Sunday, February 10, 2013

Boyfriend gets lifetime sex offender status for cellphone video - Winston-Salem Journal: State / Region

"This is why mandatory sentencing is ineffective. Judges need to have the discretion to look at a case and do what they know is right based on the circumstances of the case. The sex offender registry has more young guys like this registered than those who are dangerous and pose a risk to our communities. Our sex offender policies are ineffective. There are hundreds and thousands of pages of research stating exactly this, so why do we continue to pass ineffective laws which do nothing to keep us safer, nothing to stop the cycle of abuse and continue to ruin the lives of our families and citizens who should be productive members of society. We need to demand our legislators pass laws which are evidence based and when they write these bills they should have to substantiate what research supports this policy.

"STOP FEEL GOOD LEGISLATION". We should be getting a return on our investment as tax payers so we are not a nation of the incarcerated....

EVERYONE deserves a second chance!"

Florida Action Committee

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Class Action Filed Against Mugshot Websites

Class Action Filed Against Mugshot Websites
Removal fees charged by mugshot websites violate Ohio's Right to Publicity law.

Thank you for your interest in Lashaway v. et al., the Ohio lawsuit against several mugshot websites. 

We have an immediate need for someone in Southern California to be interviewed by a Los Angeles news station on Monday, February 11th; to speak to their experience dealing with these website operators and how having their booking photo posted online has affected them. Being personally present is preferred, but if you are available to speak via phone, please let us know.

We've gotten a tremendous amount of positive media attention nationwide on this case. Please continue contact your prosecutor’s office and local representatives regarding this important issue.  The complaint and press release are both available on my website, please forward to anyone that may be interested in this case.  We will continue to keep you updated as the case develops.

Thank you for your support.


Scott A. Ciolek
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Links of Interest Dec/Jan

In a unique way this judge resolves the issue so that it cannot happen again.
And retains jurisdiction, apparently forever.
In essence, overnight shelters ARE NOT a residence under MI SORA's residency law.
A new page has been added to the Community Room for State-by-State listing of Harassment, Stalking and Extortion Laws. See:
Will you help Oregon Voices respond to this reporter by both responding to the link below and, if you're able, adding her on Facebook and responding to her post about public posting?  We are fighting this in the legislature right now -- not all SOs are posted online in Oregon, but if Anna Canzano can hype up a few thousand more people and legislators, they soon will be. She won't get off our backs and slams Oregon Voices in this article.  We've taken a hit and can use some help.

Vice President, Oregon Voices
YOUR SAY - Part 3 - Registered Former Sex Offenders and their Families Speak Out!

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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.”