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  • New Person April 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)HopingforHope, Not every DA and judge will think, "everyone deserves a second chance," nor do they care about evidence. I've already told my story about trying to earn my 1203.4 dismissal in other threads. I'll tell it to you now. I completed probation successfully. Everything I needed to do to earn 1203.4 was done. When I went into court, the DA and Probation had written recommendations to NOT GIVE ME 1203.4. In the Probation's report, it said I had successfully completed everything that was asked of me without a negative infraction, but still went on to recommend that I not be awarded the 1203.4. My lawyer asked the judge how he was leaning on this, not on record, and the judge said he would deny it due to their recommendations. Odd thing is, 1203.4 is automatic if you check all the boxes. It was also written in the initial paperwork. After conferring with an appellate lawyer, we went for the 1203.4 again, but this time creating a separate section that stated it is by law that I am awarded 1203.4 for completing everything necessary to earn it. The judge reluctantly awarded me the 1203.4. Then he turned to the DA and said, "I'm sorry. It's the law." I am not in favor of any DA having any involvement in EXTENDING PUNISHMENT because it actually is a second trial for the first offense. That's called double jeopardy. That's what's amiss here is that this tier permits this unconstitutionality of double jeopardy along with letting others go free due to time on the registry. You can tell yourself the "good" of people, but if I can give you one contrarian experience, then it should deter you from thinking it won't happen again. I did everything well to earn my 1203.4, which was automatic, but the DA, probation office, and judge were dead set against me. Only the statute sided with me. If this happened to me, then rest assured that other registrants with my DA has experienced the same. If one DA exists like that in this courthouse, then it can easily be extrapolated that there are others like that DA in other courthouses in California. The best way to remove such harassment is to remove the DA and judge from the equation. We're not in prison trying to get early parole. We're already free people... wanting to actually be free. There is a concrete difference. According to 2003 Smith decision, only convictions are to be registered since it's public info. Yet here I am with my conviction dismissed still registering. Guess California law supersedes Federal law... or maybe no one has addressed it due to ignorance of the law - just like what the judge, DA, and probation office did to me on my initial case for 1203.4 in denying it to me.
  • New Person April 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)So what you're saying is essentially a second trial to extend your punishment. BTW, what exactly is public safety? That is not defined here, which is probably done on purpose.
  • Lake County April 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLWow, I would not tempt fate in Vegas. They do not hesitate to arrest any sex offender who does not register within the 48 hours. I certainly wouldn't take that risk. Best to stay out of NV all together. They even made an arrest on the "Cops" TV show for a visitor failing to register.
  • pgm111 April 29, 2017 at 11:34 am on Newly Filed Lawsuit Challenges CDCR Regs for Prop 57When I was two weeks to the gate, I was in the middle of the housing unit at FCI Seagoville speaking with a small group of friends when one of the latino shot-callers walked by and called us "chomos". I hate that term, so I very loudly called him a "chomo" and doubled down by walking up to him and proclaiming (loudly so that his little buddies would hear) that "all drug dealers are chomos because a thuggish, drug dealing lifestyle" directly harms children in so many ways." He looked at me with astonishment. I stared him in the eye from six feet away, spoke loudly and explained that: selling drugs depletes the financial resources to families of those addicted "and that is harmful to children", the drug dealers now in prison are not home supporting their own families "and that is harmful to their own children" and that every drug dealer on earth gives drugs to underage girls and receives sexual favors in lieu of cash payment "and that is sex offending behavior harmful to children". The shot-caller was dumbstruck, so I told him to think about that, do his own time, and STFU. I walked back to my friends who were aghast and resumed the conversation by saying "... now where were we?" It may have been my finest moment while locked up.
  • Krna April 29, 2017 at 11:20 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I'm sorry if this is a repeat question... When this goes into law, when will people be allowed to petition the DA for removal? (Example for tier 1): is it ten years after conviction? Ten years after release from jail? Or is it ten years after completion of probation? I was convicted March of 2010, released from inarceration in August 2010, but finished probation 2015. Am I waiting until 2020, or 2025?
  • Bobby April 29, 2017 at 10:38 am on MI: Justice denies Michigan’s appeal to halt sex offender ruling@Jer, Ya, but the question is will it be in our favor or against us ALL Judges/Justices always say they follow the US Constitution or even State Constitutions and we all know that ,that is not true. I also think Gorsuch being a new Justice should not be involved in cases that are already waiting to be decided on, He should only be involved with new cases coming up, NOT one's that have already been heard and waiting for a decision. Just my opinion though. I jst have a feeling his vote/opinion will go against us.
  • C April 29, 2017 at 9:52 am on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseWhen I'm in a charitable mood toward another adult, I sometimes ask myself if they'd be as charitable toward me or another RSO? The answer being "NOPE!" helps me hang on to my cash and use it for the important people in my life who will really benefit from it, my kids.
  • Me April 29, 2017 at 9:36 am on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsPaul, This is a SMART idea and I would certainly extend my support and time to this effort. Your plan speaks the legislatures language. If anyone has the abilities it takes and the time to head up such an effort, I would find the time to be a foot soldier. Brilliant on your part Paul.
  • Joe April 29, 2017 at 9:22 am on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseCertainly not an expert in MI law, but new drivers license does not appear to be something worthy of instant notification. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(czhplh2oh3ygcy5h2m30mttq))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-28-725 If I read this correctly, you may kindly suggest to this woman to pound sand? Know the law, know your rights, stand up for your rights. If you don't, no one else will. One also notes that the verbiage in that section reads "(1) An individual required to be registered under this act who is a resident of this state shall report in person and notify the registering authority having jurisdiction where his or her residence or domicile is located immediately after any of the following occur:..." "Immediately after ... in person" is physically impossible. Simply impossible. Just another indication that these laws are punitive and designed to incarcerate perfectly lawful citizens. Hopefully Does v. Snyder will sort this out. My thoughts.
  • Vegas question for Brian April 29, 2017 at 8:21 am on Survey – International Travel after IML@Brian So are you disregarding NV's 48-hour requirement? Or have I misread their law? (Quite possible!) Thanks --AJ
  • Not dead, and not a guy April 29, 2017 at 7:54 am on Newly Filed Lawsuit Challenges CDCR Regs for Prop 57@Nondescript Suzy Kassem is an alive, female philosopher and writer. She wrote the quote you cited, using the example of Indians working for the British to subdue Indians. (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/evil-men) --AJ
  • Reundancy Office of Redundancy April 29, 2017 at 7:37 am on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto case@David M So just to get things straight, the State chastised you for not telling them that they failed to tell you they changed your DL expiration? You should have told her there are infinite things you don't know that you're unable to tell her. 🙂 Nothing like some double speak to make her head explode! We wouldn't want the State to find and use data from records they create, hold and manage. Way too much sense. I gotta say, I was fearful of the Southern state in which I live when it comes to RC harrassment. But from what everyone else seems to encounter, I'm doing pretty well. Aside from the PITA of appearing at DMV and paying $11 every 90 days to "re-enlist" in this exclusive club, they completely leave me alone. I guess there is an upside to budget problems. --AJ
  • Harry April 29, 2017 at 7:01 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)It is going to depend on the county. I assuming what I have been hearing about OC, it is going be hell to get off, however, far northern rural counties it could be far more easier. In the county I live in, out of two people that ran for the open DA's job. The guy that ran on bit of a SO platform lost to the one that did not mention anything about SO's.
  • Harry April 29, 2017 at 6:49 am on NY: Loophole could allow sex offenders to work for Uber, LyftOnly cats are more fearful than most women.
  • Harry April 29, 2017 at 6:37 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I will question Oregon's numbers. I live in the shadows of Oregon and our local news is Oregon news. There are some sex offense arrest, but nothing out of the trend. Oregon do have exit off the registry laws plus most are not on the public registry, which, has equal benefits of not being on the registry, except the $70 per year registration fees. which, is far cheaper than what I pay to California for registering my car and that fees will increase in July.
  • JER April 29, 2017 at 6:29 am on MI: Justice denies Michigan’s appeal to halt sex offender rulingWell truth be told, I can tell you that the new Chief Justice of SCOTUS Neil Gorsuch, will have alot to say about the unconstitutionality of quite a few topics, including SORNA
  • David M April 28, 2017 at 11:46 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseI just registered in Michigan and paid my yearly $50 fee to register. The lady registering me said.... "You just got a new license and didn't let us know of the new experation date." I replied... I didn't realize that's something I had to even do." The truth is I lost my license and had to get it replaced. My birthday was four months after replacing my lost license and Michigan renewed my license changing my experation date. I thought I was just replacing my license. That is what I asked the DMV to do. I also noticed the three pages of registered citizens in my zip code is now just three people including myself. So I checked other nearby zip codes as I had done in the past. I was kinda shocked to notice most the previous registered citizens had vanished off the registry. Moved? Taken off the registry? Or what I think.... Nit picked back to jail by a much more aggressive attitude brought on by a police force that is becoming more and more aggressive and destructive thinking that rounding up and locking up all RSO's is somehow doing society a favor. I also noticed the few registered citizens free are much lower crimes and have been on the registry for decades. I sure hope these Michigan cases in high courts continue down the path of sanity or else I might be the only registered citizen free soon in my zip code. It is a enormous waste of resources locking everyone up as long as humanly possible. Of course I wrote all the Michigan ACLU lawyers to tell them of my on going enhanced registration aggressiveness by my local law enforcement.
  • Timmr April 28, 2017 at 11:40 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)All speculation. The numbers we have show no reduction because of tiered status.
  • Timmr April 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)All forms of registry have 'spun out of control'. You may know something I don't know, but which one has shrunk?
  • Eric April 28, 2017 at 11:28 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Amen to that, where would we be without her?
  • Eric April 28, 2017 at 11:23 pm on Newly Filed Lawsuit Challenges CDCR Regs for Prop 57It is amazing that drug dealing is considered a nonviolent offense considering in Mexico more people have been murdered by the cartels than died in Vietnam, and all the carnage in Chicago is drug related. Yet still, unless a firearm was present , all of them will get time off from prop 57. So some serious misconceptions are present.
  • Nondescript April 28, 2017 at 10:11 pm on Newly Filed Lawsuit Challenges CDCR Regs for Prop 57Any private citizen who fervently believes in and advocates for the continuation of registries has a dim mental acuity and probably a lost cause. Seriously, I view these people as programmed and feel almost sorry for them. To have allowed the "experts" on TV to do their thinking for them AND steer their emotions is about the laziest, most apathetic thing one could allow. Americans in particular have actually allowed their minds to be incrementally seized and they don't even care! They are just as dangerous as the politicians in my view. And anyone who is seduced to perpetuate the registries by a reward are equally so. “The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them - for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn't entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between people. " - The philiosphical musings of some dead guy
  • Nondescript April 28, 2017 at 9:28 pm on NY: Loophole could allow sex offenders to work for Uber, LyftOne article says she wants to run for District Attorney. I doubt she'll be able to run a private mercenary force if she's elected. Would be quite a conflict of interest.
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 8:35 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Well I was just trying to find a middle ground for those that feel the DA's will fight every application. Even if your application is investigated by your prosecuting DA, they will still need evidence to convince the judge that you are a danger. However the DA does not need convincing evidence of your danger to just request the hearing in front of the judge, which at minimum will delay your removal from the registry. And your prosecution attorney will know the evidence better than anyone, especially those things we were not charged with. I imagine the DA will be allowed to bring up any detail in the case file even if it was not something you were charged with. However, I really don't think this will become an issue, especially since most DA's will have moved on to other types of cases or jobs after 10-20 years have passed.
  • Not so! April 28, 2017 at 8:23 pm on Newly Filed Lawsuit Challenges CDCR Regs for Prop 57Finally. Now this is something good.
  • Not so! April 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)No Alex. You are incorrect. Read again. While I did have a male victim, I did not have a "PHYSICAL victim." PHYSICAL as in that I DID NOT touch him. And the crime I was convicted of was non violent, non contact yet I was given a Static 99. I have a 6 score. In mandated treatment, most of us young non contacts had 6 scores and were not listed on the website. So I know for a fact that this bill will harm quite a few of us even though we didn't have any other offenses. If you are a young person at time of offense (less than 35 y/o), have a non contact crime, and have a male victim, SARATSO and Static 99 will harm. In this case, it will put people like me into the lifetime tier if this bill were to pass. As of now, I am not even on the website.
  • Nondescript April 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Here is what I think: The DA plays a bit part in this whole petition charade. It is ultimately a judge who relieves people of their duty to register. If you are not listed on the Megan's website, your registration serves no real continued purpose for the "safety of the community" that they can point to. Unless you have a failure to register, other arrests or multiple 51/50's the judge is probably going to let you off. Consider this: parole and probation are also monitoring schemes. Everyday judges cut people loose early from their probation ( sometimes by years) Some of the factors the judge uses if a person has been otherwise completely compliant with the terms of their probation are: Any hardships suffered or any restrictions imposed on you as a result of being on active probation? A job loss or loss of promotion at work? Any travel restrictions imposed on you? Did probation affect your ability to pass a background check? Did you lose any benefits as a result of probation? Why wouldn't a judge take these factors into consideration for continuing to be subject to a mandatory regulatory scheme as well ? So what- if ( a big IF) the DA requests a hearing? The judge is the decider.
  • Nicholas Maietta April 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I am thinking that Mr. Walsh and Mr. Klaas are friends and Klaas is following in Walsh's footsteps, brainwashed in targeting sex offenders by Walsh. I see no other reason why Klaas would target those on the registry. It makes no sense. Why not go after murderers making sure they never get out of prison?
  • mike r April 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm on Newly Filed Lawsuit Challenges CDCR Regs for Prop 57This is a great suit..I am glad they are being challenged when they unlawfully apply their own interpretations of the law. Man just going to college up here in Sacramento can be confusing at best. The law states that I have to register every time I enroll or un enroll but I never really un enroll since I am a full time student so I have to go to campus police every semester with a copy of my class schedule and now I am taking an online course this summer and I am reading and finding a form on the CA DOJ website that I have to fill out and mail by certified mail to the campus police within working days 5 days of starting class and ending class. I am so tired of this crap and my gf doesn't want me to file my suit yet because she is afraid of repercussions and it could jeopardize her job or make them harass me a school...I am so fet up with this crap though...
  • Alex April 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm on Newly Filed Lawsuit Challenges CDCR Regs for Prop 57Good. I hope they win. Sex offenses has to be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) misunderstood boogeyman out there. Vast majority of citizens beliefs on he matter are just about the opposite of actual facts. And too many politicians are more than happy to keep feeding the ignorance. Their want to keep their job harms far more people directly and indirectly than it supposedly supposed to protect.
  • TG April 28, 2017 at 4:09 pm on Newly Filed Lawsuit Challenges CDCR Regs for Prop 57Thanks, Janice! You are amazing!
  • Not quite, Alex April 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)@Alex "How long you have to register for is largely governed by that laws of the state that you were convicted in. If you move to another state and have your case transferred, then it falls under your current state laws." Your statements about registration being determined by the sentencing state may apply in CA, but that's hardly true elsewhere. In my personal situation, it's not even close to correct, and from what I recall of reading other states' RC laws, my state is not alone. In my case, my state of residence requires me to register for 25 years, even though the length of time in my state of conviction is significantly lower than that. So be careful in broadening your statements beyond CA and/or what you know to be fact. Were registries punitive, you'd be spot on nationwide. But being regulatory, any state (or the Feds) can make it whatever they want, whenever they want. That's what Smith and CT DPS, among others, were all about!
  • HopingforHope April 28, 2017 at 3:53 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)My error! Thanks for the correction!
  • HopingforHope April 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I hear you, Lake County, but challenge it on exactly what? The fact that he prosecuted you many years earlier, or wants to get re-elected? This was the point I was trying to make, so I appreciate your comments. I've been trying to rationally think this through. Again, I could be wrong, but it seems to me that if they're going to make the assertion that you remain a threat to public safety, they need to produce evidence that indicates that condition eixists. I'd say 99% of the population has a stick up their a** when it comes to sex offenders. I'm sure that includes DA's who go home at the end of the day and hug their children. They're no different than anyone else. This is why I believe the bar to deny will be higher than many of us might think.
  • Sounds familiar... April 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Angels? Government? I refer you to some "hack" by the name of James Madison: "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself." https://foundersquotes.com/founding-fathers-quote/if-men-were-angels-no-government-would-be-necessary/ He was by far one of the greatest men to walk the face of this earth. Incredible insight and wisdom...we could really use him now. --AJ
  • Crazy talk. April 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm on MA: Governor Proposes Bill Protecting Teen Sexters From Felony ChargesWait, they're proposing mental-health/educational assistance instead of throwing the book at someone for making a misstep? There must be a catch, as this makes way too much sense. MA is just full of crazies, dontcha know. --AJ
  • Wrong people targeted? April 28, 2017 at 3:38 pm on NY: Loophole could allow sex offenders to work for Uber, LyftI guess this will solve things like the dude in Kalamazoo: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2017/03/11/trial-set-for-uber-driver-accused-in-kalamazoo-mass-murder/ I hate to break it to these Chicken Littles, but you cannot legislate life into perfection. Try as you might, there is risk in living. Focusing on those of us who made mistakes and are trying to amend is hardly the answer. I'd say it makes her sleep better at night, but I'm guessing this woman suffers endless night terrors... --AJ
  • Harry April 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm on MA: Governor Proposes Bill Protecting Teen Sexters From Felony ChargesCalifornia is the king of progressive states and look at the mess.
  • Nondescript April 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)@ Steve I'm a rebel and considered a lot of other things, but sex offender is not one of them. My husband is a 20 yr registrant for a crime that isn't even listed in any of the new proposed tiers. And has never been listed on the website. And how can anyone who has been a long time registrant challenge being "moved up a tier" when there has never been tiers to begin with?
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 1:08 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Well if the DA does not contest your petition, how will the public ever know that they were soft on crime? The general public wont be notified of the lack of abjection by the DA. Now if they object, then there would be a record of that court hearing. Now if someone reoffends after being taken off the registry it might come up, but if someone does reoffend in a case that gets publicity, then we can expect all future petitions to be challenged.
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Wow, I just Googled him. There is a lot of stuff posted about him and things he has done. A true nut job. I am actually okay he voted against us. I have a feeling anything he supports would fail. I feel sorry for the people that have to work with him on committees. I can't believe he was able to get voted into office. I guess he probably received lots of campaign money from fellow Scientologists and the church donated at least $50K to his 2011 campaign.
  • David April 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)@ Jeff and RFS: Did NextDoor post something/anything about your home/address on their website? Or did they simply not allow you to enroll/ participate on their app? (I know Facebook bans us from joining. And I personally have been booted out of the AirBnB app [after more than a year of using it successfully for numerous rentals with no problems.])
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Lets hope the mother ship comes for him soon. That is one nutty group, even for California's standards of nuttiness.
  • David April 28, 2017 at 12:41 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)@ HopingForHope: I hope you are correct. However, DAs also have a habit of running for political office and who among those lawmaker wannabe would want to provide "soft on sex offender" arguments to their future political opponents.
  • Nondescript April 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsAll criminal incidents/ sexual assaults occurring on board cruise ships must be reported to the FBI and made available to the public. Here it is: https://www.transportation.gov/mission/safety/cruise-line-incident-reports Royal Caribbean and Carnival are at the head of the pack of reported sexual assaults. It could be that they have more ships and more passengers. They started banning registrants around 2 years ago but their reported numbers have dramatically increased in the last 2 years. Registrants aren't the problem, unregistered passengers and their CREW are.
  • Jack April 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Yes. Exactly. People always find a way to give us the shaft in the end don't they?
  • Follow the $$$ April 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)That's why I moved out of the district I was sentenced in. Figure I will get a better chance with the office where I live now with any issues that arise or when I do COR or petition once/if 421 passes.
  • Follow the $$$ April 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm on NY: Loophole could allow sex offenders to work for Uber, LyftI love how a constitutional right to work and earn a living is a loophole. I'm all for background checks and a path back to being licenced as a professional driver but the registry can't be used to single out some felons over others. Equal protection and all that.
