Part I: Just another day in the life of a registered sex offender

By Sandy . . . Each day’s emails and email alerts in my inbox always include at least one especially disturbing situation that threatens the ability of those on the registry to be allowed to resume a normal life, no matter how long ago the offense that caused the registration.

The planets must have been in a particularly evil alignment when I started opening today’s offerings.

First was a story from several days ago where the art work, highly acclaimed art work, was ordered pulled from a university museum art display because the artist, Bruce Habowski, a well recognized and respected artist, was listed on the sex offender registry in Maine due to an unlawful sexual contact charge in 1999. Almost twenty years ago. Unlawful sexual contact, almost always code for consensual underage sex.

Then came the hysteria about registrants living in motels and the tragic events that were sure to occur should some oblivious family be put in a room next to such a person. I could almost write the legislation myself, requiring hotel and motel managers to reveal such information to guests checking in and implementing a question about sex offender registration status as a mandatory field for all new arrivals checking in.

And then came the email containing a link to a story with these headlines: “Florida man tries to set motel fire to ‘barbecue all the child molesters.’ ” It seems that an especially diligent vigilante somehow gained knowledge that the motel in question was the registered address for a couple of people on Florida’s registry and decided not to be too picky about whose room or whose car he lit up. Media reports indicate that two of the four intended victims were indeed registrants.

But all of these stories paled when I opened a personal email, not one containing a link to a media story, but from a fellow advocate and NARSOL state representative.

NARSOL state contact AndyO in Oklahoma and his wife have for several years done what I have always felt bad about not doing every time I see the ads on television: They sponsor a needy child in an impoverished country with financial donations through an organization established for that purpose.

Andy wrote to his fellow NARSOL contacts and advocates this morning to tell us that they had received a letter from the organization canceling their sponsorship due to – you guessed it – his status as a registered sex offender.

I cannot share that story right now. For one thing, it is deserving of a post of its own, and I want to include the letter from the organization, which will increase the length.

For another thing, my seethe level is still too high and my blood is still boiling too hot in my head after reading the organization’s letter for me to write about it rationally.

I will share Andy’s story and include the letter from the organization in Part II within a day or two.

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Sandy Rozek

Sandy is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.

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    Sandy Rozek
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    By Sandy . . . Each day’s emails and email alerts in my inbox always include at least one especially disturbing situation that threatens the ability o
    [See the full post at: Part I: Just another day in the life of a registered sex offender]

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    Fred
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    Thank you for writing about this. Just today I was thinking that there seems to be a lot of disheartening reports recently, including AndyO’s email. It feels like there is some sort of cracking down on registrants going on.
    But then again I am noticing something positive. Newspapers and news sites suddenly seem to be putting out more articles than usual that are a lot more favorable to registrants than in past years. They are doing a good job at highlighting the absurdity of the registry laws and pointing out that there is no evidence that these laws do a lick of good. I believe that groups like NARSOL have a big part in influencing that mindset of the reporters and will help change the perspective of the public.
    Perhaps these negative stories we are seeing recently are pockets of resistance emboldened by registrant friendly articles in recent months.

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    JEV

    “We need more stories of Vigilante’s that have been busted. Remember if any Registrant is threatened, assaulted or worse don’t be afraid to call the cops! Its a crime to murder a Child Molester.. although the warped mind of a misinformed Vigilante mobster may not realize it.

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    Donna

    These are very disturbing stories, and I have found that its very easy to become depressed and angry. I just want to say that the artist from Maine will find another museum to display his art, the vigilante from Florida is jailed and facing attempted murder charges, and the couple from Oklahoma should find a more deserving charity because the one that rejected them is the one that lost.

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      Sandy Rozek
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      I very much appreciate your positive attitude, Donna, and I agree with it, and I agree with Fred that things are indeed looking up, and I appreciate his pointing that out. I am a very positive person, so much so that those who know me well call me Pollyanna, and I go out of my way to find the good in situations and to write and print things with positive messages. This one just got to me, and on top of the others, it was too much. When anything gets to me, be it good or bad, my response mode is singular and total: I write.

      Yes, compared with news stories and headlines from five years ago, things are definitely improving, and they will continue to do so, I am convinced.

