 DaSilva was charged with failure of sex offender to provide notice of address change, a felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He moved to dismiss the notice charge, contesting that he had an obligation to register in Montana pursuant to his ..."

Editorial: Making sex offenders homeless won't help

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/03/3812492/making-sex-offenders-homeless.html

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The False Rape Society: Drunk Teen Makes Fake Rape Report

The False Rape Society: Drunk Teen Makes Fake Rape Report: "Drunk and underaged? Nothing else to do? Why not call 911 and report you've been raped? According to police, that's exactly what William S..."


Gotta love this one! What a farce the registry is...and crazed hysteria. A false sense of security, ha, is right! Don't worry I have a feeling that everyone will eventually be scrutinized and judged the same, and others will fear in what their past has brought them thus far.

CA - Sex offender sues over residency ordinance



Seriously, how ignorant of this one guy to say "once a sex offender always a sex offender"?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sex offenders housed with vulnerable teenage girls in state-funded programme


'If the programme is guilty of anything,' Ms Loyd said, 'it's for taking kids that nobody wants to work with.'

Registered sex offender sues Elk Grove to win right to live with ailing parents

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/01/3807509/registered-sex-offender-sues-elk.html

AL - Hits and misses

http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20110801/NEWS/110739965/1006/entertainment?Title=Hits-and-misses
 
Improving law
Thumbs up to the Alabama Legislature for amending state rules affecting 17-year-olds convicted of statutory rape for having consensual sex with a slightly younger teenager. The old law, which required that the offender remain on the sex offender registry for life — even if the couple married — was too harsh. The new law allows the offender to petition the court to come off the registry. These narrowly defined cases differ greatly from most other sexual offenses.

San Ramon Express : San Ramon Valley home to 17 sex offenders


"While studies show that sex offenders in general and pedophiles in particular have high recidivism rates, those in the area are being closely monitored, according to local police." ~by Glenn Wohltmann

Wrong!

CNMI SORNA laws now in compliance with DOJ guidelines

CNMI SORNA laws now in compliance with DOJ guidelines

Pols: Throw Net on offenders

Pols: Throw Net on offenders

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"When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect."
~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:
* * * *
“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.”