  • nylevel1 April 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm on NY: Loophole could allow sex offenders to work for Uber, LyftCan Nobody legally shut this depraved woman's mouth? How much longer are all YOU wimps in New York State going to hide and not come forward ? What are you afraid of? The more scared you are of this lunatic the more she can get away with damage our lives. She's part of the most corrupt NYS county. She runs a private police force. How much more can you all take without protesting everywhere and anywhere. LEVEL I SEX OFFENDERS IN NEW YORK STATE ARE DEEMED BY THE JUSTICE SYSTEM TO BE OF HARDLY ANY RISK YET SHE CAN GET AWAY WITH BROADCASTING WE'RE DANGEROUS RAPISTS. WAKE UP!!!!!
  • Arax April 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I agree with you that pictures should be taken out. If we can't stop the public registry then at least photos should come down. Thanks for your comment. I also urge people to show up to voice their opinion when it's time to oppose or support a bill. I am happy to say, that I was able to show up last Tuesday and support the tiered registry bill. I think it makes an impact for the Senate or Assembly members to see so many people actually care to show up at the Capitol!
  • Tired Of Hiding April 28, 2017 at 11:17 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Indeed, it boggles the mind how a parent or anyone for that matter can exploit the name of a dead child to justify the torture of others with a life long punishment of people who had NOTHING to do with their personal tragedy. It is really to protect other children or rather to be vengeful and happy about the misery they are causing to families (including children) they have never met with these evil punishments. I am sure that we all feel empathy for them and their lose...BUT...is causing pain to strangers who had NOTHING to DO with it bringing them back OR even good karma? How can hate and negativity toward strangers make them happy? Sounds like they are bitter and evil and spreading their hate using the name of dead children.
  • New Person April 28, 2017 at 10:54 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)" Any form of registry can spin out of control. " I'm sorry, but the 2003 SCOTUS' Smith decision is calling you to inform you that your statement is merely conjecture. Hilarious, but true. Everything we're experiencing now was brought up to the SCOTUS and they deemed it "conjecture", believing that man will always be upright in their ways to uphold laws as it. The US Constitution runs contrary to that thought as they believe no man can do the right thing, which made everything supposed to protect the layman from being tyrannically abused. Today's Justice: Everyone is born an Angel. If you're not an Angel, then you're the devil. There's no helping the devil. Constitutional Justice: Everyone is born a sinner. That's why there's several checks and balances! That's why they can call punishment cruel and unusual.
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 10:49 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI don't want to be on a cruise with women and children because if the ship is sinking, it's save the women and children first and I'd end up being fish food. Lol
  • New Person April 28, 2017 at 10:48 am on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretwith this info "embarrassing and humiliating" being seen as a form of shaming, this contradicts what the 2003 Smith SCOTUS said about being posted on the internet. If a picture has long lasting effects, then the picture of your living location does also as it stigmatizes what you have previously done - but you've already paid your dues to society. Being on the registry also stigmatizes one b/c there are also other penalties and disabilities that remind you of your past offense every day of your life, with some of those on the registry having those convictions dismissed.
  • Joe123 April 28, 2017 at 10:47 am on MA: Governor Proposes Bill Protecting Teen Sexters From Felony ChargesIt's times like this that it's good to be living in a progressive state like Massachusetts, some common sense prevails here, apparently moreso than many other states.
  • steve April 28, 2017 at 10:22 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)You would get a new test if you committed another crime after the 10 years I believe. Nondescript, are you considered a high risk offender currently? If you are considered a"serious offender' now I think there is a legitimate lawsuit there. Moving up a tier without current risk of dangerousness lacks due process. I thought there was something written in the bill for people moving up a tier to challenge that?
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 10:20 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I believe most DA's will follow the spirit of the law and it's intention to reduce the number of people on the registry. My only concern would be if the DA that prosecuted us was also the DA reviewing your removal application. Some DA's do have a stick up their a** and if they were your prosecuting DA, they might have more of a desire to challenge your application. In that case, you will have to hope the judge will be fair.
  • Alex April 28, 2017 at 10:18 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)There may be a correlation, but it's not a causation. What's more important to look at those numbers are the actual laws surrounding how sex crimes are prosecuted and if there's an age barrier on who can be registered. For example, California does not register minors. Other states do, with some being as young as 8-year-old on the registry. Other states classify crimes differently. I believe it was New York a few years back that actually did not consider taking upskirt shots as a sex crime. This came to light during the case and the law was later changed.
  • Jeff Stone is Crazy April 28, 2017 at 10:12 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Jeff Stone is a Scientology nutcase, its true, look it up. He also has called for CA to leave the US! This guy is a total nutter. I guess that is the type of person who votes against this type of bill.
  • Alex April 28, 2017 at 10:07 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I don't think it's illegal. Lots of websites and apps pull information from the registry. If you Google my name, the very first link is me on the Homefacts website. Otherwise you'd need to actually go to Megan's Law to find me as I won't show up as part of any other websearch. They get around this because registry forbids using the information to harass the registrant. But what they're doing isn't harassment. They're simply making the information more readily available.
  • Alex April 28, 2017 at 10:03 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Nondescript, I believe you're incorrect on point two about needing to continue to register in California if you're original state says you no longer have to. How long you have to register for is largely governed by that laws of the state that you were convicted in. If you move to another state and have your case transferred, then it falls under your current state laws. The transfer of the case usually only applies while you're on supervision (probation/parole), and even then, the original state could still choose to retain the case while only transferring the supervision portion of the case to your current state. The rehab program I was/am part of (I've completed my three years and am currently voluntarily continuing the program) have several people out of state. A few were from states with automatic registry drops. When they hit their mark, the original state that still held the case send out a letter to both the registrant as well as California DOJ that the person no longer has to register. California did not further require the person to register. Another person committed the crime while in California but it was against an undercover officer in another state (chatroom). It was that state the prosecuted him and still retains his case. So any changes that he wants to make to his case, he currently needs to actually travel to the other state to do so. The duration of his probation and registration time is also currently determined by the other state. Of course when it comes to anything law, it's always the best option to actually speak with a lawyer that specializes in whatever law you have questions about. Forums like this are a good guide to point you in the right direction, but should never be taken as gospel.
  • Mary Devoy April 28, 2017 at 10:01 am on MA: Governor Proposes Bill Protecting Teen Sexters From Felony ChargesSo it would be a Sexual Misdemeanor in Massachusetts that doesn’t require registration as a SO. BUT….if the teen moves to another State, that new State COULD determine that the MA sex conviction would be a Registrable offense in THEIR State and make him/her register. THEN if they are place on a SO Registry anywhere they move to even back to MA they’d be an RSO. This is NOT a solution and ANY State that proposes a misdemeanor criminal solution w/out registration needs to understand that other States will consider it registerable per their criminal code There should be NO crime (misdemeanor or felony) for consensual Teen Sexting!
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 9:55 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Wow, these statistics are completely different than the link by the other author. I also wonder how accurate any of these statistics are because don't some people get counted twice (or more) because the state they moved from or visited and had to register, are never taken off of that states list? Also, do some states have higher populations because they only publicly list Tier III offenders so perhaps registrants are attracted to and move to those states if they are Tier I or II? No one in their right mind would be moving to CA if they are exempt from being published in their current state. We may be comparing apples with oranges here as most of these tiered states all have completely different laws on who gets on and off a registry. These statistics would have more meaning if all tiered states had exactly the same registry laws and all the lifer states had the same laws. With all the different statistical factors involved, I don't think we can determine which system is better only based on if it's a tiered registry state or life registry state. I do know that I have a better chance of getting off the registry with the proposed tiered registry than the current lifetime registry.
  • Alex April 28, 2017 at 9:43 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Not So!, you did have a victim. You just said your victim was a male. What I meant by having a "physical victim" is your victim was a direct victim by you and not something like possessing child pornography that you did not produce. If you're victim was in a chat room or you taking a picture of the person on a playground, those are non-contact physical victims That's why you were given a Static-99. And you're correct. A non-contact crime is actually a +1 score. As is the victim being a stranger (stranger means you "knew" them for less than 24-hours; so if you meet someone on Tinder, have coffee with them and then 24 later rape them, you actually DO NOT get a +1 on the Static-99 because you now "know" the victim. While if you take an upskirt picture of the victim without having meet them, you now will get that +1 because the victim is a stranger). Hell, being 60+ automatically starts you off as a -3 on the Static-99. It also gives you a +1 if the victim is male. Not because you're gay. A lot of sex offenses against male children are committed by straight men. I believe this comes from their study of showing that men who committee crimes against males are more predatory. Now, I'm not saying you're actually a highly dangerous person like your score suggests. I'm simply explaining how the Static-99 works. I personally don't like it all as don't most therapists in the sex offender rehab industry. It's way too loose of a catchall that in no way represents the actual individual. But they continue to use it because it's a super simple catchall that you can easily tick-off on a sheet rather than actually properly diagnosing the individual.
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom April 28, 2017 at 9:20 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)@HopingforHope Let us have a clear Idea of how people in their Human Minds misperceive Randomness. Randomness Being Life as it is reveled into Reality. The laws of Entropy* akb the Axiom» "The Trouble of Living"^ A example is: People do not understand that random sequences "Seem" to have patterns in them; The Human mind has a incredible ability to see Meaning in these patterns where none exist. That is to say - Projecting Meaning upon Patterns that do not exist. Moreover - Imposing False Order upon Random events: "That's Creeping Determinism" Similar to a UnJust Judge A Seat at the gate of city in contrast to a Just Seat Job §. YLT - Young's Literal Translation of Job 29 § 1 And Job addeth to lift up his simile, and saith: — 2 Who doth make me as [in] months past, As [in] the days of God’s preserving me? 3 In His causing His lamp to shine on my head, By His light I walk [through] darkness. 4 As I have been in days of my maturity, And the counsel of God upon my tent. 5 When yet the Mighty One [is] with me. Round about me — my young ones, 6 When washing my goings with butter, And the firm rock [is] with me rivulets of oil. 7 When I go out to the gate by the city, In a broad place I prepare my seat. 8 Seen me have youths, and they, been hidden, And the aged have risen — they stood up. 9 Princes have kept in words, And a hand they place on their mouth. 10 The voice of leaders hath been hidden, And their tongue to the palate hath cleaved. 11 For the ear heard, and declareth me happy, And the eye hath seen, and testifieth [to] me. 12 For I deliver the afflicted who is crying, And the fatherless who hath no helper. 13 The blessing of the perishing cometh on me, And the heart of the widow I cause to sing. 14 Righteousness I have put on, and it clotheth me, As a robe and a diadem my justice. 15 Eyes I have been to the blind, And feet to the lame [am] I. 16 A father I [am] to the needy, And the cause I have not known I search out. 17 And I break the jaw-teeth of the perverse, And from his teeth I cast away prey. 18 And I say, ‘With my nest I expire, And as the sand I multiply days.’ 19 My root is open unto the waters, And dew doth lodge on my branch. 20 My honour [is] fresh with me, And my bow in my hand is renewed. 21 To me they have hearkened, Yea, they wait, and are silent for my counsel. 22 After my word they change not, And on them doth my speech drop, 23 And they wait as [for] rain for me, And their mouth they have opened wide [As] for the latter rain. 24 I laugh unto them — they give no credence, And the light of my face cause not to fall. 25 I choose their way, and sit head, And I dwell as a king in a troop, When mourners he doth comfort. * https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entropy ^ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_law_of_thermodynamics » ax·i·omˈ aksēəm/ noun noun: axiom; plural noun: axioms a statement or proposition that is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true. "the axiom that supply equals demand" synonyms: accepted truth, general truth, dictum, truism, principle; More maxim, adage, aphorism; rareapophthegm, gnome "he came to regret his belief in the axiom that there's no such thing as bad publicity" MATHEMATICS a statement or proposition on which an abstractly defined structure is based. Origin late 15th century: from French axiome or Latin axioma, from Greek axiōma ‘what is thought fitting,’ from axios ‘worthy.’ § http://biblehub.com/ylt/job/29.htm I speak a True Song As Yehovah Lives, so should we
  • Joe April 28, 2017 at 9:16 am on NY: Loophole could allow sex offenders to work for Uber, LyftSo it would appear from this bill https://legiscan.com/NY/text/S05641/id/1599671 that people with convictions for, say Murder / Homicide / Manslaughter (all degrees), Aggravated vehicular homicide, Vehicular manslaughter (all degrees), will be able to obtain the TNC Driving permit after 7 years. Nice! http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/article125.htm About not excluding Level 1 RSOs, said Sen. Tom Croci. “It also trivializes the seriousness of these crimes and undermines public confidence in these new services"
  • Alex April 28, 2017 at 9:04 am on NY: Loophole could allow sex offenders to work for Uber, LyftLOL . .any Uber driver can be a potential menace to you. Heck, anyone at any given time can be a potential menace. They don't necessarily have to have a record. Funny things is, that a neighbor of mine was telling me just the other day that he is not going to Uber anymore because his driver wreaked heavily of marijuana smell and was clearly high with his eyes half shut. lol. Knowing my neighbor very well for many years, I couldn't help but laugh. I know people who have met some decent looking Uber drivers and some questionable serial killer looking ones. Never had a problem. If I were an Uber driver, I wouldn't even talk to you or converse with you other than the basic courtesies of Hello, where would you like to go, and answer back any basic questions. I just want to get paid and go on to my life. Plain and simple.
  • USA April 28, 2017 at 8:58 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Hoping for hope: great comments Just one thing. If your arrested and charged: arrest If your arrested and not charged: detainment FYI
  • Harry April 28, 2017 at 8:28 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)If you live in Washington and will be off the registry in 4 years, why move to California? Unless you are tired of the rain? It is going to be two years, at least, before anyone gets off the registry here, if 421 passes and we are going to have second to highest gas tax in the nation and bunch of other off the wall, tax and spend laws.
  • Timmr April 28, 2017 at 8:08 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsThe registry started out as a police only list, and if it worked for public safety it would have been left at that. But it didn't work for public safety -- there were more brutal crimes that made people afraid. So it is continually ratcheted up to include more crimes and more restrictions. The registry-aholics will never get enough. A new dose of restrictions gives them a good feeling for awhile but feeds a dependency for more and more. This is how Nazi Germany started, but it is not the only example. You start by classifying a group of people as unredeemable criminals by shocking the public's conscience (lists of actual or manufactured abhorrent crimes committed by a few members of the despised group, such as Jewish criminal and gay persons lists). I have not read Mein Kampf, but I remember reading a comment by an historian who had, that Hitler was not particularly bothered by the Jewish faith, as by the modern culture of liberalism, tolerance and relativism that was blamed for Germany's weakness and economic collapse after WWII.
  • Harry April 28, 2017 at 8:05 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Yet, Mark Klass is never a poster parent for mental health care. Why? because he can make money at throwing ex-sex offenders and their families, under bus. It make me wonder what is in his closet that makes him to dwell on sex crime issues, since his child was NOT kill by a sex offender?
  • RFS April 28, 2017 at 7:17 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Me too. I was trying to get on there to look for the owner of a lost dog.
  • FRegistryTerrorists April 28, 2017 at 5:54 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsThere is zero need for any Registry. It would just continue to be used by the morons that work in government to do stupid things - some examples: 1) focus on those people when a crime is committed, 2) waste time "verifying" the information, 3) waste time and resources bragging to the media and public about it. Probation and parole are obviously far better than any Registry. When a person is not on probation or parole, people want the Registries mostly because they think the Registries are harming the people on them and the whole thing makes them feel good. To all people who are harmed by a nanny big government Registry - do not forget to retaliate TODAY. Beyond that, you need to build retaliation in such that it is an automatic thing that occurs on its own, all the time.
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 5:25 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Any form of registry can spin out of control. I'm sure even if the tiered registry were to work well for us, without further reforms the population of registrants will continue to rise again after the initial drop. Somehow we need to convince our legislators to stop adding to the number of crimes that get people on the registry. Unfortunately, as low hanging fruit, politicians will continue to use us to gain political support from their constituents. It was good to hear the Senate Committee state that they needed to reconsider which crimes get people on the registry.
  • T April 28, 2017 at 5:25 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsYes the public online registry needs to go because vigilantes will go online and collect information about registrants and use them for harassment but what they are doing is a crime because in these public registry websites created by law enforcement they warn that it's a crime for anyone to use the website for harassment and attacks on registrants and are only to be used for information and safety which of course doesn't work well. People who use the public registry for exploitation and harassment and engage in vigilante violence are no less evil.
  • Lake County April 28, 2017 at 4:47 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I actually don't believe we can use any national statistics on anything related to how things will work in California. We are a unique State that often stands out from the rest of the country. And surprisingly enough, even though most of the Nation thinks we are a bunch of nuts, California's laws and social norms are eventually often followed by the rest of the country. I suspect we are followed because of Hollywood's influence through movies and TV shows that the world watches and by our political power from our large population and economy. California always prefers to be a leader, we're not good followers of other States or the Federal Government. That may be one of the reasons why we are not AWA/SORNA compliant.
  • Nondescript April 28, 2017 at 2:14 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Writing a bill such as this is a challenge for a State like California. With the exception of a few provisions, the bill in its current state seems to be written to pertain to new registrants or those that are just entering the system. An example: (c) A tier three offender who obtains early release on a conviction for which registration pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act is required may file a petition with the superior court for placement in tier two if the person has registered for 10 years pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 290 .The court shall determine whether placement in tier two is appropriate. The tier two registration period shall COMMENCE on the date the court grants the petition. Im sure their are people who would qualify for this who have already been registering for 25 years! They will be subject to another 20 years of registration. I know that in other States, it is the judges who decide which tier a person is placed in at the time of sentencing given the relavent factors of the case and conviction at the time. And they can be reassessed at a later time But soon, if this bill passes, a one time, long ago offender could just get tossed into a high tier without regard to anything remotely relevant to their current life. It's an existential confinement . And it is quite sad.
  • Not so! April 28, 2017 at 2:00 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Ok here is a different source showing per 100,000: http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/documents/Sex_Offenders_Map.pdf Look at top 10 states with most sex offenders per 100,000 population (I put the figures into Excel, so it should be accurate): 1. Oregon: 718 2. Arkansas: 530 3. Delaware: 507 4. Michigan: 431 5. Wisconsin: 423 6. South Dakota: 411 7. Florida: 340 8. Kansas: 337 9. Tennessee: 335 10. Colorado: 334 Of the top 10 states with most sex offender congestion, ALL are tiered states except for Florida. Even using a different source, it does not seem that tiered registry results in a reduction in sex offender population. If anything, there is a correlation that tiered registry is associated with greater registrants per capita.
  • Thisguy April 28, 2017 at 1:30 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Gatto is a tool and the current chair is the original author of the bill so that seems likely to make a big difference. Ive been dealing with the office of Jim Beall to support a tiered registry with absolutely no success. Some people just dont care what evidence is out there or whether its a waste of money so I agree we should not get out hopes up too much.
  • Paul April 28, 2017 at 12:23 am on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsIf these legislators continue to create new laws based on the concept of earning votes by promoting fear, they only do so with the assumption that failure to pass the bill will bring no consequences. Perhaps the time has come to exploit those running for office whose SO bills have failed. Inform their communities LOUD and CLEAR that these people are not in touch with reality. Announce that they are preying upon the emotions of their constituents and wasting taxpayer dollars with bills that make no sense rather than truly try to serve their communities. If any of the candidates who fall into this category lose an election, promote this as the reason. If the press picks up on this, I wonder how many lawmakers would want to risk their careers on ridiculous SO legislation.
  • Nondescript April 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI didn't catch this part when I viewed it before: At the end, the chairwoman said that it is passed "with amendments". Did they articulate what those amendments are?
  • Timmr April 27, 2017 at 11:16 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsOk, my first tweet.
  • Timmr April 27, 2017 at 11:01 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I originally posted that link, and true, the sources can not be verified, sorry, I also got an error on the link. I put that out there because everyone simply believed tiered states mean lower number of registrants 'a priori.' Still, if you look on the map produced by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (supposedly legit?), it is still not clear that tiered states generally have a lower number of registrants than lifetime states, per 100,000 population. I don't see what density has to do with it, and I wasn't commenting on how much money is spent in lifetime vs. tiered states on registries, that is a different issue, maybe connected, maybe not. If you want to compare population dense states, Michigan, an urban tiered state, has about 50% per capita more registrants than California (431 to 267). Point is, I can't find any evidence that tiered states produce lower numbers of registrants. It sounds intuitive, just as saying sex offenders have a high rate of reoffense, it just feels right, but human intuition is fallable as we have often seen in sex offender policy. We should not jump at whatever sounds or feels right.