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        Natalie

        I am completely saddened and disheartened by the situation of people who have been convicted of this type of crime. Some of them never did it. Others did, but it was not what I would consider criminal. Others were criminals but are repentant and have gotten help and are a new person, but the sentence is FOR LIFE. They can never shake it. They can never have true peace in their lives and hearts. I wish I was an attorney because this would be what I would give my retirement years to – getting people off of the registry who have not offended for a certain number of years. They need peace! They need freedom. I wish, I wish, I wish.

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    Kevin

    ….The motel story in question ran in Chicago where I live. I wrote the station to tell them that I was disappointed that they didn’t point out the stats about low recidivism and the myth of stranger danger. It won’t the be stranger down the hall who offends, but the never been arrested uncle, coach, father, minister, etc who has actual access. <sigh>

    In short time, vacation and travel will be impossible b/c travelling registrants won’t even be able to stay in motels/hotels. <sigh>

    Seems ludicrous that our donations / contributions aren’t good enough for private organizations, yet the cities/counties/states where we live insist on our taxes for services that we increasingly can’t avail ourselves to. <sigh>

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    Charles Polinger

    My approach to any dealings involving children, even donating money or buying Girl Scout cookies is DON’T. Times have changed, and being on the registration (for possessing a 40 year old magazine) means not even saying hello to a child. Let it be. It’s what our elected officials want, and what they will get.
    I don’t want anything I do to be fertile for misinterpretation. I prefer to be invisible.

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      SW

      I think this is the only way to exist these days. Don’t even talk to kids that try to talk to you. Just walk away.

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        anthnony Jones

        WARNING!/ either stay out of public restroom in fast food place- if you must use a public rest room find one where you can lock the door- or you must use a public restroom make sure there are no kids inside- don’t use the urinal, use a stall where you can close the door/Anthony Jones

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      Maestro

      You realize that by totally avoiding kids is just proving the politicians’ right about us.
      When we tell our P.O.’s and/or S.O. group leaders that we avoid any contact with kids, we make them smile because that’s what they WANT to hear. Because before our offenses, none of us has ever been around or seen a child. The first time we did, we jumped at the opportunity to offend.

      This way of thinking of yours is not combating the problem we face regarding misinformation about us.
      Why should you or I be the ones looked at cross eyed for buying Girl Scout Cookies? The guy with no criminal record because he hasn’t been caught yet is most likely the one standing there fantasizing about the little girls he’s buying the cookies from.

      And I will never stop buying those cookies. Tagalongs are the best!

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      Natalie

      I’m so sorry that you have to live this way. My heart literally hurts for you. I have a friend in your situation and it is terrible.

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    Robert

    For years I supported Boy Scouts with checks. About five years after my conviction, my latest check was returned and I was advised I was no longer an acceptable donor.

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    Jeremy from Indiana

    I’m dealing with the heavy restrictions of the registry as we speak. My life was good with a home that me and my wife bought together that fit restrictions and a job that pays decently. I was seeing my kids every other weekend and I’m in my last quarter for my bachelor’s degree. That was until my wife kicked me out of our home together for reasons I am still trying to understand. I started asking around for a place to stay and my brother told me of the apartment next door to him. I checked it out on Google maps and didn’t see anything close by, so I rented it and moved in. A couple days later, I went to the local Sheriff’s office to register and they told me I was too close to a daycare and had to move in 30 days. The daycare in question showed up as a church on Google maps, but as a daycare on Bing. Indiana restriction is 1000ft and this church was just under 700ft away. Now, I have to spend time and money to move yet again. Finding a place that fits the range restrictions and the background check requirements and within my budget is next to impossible. Luckily I found one place in the entire city of Indianapolis that I’m waiting on my income approval and my background isn’t an issue. Were it not for this place, I would probably end up homeless or in jail for something I have no control over. Honestly, I would pick jail if it came to that so I could get a public defender and fight this crap. Two states have already had positive decisions, why not make Indiana one more?

