Friday, September 27, 2013

California RSOL Challenge Featured on National TV Show

California RSOL and its recent legal challenge to the Halloween ordinance in the City of Orange that required registered citizens to post a sign in front of their residences will be discussed on "The Doctors", a national TV show, on September 30 on CBS.  The discussion is a 5-minute segment that includes "the doctors", a mother from the City of Orange and CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci.

"This is an important opportunity to educate the public on one way in which the civil rights of registered citizens have been violated," stated Bellucci.  "I am honored to have represented the organization, all registered citizens and their loved ones."

The Halloween ordinance in the City of Orange was challenged in a federal lawsuit filed in federal district court on September 18.  The Orange City Council unanimously voted to repeal the ordinance on September 24.  City Attorney Wayne Winthers stated in a letter dated September 24, that the City of Orange will mail letters to registered citizens who reside there informing them that the city's requirement to post a sign in front of their residence on Halloween was repealed and will not be enforced this year,  the sign requirement was enforced for three years starting in 2010.

ACLU of Florida: Voting Rights in Florida Up to International Standards

Bring Voting Rights in Florida Up to International Standards This October, the United States is going to be subject to review by a U.N. panel for compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty that the U.S. signed over 20 years ago that requires nations hold up to certain human rights standards. One of the areas which the UN panel will be reviewing is voting rights for people with past felony convictions, an area where Florida has disfranchised over 1.5 million citizens.

Florida's lifetime disfranchisement of people with past felony convictions has long been a black eye on our record for democracy and it was made worse when Gov. Scott and the Board of Executive Clemency created new rights restoration restrictions. Now that record is under the microscope for international scrutiny.

Add your name below to tell Gov. Scott and the Clemency Board to restore voting rights in Florida and avoid international embarrassment for our state.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Legislators Meet to Discuss Failures in Sexually Violent Predator Program.

LAKE MONROE, FLORIDA – September 25, 2013

This week in Tallahassee, legislators are meeting to discuss failures in the Civil Commitment program for Sexually Violent Predators and in Sex Offender Management. The meetings are being held in response to a Sun-Sentinel series which found individuals who could (and arguably should) have been held under civil commitment, but went on to commit heinous crimes.

The meetings highlighted the need to apply proven tools, such as risk assessments to distinguish between high and low risk offenders and then apply safeguards appropriately so that cases don’t fall through the cracks.We all agree that the systems we have in place right now are not working. Instead of piling on more ineffective laws to an already bloated and failing system, we need to examine what is and what is not effective, listen to the psychological experts, review the studies and apply resources being wasted on what is not working towards programs that are.

For example; significant probation resources are being misspent on registrant housing in light of residency restrictions. Despite the fact that studies have consistently shown that residency restrictions have no impact on public safety and may, in fact, increase risk by destabilizing former offenders, residency ordinances continue to be passed. If legislators actually wanted to improve public safety, efforts would be applied elsewhere.

The other problem is that the net has been cast far too broadly. Resources applied to low risk offenders who are extremely unlikely to reoffend are detracting from those who require enhanced supervision and are truly dangerous. Someone who had a consensual relationship with a slightly underage partner or who is a first-time, non-contact offender, should not be listed alongside a child molester with an extensive criminal history, or subject to the same restrictions - but they are.

What became apparent in listening to the meetings was that “sex offender”, “predator” and “sexually violent predator” were used interchangeably and that the legislature does not have a full understanding that we are talking about completely different classifications of individuals with different risk levels that require different levels of supervision.

The final expert to testify before the Senate committee yesterday was Dr. Robin J. Wilson, a researcher, educator, and board certified clinical psychologist who has worked with persons with sexual and social behavior problems in hospital, correctional, and private practice settings for more than 30 years. He suggested; “we need to go back to the risk principle. Those people who are at the highest risk require the highest intervention. Those people who are at the lowest risk probably don’t require a lot and they certainly don’t require all the best stuff that we have.” 

“When we institute law, we need to be mindful of this,” Dr. Wilson cautioned, “we are going to spend an awful lot of time over-supervising people who probably don’t need that level, perhaps at the risk of not having enough time or resources for those who do.”

Florida Action Committee (FAC), founded in 2006, is a state-wide consortium of concerned citizens and professionals whose purpose is to promote the prevention of sexual abuse while preserving the safety and dignity of all citizens through carefully structured laws targeting the truly violent, forced, and/or dangerous predatory acts of sex. FAC believes that many aspects of the current approach to sex offenders seriously undermine justice and actually increase the threat of sexual assault against others, particularly children. FAC opposes a publicized registry of sex offenders and seeks to bring an end to the humiliation of people who have already paid for their crimes. FAC asserts that only by supporting justice for all people—offenders and victims alike can a truly safe society be built and secured for all Americans.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Englewood woman accused of using baseball bat in murder of man she suspected of molesting a child