  • Aero1 April 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Much love to Janice B is all i have to say ..she's a very strong Brave courageous woman and it was an honour to meet her for the first time within the last five-years she's done so much for alot of people she is truly God sent
  • Eric April 27, 2017 at 10:29 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Mark Klass was there to speak in opposition to the bill. The Klass family has my most profound sympathy. They endured the most horrible and tragic fate possible with their daughter being kidnapped and murdered. But the one inconsistency in that case is that the man convicted, R.A.D. had been stopped and questioned by the police and he had no wants or warrants. He was not a convicted SO. A registry would not have mattered. What was significant is that the man displayed severe sighs of being a sociopath, and totally lacked empathy, demonstrated pathological behavior in the court room, and was so pathetic that the judge said he had no problem giving him the death sentence. So it appears that this mentally deranged man had been loose in society and was never questioned. I'm sure he had red flags galore but no system is in place to monitor such cases. This seems to be a grave area in America, people can display any manner of antisocial behavior, but until they have a victim or do a crime it is hands off. We can spend three trillion dollars deposing a dictator in a foreign country but we don't have a dime for mental health care. I was a teacher for 10 years and believe me, I had red flags flying all around me. I called CPS many times and got the same response. They can't do anything until something happens.
  • Jeff April 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)The app nextdoor has flagged my household is this illegal
  • Nicholas Maietta April 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingBecause the video won't play for a lot of people for technical reasons, I have taken the time to upload the relevant portion of this video to it's own YouTube upload here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scNLfNOZ6QY. Your welcome. 🙂
  • Harry April 27, 2017 at 9:45 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsThere are becoming more teachers that are getting caught up in sex crimes, teachers should be banned as they are mostly likely to offend than a RC.
  • Harry April 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI do not want to be on a boat with a bunch of kids running around.
  • Nondescript April 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)1. Does the time one is registered while on probation time count toward toe 10 year minimum requirement? Yes. The clock starts the day you are released from physical custody and register for the first time. 2. Can an out of state registrant petition without residing in California to be exempt from registration in California, or does one have to be register in CA? Under our current lifetime registration scheme, No. You will have to register in California even if Washington says you don't have to register there anymore( unless you received a COR / or a governors pardon) If California adopts a tiered registry and your offense is one that is analogous to a tier 1 offense in California and you are already past the 10 year mark you probably wouldn't have to register here( but we don't know how things will play out yet or what the final wording of the bill will be regarding out of state registrants) The California courts might look at an out of state offender who just " fell off " the registry in their own state because their time expired, as not the same amount of scrutiny as California requires. Who knows. Best to call and pose question number 2 to the California Dept of Justice/ Attorney Generals Office if you plan on moving here.
  • Eric Knight April 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsObviously, it's a fine line to walk, but the comparison MUST be made, by concentrating on the actual process and not the victims. When I argue I actually never address the Jewish victimization before I lay a strong foundation that the movement started by registering, and eventually executing, those the Nazis considered sex offenders.
  • Not so! April 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)See that's the whole point that makes no sense. The SARATSO and Static 99 scores are supposedly only good for 10 years. If a person never re-offends during that 10 years, why is it then being used to label someone as a Tier 3 (lifetime)? It's a very simple logical flaw.
  • Not so! April 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Not true Alex. You are so *NOT* true!! I did not have a "physical victim." It was a single non contact offense. No other criminal history. I have a Static 99 score, and it's fairly high because of 1. non contact, 2. being less than 35 y/o at the time of offense, 3. he was male. I score 6 for being gay. Not listed on the website right now, but if this bill passes I will. It's been said here that by having a non contact offense, the Static and SARATSO actually scores you HIGHER than violent offenders: http://www.static99.org/pdfdocs/static-99rcodingform.pdf Tell me how this all makes sense?
  • Tired Of Hiding April 27, 2017 at 7:55 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLQuestion: Have you read any of this thread? It should be abundantly clear that you will probably not be allowed to book a ticket by the cruise line. Assuming you do book the ticket then it is pretty much a 99% chance you will not be allowed to leave the ship once you arrive in Mexico. Now, considering both these obstacles do you still think you can just call someone and get "permission to cruise to Mexico"...really do you think that?
  • MatthewLL April 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)A couple questions from an out of state registrant: 1. Does the time one is registered while on probation time count toward toe 10 year minimum requirement? 2. Can an out of state registrant petition without residing in California to be exempt from registration in California, or does one have to be register in CA? I will be off the Washington State registry in 4 more years (10 years automatic removal for misdemeanor), but time here starts when you first register, which you do when you are out in probation.
  • James April 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLDear Mot: I would contact the Cruse Line and be as brutal as possible re your 290 status...don't whitewash any of it. Then, even if they say you are fine, say thanks and send them a confirming email. This would provide you with some financial protection, (I think...I don't promise) My sense of how the cruise line industry is working now is that you will not be allowed on the ship...and if you are, {congratulations}, do NOT try to disembark in any Mexican port of call. My view of the situation...if it works out differently, please let us know. Best Wishes, James PS I suspect you should give 21 day notice also to your registering agency. {I regret giving such a downbeat assessment...but you asked...I need to be honest regardless. I wish it were otherwise.}
  • K April 27, 2017 at 7:07 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredI understand why some people should be on the list for 10, 20 or even life time, but there are a lot of people that are on the list that should not have to register for such a long time if at all because of the type of offense they were charged with such as indecent exposure, non violent sex crimes where it is not really clear if such a crime really happened but the person was charged any ways because the accuser is always believed. People need to wake up and realize that there are people out there that get falsely accused and convicted. These people should not have to register for life. It should be case by case bases not across the board regardless of the situation of the case. This bill should pass and be used to get people off the registry for non violent offenses so law enforcement can use there time to better and focus on the violent offenders. Most non violent offender never offend again.
  • For Mot April 27, 2017 at 6:52 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLMot - go to this website for more info http://registranttag.org/
  • Banning of registry photos on tiered registry time is now April 27, 2017 at 6:47 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I think registry photos should be banned just as mugshots are for the LEOs which several current court opinions say is ok. Now is the time to bring this into play while the bill is in discussion. Language for not publishing any registry photos should be added using the same justification the courts have said. It would be a start.
  • HopingforHope April 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)For those concerned about a DA potentially denying a petition, I don't think you have a lot to worry about. I could be wrong, but here's my reasoning: I'm no lawyer but DA's, it seems to me, live in a world of evidence and proof. So it seems to me they would need to show some sort of evidence or proof that the person still poses a public threat. Being convicted of another sex offense-- regardless of the seriousness of the crime-- would definitely do it. What if you were arrested for another offense, but not actually charged? Would that be enough? I don't think so. That shows there's wasn't enough evidence or proof for the DA to file a case. So, think about it: What else would cause them to deny? A DUI? I don't think so. There are tens and tens of thousands of people driving right now with DUI's. Clearly, they aren't viewed as a big enough public threat to subject them to a registration scheme like RC's because non exists. And besides, a DUI has nothing to do whatsoever with a crime that is sexual in nature (unless you were sexting while drunk, perhaps). What about any other felony offense? Very possibly. What about a misdemeanor offense? As long as it's not a sex offense or something violent in nature, it probably wouldn't be a showstopper. If I'm not mistaken, I believe traffic tickets are a misdemeanor. I doubt seriously that your petition would be denied because ten years ago you were caught turning left on a red. What other factors might persuade a DA to deny? Maybe public pressure? I don't think so. If this tiered bill actually passes, there are so many "insurance policies" (as it was described in the senate hearing), that all of this will have been very carefully vetted and thought through with the opportunity for public comment, there will be a well-defined process, and it will be the law. Plus, I believe many DA's actually support the bill. Could the DA deny you because he thinks you're ugly, or because he thinks your offense was especially henious? I don't think so. Unless I' misundertand it, this is not about DA's "scoring" the crime you committed, or about judging the kind of person he thinks you are. Chances are, he'll have absolutely NO idea who you are. We have a lot of smart people in this group, and I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts. Did I miss something big, another possible legitimate reason that your petition might be denied? What I am trying to identify here are factors that are outside the process. I would argue that the bar for denial will be set pretty high, and that the huge majority of applicants-- practically anyone who hasn't committed another felony-- should have nothing to worry about.
  • KM April 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)The truth of the matter is this bill provides the DA an ability to object ONLY if public safety would be served. The presumption is that once a registrant becomes eligible to be removed that they are not a threat and it is the burden of the DA to prove that the individual is. Therefore, as long as you have a clean record and not currently under investigation you WILL be removed and there isn't much the DA can do about it.
  • jo April 27, 2017 at 5:59 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLIt's not going to happen, the cruise line won't let you on.
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLWhich cruise line are you going on? Which, if any, places are you planning to enter Mexico? Generally Mexico does not allow registered sex offenders entry into their country. Some cruise lines do not allow 290 offenders to board their ships. They might not tell you until the day of boarding that's why I ask which cruise line. If you intend on going into Mexico from the ship, you may not be able to get a definite answer from anyone until you get to that destination. They can either tell you to get back onto the ship or actually deport you back to CA. There are no definite answers for any immigration questions as sometimes our fate is totally up to an immigration official that may be having a good or bad day.
  • Alex April 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Static-99 is only administered to those that had a physical victim. If the crime was possessing and/or exchanging pornography (or something along these lines that didn't involve you directly with the victim), then you're not given it as it wasn't calibrated for such crimes. Static-99 also uses fixed information about you at the time of crime (that's why it's called static). It doesn't require interviews, opinions, or anything like that. So the duration of how long it's been doesn't matter. This is some of the information it uses. The information is locked in at the time of the offense. Your age, your victim's age, your sex, your victim's sex, your relation to victim, contact or non-contact crime (did you touch the victim or was this a chat/voyeur crime?). All these things a matter of record and unchanging. As you can see, this type of information doesn't care about how long its been since your conviction. All that being said, I have no idea how all this LEGALLY falls into place. This is where a time frame might be a technically sort of thing. The really bad thing about the Static-99 is the un-moving age of the registrant. You get a +1 if you're under 35 years of age at the time of the crime. So if you're crime was a day before you're 35th birthday you get that point. And that single point could potentially mean the difference between which tier you get. I've scored a 4 because I was 33 at the time. Being a 4 means I'm up a column on the risk factor where's a 3 is column lower. I fear that being a 4 might mean I could be placed into Tier 2. So for being 2 years too young, I might get +10 years to my "sentence".
  • Stephen April 27, 2017 at 5:52 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI've never felt the desire to be on a cruise and turned down 2 of them 18 years ago. keep in mind you can probably rent a house boat for less money and have more fun.
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI agree with your post. However I don't believe the registry will ever be 100% eliminated. I do believe some people should be on a law enforcement only registry (without police harassment) and a law enforcement only registry would be constitutional. The public online registry is what must end as it is only proven to be further punishment.
  • Greg April 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I feel the same way -- very leery about this Static 99 and SARATSO crap. Listening to Nancy O'Malley brag about how good SARATO allegedly is did not help. There is something about O'Malley or the Static purveyors that I don't trust. It's all just a very shady scam, sold by a bunch of cons, it seems.
  • Nicholas Maietta April 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretThey have profited from using my name and likeness-- something our civil court system allows us to sue to recoup damage and to put a stop to it with the courts' order. However, until these wisecracks pay monies owed to other victims in other cases they lost, i see absolutely no benefit in suing them because winning means not getting compensated and they will continue to ignore court orders. They feel completely untouchable, but they'll learn soon enough that they are not.
  • Mot April 27, 2017 at 4:09 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLMexico cruise question...We, my family, want to plan a cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico for the 5 day cruise. I am a 290 in CA and need to know what I can do , if anything, to get permission to cruise to Mexico? Who can I contact? etc. Thanks
  • Follow the $$$ April 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsThis is true. We are missing the forest for the trees.
  • Follow the $$$ April 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsAgree. Godwin's Law is applicable here. It is a very bad tactic to compare our situation to that of Jews/Gypsies/Gays/Jehovah's etc. I think points can be made that the registry is similar in nature and social effect to the registries the Nazi's kept but we cannot compare ourselves to the victims of death camps, pogroms, labor camps and mass genocide. We lose the argument immediately at that point.
  • FRegistryTerrorists April 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsWell, I'm very happy to give no money to any cruise line that would do this and pay their competitors instead. So I wouldn't really say it is much of a tangible problem. But the whole attitude is. The fact that anyone even thinks this is acceptable is a problem. And it is like a cancer. This disease spreads. The real problem is that the criminal U.S. federal, state, and other governments enable and promote the segregation, harassment, and hatred of just some citizens. They promote it! No American supports that and we need to force the un-Americans out of our country. Let them go live somewhere else where they fit in better. And the answer is not to just get off of the Registry. All that does is eliminate the problem for yourself and pile it onto other people. The Registries are good for no one. It is not okay to segregate anyone who is free.
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm on General Comments April 2017When a sex offender moves into a neighborhood, houses within a one-tenth mile area around the sex offender's home fall by 4 percent on average. Damn sex offenders, no wonder the value of my home has not gone up in years. The authors of this statistic estimate that a single offender depresses property values in the immediate vicinity by $4,500 to $5,500 per home (average home prices around $180,000). Altogether, the presence of sex offenders has shrunk property values in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina by about $58 million. http://www.nber.org/digest/jun06/w12253.html
  • FRegistryTerrorists April 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI think you are exactly right. I don't really know why people even get "angry" at all about it. I haven't seen ANYONE, ever, saying the harassment of Registered Citizens is on the level of the persecution of the Jews and yet people seem to think they can't be mentioned in the same paragraph. Obviously, there are similarities and obviously, they are many things that aren't nearly on the same level at all. I don't understand how anyone who actually thinks about it would have an issue with it.
  • FRegistryTerrorists April 27, 2017 at 1:14 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI didn't compare the harassment of Registered Citizens (RCs) with the persecution of the Jews. I said that the people (most of them) who support the RC harassment are the same type of people who would have supported the persecution of the Jews. They are also people who would have supported laws that kept "coloreds" from using the same water fountains as them, etc. They would support all of that today if enough of them thought it was politically correct. They are people who are bad at their core, as most people are, and are only good as long as it is convenient for them. It makes them feel better to persecute some hated group of "those people". As far as "gain empathy" or "not to offend others with this type of comparison", please believe that I could not possibly give less of a damn about that. My family has been harassed non-stop for decades. It is my obligation to offend people and they can shove their empathy up their rear ends. Those people are my enemies and I will do anything I can to bother them. I've dared them to keep attacking my family as best they can. Even their very best and damaging attempts will backfire. They will continue to pay.
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLI would have sent them a registered letter just to protect myself.
  • Mr. D April 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLRobert - I would recommend that you obtain the officer responsible for registration's email address. Send him an email with your travel information. At that point you've done all you can do. When I did that a few months ago the officer in charge emailed me back stating that I needed to fill out the IML notification forms. He was actually at a conference regarding 290 and the requirements for both state wide and federal. But he told me every city and county is treating it differently. Good luck and I hope you have a fabulous trip!
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsQuite frankly, I think we have bigger issues to be concerned with than this. Most of us cannot even dream of being able to afford to go on a cruise. And if anyone is fortunate enough to afford a cruise, their are many other cruise ships we can go on that don't discriminate against registered citizens. Their are only 3 cruise lines we know of that ban us, so that leaves many others we can travel on. Personally, I would rather be on an adult only cruise. Our biggest issue we should be concentrating on is getting off this registry so we don't have to worry about any business or government banning us.
  • David April 27, 2017 at 12:23 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLRobert, I suggest you send your itinerary - via Certified, Return Receipt U.S.Mail - to that officer in charge of registrations. Also, keep a copy of the itinerary AND THE RETURN RECEIPT POSTCARD with you when you travel so you can show it - if necessary - to the customs office when you return to the U.S. Enjoy your trip! David
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 12:23 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsIt is probably allowed the same way that homeland security requires all airplane passengers to be background checked.
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsMy main point was that many people of the Jewish faith would find it very offensive that anyone would compare their persecution and murder being compared with plight of sex offenders being on a registry. Yes, Hitler persecuted and killed many others like Jehovah's Witnesses, Gays and Sex Offenders, but constantly comparing sex offenders persecution with the Jewish persecutions and murders is not helpful. We need as many people to support registry reforms as we can and making statements that would be offensive to most Jews cannot help us in this public forum. Especially with such a large number of Jews having power in politics. If this website was only read by us, I probably would not be posting this as I understand your reasoning for this comparison.
  • C April 27, 2017 at 11:35 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsPlease ask Vicki Freed on her Twitter feed. She seems to rather active there, though unresponsive to my feigned praise of her ban on RSOs and questions if convicted murderers and child beaters will be banned as well. I encourage the mods to approve my post and for my colleagues to join me in making those who oppress us feel at least a little blow back. https://mobile.twitter.com/VickiLovesTAs
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 11:24 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)But why are you using low population states for your statistics? If you want to look at possible negatives, at least use statistics from states with similar populations. I don't believe statistics from these small states are really relevant enough to doom the tiered registry system. Just look at the statistic from an even smaller population, the North Pole, one in every 35 people is a registered sex offender. California has the highest number of RSO's because we are all on for life. The law enforcement people that are pushing this new law have clearly stated that the registry is too large and broken. I do believe that these people want to lower our numbers so that the registry will get back to it's original purpose and become more manageable and less costly. With the current system, this state will go broke just to watch low risk offenders. And also, these statistics come from a non conventional micro media source (some guy in his basement). The link they quoted for their statistics go to a non existent page (404 error). So I'm not even sure if these statistics are even true. It's probably one of those news sources that Trump uses for his alternative facts. Even their contact information link goes to a non existent page. Before quoting statistics to try and kill support for a Law that might help many get off the registry and recover their lives, at least always double check the source of where your information comes from.
  • 6th Circuit Court opinion should be used now April 27, 2017 at 11:15 am on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretThe 6th Circuit opinion, et al, should be used to keep photos from being published on the CA public tiered registry as the bill is still pliable to be molded. Great time to use this info in the discussion with elected officials. The court’s logic is great to use in addition to potential lawsuit material.
  • pgm111 April 27, 2017 at 11:05 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Mike R. You make some great points and I agree with you in principle. I strongly suggest that we work to get this tiered registry bill passed in its present form and then attack the registry scheme as you suggest. There is no doubt that the registry scheme's vulnerability is centered on the lack of empirical evidence to support it, ie. overall very low recidivism rate, no correlation between possessing pictures and acting out, etc.
  • Joe April 27, 2017 at 10:58 am on Internet Exclusion Bill (AB 558) Hearing Scheduled on April 18Sorry, but I fail to see any point proven. I am merely pointing out the absurdity of mobilizing the masses for exclusions of the few. That is not being sour, that is being realistic. And I never did understand these exclusions, in the first place. Let's see. 1. 19 year old guy fondles / gropes (aka makes out with) 15 year old neighbor girl who sneaks out of her house to do just that. On the website he goes, no question asked (PC 288(c)). Step/grand/father gropes and fondles 5 year old step/grand/daughter (PC 288(a), no penetration). Gets an exclusion from the web site, in the interest of victim privacy. I don't get that. 2. Step/grand/father gropes and fondles 5 year old step/grand/daughter. Gets an exclusion from the web site in order to protect step/grand/daughter's privacy. Step/grand/father anally, vaginally or orally penetrates 5 year old step/grand/daughter. Goes on the web site, no question asked. To h3ll with step/grand/daughter's privacy - now let's be sure that everyone knows her anguish. I don't get that. 3. There are guys on this web site for PC 647.6 from 50+ years ago. UNLESS they had the need for legal representation during that time, and the financial means therefore, or the legal / intellectual capacity to do so, there is a very good chance that they will never know that there is / was such an exclusion. And neither a do-gooder, nor a business savvy attorney could notify them, since their address is not included by design. So, this exclusion will only be / was only an option for very few, anyways. An exclusion that only rich / smart people know about is not much of an exclusion. I don't get that. Just a few thoughts off the top off my head. PC 290 was a bad idea in 1947, and every amendment has made it worse and more non-sensical. Including this exception. Of course, the biggest joke of them all is that a child killer / beater is nowhere to be found on the internet. In the interest of child protection, you would think....