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    Dan B

    I truly can’t understand the “Governments” way of thinking !!!!. ANYONE with just a TAD BIT of Common Sense surely knows that ANYTHING that when not Followed the rules, It causes you to be ARRESTED AND PUT IN JAIL AND PRISON is PUNISHMENT !!!, Meaning, When we don’t follow ALL the rules or Requierments of the “Registery”, We get ARRESTED AND PUT IN JAIL OR PRISON !! So the “Registery and ALL it’s Requierments” IS PUNISHMENT !!!. And to top it off, We are PUNISHED by our Fellow Human Beings !!! Because they see our names on, You guessed it,,, THE REGISTERY !!!!!. We’re denied Housing, Denied FOOD, Denied entry to the HOSPITAL to visit our family and friends !!, We’re ATTACKED BY VIGILANTES who think everyone on the “Registery” harmed a Child (Or Baby) !!. We’re treated WORSE THAN ANIMALS !!, We’re denied SAFETY from Storms and Mother Nature !!, We can’t go here, We can’t go there, We can’t stay somewhere over a certain amount of days (5 now, but 3 in 2 months), We can’t stay at hotels on Vacation or simply a trip that requires overnight travel !!. We can’t even get LOANS from many Loan Companies because of our names on?????? Yep, The “Registery” !!!!!, We’re harrassed by Law Enforcement when we get pulled over for a Blown Tail light, They ALWAYS Escalate the stop once they find out your Status !!!!, We’re FORCED out of our Homes because of Restrictions on how close we’re allowed to live to a place where a kid (Might) visit, THEN, We face being ARRESTED because we have no place to go !!!!, We’re FORCED to live in TENTS along side piles of Human WASTE, And small Rivers of Human PEE !!, THEN, We’re FORCED to move away from the ONLY place in the city where the “Restrictions” aren’t a issue !! Because the SAME people that came up with the Laws Restricting us from living in our HOMES with our FAMILIES, They inact a Law that says we can’t LIVE IN A TENT where they FORCED US TO LIVE !!!! We loose friends that we had for YEARS once they find out about us being on the Registery !!!, Mostly not because they suddenly dislike us, But it’s from the Peer pressure and grief they catch from others(especially if the “Others” have kids !!), Our houses, Businesses and Vehicles are damaged by people that see our names plastered on some Website !!!, OUR CHILDREN ARE TREATED LIKE LEAPERS, AND EXILED AT SCHOOL AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD because their parent is on “SOME LIST” aka The “Registery” !!!!, Plus HUNDREDS of other things that I don’t care to think about !! ALL OF THIS, And our Government still says THE REGISTERY is NOT a PUNISHMENT !!!!!. And what makes it much worse is, We’re not even allowed to PROTECT ourselves !!!!. AND since we can’t get jobs(or a Good Job), We can’t afford to hire a Lawyer to FIGHT FOR OUR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS, We’re FORCED to pay Taxes, Yet have NO say-so about where our tax money goes !!. I could go on and on about how EVERYTHING ABOUT THE REGISTERY IS PUNISHMENT, But I don’t have the time or the room on here to do it !!. All I can say is, It’s time to seek a BIG change in the way our “Government” is treating HUMAN BEINGS !! Nobody cares until it happens to YOU !!!. Well guess what !!!!!????, EVERY PERSON IN FLORIDA (AND EVERY OTHER STATE) IS A SEX OFFENDER !!!! YOU JUST HAVEN’T BEEN CAUGHT YET !!. NO I’m not saying you have harmed a child or ANYTHING like that, BUT you HAVE broken laws and Committed CRIMES that COULD AND WOULD get you on The Registery !!. It may sound Stupid, But there are Laws in Florida that EVERYONE HAS BROKEN and We Break them DAILY !! That are SEX CRIMES ! Just Saying !!! Like Showering Naked !! It’s ILLEGAL in Florida !! Oral/Anal Sex !! ILLEGAL in Florida !!. And MANY more LAWS, Just do some research !!. And when you’re name is on The Registery, It’s doesn’t matter what law you broke !! EVERYONE GETS TREATED LIKE A CHILD MOLESTER !!!!!. SO, Think about this next time you see someone you know or just met that’s on The Registery !! It could very well be YOU !! And the way Florida is convicting people everyday, You just might end up on The Registery SOONER THAN YOU THINK !!!. Vote to ABOLISH THE REGISTERY before everyone ends up on it, Or Someone you know ends up DEAD !!

