NARSOL board retreat paves path for future growth, success

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      By Admin . . . National’s board of directors gathered in Houston, Texas, January 6-8, 2017, for its annual strategic planning session. During these ye
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      Dave D

      In my humble opinion I think that a good course of action to help in the ultimate goal of eliminating the registry or limiting it greatly would be to spend more time showing how the unconstitutional laws and regulations place on registered citizens can and will effect the lives of the regular citizens. Since our society is full of people who only care about themselves and people they know. The last thing these people care about is someone who offended sexually in the past most people like this will say severs them right and move on. Our society is pro-vigilante anti-second chance when it comes to ex-convicts of sex crimes. They will only be on board if we can show how the registry will damage the rights and lives of them and the ones they care about.

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      mary

      I am a 70 year old female, and never had any idea of the workings of the criminal justice system. When one of my family member got into trouble; I got a good education. The sex offender registry seems to set one up for failure, and a return to incarceration. The sex offender publicity is reminiscent of the “Witch Hunts”. I think that most low lever offenders try to “stay compliant”, but the requirements put upon them makes it impossible. In my experience with offenders they would love to have a job, stay in compliance, and possibly get into some type of treatment. Not only are they just getting out of jail, they probably lost their job upon incarceration, and they are “labeled” which makes prospective employers dismiss their applications. Upon release they and their families are faced with a bad economy, no job, banned from living in certain zones, and landlords that prevent them from available housing. While I understand that certain populations need to be supervised for a period of time, I disagree with the “for life Registry”. Like most people I don’t condone breaking the law. But taking out the cost of registering for sex offenders would enable a person to stay compliant, lessen the fear of police and give them back their ability to contribute to society, Too often we forget about the hardships thrust upon the family of some offenders.

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      Chipchaplove

      I am happy to hear that this group exists. I continuously pray that the abolishment of the registry comes into full effect. My husband just got word that he is a tier 3 offender when this is his first time to go to prison. He is being released next week and honestly we are both fearful and hopeless but we have faith as well that things will be ok. We are shocked but at the same time, determined to get thru this. My heart is with you all that suffer this horrific list that does not produce any good whatsoever. God Help us all.

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      Sharon Long

      My son is an SO, spending almost 7 years in FBOP and now out and in a half-way house. He was convicted of a NC (No Contact) violation. He looked at pictures on the internet, intermittently over a 3 week period of time. My son has never been in any kind of trouble, not even so much as a traffic ticket in over 20 years. He is an honorably discharged US Marine with a 40% service connected disability. While he never, ever, had any contact in any way shape or form with any of the victims he is punished exactly the same as if he had. He cannot have a cell phone, access to the internet, get a job anywhere there are computers, live in a place that he can afford to pay for by himself. He cannot rent a house and share it due to the parole officers’ ability to enter and at anytime search the entire premises. If my son were to share a place with another parolee, he can be violated for that, if he shares a place with a person who is not a parolee, that person is also subject to search at anytime, therefore eliminating my son’s ability to live in any place after his time is up in the halfway house. Once my son’s time is up in the halfway house, he will be on the streets and no job and no prospects of any kind of help. He will not be allowed to live with me because I am in an apartment complex and ALL complexes state in the rental policy, NO FELONS need apply – which I am sure would be doubly emphasized if that person is a sex offender. So my son, who has NEVER molested, raped or touched inappropriately, any child, will be on parole for the next 15 years as a registered sex offender. He is just now 45 years old and will never even have any type of prospects for living a decent life. If he were able to find a place he could afford to live in, as soon as someone sees his name on Megan’s Law, he will be hounded until he leaves. There are documented cases of people acting as vigilanties and have actually killed people that they thought were s.o.’s.
      This is not justice, this is revenge. We hired an attorney, paid him $10,000 and every time my son was in court, the only thing this attorney ever said in court was to introduce himself as my son’s legal representative. He never objected to any statements made by the prosecutors, never asked for any clarification of any statements made by the prosecutors and just kept telling my son to take a plea. My son was sentenced to prison from the Eastern District here in California. He is in a halfway house in San Francisco and will be sent back to Fresno in March 2019 when his time is up in the halfway house. He is currently employed in an area that does not have computer access but his employer does not know and did not ask the circumstances of his felony. If he is sent back to Fresno, he will lose that job and here there is very little if any prospect of him ever obtaining any kind of employment. As I stated, he has a service connected 40% disability. All work he has ever done is with computers, and he had even taught himself to build and sell computers. He will never be able to use that skill and manual labor is totally out due to his disability. So how is he suppose to live? He is facing a lifetime of punishment for one mistake. Even murderers get paroled and don’t have to register on some site for the rest of their lives. If you or anyone would like his FBOP number, send me an email and tell me your name and what reason you want it. Yes, I am very cautious and trying to protect my son as much as I can.

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