  • Joe April 27, 2017 at 10:57 am on Internet Exclusion Bill (AB 558) Hearing Scheduled on April 18I do not know @1 and bear him no ill will, and adding him to the web site will not take anyone else off - so why would I "begrudge" him his good fortune? What is wrong with a "call to arms"? Nothing. What is wrong with a call to arms with the battle cry "we are all on this together" to get exclusions? Everything. The concepts of "all in this together" and "exclusion" are mutually exclusive. I feel bad for every single person on this wretched web site. But shaming the many who suffer, for not advocating for exceptions for the few is a strange way to go about it.
  • Eric Knight April 27, 2017 at 10:30 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsAnd yet, the very method in which Jews were persecuted was perfected by employing that method on sex offenders IN THE FIRST PLACE. While you are technically correct in that Wehrmacht-era Jews were primarily innocent compared to US registrants, the very methods were developed by first registering all the sex offenders (including gays/lesbians), then once registered, they were easily identified for societal shaming and eventual execution. When I reference the iconic story "First, they came for the Jews, but I was not concerned as I was not a Jew...", and change it to "First, they came for the sex offenders" in describing the migration of ratcheting oppression from registration to banishment (and worse) of US registrants, in fact, MY interpretation is historically more FACTUALLY CORRECT, in defining sex offenders as the FIRST group affected before the ULTIMATE target, the Jews (and in particular, their wealth and control). The Nazis knew they couldn't START with the Jews, but start with the "obvious" target, they could condition the populace easily. And when people get "angry" at us for "comparing Jews with sex offenders," I pointedly explain that the Holocaust, and I daresay World War 2 itself, would not have occurred as readily as it did without the Sex Offender Registry in Wehrmacht-era Germany.
  • Robert April 27, 2017 at 10:11 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLMy trip to Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, and Barcelona is coming up in two weeks. I have been calling the officer in charge of 290 registrations here in my city and have left messages with no return call. Should I be worried that I didn't get to file a 21-day notice? My understanding is that there isn't a law in CA that I MUST, but I was doing it as a courtesy. Any thoughts?
  • David April 27, 2017 at 9:19 am on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsTo Janice: 1. Is it too early for us to start mailing our letters to the Senate Appropriations Committee? 2. Do you anticipate that the Bill will be further amended before reaching the Senate Appropriations Committee? Thanks in advance!
  • David April 27, 2017 at 9:12 am on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretSo it follows that the DOJ will support legislation that removes all mugshots from the Internet & makes it illegal to post such images, is that right?? Oh, my apologies - I'm asking for consistency in the law, arent I? 😠
  • steve April 27, 2017 at 9:01 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Just read the static 99 and how it is administered. 10 years after the fact it is invalid. It was in the bill somewhere I read it a few months ago it's just not worded exactly the way I said it. This is from the current bill: ", and, IF AVAILABLE from past supervision for a sexual offense, the person’s risk level on the SARATSO dynamic and violence risk assessment instruments.
  • Alex April 27, 2017 at 8:49 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect Kids" My guess is that cruise lines are hurting for business so they are trying to lure families and people with children to consider cruises as attractive vacation destinations. " The problem with that is that many families have an RSO in that family. The father, the brothers, etc. etc. and that number of RSOs are growing rapidly as more and more people end up on the list. When a person ends up on the registry, the whole family is affected. At some point, not a single family will be able to travel.
  • Political Prisoner April 27, 2017 at 8:40 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsWhat will be their excuse when someone is sexually assaulted and there are no RSO on the cruise to blame?
  • TM April 27, 2017 at 8:40 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)All good points. I think if we can determine where we fall in regard to the website as the process moves along we can then respond accordingly. I, for one, am going to send a succinct letter to each author bringing this into the forefront. It would be extremely easy to address this in the bill with one or two lines. Also note, if your minimum registration period has passed, there "should" be some time to apply for end of registration. They say a minimum of 30 days notice prior to placing someone on the website. It's hard to say how long the application process will take. However, the DA has 30 days to respond and if there is no objection the application should be approved. If the DA requests a hearing, we may nred a writ.
  • Hats off. April 27, 2017 at 8:19 am on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secret@Nicholas My hat goes off to you for your integrity and efforts in standing up to the bully. That's really all they are, trying to extort one's lunch money...and then coming back the next day to do it all over again. --AJ
  • Doug April 27, 2017 at 7:53 am on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI got in line , but when I got to the mic. I remembered my name , but not where I was from ! I'm not a public speaker.
  • Tired of this April 27, 2017 at 7:40 am on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretAt the very least, Roderick and Oesterblad are using our likenesses and information to harass and intimidate, which is expressly prohibited, last I checked. Chucky's well-documented behavior clearly demonstrates malicious intent. He is a virtual terrorist, in my estimation.
  • T April 27, 2017 at 5:38 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsThey have lost their minds on putting more restrictions that do nothing good and are being delusional about how the system will keep children safe from harm and from registrants.
  • Will A April 27, 2017 at 4:39 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI agree. I posted a comment for this article on their Facebook page. The only comment there.
  • Stephen April 27, 2017 at 4:30 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsPeople should remind the public of all the problems these cruise ships have been having. pull the past articles and post them on current Forums. Do it for public safety.
  • anon April 27, 2017 at 3:50 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)The purpose behind SB421 is to save money. The resources soaked up to just keep up with 100,000 registrants is getting out of control. For the Appropriations Committee to kill the bill because it costs too much money would make no sense. However, it was killed in the Assembly Appropriations Committee by Chairman Mike Gatto four years ago. So while this seems like a slam dunk, it is not.
  • Roger April 27, 2017 at 2:26 am on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsTo those who feel maybe it was a waste of time to show up and speak up against this bill, consider that those legislators who looked at us in surprise when we all stood up will REMEMBER the crowd of us that showed up, so when the NEXT bad bills are being written--instead of rubber-stamping these bills like they did a few years ago--now they publicly state in the hearings the problems they see with the bills. Behind the scenes, anti-registrant bills are greatly reduced in scope and even quietly disappear. Don't forget that SB 26 can still be whittled down even more or even quietly be withdrawn or voted down. KEY THOUGHT: The constant light of truth we throw on bad bills and our sharing of the human impact of these bad bills has helped slow the momentum of their creation. Read about the great news about the tiered registry bill passing another hurdle the same day that SB 26 passed by the same committee. That is a HUGE change in momentum of the anti-registrant pendulum. Changing legislators' anti-registrant attitude affects how many anti-registrant bills are created and what happens to them. Fellow registrants and supporters, come to our next live events! Together we are making fundamental change. When we make California progressive regarding registrants (over time), it will affect other states.
  • David Kennerly, the Entrenched Client April 27, 2017 at 2:22 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)"But then what will prevent frequency of registration increasing in the future for Tier 2 and Tier 3? " Because that's not the current trajectory of public policy. The momentum is towards a more critical scrutiny of sex offender laws with a much greater reliance upon evidence. This is recent and it's certainly far from being fully-realized but we need to be more attuned to these trends so as not to cut ourselves off at the knees needlessly when developing strategy. Zeitgeist matters and we need to not only be attuned to it but actively involved in shaping it.
  • mike r April 27, 2017 at 1:56 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)people need to read the supporting docs from the police chiefs and the los Angeles DA and others and see the real reason they are supporting this bill....the following is why not out of the goodness of theirhearts but out of self interest and survivability of their scheme and all the money that goeswith it..they stated it perfectly in one of their supporting docs as follows... "the courts have been invalidating many of the local ordinances and restrictions and threaten to judicially abolish or severely restrict California's sex offender registry which would be detrimental to public safety " That is verbatim and is exactly what I've been saying.. I think this bill is great and will help a lot of people but also has the potential to hurt a lot of people too. its like we have this world champion boxer on the ropes ready to drop with one more blow but were backing off and letting him regroup instead of finishing it....this bill is really better than whats in place now thats without a doubt so I understand bith sides. I think we should throw the final blow using someone like Frank Lindsey in a real suit and force them to revamp the entire scheme and make it constitutionally sound by forcing the government to prove in a court of law on the record with the clear and convincing evidence standards that a person is a credible threat to public safety instead of this over cautious unconstitutional assumption without any evidence that an individual is a threat without any due process of law and even if the burden of proof was put onto the person, (which it is sulposed to be the governments job to prove the fact), there isn't even any mechanism or avenue to contest the governments so called pre-cognitive abilities to determine such facts.Just saying...other then that the bills way better then what we currently have and for those that it helps or are ready to concede and except what the emperor is offering then its great....
  • Hmmm... April 27, 2017 at 1:51 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I would tend to disagree with you. Your assumption is based on the fact DAs will not object: "The police records needed should only take minutes to print up and the DA reviewing files (mostly reading the probation report) shouldn’t take very much time as long as the DA is not preparing to contest the application."
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 1:09 am on General Comments April 2017Well the first question is; do you have a court ordered visitation schedule? If not, petition the court to get one. You can easily do that yourself without an attorney. The filing fee is about $35 and the court can wave that if you request it and can prove a very low income. If you do have a court ordered visitation/custody schedule, then you can ask the police to stand by while you pick up your child or you might have to file contempt of court charges if she is breaking a court order. Always document all contacts and emails with the mother.
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 12:59 am on General Comments April 2017Looks like it's 14 days strait or 30 days total per year for temporary workers based on your link. Those working in the state for 14 days or for more than 30 days in a calendar year must register. §290.002
  • Lake County April 27, 2017 at 12:46 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Considering that most CA Counties have less than 300 offenders, it should not affect the workload at all for these Counties. Since they have plans on allowing people to file petitions based on their registration date, that should keep the first applications from overloading the system. The police records needed should only take minutes to print up and the DA reviewing files (mostly reading the probation report) shouldn't take very much time as long as the DA is not preparing to contest the application. The main difficulty for the DA's office will be to locate each file from storage. These old files often do get misplaced. The police will definitely have a decreased workload in the future by not having to register and do compliance checks on as many people. The State will see a savings with less registrants by no longer having to update as many annual registration data.
  • Joe123 April 26, 2017 at 11:56 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretThis is RIPE for a lawsuit now against publishing photos on the registry. The exact same argument and ruling by the 6th Circuit could be used to push back on public release of photos on the registry. Once again, the entire premise of the registry is that offenders have a high rate. This is clearly 100% incorrect. We can chip away at the registry through lawsuits location restrictions, and even public publishing of photos, which is all great, but at some point a lawyer or group of lawyers with 'cahonas' will have to step up and challenge the entire registry with facts and evidence. If there is any registry, it should END when probation ends. End of Story.
  • David Kennerly, the Entrenched Client April 26, 2017 at 11:52 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingAn argument could be made that this represents a very good opportunity to challenge bad assumptions of the law (and others, such as the Static 99 fallacy, as a whole) AFTER it is enacted. In this way, the tiered registry does represent such an opportunity for further whittling away of the registration edifice, much like "Don't ask, don't tell" was a step towards full abolition of the ban on gays in the military. We already know that those having boy "victims" are treated worse, on balance (unless you're a woman) but this law would give us a very well-defined target to actively challenge whereas now there is no Static 99 chink in their armor for us to attack. Imagine, we get this tiered registry passed and then we turn our attentions to the Static 99, as well as the bankrupt science of criminal risk prediction, as a whole. In other words, incremental but regular dismantlement of the Registry. This is what progress looks like.
  • Nondescript April 26, 2017 at 11:48 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI'd be curious to know what it says in the fine print of the Royal Caribbean paperwork you get after you've paid for your cruise ( like something to the effect that payment for this cruise authorizes us to check your FBI file). An employer must get an applicants signed permission to do a criminal background check and even then they can only go back 7 yrs. I was under the impression that these cruise lines were just looking on the National Online Registry and using that info to discriminate. How they are obtaining this info is very questionable and lawsuit worthy.
  • Joe123 April 26, 2017 at 11:48 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsOf course they cheered and clapped! Creating a label of 'Sex Offender' instills the idea in everyone's head that they are all creepers that repeatedly molest little kids. I am sure that there have been little if any incidents where kids were in danger by any sex offender on a damn cruise ship, yet these policies 'sound great'. Change the perception of sex offenders and the registry with Education, and stupid policies like these can be gotten rid of, likely through lawsuits. This is clearly illegal discrimination.
  • Registry Rage April 26, 2017 at 11:45 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secret "The visual depiction of the individual’s appearance at booking in a law-enforcement facility reflects a uniquely powerful and lasting image of what can be one of the most difficult episodes in an individual’s life." Yet, we have to endure this open-ended harassment with a NEW photo taken every 6 months !!! Hello? 24/7 - 365 !!! Everyday is Groundhog Day us! But... but, but they're (wait for it) "THEY'RE SEX OFFENDERS!!! THEY SHOULD BE GLAD WE LET THEM LIVE!" *death glare*
  • Registry Rage April 26, 2017 at 11:39 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsOf course it's zero! But they are just covering their collective asses thinking they're "minimizing risk." They look at everyone on the registry as a "confirmed" public safety liability. I'm beyond disgusted with these child safety advocates showing up at hearings black-balling us and circling the wagon around Megan's Law.
  • I spoke up April 26, 2017 at 11:22 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)OK where does it say that in this bill Steve? I don't believe it unless it's in writing. Also, if the Static 99 isn't supposed to be used over 10 years after conviction as you say, why is this bill giving power to the Static 99 to put a person into lifetime Tier 3. I definitely did not feel good vibes listening to Nancy O'Malley talk about how great SARATSO and the Static 99 are. To use it for probation or parole, OK. Anyway, probation or parole last 5 years usually. But when the Static and SARATSO are given enormous power to "predict" lifetime registration, then this is unacceptable. It is a slippery slope to "minority report" style crystal ball fortune telling.
  • Tired Of Hiding April 26, 2017 at 11:14 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I agree with you totally. If that is indeed the case then it is punishing those who have never been listed but will now be listed punished twice since they had to follow and were subject to all of the laws and registering requirements and as you say, have had some chance to rebuild and now their lives are going to be torn apart AGAIN? Hardly seems fair and I am sure that if this does occur that there will be a class action of those who are placed on it as it will have caused additional harm and therefore punishment to the conditions that we fully abided by. We might "all be in together" however, the facts remain that we are not guilty of the same crimes and yet some who had a "victimless" crime are treated just as someone who fondled a child!?! Absurd right...well at least it should be. Lee
  • Jack April 26, 2017 at 11:08 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Thanks nondescript. I didn't think I'd missed anything. We should watch for any alterations to the bill though. We are trying to emulate SORNA here after all. Hopefully they think the provision of section 290 dealing with SVPs is enough.
  • Hmmm... April 26, 2017 at 11:07 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Of course we are all guessing. How are you so sure "there are not going much fighting from the DA’s office that will add to their workload?" How are you so sure tiered registry will be cheaper? We are all guessing. One thing is for sure. The facts speak for themselves: Tiered registry does not reduce the number of registrants as measured per capita. The two states with most sex offenders per capita, Alaska and Idaho, are both (ironically) tiered states. http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/sex/sex-offenders-per-capita-per-state/ Again, I got this link from someone else who posted it on this board.
  • Hmmm... April 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)But then what will prevent frequency of registration increasing in the future for Tier 2 and Tier 3? Most, if not all, tiered states require registration every 6 months for Tier 2 and every 90 days for Tier 3. This is a risky piece of legislation. IMO, it would have been better off extending eligibility of the Certificate of Rehabilitation to all registrants. At least Courts can examine each individual on a case-by-case situation. With the tiered proposal, registrants are sloppily placed into Tiers, maybe some offenses moved up to high tiers in time, and perhaps registration periods also extended in time. Tiered registry will open up a future to more onerously draconian legislation. It has happened with all the other tiered states, so how will CA be any different? Look: even before this bill has passed, the victim's advocates want certain crimes moved up to high tiers. And the bill hasn't even passed! I can only imagine what may happen AFTER it passes. This bill is a risky piece of legislation.
  • 1984 April 26, 2017 at 10:37 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsThe safety protocols they are talking about should have been done years ago. Idiots. They are after free press to help in marketing. Just upgrading with life guards does not get attention. But talking about RSOs and keeping them off the boats, that is media worthy. What are they saying? They need us to help with their marketing plan. There's got to be away to make use of that. Time to ponder. I have never been on a cruise ship. I have never considered it. I have friends that work for one of the lines. Their story of what happens in the kitchen alone is enough to keep my interest at zero. Because of scheduling issues, proper maintenance of environmental systems gets delayed or skipped.
  • Harry April 26, 2017 at 10:33 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)"...money will be needed to staff the DAs office to fight the petitions they decide to challenge. Same with law enforcement: the bill requires LE to respond to petitions..." First of all, I believe, there are not going much fighting from the DA's office that will add to their workload. As for LE responding to the petitions they have this information on file and they will be sending a check off form to the judge, which will result in about 10-15 minutes of work per petition. I do not see much extra cost beyond designing the petition form and publication of the format, which, is something Government does everyday.
  • Steve April 26, 2017 at 10:32 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)If you were never given a static 99 and it's been over 10 years since conviction you will not be taking it.
  • Curiouser April 26, 2017 at 10:30 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingYes, Senator Stone, that may be true (although more than likely your statement is mere political hyperbole, so you can look tough on RSOs in front of your voters). But isn't this why you ARE the elected official? To be the calm voice of reason that is heard above the maddening crowd? To calm their irrational fears with rational thought? To reassure the huddled masses that all will be well, that stranger danger is a myth, and the "high and frightening" recidivism rate is a fallacy? See, we KNOW the public is easily led by media lies and hype. They are swayed by TV shows, movies, and horrible people like John Walsh and John Walsh-Lite (Klaas), who have created their own relevancy by standing on the graves of their innocent children. That's why we have YOU, our elected official, to be the beckon of light in the pitch-dark night. You're the one we need to stand tall against the hysteria, to tell the truth about the registry, those banished to it, and where the REAL danger comes from. Or not.
  • Timmr April 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretThankfully, I don't have to register in a jail, yet, whenever they tell me to go into the room for the photo, place your feet there, look there, turn your face to the wall, I feel I am being booked all over again. It is a senseless use of public resources. It's like those ancient ignorant priests who believed the sun would not rise but for their intricate rituals and sacrifices of human life. Every year the people who run this sham look stupider and stupider and civilization looks closer to the edge. There is a place on barren Mars for them all, logging the movements and photographing little green bogiemen.
  • Timmr April 26, 2017 at 9:38 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsI agree, you should send it to all the members of Cruise 360.
  • Nicholas Maietta April 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretI have a gut feeling that the FBI has some serious weight in this issue and has probably said something. The Chuckles certainly had something to do with getting the whole mugshot business placed on the path to complete dismantling. All those millionaires who profited from mugshot rackets should be very, very upset with Rodrick and Oesterblad right about now. If not, they will be very, very soon when they realize their businesses were shut down because of the actions of two idiots who's ruining their income streams. I'm so glad i'm not Mr Chuckles.
  • TiredAlready April 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I am in your same boat and very interested in how this will be addressed. I am also interested to hear whether anyone else thinks that they may try to put off deciding more regarding 558 or 26 and instead mold those to fit into the tiers. Maybe with the tier ones not being on the site (tier two will apparently have zipcodes and names, tier three will have more info) and maybe with tier ones not having to be escorted on school campuses but with another answer like listing where your children will be attending as part of your annual registration update... you know, "for monitoring and safety".
  • Nicholas Maietta April 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretHis websites and scattered posts on other websites he does not own are being specifically addressed. The FBI knows exactly what they are doing. I have full faith in them and their abilities.