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      allie

      Amen to Dan B he said it all and he said it right. The sex offender registry should be abolished It serves no purpose and does a whole lot of harm to a lot of great citizens.

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    Lori OK VOICES

    All of these stories are deeply disheartening. A person is deemed unredeemable to the point even his/her good works of compassion don’t even count? Stories like these only fuel my fire to do more! This organization that refuses money to support a child’s well being will be called out and if that’s the stance the world takes then all taxes for let’s say education and schools should be refused as well. Of course I’m being irrational, think the lawmakers and judicial authority will get it?

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      Maestro

      Lori,

      I’ve said many times that if the 800,000+ (whatever the number is) of us on the registry (and even other crimes) banded together and stomped on our state or federal government to make us tax exempt since our money isn’t good enough for anything and we’re not allowed to do much of anything in life, you’d see something changed because the one thing the government does NOT want to lose is the taxes from 800,000+ people. That would surely hurt their wallets and raises and bonuses.

      No more property tax, no more taxing our income, NOTHING! And, if you happen to be in a state that stamps your drivers license, no store purchase taxes either. Imagine the hysteria over that, eh?

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    Jan L

    As far as the hotel issue goes, where are the statistical reports of problems with renting to people on the registries? If it hasn’t been a problem up to now, just what are they trying to fix? Once again, hysteria without a cause. There is a thought that things get worse before they get better and this type of overreach may well be the death rattle of the registries. We can pray it is so. There must be a limit to cruelty.

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      WC_TN

      It is not about fear. It is all about systematically eliminating all options for registrants to survive. This just eliminates another housing option. They can’t sentence us to death in court but they can rig the laws to make death a higher probability.

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        Facts should matter

        @WC_TN

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… The registry, Megan’s Law, AWA, or community notification in ANY iteration is a SILENT GENOCIDE.

        We’re set up to fail. To be easy prey for vigilantes or premature death from the toll of stress that comes from having our personal information broadcast on the internet for the world to see. We’re on Darwin’s short list and the clock is ticking – which is exactly what THEY want, to run the clock down on what little time we have left.

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    misdemeanor offender

    Sandy,

    Thank you once again for bringing attention to how the registry has somewhat morphed into a Kristallnacht movement.

    A few days ago when I read about Bruce Habowski’s artwork being removed, I could not help but reflect upon another discriminatory time when Robert Mapplethorpe’s or Patrick Angus artwork was removed because Jesse Helms found no artistic value and deemed it criminal or obscene. Both artists did nothing criminally wrong but were labeled criminals because of being homosexual. Anyone that supported Mapplethorpe’s exhibit was considered culprits or guilty by association. The previous anti-gay and mischaracterization of homosexuality by politicians past and present has a new agenda at hand. That agenda is to identify anyone being registered as a threat to the overall public safety – even if there are no facts to support it. That assessment is a profound reflection of how the Nazi’s once identified Jewish citizens and sympathizers to label them as deviants. Today, society is rushing judgment to fill the registry with just about anything it can justify or psychologically include even if it causes harm to the innocent or onlookers.

    What is next in the nonsensical quest to purge registered offenders and the accused from society? Are we to stop listening or remove memorabilia to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Marilyn Monroe, or Milla Jovovich because they were involved with a minor? Those that argue for a strictly moral sense are typically the same groups or individuals with no apathy for the law or moral standard. It is dangerous and contempt for primary rationale and safety.

    Perhaps the registry is a form of the Kristallnacht to American society. Ridding of those affected by the registry seems more of a constructive effort to implement a Final Solution style purge if offenders cannot live in tents, near schools, churches, daycare, museums, parks, and so forth. Perhaps America is the catalyst providing an internationally based script in violating fundamental Human Rights and its impact on families and freedoms. Anyone should have the privilege of choice and the inalienable right to view art, science, or other factors deemed as a distinction to look beyond the contextual or judgment value. If art or humanity cannot be equally accessible, then there is an argument that art has a prepossessed opinion which places all of the art community in peril because freedoms are predetermined. That is not freedom and violates the freedom of choice and immunity for me to decide what has artistic value.