Englewood woman accused of using baseball bat in murder of man she suspected of molesting a child

Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing in Tallahassee

For those of you that could not attend the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing in Tallahassee, there is a link below for the live media feed which can be viewed online:

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Petition to sign: Florida Gov. Scott, Dept of Justice, US Congress, Pres. of the US: Reevaluate Florida Sex Offender Laws

FL - Lauren Book - Sex offender laws too harsh (+playlist)

Miami-Dade Community Observes Homeless Awareness Day (+playlist)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Shields of America advocates for Florida

Shields of America wants to join the fight for sex offenders in the state of Florida. You must “move” your case back into your jurisdiction with confidence with post-conviction remedies and attacking the “status or designation” of the Sexual Predator Act Florida, statute 775.21; or Sex Offender Registration Requirements under Florida statute, 943.0435. These two designations have improperly been enforced upon your moral spirit. Shields of America is providing a litigator for offenders in the State of Florida, known as Quest. Quest has struck the designation throughout Florida prisons within the State of Florida. He is well-knowledge of all offender statues under 794. 011 as well as statue 800.04 along with additional offender statutes therein. The courts in Florida are awaiting your decisions to move your circumstances. In order to gain your “relief” of this demoralizing stigma, it must be relieved from your conditions. To review your entire case and move you back into court to attack this label, Quest is offering a reduced rate around $250 depending on review and counsel of an offender when said offender has registration requirements and is filled with anxiety and apprehension and frequently does not respond to a training program. They are kept in close custody, which bars them from human rights, such as housing, employment, educational advancement.

In many jurisdictions, offenders are not eligible for parole; there is little hope for release after an extensive period of training and treatment, and satisfactorily ready for return to society with a confidence they will never re-offend. Instead, an offender often becomes hopeless after embittered by being “institutionalized and the objective of the Florida Correctional System is defeated…” (Citing from: Carchman v. Nash, 105 S. CT. 3401, 473 U.S. 716, 87 L. ED 2d 516, 53 USLW 5097)

About Quest:

Male or female, regardless of gender, Quest possesses court documents upon request. These documents can provide an offender with mechanisms in assisting an offender to seek “relief.” Quest’s documents consist of various appeals, successful under appellant rules of court. There are two parts to your conviction: pre-trial functions and post-disposition. The post-disposition is where Quest is necessary. When briefs are required to help you gain said “relief,” a consultation fee of $250 will be deducted from your legal prerequisites with your lawyer. All offenders who are seeking “relief” can contact email in lieu of breaching confidentiality. 

(Disclaimer: is not directly affiliated nor endorses Shields of America, but merely posts the information as a means to help others. Any decision to contact Quest is purely made of your own discretion.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Nowhere to Go: Homeless Threatened With Arrest

LAKE MONROE, FLORIDA – August 29, 2013

There are approximately 80 sex offenders currently registered as transient, living within feet of the railroad tracks at NW 71st Street and 36th Court in Miami. Most are there because probation kicked them out of their homes several weeks ago, after discovering (years later) it was too close to a school.

Last night, after midnight, the Metro-Dade Police came to the encampment and forced the registrants to leave the properly alongside the tracks. If they stayed, they would face arrest for trespassing on the County’s property. If they left, they would face arrest when their GPS devices signaled they were not where probation had told them to stay.

Facing this quagmire, the registrants packed up their tents and belongings and spent the remainder of the night in the middle of the street.

The text of FAC’s letter to State Probation in Miami-Dade County follows:

Dear Ms. DiBernado:

Last week I wrote you a letter to make you aware of the encampment of sex offenders on the corner of 71st street and NW 36th Court in Miami. To date I have not received a reply.

As you are aware, there are now approximately 80 individuals who are living as homeless alongside the railroad tracks at this location. The majority are there because your office ordered them to leave their homes several weeks ago because it was too close to a school.

Although most have family or friends they could live with, the County’s residency ordinance precludes that option. The same goes for homeless shelters.

We have been advised that last night, after midnight, the Metro-Dade Police Department showed up at the encampment and told everyone to leave or they would be subject to arrest for trespassing on County property.  Many of your probationers are on GPS Monitors and are required to stay at that location or also be subject to arrest.

I respectfully request to be advised of what is being done about this human rights and public safety issue.

Florida Action Committee (FAC), founded in 2006, is a state-wide consortium of concerned citizens and professionals whose purpose is to promote the prevention of sexual abuse while preserving the safety and dignity of all citizens through carefully structured laws targeting the truly violent, forced, and/or dangerous predatory acts of sex. FAC believes that many aspects of the current approach to sex offenders seriously undermine justice and actually increase the threat of sexual assault against others, particularly children. FAC opposes a publicized registry of sex offenders and seeks to bring an end to the humiliation of people who have already paid for their crimes. FAC asserts that only by supporting justice for all people—offenders and victims alike can a truly safe society be built and secured for all Americans.

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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.”