  • Redeemed1 April 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm on General Comments April 2017I had the same basic question a year or so ago (being off the registry in my state and wanting to visit CA) and was told by multiple sources that each county/city in CA was allowed to make up their own rules. I had even talked on the phone with someone in the AG office and they even told me so. I asked him if there was actually the five days rule and he told me that they left it to each jurisdiction was allowed to define residency however they like. I was told that some will say that even if you stay somewhere one night, that one had to register. I had really hoped to make a small visit of 3 or 4 days to see some family, but am scared to step foot into that state.
  • TM April 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)It's certainly true that there will be initial costs involved here. However, the savings come as there will be zero ongoing costs for those removed from the registry. I should think this would significantly outweigh the short term costs of responding to applicants.
  • USA April 26, 2017 at 8:14 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsThis is a rather disturbing article! This is without a Civil Lawsuit waiting to happen! What's next? Airlines?
  • Nondescript April 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)The only language referring to the frequency of registration in this entire bill is in 290.5 d in regards to pre 1987 convictions. "Within 12 months of receipt of the person’s annual update of registration in 2018, the Department of Justice shall determine if the person is eligible for termination" We have to remember that this tiered registry bill is an act to amend only certain sections of 290 , not to scrap the whole thing and start from scratch. (290.006, 290.45, 290.46, 4852.01, 4852.03, and 13125 and 290. 5). It does NOT amend section 290.012 regarding annual registration. The current PC 290.012. [(a) Beginning on his or her first birthday following registration or change of address, the person shall be required to register annually, within five working days of his or her birthday, to update his or her registration with the entities described in subdivision.]
  • Lake County April 26, 2017 at 7:09 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I strongly disagree that CA (and most States) is trying to be SORNA compliant. It's just not worth the few Federal dollars that is being offered. SORNA costs more to comply with than it's worth to any large State. CA has a long history of not being compliant with Federal laws. Just look at how CA is not even close to being compliant with the Federal "REAL ID Act", Trumps new immigration policies or Federal Marijuana laws to name a few. California with it's large population and it's 53 House of Representative members knows that our state holds a lot of power. CA rarely does anything only because of pressure from Washington.
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom April 26, 2017 at 7:05 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Karen all your letters most assuredly Count and those of each of your family & relatives of what ever age they may be Count. In addition your calls to all the Staff of each Committees Member Counts. Further more a Cordial Visit in person or family group to each office of each Committee Member, I argue Counts 10 Fold and will leave a Mark or Impression upon the Member & Staff. All the California Committees serve the People of California at Large. I speak a True Song As Yehovah Lives, so should we
  • Lake County April 26, 2017 at 6:44 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)When writing letters to committee members that are not in your district, it is very important to address the letter to that legislator with the name of the committee in the address. In most cases, legislators do not read or count opinions from those not in their district except when it is directed to the committee they are in. In both State Legislators and U.S. Congress, it is customary to not even open letters from those that are not from their constituency. Usually their staff will just forward it to your actual representatives office. That is why both Federal and State websites ask for your address and do not accept emails from people not in their district. No, this doesn't seem fair as all politicians should be representing all affected citizens, however this is how they do it. Although, I usually send letters to everyone, I know that I have only received responses from politicians that directly represent me based on my address. Some people have used fake addresses to get letters and emails through, however I do not know how successful this is.
  • USA April 26, 2017 at 6:13 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I think the Senate Committee should be commended! Great work. My only concern is: -how should the Static 99/SARATSO affect those 10 years or more crime free? (The Megan's Law Website states it's no longer applicable for those living a 10 or more year crime free life) -what Tier do you put those with expunged offenses? -we have 2 -3 current offenses that aren't shown on the Megans Law Website (misdemeanor battery/indecent exposure). Will that change? -should people just fall off the registry? I think the courts are overburdened already
  • Tired of this April 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretIs ol Chuckie still running sorarchives? I haven't dared Google myself lately, but last I checked, my name came up there as one of the top results. I'm no longer in a state where I'm publicly listed, so I've been able to dramatically clean up my online footprint but sorarchives is one of the last holdouts.
  • G4Change April 26, 2017 at 5:27 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growing”he would not be able to find one voter in his district that would support it!” What an exaggerated steaming pile of you-know-what!!!!!!!!
  • Jack April 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)You know this is just a casual observance, but I haven't seen any part of the bill that mentions how often tier two and three offenders would have to register with the police departments. I know in other states tier three offenders register quarterly. Have I missed something?
  • Karen April 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)If these aren't my legislators, my letter still counts, yes? Sorry. Newbie to helping in this process.
  • Lake County April 26, 2017 at 5:16 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)We will NEVER get a Bill that is perfect for everyone in it's first draft with the first committee. Almost all Bills are amended as they move through each committee. If you agree with the basic concept of a Bill, then it must be supported until it is in it's final draft in front of the entire Assembly and Senate. Also remember that each committee usually (as this committee did) reserve the right to bring the Bill back and change their vote based on what changes are made by future committees. We should not be objecting to any bill that might improve our situation until it is in it's final form. When you write letters to committees, please try and focus your comments on issues related to that committees purpose.
  • Karen April 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI was thinking the exact same thing. Each year, with another batch of legislators posturing to move up the political ladder, comes more restriction of SO freedoms. Fear buys votes. Doesn't matter if the legislation isn't sound. This might "save one child" at the expense of HOW MANY whose lives will be deprived of the esteem that grows from having your parent in the audience for school performances, athletic events, and at school conferences? Ignorance. Pure and simple.
  • FRegistryTerrorists April 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsAny business or person can use the nanny big government SORs to discriminate (I expect there are some minor, very small exceptions). It is government created and promoted segregation and harassment. That truly is the main point of it. But I do appreciate it is a problem for companies like these cruise lines. If they have competitors that keep the "bad guys" away then it is a business problem for them if they don't also. The key is that we have to make these decisions hurt these companies and any person who supports it. Make no mistake that these people and companies are enemies of all good Americans. They must be attacked. We need a black list of companies that should never be patronized. Same with people. F these Nazis. Destroy them.
  • Lake County April 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)The Senate Appropriations Committee is only there to determine the cost of this Law to the State. Bills that don't need additional State funding will usually get approved. There could be an initial unreimbursed cost to counties for any required investigations, background checks or contested court hearings. But I imagine that any of these added costs will not be reimbursed by the state, so their should be no objection by the Senate Appropriations Committee on that basis. Removing people from the registry should result in a savings to both State and Local agencies over time by the reduction of paperwork, data updates and compliance checks. Therefore I don't see how the Senate Appropriations Committee could object to this Bill. However I don't think anything should be taken for granted, so we should still continue to encourage this committee to support this Bill.
  • Lake County April 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsComparing innocent non criminal Jews or other groups based on race is not helpful to our cause. I think that type of statement would be very offensive to Jews and would not gain empathy from them or encourage the many Jews in politics to support our position. We were found guilty or plead to a crime, the Jews and other minority groups did not. Please remember that people from all backgrounds, religions or races read our posts and it is in our best interest not to offend others with this type of comparison.
  • C April 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsWow, you have so elequently summed up my agonizing frustration with these hypocritical oafs. Well done. I encourage you to print and send that to every Royal Caribbean employee you can get an address for, and post to every cruise-related social media platform so that when the soccer mom from Wisconsin goes to post a question about the best things to pack for her dream cruise to Wally World in Orlando, she'll see that child and wife beaters will be enjoying the salty air and 3000 calorie all-you-can-eat buffets right along side her and her kiddos. I'm not bitter, if course, but I wish them all a bon voyage and the worst case of norovirus ever seen by the cruising industry.
  • Funny way to "inform" April 26, 2017 at 3:23 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseI read the Temelkoski documents through, and one thing caught my eye. On page 11 of the AG's amicus brief, he mentions that SORA is a way to keep the public informed. Ooookkkk....so I guess keeping someone off the Internet (Packingham), or out of a school or library or museum, or from living within a certain distance from somewhere, or denying someone federal housing, are just ways to inform the public? Hmmm....methinks the AG is either lying, or supporting our cause about movement and presence restrictions. --AJ
  • Shoe's on the other foot April 26, 2017 at 3:16 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretIsn't it amazing how important it is to avoid "shaming" the police officers by having their images on the Internet for all to see? I guess it only matters when it's someone the State likes. That said, yea for the Sessions DoJ on this one! He may be shooting himself in his jackboot on this one. --AJ
  • Nondescript April 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)You are wise in your observation. I personally think they are being pushed to adopt a tiered registry to be SORNA compliant. In order for the Federal Government to have complete control over this boondoggle, all States will need to be in uniformity. I am concerned about amendments as well, including changing the frequency of in person registration, as well as other things. That O'Mally lady, I do not trust. She boasts of the static99, which is an unchanging and fixed representation of a person at the lowest point in their life and keeps them there. It is already a farce but what is to prevent them from adding even more assessment criteria questions to it in the future to make the tiers porous. Socio- economic, mental health, and a history substance addiction factors could come into play at some point. I don't however see it that we are teaming up with Law enforcement. Their reasons for supporting a tiered registry are certainly not our reasons. We should not forget that.
  • Bruce Driscol April 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm on Certificate of RehabilitationHi i have read your letter and I and thankful for you and your results. I have been registering over 15 years and I need assistance getting my name cleared. I don't understand the tier laws or if they have passed. Do anyone recommend an attorney please email me. Thanks
  • Tired of this April 26, 2017 at 2:34 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretCould this be a first step toward finally taking down mugshot sites and Sorarchives?
  • TM April 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)So glad SB 421 has passed this first hurdle! I have read through the bill several times but can't decipher how this will impact the 20% or so registrants who have NEVER been shown on the Megan's Law Website. I am hoping Janice, Chance, or someone with better knowledge can chime in on this particular issue regarding the bill. I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering about it. The bill mentions rescinding exclusions that were previously granted, but makes no mention of those of us who did not apply for exclusion, but were automatically excluded. The bill APPEARS to require listing EVERYONE on the website for the minimum period. This is, of course, a great concern to those if us that have rebuilt our lives. If this is indeed the case, it will need to be carefully addressed with the authors as it would not only hurt individuals and families, it would largely negate the benefits of termination for those offenders who never appeared on the site.
  • Nicholas Maietta April 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretGood, because i just received word that I am the subject of malicious attempts to get an FBI investigation on me by mugshot extortionist Charles Rodrick of SexOffenderRecord.com, Offendex.com, OffendexData.com, CourtKey.com, BarComplaints.com. Just because i helped expose him and recently his lawsuit against me was dismissed, he feels the need to continue to harm and harass me. My life was someone okay until he started doing what he did to me. The mugshot websites have really only hurt themselves and feel they have a right to republish the information. That's okay, because the idiot along with his business partner in crime Brent Oesterblad are making attempts to intimidate and go after one of the FBI agents that has been investigating him. Soon, this mugshot extortion business of theirs will be OVER. Sadly, i don't know about the other mugshot businesses, but i'm working on it. My team is launching a new website in the coming weeks over at www.mugshotextortion.com. We will be addressing this topic head-on.
  • Nondescript April 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsYeah, the " if it saves just one child" slogan is getting kind of archaic. Saving one child could mean endangering thousands of other children. They know they can't use statistics anymore, because statistics simply won't bolster their arguments against registrants. And they will never point to the real danger to children's health and well being already lurking within the protective fences around schools- their very own staff, mind numbing indoctrination and cafeteria lunches.
  • Nondescript April 26, 2017 at 1:33 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI'm really proud of all the people who voiced their opposition at this hearing. Senator Leyva didn't have the same sparkle in her eye or enthusiasm in her voice like at the last hearing. It's almost as if the other Senators, while being very cordial and statesmanlike, were really saying to her " hun, your bill kinda stinks" I think this bill ultimately will go nowhere.
  • Hmmm... April 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/sex/sex-offenders-per-capita-per-state/ Someone posted the above. Note that per capita, tiered registries actually register MORE people. Tiered registry will not guarantee a reduction in budget. If I'm not mistaken, money will be needed to staff the DAs office to fight the petitions they decide to challenge. Same with law enforcement: the bill requires LE to respond to petitions in a manner according to the bill. That will also require increased staffing.
  • Nondescript April 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsMy guess is that cruise lines are hurting for business so they are trying to lure families and people with children to consider cruises as attractive vacation destinations. Plenty of activities on board to keep your children entertained while you spend more money in our casinos. That's fine if that is their business model but what right does a private business have to demand a list or file information on specific citizens from the FBI?? Are ferries, fishing boats and whale watching cruises allowed to do the same?
  • CA April 26, 2017 at 12:56 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)This is for Janice: I think it is important that the appropriations committee understands the cost of keeping Megans Law up and running around $25,000,000 annually, or over $100,000,000 every four years!! These numbers were from the 2014 CASOMB report.
  • Ca April 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Very well put Nondescript! That's exactly how it is, retroactivity works good for them when they need it but flip the coin and there not comfortable with retroactivity! Typical
  • wonderin April 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm on General Comments April 2017Apparently, you need to go back to court to solidify your parental rights? Perhaps, a public defender can guide you in the right direction. Good luck.
  • Alex April 26, 2017 at 12:17 pm on Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusersPunishment is generally not a deterrent, especially punishment that most are not aware of. If you really want to promote less sex abuse, you need to do what Germany did. Actually provide a service for people to reach out to when they're having these thoughts. When people can't seek help it just bottles up the issue and places the person in a bubble where they offend. Actual rehab and preventative rehab and counseling will do far more to safeguard the public than any harsh punishment.
  • Alex April 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm on PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. HouseRegistered Citizens cannot receive housing assistance such as Section 8. All other benefits are still on the table. Drug convictions do bar you from receiving assistance such as Food Stamps but not housing. It's very random.
  • Hmmm... April 26, 2017 at 11:50 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)"It’s clear that the top priority is to prevent sexual abuse of children at any cost, as it should be." At any cost? That's how we got into this mess in the first place. The evidence on balance does not suggest that any type of public registry helps prevent recidivism. Thus, how will either our current system or a tiered registry protect children? Top priority should be ensuring the constitutionality of any law that replaces existing law. I don't know how 20 year and lifetime terms can be supported for those who do not re-offend during that time. Then on top of it all: the requirement to petition? We live in a nation in which the Constitution is controlling of all laws. Until registration is properly classified as a form of punishment, I consider this whole tiered registry a false prophet. Just my opinion.
  • Bill April 26, 2017 at 11:33 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsFreed is talking yet she seems to be hiding something, when you have people like her use children to this degree they usually have something going on in the back round.
  • Harry April 26, 2017 at 10:54 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Chairwoman Skinner is a powerful supporter and deflates the hysteria pounders causes. The registry and most SO laws are not supported by most victims. The extreme harshness of these laws actually pushes child sex abuse in silences. Most victims prefer treatment over punishment.
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom April 26, 2017 at 10:38 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I concur Nondescript, The discrepancy between the Aggregate and the Individual perspectives also exist in the mind of the Public Officials, including Stone. This Clear Irrefutable Discrepancy seems to call for a resolution, A Prayer For Relief. It is Odd & A Twisting of True Justice to endorse a treatment in every case and reject reject it in general, or Vise Versa. The Point Being both Paths could not be Righteous. One Path leads to Calamity & One Path leads to BethLehem¹ where bread is the Subject. A part of Good science that is to say 'Knowledge" is to see what everyone else can see but think what no one else has ever Said. The difference between Being very smart and very foolish is often very small. In Life many problems occur when people fail to Be obedient when they are supposed to Be obedient and fail to Be Creative when they are supposed to Be Creative. It is sometimes easier to make the world a better place than to prove you have made the world a better place. Let us have a clear Idea of how people in their Human Minds misperceive randomness. A example is people do not understand that random sequences seem to have patterns in them; The Human mind has a incredible ability to see Meaning in these patterns where none exist. ¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem Archaeological confirmation of Bethlehem as a city in the Kingdom of Judah was uncovered in 2012 at the archaeological dig at the City of David in the form of a bulla (seal impression in dried clay) in ancient Hebrew script that reads "From the town of Bethlehem to the King," indicating that it was used to seal the string closing a shipment of grain, wine, or other goods sent as a tax payment in the 8th or 7th century BCE. Biblical scholars believe Bethlehem, located in the "hill country" of Judah, may be the same as the Biblical Ephrath, which means "fertile", as there is a reference to it in the Book of Micah as Bethlehem Ephratah. The Bible also calls it Beth-Lehem Judah, and the New Testament describes it as the "City of David". It is first mentioned in the Tanakh and the Bible as the place where the matriarch Rachel died and was buried "by the wayside" (Gen. 48:7). Rachel's Tomb, the traditional grave site, stands at the entrance to Bethlehem. According to the Book of Ruth, the valley to the east is where Ruth of Moab gleaned the fields and returned to town with Naomi. It was the home of Jesse, father of King David of Israel, and the site of David's anointment by the prophet Samuel. It was from the well of Bethlehem that three of his warriors brought him water when he was hiding in the cave of Adullam. Writing in the 4th century, the Pilgrim of Bordeaux reported that the sepulchers of David, Ezekiel, Asaph, Job, Jesse, and Solomon were located near Bethlehem. There has been no corroboration of this. I speak a True Song As Yehovah Lives, so should we
  • New Person April 26, 2017 at 10:06 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)" Alameda District Nancy O’Malley, who also chairs the CA Sex Offender Management Board, testified in favor SB 421. She spoke of an 80-year-old man who exposed himself when he was 19 years old and has never re-offended. “He asked me to help him get off the registry, but I had to tell him that although I am the District Attorney, I could not help him because state law currently requires him to register for the rest of his life.” " It is this concrete statement is why there should be a civil suit b/c it negates the right to pursue and obtain privacy as it is an inalienable California Constitutional right. There is no way to regain privacy as the law stands, which is contrary to what a California citizen's has rights to have. All registration is is the exploitation of one's privacy. But being on the registry now encompasses several conditions, punishments, disabilities, prohibitions, and banishment restrictions. This DA says there is no way off the registry b/c you are registered for life. This is the exact argument against any lifetime registration in this tiered proposal as well. Or do we not follow the rule of law any more in California nor does its own Constitution mean any thing, considering it's the first statute in the California Constitution?
  • New Person April 26, 2017 at 9:54 am on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretQuotes from the article: " In July, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found the promotion of mug shots on the internet and social media have made booking photos more "embarrassing and humiliating" than before. The Justice Department, in its latest response, played to the demeaning nature of the photos. "The adage that one picture is worth a thousand words is apt in this context," the response said. "The visual depiction of the individual’s appearance at booking in a law-enforcement facility reflects a uniquely powerful and lasting image of what can be one of the most difficult episodes in an individual’s life." " Really? It seems as though registrants aren't on the same level as any other convict then. This totally contradicts what the SCOTUS said about mug shots or any pictures taken in any LE facility due to any infraction. Bill of Attainder, please. Also, maybe a discrimination law suit for the mistreatment of US citizens.
  • I spoke up April 26, 2017 at 9:48 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Do any others feel that after further amendments, we could easily end up with a "tiered" registry that we regret? I think the people that want this bill should be careful to watch what more is put into the bill and how crimes will be elevated to higher tiers. I don't want to seem like a Debbie Downer, but as I was driving back home last night it started to hit me to whether ACSOL's resources would have been best battling existing law in the courts, rather than "lobbying" elected politicians and teaming up with law enforcement (Can we REALLY trust them to be fair?) to enact a balanced replacement to our current system. Something doesn't sit right with me.
  • FRegistryTerrorists April 26, 2017 at 9:26 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsJust more harassment. People who are listed on these Registries need to fully realize that they are at war with any people who support the Registries. Treat Registry Supporters/Terrorists as if they are Nazis in WW2 Germany. They ARE the exact same type of person. They ARE the people who would be burning Jews. Obviously they will say that they are not, but they ARE. Do not stand by and let them affect your life without affecting theirs. Identify INDIVIDUALS and companies that support this harassment and ATTACK them constantly by ANY means that legal. Take back your America.