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      Jon

      The situation w/Mapplethorpe & Sen. Helms was a bit different tho because the issue was whether tax $$ should pay for his work being exhibited. I know people in the arts scene in my town who deal w/gov’t agencies to get grants, it’s a Faustian bargain.

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    Helene Eschete

    That is so ridiculous! America amazes me every day with their narrow minded way of thinking. If this man’s donations are no longer accepted and art work not being allowed, humans being threatened by vigilantes, then shouldn’t John Walsh him self join the ranks? He started dating his wife and being intimate with her well before she was of “Legal age of consent”. Ban his every word on sex offenders and laws that he him self should be registered. It was a tragedy that happened to their child, but not Everyone should be punished because of that horrible crime. The registry has exploded into a monstrous cancer that is consuming more and more every day. Our society, so it appears, has lost all compassion to their fellow man. When, and how can this be changed? Prayers for all on the oh so prejudice registry for a brighter future and true freedom of past mistakes and ignorant government standards.

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      Maestro

      Helene,

      You make a good point about Walsh although you’re also incorrect. Legal age in his state is 17 and his (to be future wife) was 17 when they met.
      He’s in the clear….unfortunately.

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    ABOLISH Registry

    The registry is EVIL!
    Politicians that foster unconstitutional laws should be put to firing squads.

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      Edward Nightingale

      It may have been legal when he got married, but I think most states have now made it 18. If his law make things retroactive then should the same apply to him?

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    janne

    I have been dealing with this for 26 years for a single Misdemeanor conviction. I received 1 year of probation and completed it successfully. This was and is my one and only crime. Back when I was sentenced all those years ago the ONLY requirement of registering was to notify law enforcement if I changed my living address within ten days. The registry was confidential and for law enforcement purposes ONLY. Since Megan Kanka’s death, something that I had nothing to do with and which occurred thousands of miles away, I have watched as one vindictive law after another pass unopposed and applied to everyone retroactively no matter what their individual crime or how many years had passed offense free. I personally, have gone from a full life with a job and family to nothing but a shell of the human being I once was because of all these laws that just keep on coming. There is apparently no limit to what lawmakers can do to me and others similarly situated. It is cruel, unusual, unprecedented and unending. It is punishment in every possible way and in every possible sense. It is a living hell. A nightmare from which I cannot wake. No one is going to rescue me or anyone else caught up in this mess. No one will stop it. Not even the ACLU. They are far too busy taking God out of everything to be bothered defending and protecting nearly a million people being stripped of every possible right “guaranteed” to ALL Americans by the United States Constitution. The only light at the end of the tunnel is death. We are and always will be a “suspect class” no matter what. There is no forgiveness, no second chance, no redemption. It matters not how hard you try to make amends or right your wrong. If I would have murdered someone I would be better off today than I am now. I would have served my time and been out free and clear with zero restrictions. It sickens me what human beings are capable of doing to one another and perpetuating more suffering is absolutely not the answer. Unless and until everyone affected by this comes together and rises up, puts their personal differences aside, NOTHING will get better but you can rest assured they WILL get worse. The past 26 years have been nothing but continuous, unrelenting proof of that. My suggestion to lawmakers is to offer the death penalty to anyone that is going to be required to register. I would volunteer to be first to go. I am certain many others would gladly join me. It’s what you and the misinformed and unsuspecting public seem to want anyway. My dying wish is that there is a long detailed record of the legacy of horrors left in the wake of these laws. If ever there was a study to be done on WHY constitutional rights SHALL NOT be infringed, this is surely it.

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    Harry

    Something, just came to my mind that a national RC rights organization may want to consider. With people like Bruce, AndyO and the Oregon State baseball player that have turn their lives around and are contributing to society to promote a regional, state and national recognition award publicity for RC of year.

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    John S

    Out of curiosity–how about sending support to an animal welfare group–North Shore Animal League, SPCA, Humane Society, or something similar? Maybe send a contribution to a local animal shelter as well?
    Then see what happens, how long it takes for some “right-thinking” person to deny a registrant’s showing of compassion to an animal. After all, the dog/cat/rabbit/whatever doesn’t know that life-giving help has come from a (YOU FILL IN THE BLANK) like this registrant–and very probably won’t care!