  • Dave A. April 26, 2017 at 9:24 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I was impressed by the quality and thoughtfulness of the speakers at the debate: it renewed my faith in government and the legal process. I was moved by the statements of Chairwoman Skinner, who takes a lot of risk in not only supporting this bill, but also in revealing that she was the victim of sexual abuse. As Skinner stated, this issue has two sides: a logical side and an emotional side. Typically, the emotional reaction is to punish offenders as much as possible. Skinner made a very moving speech that the current system does not protect children--in fact, it obfuscates the real issues. As supporters of the bill, I think that our best strategy is not to focus on ourselves but rather families--particularly children. It's clear that the top priority is to prevent sexual abuse of children at any cost, as it should be. What advocates of the bill stated is that the current system does not help children; rather, it makes it more difficult to catch real predators and threats to children's welfare and safety. You can bet that the support from law enforcement and public defenders comes from the heart: they want to do a better job protecting children, and this law will make it possible to do that better. The bottom line is that if you want to protect children, you will support this bill. If you oppose it, it may make you feel good in the short run, but it will harm children in the long run. The question we need to ask ourselves is what is best for children, not for ourselves. -Dave
  • MT3 April 26, 2017 at 9:23 am on General Comments April 2017I'm not sure if this is the proper place to post a question like this, it's a redirect me if I'm wrong. I have a question regarding child custody where there is a parent that is demonstrating attributes of parental alienation. (Allow me little grace as I'm trying to familiarize myself with some legal terminology ). In short I have a mother who, on a whim, revokes my "privliage" to have uninterrupted time with my son. She also has texted me stating that she is looking to throw me back in jail.
  • Tired of this April 26, 2017 at 9:23 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsHow many RSOs have committed an offense while aboard cruise ships? I'm going to guess the number is at or near zero. More fear mongering as usual.
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom April 26, 2017 at 9:12 am on General Comments April 2017@BSL Your initial response stated: "Honestly, I only read about half of your comment above before I lost interest. It’s all the same to me." It is clear to correctly infer you have Not lost interest in my messages & that it is Not all the same to you, regarding my messages which I Did Not write for you personally. I reiterate from my first & second message: "The reality that every mind is a World unto It Self, I endeavourer to reach as many of those audiences and peak the curiosity in a unorthodox use of allegory, analogy, and apologia that Western Hellenized Civil Society has been founded from time immemorial, that is to say “so old that it seems always to have existed”. "But allow me to release you from any Idea or Implicit thought that you are Obligated to read & follow the links I provide or any other persons Posts. I for one Do Not read every persons messages. Kind regards I speak a True Song As Yehovah Lives, so should those who consent to Live as Yehovah. Son of Liberty Child of Freedom" -------------------~~~~~~<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>~~~~~~~~~~--------------- Now In regard to your last statement: "I am full and fulfilled without your god. " Allow me to again reiterate from my first message: "Knowing this I do not intend to proselytize any person to any particular religious belief even of my own. I do intend to allow any who wishes to empathize and sympathize to better reason and walk with their fellow to reach mutual clear understanding." Now when I wrote "to better reason and walk with their fellow" fellow being persons Not on this ACSOL web site but the public & those in positions to have effect over the Laws of the Land of the United States Of The American's & any projections that can have influence on the World at Large. That is the Contexts of my messages - The Contexts is Not your personal life. So BSL, I attempt once again to Release & Free you from your own Limited Human Intuitive Judgement founded in your mind that manifested it self into a Idea or Implicit Thought that you were Obligated or Chosen by Attraction to read my messages as I walk upon my Path. I spoke, speak, & will speak a True Song As יְהֹוָה YEHOVAH אֶחָד* Lived, Lives, Will Live, so should we * http://biblehub.com/hebrew/259.htm
  • Harry April 26, 2017 at 9:10 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Fact is that the class of offender that KILLED Mark Klaas and Mika Moulton children are not same people that are on the registry. Yet, they keep on USING their dead kids for something that have no relationship.
  • Harry April 26, 2017 at 7:53 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsShe (Freed) "stressed that Royal Caribbean has highly qualified people in charge of those children's activity programs. All kids' counselors must have a college degree in a related field such as early childhood development." Can I say that are sex offenders in the mix and no one is looking?
  • Mark April 26, 2017 at 7:52 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Perhaps the best way to try and understand what happened with Senator Stone, is to accept the fact that our logic is not perfect. In fact, there were those who warned us not to trust Senator Stone on the website. A person, or in this case Senator Stone, had given the impression that he was in favor of this bill. The fact that he changed his mind is something we must always take into consideration...the unknown factor. His reasoning given was predicated on the testimony of a person testifying in opposition on behalf of a loved one who was a victim of murder. While hearing testimony from a family member of a victim testifying in opposition to any relief proposed for those on the registry is always gut-wrenching and painful, after awhile, such as in the case of Marc Klass spewing repetitious vitriolic sentiments lacking in truth, becomes predictable, rhetorical, boring and loses its impact. Now what we may never really know is Senator Stone's true intentions. Perhaps there was some nefarious reason we will come to know later. This is just my opinion. So look on the bright side where four others came forward to support and co-author this bill.
  • PIA April 26, 2017 at 7:46 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI for one being gay, Yes it is LAME that the static 99 says if my victim is male I get a BONUS point.... What if the suspect of the crime is a female and the victim is a girl ? just lame homophobic person that made the static 99 ! On another not im not sure what weiner (no pun intended ahha) means by it has a impact on the LGBT community.... ;( Wish I knew.
  • Amol April 26, 2017 at 7:38 am on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Not sure why he (Stone) went back on his support. Needless to say, he voted no and also verbally opposed the bill with fear-based rhetoric. Good news is that 3 other members offered to be Co-Authors (Nancy Skinner -Chair, Holly Mitchell, and Joel Anderson). So, we lost 1 but gained 3 co-authors/supporters. I'll take that anyday. Having said that, being there and speaking in support of the bill was such a great experience. I was in awe when the 3 other Senators offered to be Co-Authors, completely impressed with their courage and ability to see past the fear-rhetoric and emotion, to see the FACTS of a broken system. Also seeing all the other organizations and individuals that came and spoke in support, was encouraging. Needless to say we must still be vigilante for amendments and even some languaging in the bill. But overall, I gained hope from hearing the Senators who supported the notion of reforming a broken "one-size-fits-all" system. Thanks to all who came out, and to Sen. Scott Weiner and and the other 3 Senators for their support.
  • Curiouser April 26, 2017 at 7:21 am on Child Safety at Sea – Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect KidsAnd yet, there will be wife beaters (convicted, mind you), child beaters (convicted), drunk drivers (convicted), drug dealers/users/sellers/manufacturers (convicted), thieves (convicted), and maybe even a murder/manslaughterer or two (convicted) sitting the the promenade deck, sipping an umbrella drink right next to Little Johnny and Janie. And yet the guy, who 20 years ago at 18 had sex with his sophomore girlfriend, whom he later married and has two beautiful children, who has worked hard to overcome all sorts of obstacles and have a good job and provide for his family, is banned from the boat. Please, assembled travel agents! Applaud louder! I'm sure the travel agents would feel a tiny bit safer if the guy with the tattooed face and assault/battery charges in his criminal history were similarly banned from travel. Maybe we should ban them too? Oh! Wait. We can't do that. We can't ban a person based upon a prior conviction, because that would be ex post facto PUNISHMENT! We don't do that to our citizens, right? That's just unAmerikuhn. But those RSOs? That list is REGULATORY! Who cares that its based on a lie? Happy sailing. Please don't piss the guy with the tattooed face off. As long as he just beats someone to death and doesn't touch their naughty bits, Royal Caribbean has done its job.
  • Brenda April 26, 2017 at 6:02 am on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI totally agree with you
  • Robert April 26, 2017 at 4:49 am on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretGreat argument...the fed's arguments should be used in a lawsuit back against them for using the same such photos published on their sex offender registry.
  • ab April 26, 2017 at 4:09 am on Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secretAnd what do registration photos, address information, and other personal details on Megan's law do? Oh that's right, the same thing....good job federal government!
  • Nondescript April 26, 2017 at 3:55 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThese media prone parents of murdered children, while I have empathy for their loss, are suffering from obsession which morphs into something quite morbid in my opinion. They are seduced into channeling their hatred for the perpetrator onto a straw-man and making a career of it. When are they going to realize they are keeping themselves in a very negative, unhealthy mindset. Well, at least one of them finally caught on.
  • Nondescript April 26, 2017 at 3:25 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growing..... and, eject himself from his seat and make a dash for the door in an unstatesmanlike manner as soon as he gave a muffled, disgusted "no" vote. How bizarre was that. He shouldn't be co- authoring bills unless he reads them first.
  • tiered registry could backfire? April 26, 2017 at 12:39 am on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillI read that Mika Moulton wants to work with the committee to close the gaps and loopholes as to keep the "integrity" of the registry: http://www.kesq.com/news/new-sex-offender-registration-bill-passes-committee/463017795 I worry that this tiered registry can end up backfiring. As it is there are a lot of unfair things about the tiered bill. The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence. I hope I am wrong; but what if we just end up having a tiered registry that is as bad as other states that have tiered registry?
  • David April 26, 2017 at 12:00 am on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI too am sick and tired of hearing "IF IT SAVES JUST ONE CHILD”. I never hear anyone enhance DUI Laws with that very same argument. Politically cynical and disingenuous. Which simply demonstrates that it's a convenient trope waved like a banner for any new sex offender law.
  • Concerned Mom April 25, 2017 at 11:52 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI completely get it. These politicians forget or purposely overlook that registrants have families and children too. We are the collateral damage for doing absolutely nothing wrong. The registry IS s punishment not just for the offenders but also their loved ones. I can't even plan a family trip to Mexico or Canada! I don't have the heart to tell my kids that their Dad can't go because he will be refused entry. And now, they want to mess with my children's right to education?! How is that conducive to a positive learning environment? So much for our so-called freedom.
  • Mark April 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingVery few who are in a position of power to change the laws adversely affecting those on the registry, do so because they are empathetic with how our lives, and our families lives, are devastated way beyond the sentences imposed by the courts. It is those who zealously stand up for us using empirical evidence and the Constitution - instead of public sentiment - who have ultimately convinced the politicians, District Attorneys, law enforcement and many others, to acknowledge that the registry system is broken. The pendulum of public opinion has reached it's apex and reality is replacing theoretical possibilities. We should all be grateful for what transpired today as it was a very good day! Thank you Janice and the whole team!
  • David April 25, 2017 at 11:45 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)I'm confused. An article posted on this website yesterday stated this in its first sentence: "Support for the Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421) is growing both in the form of letters of support as well as a new co-author, Republican Senator Jeff Stone of San Diego." And yet today, this article mentions that Senator Stone voted against the bill. Anyone able to explain what's up with Senator Stone? Did he in fact co-author SB421?
  • Nondescript April 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen today. I think California is soon going to join the rest of the country and can only hope those other lifetime States follow suit. A little odd that the bills co- author senator Stone back peddled. Thankfully his cognitive dissonance didn't have much of an impact. An online news article quoted him as saying , ""I regret that I have trouble with this bill, especially the retroactive provisions of this bill that would allow a large percentage of tier one and tier two registrants to be taken off the registry as soon as 2018," he said." Yeah, well Mr Stone, we aren't too fond of retroactive bills either. Seems retroactivity is only good when it oppresses, not enhances liberty.
  • Mark April 25, 2017 at 11:28 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI would argue that all teachers and coaches should be forbidden from schools being that they are more likely to harm a child than a person on the registry.
  • Mark April 25, 2017 at 11:24 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)We are all in this together whether we are believers or non-believers, optimists or pessimists, disgruntled or hopeful. So grateful that I found it within myself to participate today. Want everyone to understand that we are not alone in our struggles and the time to pass SB 421 has come. So many agencies, organizations and associations agree that the registry is broken and needs to be addressed. That is our first victory, we shall remain vigilant to oppose any language in this bill which may adversely affect one's ability to successfully return to our communities and families. Hopefully the website where you can watch today's proceedings will be posted soon. A heartfelt thanks to the dedicated souls who helped make this possible.
  • Nondescript April 25, 2017 at 11:11 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growing@ Lake County- Thanks !
  • KM April 25, 2017 at 10:42 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)Now is the time to start writing letters to your district's legislatures and more urgently, the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Chair of Appropriations is the tiered registry's original author, Sen. Lara, and the current author, Sen. Wiener, is also on this committee. Senator Ricardo Lara (Chair) STATE CAPITOL, ROOM 5050 SACRAMENTO, CA 95814 PHONE: (916) 651-4033 FAX: (916) 651-4933 Senator Patricia Bates (Vice Chair) State Capitol, Room 305 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: 916.651.4036 Fax: 916.651.4936 Senator Jim Beall State Capitol, Room 5066 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 651-4015 Fax: (916) 651-4915 Senator Steven Bradford State Capitol, Room 4085 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 651-4035 Fax: (916) 651-4935 Senator Jerry Hill State Capitol, Room 5035 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 651-4013 Fax: (916) 651-4913 Senator Jim Nielsen State Capitol, Room 2068 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: 916.651.4004 Fax: 916.651.4904 Senator Scott Wiener STATE CAPITOL, ROOM 4066 SACRAMENTO, CA 95814-4900 PHONE: (916) 651-4011
  • BSL April 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm on General Comments April 2017Son Of Liberty: “It must be acknowledged that lack of religion has had a great influence on society and myself because it has led me to a position of a morality to which exceeds the terrible judgment on fellow human kind by religious folks who want to banish people who are different, past and present. Telling LGBT they will burn in hell. Stoning of your wife for adultery, Keeping and trading of human slaves, and many more atrocious judgments the religious have cast against mankind. My mind is fulfilled and my purpose is to first love and care for my fellow human kind and then myself unconditionally. With my life based on LOVE, giving, and helping others I cannot be disparaged.” I am full and fulfilled without your god. And I have peace and assurance in my heart that I will carry on after this life. Love and Peace Brother 😀
  • NotLikingCA April 25, 2017 at 10:38 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingIf I had to guess, he co-authored the bill and this his constituents gave him hell for it and so he not only needed to abandon it, but had to speak out against it to save face. That's how representative governments work and it is why it is important that our voices are heard, too.
  • Timmr April 25, 2017 at 10:31 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseAlso, a defendant can be a small company without much means, it just levels the field with the government. That could get bipartisan support.
  • BSL April 25, 2017 at 10:22 pm on Senate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)This is great news! Not only should we give thanks those who stood up there today, and Janice B. But those who cast their vote, for they have done a great thing to start change from this oppressive registry. I too, like the 80 year old mentioned, got the same charge one time in my 20's and now almost 30 years later I still have to register! I have lived a healthy life with my wife and kids and have never been in any other trouble. My driving record is perfect too! Why have I been subjected to this humiliation for so long. 🙁
  • Timmr April 25, 2017 at 10:18 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillI think you are right, New Person. The impetus for reform taking place is for the state to have it's cake and eat it too. With the growing number of successful challeges to registry laws, the executive and legislative branches are increasingly finding themselves on the wrong side of the constitution, while at the same time being overwelmingly on the right side of public opinion, fueled of couse by the media. In response, they are looking for ways to justify the victim authoritarian populism with constitutional orthodoxy. The bastard result, the tiered registry. It's not about saving money or being effective. There is no epidemic. Money will be found for this experiment in moral panic, people will be hired, contractors will sign, just as money and contracts are found for the mother of all bombs (MOAB). We are a rich country and can afford a lot of folly. But how much more can sane people take without getting some serious moral vertigo, to look at what the constitution says and compare that with what is being done to twist it out of recognition.
  • dohow April 25, 2017 at 10:08 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI don't want to speculate, but why did Sen Jeff Stone choose to become co-author and later vote against the bill?
  • Lake County April 25, 2017 at 9:56 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growinghere is a link to the video: http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=4440
  • Thoughtasweak April 25, 2017 at 9:48 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingCALCASA is part of CASOMB, who helped to create the proposed bill. They are in full agreement that registrants should be able to be removed from the registry when they have completed their time. In fact, many victims don't like the registry. They see the registry as harmful and actually dissuades many from reporting the crime.
  • Dave April 25, 2017 at 9:46 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI attended the Committee hearing on 4/25/17. My observations: 1. Senator Jeff Stone strongly opposed SB 421 (~"he would not be able to find one voter in his district that would support it!") 2. Senator Scott Weiner, SB 421 author, stated that Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) who was not in attendance had expressed interest in becoming a co-author. Conclusion: I think the ACSOL notice contains a small misstatement.
  • Eric April 25, 2017 at 9:46 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI would really like the statistics of how many RSO's who are parents that came to the school with their child have reoffended while on the school grounds. I would bet there isn't a single case. I have never heard of one. But everyday I see in the news where a teacher or administrator does some inappropriate conduct with a student.
  • Timmr April 25, 2017 at 9:44 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingDitto.
  • Timmr April 25, 2017 at 9:40 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseThank you AJ and Son of Liberty. Love your elaborate language SoLCoF, but there is substance there, too. Bobby, I just came across this, but I remember somewhat when it was proposed. In effect, the Solicitor General's office is an advocate for the government position. The bill proposes creating an office for those who challenge the government, kind of a national public defender. That is as far as I got. Would like more to chime in, who have the time to research this, say what committee or representatives to send letters to.
  • Timmr April 25, 2017 at 9:23 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingSenator Stone is also very pro law enforcement. I saw that last summer when he voted for increased punishment for felony sexual assualt (Brock Turner case) and the last internet exclusion removal bill. When I read above that he was coauthor of the bill, I assumed it was because of the support of certain law enforcment leaders turn his opinion. Not. He has no sympathy for any of us.
  • C April 25, 2017 at 9:21 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsAccording to the article above, she understands little harm comes to children from strangers on campus, but believes the law will prevent grooming of children....by strangers. BRILLLLLLLIANT!
  • Timmr April 25, 2017 at 9:15 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingHis district is Indio, not San Diego
  • Timmr April 25, 2017 at 9:14 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingSorry, you are both wrong as is the author of this post. Senator Stone vehemently opposed this tiered registry bill. http://stone.cssrc.us/content/senator-stone-opposed-sb-421-which-would-remove-some-sex-offenders-states-public-database
  • Robert R. April 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsToday was a wonderful experience as always. I strongly urge registrants, friends and family to get in line at the microphone and be heard! It is simple and empowering. Janice, as always, laid out the facts from government sources and refuted the nonsensical reasoning behind this bill. I was filled with pride when Janice delivered her well researched legal argument. The bottom line is registrants entering schools and bothering kids is not an issue. And in the end, Senator Leyva was grasping at straws. This bill, as with so many of this type, is obviously politically driven.
  • mike r April 25, 2017 at 8:50 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growingthis is a momentous occasion that Janice and team and everyone who helped should be celebrated for their involvement to get this passed. although its not perfect and we all hope it doesn't hurt more than it helps I believe Janice did this in good faith..break open the champagne and celebrate you deserve it....
  • ExpatRFSO April 25, 2017 at 8:49 pm on SIGN UP NOW for ACSOL’s 1st Annual Conference – We Are All in This Together (June 16/17)Chris, note this from the other post about the conference: "Scholarships are available for those who serve as volunteers. Please send inquiries regarding volunteer opportunities to cm@californiarsol.org. Housing opportunities are also available for conference attendees. Anyone interested in sharing housing should send inquiries to Roger at rbhother@gmail.com."
  • Timmr April 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm on PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. HouseWhich one do you get for failure to register? Denial of benefits or prison? Failure to register is a felony. Or is it an infraction? Or both. When you are in prison then you will be following the registry laws. Then you can have your public assistance back, but it won't matter,. Catch 22.
  • Janice Bellucci April 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingSenate Committee Passes Tiered Registry Bill The Senate Public Safety Committee passed the Tiered Registry Bill (Senate Bill 421) in a hearing during which three members of the Committee agreed to co-author the bill. The bill is now co-authored by Committee Chair Sen. Nancy Skinner as well as Committee Members Holly Mitchell and Joel Anderson. During the hearing, a total of 47 people spoke in favor the Tiered Registry Bill including representatives from the ACLU, Equality California, Root & Rebound and the Friends Committee. "Today's victory is based in large part upon the registrants and family members who spoke today in support of the Tiered Registry Bill," stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. Prior to the vote, Sen. Scott Wiener noted that a "broad coalition of law enforcement enthusiastically support a tiered registry." He also added that the state's sex offender registry has had "a huge negative impact on the LGBT community." Sen. Mitchell noted during the hearing that no individual or organization had spoken in opposition to the Tiered Registry Bill prior to the hearing despite the fact that the language of the bill has been available since February. She added that "now is the time for a tiered registry bill" to be passed. Also during the hearing, the Committee Chair revealed that she is the survivor of sexual abuse. Sen. Skinner added that the Tiered Registry Bill provides a type of reform that is "greatly needed." Two people spoke in opposition to the bill -- Mark Klaas and Mika Moulton -- by arguing that the Tiered Registry Bill would help registrants, but harm victims. Both Klaas and Moulton are parents of young children who were murdered. Alameda District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, who also chairs the CA Sex Offender Management Board, testified in favor SB 421. She spoke of an 80-year-old man who exposed himself when he was 19 years old and has never re-offended. "He asked me to help him get off the registry, but I had to tell him that although I am the District Attorney, I could not help him because state law currently requires him to register for the rest of his life." Five of the Committee members voted in favor of SB 421 -- Skinner, Wiener, Mitchell, Jackson and Bradford. Sen. Jeff Stone was the only committee member to vote in opposition of the bill while Sen. Joel Anderson was absent when the vote was taken. The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to consider SB 421 next month.
  • Nondescript April 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingIs there a link to the video of today's hearing on 26 and 421?
  • Harry April 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsSenator Leyva..."also acknowledged that children are NOT OFTEN harmed by strangers while on school campuses." Can, I replace "not often" with a plan are NOT?
  • Anon April 25, 2017 at 7:33 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingWe have a ways to go. First, we just passed the Senate Public Safety Committee. Now we have to pass through the full Senate. Then it goes to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, and then to the full Assembly. Then on to the Governor. Now that we have some Republican support (the libertarian element), we have some cover for moderate Democrats. I think there is about a 50-50 chance it will become law, but it is also possible that it will come with unwelcome amendments.
  • David April 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLAustin, last September, I flew into Stockholm, Sweden and - after a scheduled layover - flew into Paris, France. I encountered no problems at all at either border, in either country. (FYI, my felony conviction was 20 years ago and it involved a minor.) But again, no problems at all in either country and even my arrival back in the U.S. (at LAX) was uneventful. U.S. Airport Customs did have a "secondary screening", but it was perfunctory - a customs officer just had me step aside for a moment (for my privacy perhaps?) and asked if I still live at the address indicated in my passport and how long I had lived in California. Then he said, "Okay. Thank you for your time." But one huge warning: do not fly through or change planes in any country that will bar your entry. Fly only to friendly countries. Stick with continental Europe. Avoid England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales.
  • Harry April 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThere is another accomplishment that can not be overlooked. It is the education value of truth because of the standing-up, speaking-up and showing-up.
  • USA April 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsThis is about the most gross bill I've ever read! I've never heard of a parent going on campus and kidnapping or ? A child. I've read about shootings, hostage take overs and multiple teacher/students relationships that result in arrests! Very terrible idea. This bill will result in lawsuits and I thought current laws already existed?
  • David April 25, 2017 at 7:07 pm on VA: Michael McAlister, exonerated of a 1986 sexual assault in South Richmond, dies in FloridaMy God, the inJustice system stole half of his life. A human being's life. A terrible travesty and tragedy. Unbelievable.
  • James April 25, 2017 at 7:06 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingNo amendments.
  • Not Really April 25, 2017 at 6:49 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThank you. Not only have you done fantastic legal work, but you made it possible for others to speak out by following your example. You're an ice breaker. I do wonder about the publication of criminal history. Will that be an expansion of all criminal history, like drug abuse?
  • Tanya April 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm on Temecula City Council Repeals Residency RestrictionsI live in a city with residency restrictions. I am not directly affected because they apply to those convicted after 2006. It makes it virtually impossible to find housing with restrictions that not only cover the usual places: parks, playgrounds, etc. It makes it illegal for a 290 registrant to live within 2000 linear feet from another 290 registrant. Just ridiculous. www.qcode.us/codes/deserthotsprings
  • wb April 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growinggreat job to the 47 people who went and were heard in favor of this bill,, also good work Janice ,, your the best
  • wonderin April 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsI noted Senator Leyva's statement " IF IT SAVES JUST ONE CHILD". I guess it still works.
  • Follow the $$$ April 25, 2017 at 5:49 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingAll politicians. They ride a wave of populism. Which is why 30 years of liberal monopoly on the Assembly and Senate have produced only harsher and harsher registry laws. Dems or Repubs just care what gets them reelected. Which is why Weiner and his colleagues who support this are so brave (for politicians)
  • David April 25, 2017 at 5:49 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsWhen are they going to run out of sh!t to throw at us? After we are banned from grocery stores, government buildings, public transportation? (Oh crap, I just gave them three new ideas, didn't I?) Seriously, this endless stream of bans, restrictions, "administrative requirements", etc. has been going on 20/25 years already. It's unbelievable.
  • Me April 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsIf passed, this bill will harm our children more than it will help any children. Why are our children less valuable then others? Especially when there is no known case of any parent registrant doing harm when attending school for their child? My spouse, a registered SO, MUST take our grade school child to school while I am working. We will remove our child from school (& therefore do home school, but we are not trained teachers) rather than have them harassed and humiliated when everyone learns what the escort is for. Isnt it sad we will have to REMOVE OUR CHILD FROM SCHOOL FOR THEIR PROTECTION IF THIS BILL BECOMES LAW?
  • Follow the $$$ April 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingYep. I think he played everyone. Comes out initially in support as a co-author so he can seem reform minded then after hearing the testimony of Moulton and Klass just can't bring himself to vote aye. What's a shame is that neither Klass nor Moulton had a convincing argument other than "won't somebody think of the children". I completely understand their emotional attachment to the issue but it blinds them from ever seeing any reform as positive or necessary.
  • USA April 25, 2017 at 5:36 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsThis is an absolute joke! We have gang members, drug dealers, prostitutes, wife beaters, murderers and drug addicts who can visit campuses, but those with expunged misdemeanors must have an assistant when visiting a campus. This will never pass and it's time for Caiifirnia to wake up!
  • BA April 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsSo very right it is most apt to be someone constantly there, yet they lay this on us because it fuels more fire of fear, which is the whole game. So sorry to people with families who have to deal with such ignorance and prejudice. Why aren't our freedoms protected ?
  • Amol April 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingScott Weiner is the author of the bill, he is a Democrat. And pretty progressive and part of the LGBT community. Today Republican Jeff Stone basically threw us under the bus, and voted no on the bill and spoke in opposition to it.
  • pedro April 25, 2017 at 4:45 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growingwell said my friend. I'm in strong agreement with your view.
  • mike r April 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growingya and what's this arbitrary date of 2019? any other bills against us take effect immediately and are usually retro so we have to wait until 2019 for anything to happen....
  • pedro April 25, 2017 at 4:40 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growing***** five stars to you my brother, well said. Even our last president stopped us from traveling international. The only way we will become a force in changing law, is coming together as a major political player. If a democrat is up for election, who is against us, vote in a republican and vice versa. If we do this just once it will yield an incredible power. The gay community is only 2% of the voting population they became a force together. At this point it's them against us...By the way, Bill Clinton, should be on the registry!!! i would love to have the Clinton machine working for us!!!
  • Janice Bellucci April 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThe Senate Public Safety Committee today passed the Tiered Registry Bill (SB 421)! In addition, more committee members joined as co-authors of the bill!! A full article regarding the hearing will be posted very soon. This is a momentous event made possible by 47 people who testified in support of the bill.
  • Alex April 25, 2017 at 4:01 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingNo. It now has to go through another committee where amendments can be made. If it passes that, it goes to the house for a vote. If it passes that, it'll then be on the governors desk to be signed into law or vetoed. It's very difficult to pass any law. Every year hundreds or thousands of bills are introduced with only a handful actually becoming law.
  • Alex April 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingWhat were the amendments?
  • Alex April 25, 2017 at 3:54 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With Amendments"In closing, Senator Leyva said that SB 26 would prevent strangers from grooming future victims." How exactly is the bill supposed to do that? Grooming takes place between two people known to each other. Someone coming in to drop off their child for school, attend a parent teach event, or watch their child perform a school activity does not provide time nor the privacy for grooming. You know who does groom children? Abusive family members at home and school faculty.
  • Aero1 April 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI don't get it so it passed what ?? what happens now is it official ???
  • Curiouser April 25, 2017 at 3:33 pm on Senate Committee Approves SB 26 With AmendmentsBy "strangers," does Senator Leyva mean the Buena Park School District President who was recently arrested for possessing a massive cache of CP images? Thought not.
  • Gideon Act April 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto case@Bobby Timmr is talking about HR 969 and SR 330 in the US House and Senate. They are companion bills. Sen. Booker reintroduced this legislation, as his previous attempt died with the previous Congress. @Timmr and ALL Yes, Yes, Yes, we all need to contact our Senators and Representatives urging them to support this bill. It'd probably be prudent to urge their support purely as a way to give defendants' similar standing as the Government has before SCOTUS. Avoiding any talk of ML or RC issues is also probably wise. To find your representatives: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/ --AJ
  • MY TWO CENTS April 25, 2017 at 3:07 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThat's one of the dangers with this bill. With the victim advocates seemingly aware, they can lobby to make offenses categorized into higher tiers (such as Tier 1 offenses into Tier 2 or even Tier 3). They might also try to make the petitioning process even more difficult. Or give more power to the Static/SARATSO tools? I hope we are wrong though. The fact Jeff Stone went from co-author to dissenter in a matter of a few days was a bit hilarious though. Typical Republican? Or are all politicians like that?
  • AJ April 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto case@Bobby & David M. Thanks for bringing this case to my/our attention. From what I've read of the amici briefs, things do indeed look in our favor. As to what happens if they're in conflict, my personal opinion is one nasty legal mess for those wizards in Lansing to try to figure out and navigate! Maybe they'll simply realize how ridiculous they've been and give up the fight (a guy can hope!). I gotta think that conflicting opinions will play to the favor of MI--and perhaps all--RCs, as there will be some sort of state or federal restraint on what hi-jinx can be pulled by legislatures. Given the overwhelming input from law professors and social scientists refuting the Smith data (the only thing upon which any of these laws rely), I don't see how any objective (I'm looking at you, NY and FL) court can find anything besides punitive. It really seems the MI and PA courts are leading the charge and change on things for us on the legal side, and CA is doing likewise administratively. God bless them all, and keep the faith, brother and sister RCs! --AJ
  • USA April 25, 2017 at 2:59 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingWonderful to hear about the support! I can recall registering in Long Beach for 1 year (long story). They where very professional, courteous and I can recall speaking to one of the detectives when I moved (expunged battery/informal probation). He was surprised I was still required to register and he wished me luck and call anytime! In OC, they are rather rude/seem to have it out for you and when I've ran into them for compliance checks (they have been out 3-4 times annually), they pretend not to know the answer when I have a question? Things need to change!
  • David April 25, 2017 at 2:53 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingOn its face, this is very good news. The Devil will be in the details. 😈
  • matt April 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI definitely don't think using the Static 99 and SARATSO tools are right. Like what was said by Senator Wiener, the registry as is discriminates against gays. Same thing with the Static 99R and SARATSO: they add a point extra for having at least one male victim. Just as non contact and offenders 18 to 34 years old are given 2 extra points, gays will also be given more points. I feel quite a few of us will be put into Tier 3 solely because of having at least a 6 score. I hope this is fixed. By the way, I thought it was pretty cheap of Stone to change his mind the last minute lol.
  • Richie April 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornIs the hearing over? Anyone know the results?
  • AJ April 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm on PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. House@Tired: It accomplishes the same thing all of these schemes do...piling on and increasing the chance to trip up someone and nail them with another felony and prison time. --AJ
  • AJ April 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm on PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. House@New Person Though I'm no fan of Justice Roberts--one of the poorest choices since perhaps David Souter--to what are you referring in thanking him? Smith? Something else? Please explain. Thanks.
  • Harry April 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingMark Klass and most like him, are becoming as clanging symbols, which, are annoying.
  • Matt April 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI am amazed that the bill has made it this far. Now the trick is to watch for the amendments that are sure to be attempted. If passed as written, I would be able to petition to be removed from the registry at the same time I would have been able to seek a COR. I am not clear on whether a COR would still be available to me or not, but I live in a county very near you, and I don't hold out hope that I will receive either, even though my offense was "low key" and tier 1. I also expect others to challenge this if it does become law. I guess we will just have to wait and see, but the tide appears to be turning, albeit slowly. Watch for those amendments though. They could ruin anything good about this bill, and add a lot of bad.
  • New Person April 25, 2017 at 1:59 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillIf you read the 2003 SCOTUS decision, going in-person annually was identified as punishment. yet here we all are doing in-person annual registrations and no one is contesting this?
  • New Person April 25, 2017 at 1:56 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillI thought this notion of public interest was debunked by Dr Ira and Tara Ellman's research work that disproves the 80% recidivism rate along with CASOMB's under 1% recidivism rate. Yet, we still have bills going to Sacramento making it worse for registrants on behalf of Public Safety. So until there's a set standard as to what constitutes the need for Public Safety, rest assured the DAs will all think of something to make it worse for registrants to get off. DA's nowadays still don't give out CoR's and that's why California has ballooned in size of registrants. Fear, not statistics, is what drives people. No one cares about the truth until it is backed by some law. Hello, segregation was legal right? I will never trust the DA or probation system. Despite my completing probation successfully, probation still recommended that I not be given the 1203.4. The DA also did the same thing in not recommending me. The Judge, initially also inclined to deny me the 1203.4. It had to take my lawyer to specifically re-write my application to isolate one section where it said it is by law that I am given 1203.4. Only then did the judge begrudgingly rewarded me 1203.4. That's how "fair" the system has been to me. I'm sorry, but I went through one judgement already. Why must I go through another judgement as if I was still incarcerated in jail wanting to be let out? There shouldn't be a second judgement. That's double jeopardy. Hey... Snyder even says so as well to the enhancements!
  • K April 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThanks for the link. I was able to watch Sen. Stone's courage desert him.
  • New Person April 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillI'd rather Michigan influence the nation with Snyder, which actually contests the whole registry scheme and it's unconstitutionality along with it's lack of evidentiary proof for public safety. The tier mitigates punishment, but registering is still constitutional. Michigan transforms the ills that the SCOTUS imposed upon free peoples.
  • New Person April 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm on PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. HouseI'm still baffled how something called regulatory carries punishment? To me, this is involuntary servitude. It's a forced service upon a free person who is dominated by threat of law... except, you're not paid for said service. That actually means it's a form of slavery due to no compensation. Involuntary servitude is prohibited unless to punish a crime. Megan's Law specifically dictates "it's your duty to register". Duty is a service. Seems as though the Constitution isn't being upheld for all of its citizens. Way to go Justice Roberts for manipulating the constitution and damaging lives at the same time after a person has served their time.
  • CA April 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingSo SB 421 passes with amendments........
  • Lake County April 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingSB 421 just passed the Committee! We had an amazing number of supporters show up. It was mentioned by this committee that it was also time to consider reducing the number of offenses that can get a person on the registry. It was also repeatedly mentioned by most that the CA registry is broken. They made it clear that they did not want removal to be automatic and that the petitioning process is a safety measure that makes it easier to vote in favor of this bill. And Mark Klass did show up and speak against this Bill.
  • Jc April 25, 2017 at 1:11 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingIt passed public safety committee!
  • Follow the $$$ April 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingYet Sen. Stone voted no and spoke in opposition?
  • Tired of this April 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm on PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. HouseI feel like if someone is genuinely and willfully out of compliance- absconded, let's say- losing public assistance might just be the least of his concerns. I'm not sure what such a law would accomplish, other than garnering more brownie points for the law's authors, as is par for the course when it comes to the never-ending legislation against RSOs.
  • Alex April 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingSadly, I have to agree with you. Most people don't even bother looking at the registry and are not really aware of people's history in their community. And even if you are aware, there isn't much you can do short of specifically telling your kids to stay away from that home and/or living in fear in your home and putting everything on lock down, with bars on Window. Short of bars on windows would not have prevented Davis from breaking into the home and kidnapping the Poly like he did.
  • NotLikingCA April 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI've never voted for a Republican after getting a college degree, but it shouldn't be surprising that some Republicans could be swayed on a bill like this -- law enforcement often favors it, lower costs/burdens for the state and local governments, etc. The only way the bill works is if it can be presented as being helpful to law enforcement. People who live in fantasy land and then that a fairy is going to sprinkle pixie dust on our state/country and decide that this is a human rights issue and nobody should be on a registry are never going to be satisfied, because that is not happening in the foreseeable future. But, what could happen in the foreseeable future, is that some RSOs begin to experience some relief because politicians become convinced that law enforcement can protect communities better if they have fewer names to keep an eye on and have to spend less money complying with regulations. In a world where that argument is made, then improvements can happen. And, seriously, I really hope Sex offenders stop comparing themselves to oppressed minorities of the past. Being born with black skin, for example, is NOT the same thing as committing a sex crime. You might think that the argument holds, but the argument will not be persuasive to most people.
  • Follow the $$$ April 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingAnyone have an update on the hearing result?
  • Alex April 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillHow well the annual registration process works greatly various from police office to police office. In my city the process usually takes about 15 minutes. I did mine the other day and it was about 20 minutes. But in the neighboring city the process is incredibly slow. Someone I know in the neighboring city took nearly two weeks to do his regular annual registration last year. He had to schedule an reschedule multiple appointments with several hours of waiting for some of them. It got to the point of being beyond the legal time frame and the head officer on duty had to reassure him that no warrant would be executed against him. The department was/is very unorganized for registration.
  • Mark April 25, 2017 at 11:41 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI AM HERE, I AM PROUD, AND TO ALL THOSE WHO SEE LIFE IN THE NEGATIVE, WE ARE WINNING THIS BATTLE! More later.
  • Mark April 25, 2017 at 11:37 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingI am proud to be a part of today's historic event. I sat next to a woman who wa
  • mike r April 25, 2017 at 11:36 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growinghere's a link to the current Bill... http://losangeles.networkofcare.org/pr/legislate/state-bill-text.aspx?id=531098&bill=SB%20421&sessionid=2017000
  • Bobby April 25, 2017 at 11:03 am on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto casehello, Well People, for those that are interested or wondering about Temelkoski or Snyder,and I know David M. is along with my self. I just got an e-mail back from Ms Aukerman and she said we should hear something from the Temelkoski case by July, but Snyder will take longer. I guess my question is if the two cases clash with one another what happens then? but from the Temelkoski argument that is on audio by the way and then way the Snyder case was argued both courts seem to be on the same page.(in our favor) but I guess we will see soon. Just thought you would all like to know the latest concerning Temelkoski and Snyder.
  • American Detained in America April 25, 2017 at 10:40 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThis actually backs up what I've been saying all along, that we can't depend on Democrats to save us because, when it comes right down to it, they have proven time and time they are more than willing to throw us under the bus for their political gain. What we really need are people who are willing to look at this clearly and logically, who are willing to follow the U.S. Constitution even if it doesn't fit in with their own personal views. In spite of what so many have said here, we need Constitutional Conservatives, meaning those who agree and more strictly agree with the U.S. Constitution. Democrats and Republicans alike have a history of redefining the Constitution to back up their own agenda, and neither approach will ever help us.
  • mike r April 25, 2017 at 10:31 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growingthis part is one of the concerns along with the petition for removal and the adding of people that are not on the registry..especially when they state in the very next paragraph that having a public registry has not been effective in deterring future crimes... "Law enforcement cannot protect the community effectively when they are in the office doing monthly or annual paperwork for low risk offenders. Instead, they should be active in the community monitoring high risk offenders. " that active in the community could mean a lot of problems for those individuals when there is no evidence to support the conclusion that those people need heightened scrutiny or harassment without any public safety being enhanced. I guess we'll have to see how it goes....this is going to help a lot of people but it could negatively effect a large number of people as well. I commend Janice and team for pushing this bill as they are sincerely trying to help lets just hope all these other characters are acting in good faith as well...