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    Chris Anson

    There is no question that the current environment —influenced as it is by misinformed and misguided legislators in many states— is disappointing and deflating. I worry about my son, who is on the registry in a Southern state not known for having a progressive government. Finding living and working opportunities was a challenge for him. His crime: having an addiction that manifested in accessing forbidden photos of underage women on the Internet). His sentence: Hard prison time and a life-sentence on the registry as well as 12 years probation and the requirement to drive 200 miles weekly for mandatory group counseling. Thanks to NARSOL, we realize we’re lucky. We also realize the vulnerabilities of current stigma. Anyone can make a false accusation involving a registrant as a means of exploiting this vulnerability to gain an advantage, be it social or economic. Truthful historians recognize that exploitation of vulnerable groups is programmed into America’s DNA. It is longstanding, has affected many groups, and continues today with sex offenders and immigrants.

    It will be difficult to change laws through legislation and the best hope, in my opinion, is through the courts and challenging the Constitutionality of onerous laws. This will take time. On scientific grounds, good arguments can be made that lengthy incarceration is itself cruel and harmful with little evidence of benefit for rehabilitation or the prevention of recidivism. A good case also can be made that solitary confinement for extended periods is a form of torture. De facto enforced social isolation through restrictive registry laws is tantamount to such confinement, and therefore, in my view, qualifies a cruel and unusual punishment.

    Perhaps what is needed is needed is a best-selling book by an acclaimed author that gathers stories and tells the truth about how a few spectacular sex crimes by disturbed individuals have led to a national witchhunt that sees witches in every nook and cranny resulting in the unfair stigmatization of nearly a millon people. Some national publishers might shy away from the topic as radioactive, but there are ways to do it with a savvy publishing consultant, a recognized author, and money raised through gofundme. I’d certainly contribute, and I think others who support NARSOL would be similarly inclined.

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    henry beeson Sui Juris

    Bill of Attainder
    A simple explanation of a bill of attainder is: “a law that plunders life, liberty, and property.”
    The one-line definition I composed for the Bill of Attainder Project is:
    “A bill of attainder is a law or legal device used to outlaw people, suspend their civil rights, confiscate property, punish or put people to death without a trial.” — Bill Of Attainder Project, Saunders, 1995, COCR- (CC#93-1-1037)
    Definition: A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.
    The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 provides that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.”
    “The Bill of Attainder Clause was intended not as a narrow, technical (and therefore soon to be outmoded) prohibition, but rather as an implementation of the separation of powers, a general safeguard against legislative exercise of the judicial function or more simply – trial by legislature.” U.S. v. Brown, 381 U.S. 437, 440 (1965).
    “These clauses of the Constitution are not of the broad, general nature of the Due Process Clause, but refer to rather precise legal terms which had a meaning under English law at the time the Constitution was adopted. A bill of attainder was a legislative act that singled out one or more persons and imposed punishment on them, without benefit of trial. Such actions were regarded as odious by the framers of the Constitution because it was the traditional role of a court, judging an individual case, to impose punishment.” William H. Rehnquist, The Supreme Court, page 166.
    “Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligations of contracts, are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation. … The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils. They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences, in cases affecting personal rights, become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators, and snares to the more-industrious and less-informed part of the community.” James Madison, Federalist Number 44, 1788.
    Supreme Court cases construing the Bill of Attainder clause include:
    Ex Parte Garland, 4 Wallace 333 (1866).
    Cummings v. Missouri, 4 Wallace 277 (1866).
    U.S. v. Brown, 381 U.S. 437 (1965).
    Nixon v. Administrator of General Services, 433 U.S.425 (1977).
    Selective Service Administration v. Minnesota PIRG, 468 U.S. 841 (1984).

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    henry beeson Sui Juris

    The Bill of Attainder Project
    Published on December 15, 2015
    Freelance Writer at Bill of Attainder Project
    I started the Bill of Attainder Project with the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma around 1994-95 after doing a study through the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. I got the cooperation I needed from the Justice Department to show what I wanted. My purpose was to see how “bill of attainder” was generally defined and actually defined in the law. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/715740/posts
    Robert Sharpe, who headed the Justice Department’s Asset Forfeiture program at the time, sent me the “United States Code” references concerning bills of attainder. (USC Art. 1, Sec 9-3) The law is determined from this single source of five cases. It is logical to define bills of attainder within this field of the five cases for a legal definition. I first used these five and other common references to define bills of attainder, and found it made little difference from my final one-sentence definition.
    The law does not define the phrase bills of attainder with a single-sentence definition. The USC has excerpts from cases of bills of attainder under the heading of definitions, but no one of these completely defines the phrase. In my opinion Congress cannot protect you from a “thing” it cannot easily define. You cannot protect yourself with rights you cannot define and prove to others. The information in this work is meant to change that shortcoming, but you have to learn the method below.
    A simple explanation of a bill of attainder is: “a law that plunders life, liberty, and property.”
    A more complex, but correct explanation of bills of attainder is:
    “A bill of attainder (also known as an act of attainder or writ of attainder or bill of pains and penalties) is an act of a legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without a trial. As with attainder resulting from the normal judicial process, the effect of such a bill is to nullify the targeted person’s civil rights, most notably the right to own property (and thus pass it on to heirs), the right to a title of nobility, and, in at least the original usage, the right to life itself. Bills of attainder were passed in England between about 1300 and 1800 and resulted in the executions of a number of notable historical figures.” http://politicalhotwire.com/current-events/131127-vote-defund-planned-parenthood-unconstitutional.html
    The one-line definition I composed for the Bill of Attainder Project is:
    “A bill of attainder is a law or legal device used to outlaw people, suspend their civil rights, confiscate property, punish or put people to death without a trial.” — Bill Of Attainder Project, Saunders, 1995, COCR- (CC#93-1-1037)
    There is a way to show proof of the right of protection from bills of attainder as a guaranteed Constitutional right. This can be done by anyone showing the logic-based enumeration process using the “American Rights Formula.”
    The “American Rights Formula” is a three step method of logic that follows the process of the American system of law, and how the law is made. This method will show proof through an enumeration process that protection from bills of attainder is supposed to be a guaranteed American right. This proof is based upon the algorithm, (A=C), (A=B =B=C) (synthesis- A=B=C) = 1.
    The American Rights Formula
    The American Rights formula is constructed with the following mathematical algorithm and the three corresponding steps below:
    (1st Premise, A= C) (2nd supporting Premise A=B = B=C) (Synthesis A=B=C) = 1
    1. Show the computer search for the constitutional (‘State and Federal’) provisions (Like from the 1st. Amend. or bills of attainder, Art 1.) that describe the specific ‘right’ you are trying to demonstrate. = (Monad or 1st Premise, A=C)
    2. Show any legislative acts relative to your target right. = (Duad as supporting premise, by both the duality of the Senate and Congress, A=B=B=C).
    3. Show the judicial decisions (stare decisis) of standards and violations of the American right you are trying to enumerate in a synthesis of all three searches. (Triad Synthesis A=B=C) = 1
    Step 1. Citing the Constitution to Reveal Bills of Attainder:
    Bills of Attainder are forbidden in Article One, Sec. 9-3, and Article One Sec. 10 forbidding the states to pass a bill of attainder. The Constitutional mandate is:
    “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.”
    In American Law bills of attainder are defined in the United States Code, Art. 1. Sec. 9-3 with the five following cases. These cases include the legislative acts and stare decisis of the court. It is from these cases the term bill of attainder can be enumerated into a one-line definition of the term, using all the things a bill of attainder is.
    Steps 2. Citing Legislation and 3. Stare Decisis:
    U.S. v. Brown, 381 U.S. 437, 448-49 (1956) ”What are known at common law as bills of pains and penalties, are outlawed by the ”bill of attainder” clause.
    Communist Party of U.S. vs. Subversive Activities Control Board (1961). ”The singling out of an individual for legislatively prescribed punishment constitutes a bill of attainder whether the individual is called by name or described in terms of conduct which because of its past conduct operates only as a designation of particular persons.”
    U.S. v. Lovett, (1946), Legislative acts, no matter what their form, that apply to either named individuals or easily ascertainable members of a group in such a way as to inflict punishment without a judicial trial, are bills of attainder under this clause.
    Cummings v. Missouri (1867), states, “A bill of attainder, is a legislative act which inflicts punishment without judicial trial and includes any legislative act which takes away the life, liberty or property of a particular named or easily ascertainable person or group of persons because the legislature thinks them guilty of conduct which deserves punishment.”
    Re: Yung See Hee, 36 F. 437, (1888) Supports that the doctrine of pains and penalties as punishment without trial, is inclusive as a bill of attainder. (Source: U. S. Justice Dept.)
    Americans currently have less civil protection from bills of attainder than the Apostle Paul had with the Roman Empire. Paul saved his life twice by pointing out to Roman soldiers about to kill him that he was a Roman citizen and was protected by the rule of law. In effect Americans have been reduced to being Subjects by losing the right to be protected from bills of attainder that plunder life, liberty, and property.
    Summary:
    The above information solidly and academically explains what a bill of attainder is beyond any reasonable doubt. Much to my disappointment this explanation is not yet common knowledge among people, elected officials, or legal professionals. The bill of attainder clauses in the Constitution may be the most ignored federal Constitutional protections in American history. This is in spite of the provision’s potential to provide and protect citizenship, life, liberty, and property.
    I urge anyone reading this document to pass it on to your elected officials and demand your rights by ending the “ignorance and negligence” of not knowing and enforcing the protection from bills of attainder. Do not let your legislator’s ignorance make you a Subject. Let them know you wish your rights of American citizenship restored that protects your citizenship.
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bill-attainder-project-tom-saunders

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    Will Allen

    I think that people who are Registered should go out of their way to be around children. Random children, anonymously, all the time. It is what the Registries deserve. Whatever it is that you think a harassing Registry Terrorist (RT) who supports the Registries would like for you to do or not do, you should do the opposite. Just as long as it is legal, and it will be nearly always.

    I also think that a Registered person should never, ever do anything that could conceivably help an RT in any way. Registered people certainly should not help charities. In fact, charities should be outlawed. F those people.

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    WearethePeople

    I heard that 39% of the people in Pa are in the workforce. And that 12% are on disability, and the Government would like the disabled to be part of the workforce. My question is why not allow the people we call Felons equal chance to be apart of this type of workforce? It is not just Sex Offender’s and the Disabled that have a hard time getting a good job and being looked at as equal. They want to be an important member of the workforce. What hurts the most is having to put down on an application, I am a Felon or I am disabled. Restriction do nothing but hold people back, and restrict what that person is able to do. Just like Disabilities restrict people from getting from one place to another. There has to be a better way. This is why our Economy is in such demise. It would be nice if Felon was removed after a few years of being out. Also the restrictions decreased as the person proves that they are now worth reinstating into Society as a equal member and not an outcast.

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    Saddles

    This Bill of Attainder law. Henry that says a lot. While human law can seem to white wash things as did the Pharisee’s did it appears that a lot of those people, myself included, have been shanghied if you want to call it that. See you can’t have true law without the other its called injust or blind Justice.
    While everything should have principal even Thomas Jefferson said in one of his famous quotes . “I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution. Who would want to be on the sex offender registry for the rest of their life?

    I can see like Fred see’s things are opening up and believe getting the word out about is good. Remember Jesus came by grace and truth and absolute truth is absolute truth. This plea deal stuff is a scar tactic that those will use or are we all harlots in a way even governments.

    Sure we all could speculate get mad or whatrever, but the facts and truth are two different meanings, so hang in there all you people. One can look at an opportunity as a positive or negative and thats your decision but when a choice is press or forced in some cunning way thats not true justice.

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    Hans M

    What a travesty that a charity declined the sponsorship of a registered citizen. It’s so ridiculous that they have to (or choose to) worry about the impact that having a sponsor who is registered might have on their reputation, or that it might negatively impact the recruitment of other sponsors. It’s really just about purity, guilt by association, confusing the (long-ago past) act with the actor, BS like that.

    As for me, I belong to a local social service organization that knows about my status. We pool our resources collectively and support organizations and issues we believe in, such as a girls’ boarding school in Africa. Yes, it’s a shame I can’t support that school openly and directly. But I appreciate the fact that the people who actually have gotten to know me — most of whom had never met anybody on the registry before — are so grateful for my effort and money, and make a point of telling me so.

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