  • American Detained in America April 25, 2017 at 10:29 am on PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. HouseI thought registered citizens had already been banned from most forms of public assistance...but then isn't the government overly fond of redundancies, especially when it comes to us? My thought is, of course, that if someone isn't compliant, the loss of public assistance is probably the least of their worries.
  • David M April 25, 2017 at 10:15 am on Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusersNo protections are written into the failure to register laws. FTR are strict liability laws that don't require criminal intent. This podcast I found very interesting because it explains strict liability laws well. http://freakonomics.com/podcast/making-sex-offenders-pay-and-pay-and-pay-and-pay-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/ Many states also have switched from visiting seven consecutive days to seven cumulative days. Most older RSO's on the registry for along time have stayed at friends or especially relatives homes seven cumulative days especially after a few decades of being on the registry. Its also easy to arrest people because of not listing a car they have access to. That could be a visiting friend or family member staying over for what ever reason. Really a new compliance officer that hates RSO's could nit pick arresting a lot of RSO's during compliance checks. LE and politicians know the easy traps. It's why more RSO's get arrested in time. They are not committing new crimes but getting trapped.
  • Lake County April 25, 2017 at 9:33 am on Senate Schools Bill (SB 26) Amended – HEARING April 25SB 26 Passed the committee, but with requests for more changes. Many people showed up and spoke against this bill. It sounded like this bill may not have passed without the expectation that changes would be made lowering the number of crimes that would cause people to be completely banned.
  • David April 25, 2017 at 8:34 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill Growing😮 The Bill is now co-authored by Sen. Jeff Stone (Republican!)!? Wow, that should be very strong boost for this Bill's passage! Excellent news! 😀
  • Lake County April 25, 2017 at 8:30 am on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornYou can watch live streaming video of both SB 26 and SB 421 from this Senate Page: http://senate.ca.gov/calendar Click on live streaming. Starts at 8:30am
  • Watch Senate Live Here April 25, 2017 at 8:30 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingLake County You can watch live streaming video of both SB 26 and SB 421 from this Senate Page: http://senate.ca.gov/calendar Click on live streaming. Starts at 8:30am SB 26 is the first hearing.
  • Lake County April 25, 2017 at 8:27 am on Senate Schools Bill (SB 26) Amended – HEARING April 25You can watch live streaming video of both SB 26 and SB 421 from this Senate Page: http://senate.ca.gov/calendar Click on live streaming. Starts at 8:30am
  • Anonymous Nobody April 25, 2017 at 8:18 am on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillYou remind me of those people who can't see the forest because the trees are in the way. Pay attention when you read the bill, consider the pattern of all the details, not merely each detail in a vacuum. And do not deny the details when you read them, they are real, they WILL be used, that's why they are in there. That is a very consistent pattern of details that tells what this bill is designed to do, as opposed to the wishful thinking approach to reading it that some people here have. And that pattern and details must be followed. Further, the prosecutors already have proven what they will do with those details, as they have those same details for a COR -- they will fight tooth and nail to deny you, just as they have with a COR, there is no reason to think they won't, that is why they have insisted those details be in there. This isn't tiers, it is just a COR with registration relief extended to tier 2 -- and it should be labeled as that,a s a COR, as labeling it as tiers will bar us from ever getting real tiers, and it appears that that is why the prosecutors support this. The prosecutors have made it a rarity for anyone to get a COR. And with this bill setting the same requirements as a COR, there is no reason to think the prosecutors will handle it any differently.
  • Anonymous Nobody April 25, 2017 at 8:12 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingSo, a REPUBLICAN is now supporting this? Operating on the presumption that he actually thinks this will provide relief to us, this flies in the face of what the powers that be here have advocated, and I said was misguided: To vote for Democrats because the Republicans will never help us. As I said, the Democrats have been our worst enemies, they are the ones who forced this registration to go national, and the ones who have been in control of our State Legislature the entire time California registration has been made exponentially worse than imaginable. This has been bought to us by the Democrats. Pay no attention to party line when voting -- you must research the people, as there are plenty of Republicans who actually stand on principle, and at least some of them believe in the principle of fair and humane treatment of people; they are not all like George Runner or Donald Trump, but it seems far, far too many Democrats are. Consider, we are now facing a Democratic Party that is complete dictatorial control of both houses of the Legislature, and with a Democrat as governor, and yet, we haven't been able to get even so much as a fake tier bill through! How can you say the Democrats are automatically good for us? Too many here do not know or understand politics.
  • wonderin April 25, 2017 at 7:40 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThis registry would not have saved his daughter from a career criminal
  • someone who cares April 25, 2017 at 7:34 am on Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusersFailure to Register is punished, but from what I have been reading, here is California (probably other states, too), the failure must be willingly and knowingly. Forgetting due to old age, Alzheimer's etc, should not be considered willingly and knowingly, and a good attorney should hopefully be able to fight this? Of course, there is money for the attorney involved again. So, where is registration not a punishment again? It is punishment no matter how you look at it!
  • Nicholas Maietta April 25, 2017 at 7:30 am on PA: Bill cutting off public assistance for non-compliant Megan’s Law registrants passes the Pa. HouseDo this for ALL people absconding from parole and probation, not just registrants! Again though, these registries trigger false flags all the time listing as "Out of compliance" for no reason at all. Would that auto-disconnect government resources for that individual, or would it be reviewed? Lack of equal application to all people out of compliance with any kind of supervision means this bill is about further punishment.
  • Nicholas Maietta April 25, 2017 at 7:27 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingRichard Allen Davis, who killed Polly Klaas was a Career Criminal. And that's the point we're trying to make here. If you are a 1 time offender whose crime is far in the past like my conviction is, then being on the registry means resources are spread thin for law enforcement. Had the list been small and focused on those who are likely to re-offend or commit new serious crimes, who knows, maybe Poly would still be alive today. I would flat out remind Mr. Klass that his daughter would likely still be alive if common sense like what this bill proposes, was applied then. Richard Allen Davis is absolutely not representative of the kind of people who are currently on the registry. I bet not even 1 current registrant fits the MO of Mr. Davis.
  • Rod April 25, 2017 at 7:25 am on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillFor those of us who could not make it today, the Committee Agenda - Public Safety for 4/25/17 can be viewed here: http://senate.ca.gov/calendar?startdate=4-25-2017&enddate=4-25-2017 Also, live audio stream from Senate Room 3191 can be heard here: http://senate.ca.gov/media/senate-room-3191/audio
  • David M April 25, 2017 at 6:33 am on Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusersThey want stronger laws to get all RSO's back in prison. Setting more traps with failure to register. Very dishonest statistics showing RSO's get thrown back in jail the longer time goes. The longer on the registry the greater the odds of a mistake. Yes I said mistake. States that require IP addresses and screen names. I go by David M. Say after fifteen years and now in my 50's I accidentally hit David N instead of David M and don't notice it... That should be ten years?? For getting old and not paying attention. No criminal intent. Then give 7 days to report it. Heck change it to 3 days or 3 hours to catch more people. Then say... See look at how they commit more crime. Some sites won't let you use certain email addresses. So you get one that works to join a heart bypass forum to ask questions then just forget to update it because of age and sharpness. These traps are life ending for the entire family. So sad people in power have such little regard for families just trying to survive. I can think of a million ways any RSO can get arrested for failure to register. Not because he or she is a lazy criminal but rather just a aging stressed out physically ill human being. I see some states like Virginia gives like 3 days for changes. Some states it's hours and I bet eventually it will be minutes.
  • G4Change April 25, 2017 at 4:14 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingWhat a delusional little man. He's finally going to realize just how outnumbered he is.
  • David M April 25, 2017 at 3:33 am on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseI'm wondering about the same case. A verdict was due soon. http://courts.mi.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/oral-arguments/2016-2017/Pages/150643.aspx
  • Mary Devoy April 25, 2017 at 3:11 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingMarc Klaas Tweeted this Monday night: Headed to Sacto tomorrow to testify against SB421, which will gut #MegansLaw. 44K RSO's will disappear from the public sex offender registry Be prepared to counter his fear and lies to the CA Legislature. He'll say ANYTHING to get what he wants. Good luck. Mary
  • Bam Ward April 25, 2017 at 3:10 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThank you to everyone involved.
  • Jack April 25, 2017 at 12:55 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingOh that's never a good sign actually. He's going to put something in the bill that shouldn't be there. Be very careful of him Janice.
  • NotLikingCA April 25, 2017 at 12:50 am on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThat's a pretty solid lineup of support letters! Hope to hear 4/25 goes well. Also, I hope that this was a misquote: "The growing support for the Tiered Registry Bill is evidence that it is time to stop the state’s lifetime registry for all."
  • Bobby April 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseTimmr, Hi is what your talking about have to do with Michigan or N. C. where can I find the info you were talking about, I am just trying to learn as much as possible until SCOTUS finally makes a decision on Does v Snyder. Thank you
  • TiredAlready April 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingThank you Janice. I sent my letters and will be there in spirit tomorrow. I truly believe this to be a big step in the right direction.
  • MY TWO CENTS April 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm on Support for Tiered Registry Bill GrowingIn the SB 421 SCOPS letter, it says that "[t]he tiers that would be created by SB 421 are based on seriousness of crime, risk of sexual reoffending, AND criminal history." ("And" implying that -all three- factors are taken into consideration.) Yet SB 421 makes it possible for someone to be labeled "high risk," and thus Tier 3, if a crime is non-violent, even if the person is a first-time offender and has been offense-free in the community for many years now. (Note: Tier 3 classification "if the person’s score on the static risk assessment instrument for sex offenders is high risk.) The SARATSO/Static 99 must be eliminated from this bill! If it has only been studied for periods of five-years in this state, then why is it being allowed to be the sole determinant in labeling a person 'high risk' and Tier 3 (without regard to subsequent offense-free behavior)?
  • Nondescript April 24, 2017 at 7:43 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registered@Mot We really don't know exactly who is going be in what tier under this bill. It will likely be modified ( and probably not to our benefit) before it passes, if it passes. The above list of convictions is SORNA's guideline to tier 1 . I referenced it to show how foolish it is for an opponent to act like It would be crazy for California to adopt such a "lenient" tier system. This Moulton lady did lose her child to an abductor ( in another State, I believe) , so I suppose she's on a crusade to make sure every registrant is punished into eternity.
  • James April 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm on General Comments April 2017Geeze, John, you are one of the people who's posts I always go out of my way to read... This is important enough that you need very good legal advice...I'd make an appointment to go see Chance down in Irvine, I think, or Janice up in Sacramento. The kicker in your case is that you are not a required to register at the moment...Unfortunately, I don't think anyone knows how the IML angle will play out for any of us...but insisting that you are a non-registrant...maybe the IML will not apply to you...or so I hope for you. Likewise CA is a pretty harsh 5 working days....see CA rules here, but also like the IML...you are not a registrant and so you could skate clear, I really don't know. http://all4consolaws.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Summary-of-State-Registration-Laws-Concerning-Short.pdf Good Luck & Best Wishes, James
  • Lake County April 24, 2017 at 6:54 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillMy County years ago took about 3 hour to register. We had to be searched and booked into jail in order to register. Now (last 10 years) they they have a full time registration officer that makes appointments that are convenient. They are friendly and professional and generally finish in about 1/2 hour or less. Like everywhere else in life, there are good people and bad people we have to deal with. I haven't heard of any major issues with registration in a majority of CA Counties. Most of the problems seems to be the attitudes of officers and politicians in Southern CA.
  • Timmr April 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto case"03/09/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. Action By: House Judiciary" I have found the bill is not yet law. Shouldn't we contact our representative and ask to support this Supreme court public defender office now? If this was law, SCOTUS would also request a brief from this new defender's office as well as the US solicitor general, would they not? This could affect NC and Michigan cases, possibly? ASCOL is a national organization, shouldn't we be getting the troops writing letters to their federal representatives? Act locally, yes, but this may help level the field and change the whole game.
  • j April 24, 2017 at 5:58 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredHey Mika Moulton, i was 19 years at my time, it wasn't forced and i knew the girl! we were friends, she didn't testify against me! i took a deal because i was young and naive and completely new to the system i'm 44 now, so according to you and the public (once a person offends they are going to offend again) "yeah right" yes some people are really sick and really confused with their thoughts in their head but what i see is the exact same for the public for not wanting or trying to do research or homework, try reading a book!! educate your own thoughts about! each has their very own unique situation! every one has that skeleton in their closet which is tightly locked and only that particular person knows about, California makes a persons life decision (mistake or ooppps) whatever it may be " every ones business"
  • JohnDoeUtah April 24, 2017 at 5:45 pm on General Comments April 2017OK, so I was approached by a consumer drone (UAV) company a week ago, and interviewed with them at the end of last week. I got a job offer today for six figures. I am not currently registered here in Utah, they took me off. But, I still have not received an official notice from the State office - just a cordial phone call from local P.D. I am a military offender. Whether they should have kept me on or not is debatable. The new job requires some travel. Maybe to California twice a year, and maybe the same for China. 1) How long can I be in California without having to register? 2) If the AWA says I much register for another 15 years, but my state does not register me; will I be flagged under IML? Must I report my travel even though my state does not register me?
  • Lake County April 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillNo one can truly determine how the courts will interpret any law our politicians write. Often politicians (many who are not lawyers) will write a bill in a simple manor which they think will adequately state the intention of the law. Many of them just aren't smart enough to think ahead on every possible issue or consequence of the laws they write. But just because a Bill is missing details that the author didn't consider, that doesn't mean that authors intent is to conspire against the people the law effects. Most often Bills will easily pass the first committees because our politicians know that Bills get rewritten and adjusted as they move through the legislative process. If they stopped every flawed Bill in the first committee hearing, time would run out before the final draft could make it through to it's final vote. This is the reality of how our Bills become Laws. The clock on all Bills is always moving quickly. As a bill moves through committees, we have to advocate for the changes we want while it's moving forward. If we fight against a potentially good law and get it stopped before it has a chance to develop into something we want, then we are closing the door to having any progress. When we see a Bill being written that has the potential to benefit us, instead of us advocating against the Bill because of it's flaws, we should be writing letters to the appropriate politicians stating we support the intent of the Bill but also explain your concerns with the wording, details (or missing details) and your fears of the unintended consequences of the Bill's wording or intent. And always keep your letters focused on the important points without ranting. I think G4Change has a good detail that needs to be addressed in this Bill: "I see no language that addresses what someone who was convicted in CA can do if he/she now lives out of state." I'm sure this is just one of many issues they did not consider but would rather get it clarified in this Bill rather than leave it up for the court to determine. If the author gets letters advising him of this issue, I would imagine that he would want to address it in future updates (if possible). Or they could decide you need to be a resident of CA like a COR. My main point is that we shouldn't be fighting against this Bill until we know exactly what the final version will be. In the meantime send letters of support along with any of your concerns about the wording or details. Bills only get better with public input.
  • Richie April 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornHello Janice first of all thank you so much for all your hard work, it is greatly appreciated. I had a question. When is this bill due to be heard or voted on? How soon could this go into effect?
  • Richie April 24, 2017 at 4:55 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornI am in the exact same boat living in Fl. 5 years. I was thinking if we are excluded ill have no choice but move to california to be able to get off the registry.
  • Mom of young registrant April 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornThanks Janice - how long is the hearing? I must fly at noon tomorrow
  • American Detained in America April 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredMoulton proved he's an idiot to anyone who knows anything about this bill. He's obviously making assumptions based on his view that all the hype and hysteria are true and thinking worst case scenarios.
  • Not Really April 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredI see the prison guard union is still in the victims' rights business. http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2016/06/chuckawalla-valley-sp-ironwood-sp-honor-crime-victims/
  • getting encouraged April 24, 2017 at 2:56 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornRe SB421 I cannot attend the hearing, but I did thank Senator Weiner for picking it back up, and I sent an email to Senator Skinner in support of 421, and I called every committee member expressing my support for SB421. While I am beat down after 31 years of registering, these actions have made me feel a lot better. Just doing them, doing something, encourages me. In other words I am in(en) a state of courage. Thanks to Janice and all of you trying to make things change..You all of you add to my encouragement. Blessed be!
  • davidh April 24, 2017 at 2:06 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredNotice how the entire text of the article is what the one being interviewed says--no attempt to get a contrarian view to add some responsible balanced journalism between the lines
  • Jack April 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry Bill"Professional and friendly" they say, what a crock! haha.
  • Mot April 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredNondescript Anyone know if an ATTEMPTED 288(a) will fall under Tier 1?? Internet sting and the 'victim' was a 36 year old MALE cop
  • Bobby April 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseHi Everyone, I know we are still waiting to hear from SCOTUS concerning Does v Snyder, which as we have all heard we won't have a decision until the fall. So does anyone know if The Michigan Supreme Court will wait till SCOTUS makes a decision on Does v Snyder before they make a final decision on The People of Michigan v Temelkoski or will they have to decide Temelkoski soon. any thoughts on this situation? It just seems like we should of heard something on Temelkoski by now.
  • Nondescript April 24, 2017 at 1:40 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredUnfortunately the way their system works is that they have compromising or injurious information about most media personalities and politicians. As long as they push the agenda they are told to push, they are rewarded and safe. These people's careers are steered and promoted because they know that they can get rid of anyone, anytime. And they love to choose the Mark Foley types ( the Congressman who helped enact the Adam Walsh Act) to be authors of such legislation in order to mock the puppet politician . The rabbit hole is deep- nothing is what it seems.
  • Nicholas Maietta April 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm on Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusersIf it was a matter of public safety and not just typical the political rhetoric, the headline would be modified: LAWMAKERS PUSHING LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PUNISHMENT FOR CHILD ABUSERS Why specifically target sex abuse when you can target EVERY type of abuse? To me, this proves that it is never about public safety.
  • fish in a net April 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry Bill"Many police registration officers are very professional and friendly and I’d image they will be eager to inform us of the new law that will reduce their case load..." Where do you register? In Orange County (3 different cities over the last 20 years for a misdemeanor), I am lucky if the only thing that happens is a loss of 4 hours. Best experience, 4 hours of sitting and waiting as they ignore me. Worst, 12 hour "interview" that was after being registered for 10 years no additional offenses ever....
  • Mot April 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredAmazing to me that the public has not problem with a first degree murder case getting reduced to manslaughter and that person getting out in 10 year, or less, and back into society with not monitoring or registering, not advocating any registry, but WE cannot have our offenses weighted and the 'after crime' penalty reduced. DUI murder to simple crime with little or no time to serve. Let US be rehabbed and a chance to contribute to society after we have paid the time for the crime.
  • fish in a net April 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry Bill"We know registration is continued punishment, we know that at any given time a self righteous zealot can knock on our doors and try to bash our heads in with a hammer or bat, we know that our homes can be vandalized or burned, children harmed, we know that there are those subterranium creatures that will pop out with a gun to do us harm."... And this is from the guys in uniform... I know EVERY interaction I have with cops, as soon as they see 290, turns into a circus. A simple traffic ticket, gets an hour in cuffs sitting on a curb while they go through my car. And when nothing is found, I get ticket for a dozen little BS things and a "get the F outa here" as a send off. COPS, every year I stay on the list I lose more respect. And just when I don't think I can lose more, they prove me wrong.
  • AJ April 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseFor anyone wondering about the people SoLCof mentioned, this article may help: https://bol.bna.com/a-defender-office-for-supreme-court-advocacy/ . Sen. Booker definitely has defendants' rights in his sights, as Ms. Strawbridge Robinson details in her writing. FYI, this is apparently the same Strawbridge lineage from the 1806 SCOTUS case, Strawbridge v Curtiss. --AJ
  • Nondescript April 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredOf course there will be organized opposition to this bill. But we must counter their panic with facts. How many registrants that have been relieved of their duty to register from States that have tiered registries have been arrested for a new registerable offense? Does Mika Moulton have those numbers? According to the SORNA Substantial Implementation Review State of California document 2016 , here is the the list of California penal code convictions that SORNA suggests go into tier 1. 236 243.4(a)-(d) ( victim 18 or older) 243.4(e)(1) 261.5(c) & (d) ( misdemeanor)
 285 (victim 18 or older)
 288.2(a)(1) (Misdemeanor) 288.4 288a(h) 289(h) 311.1 311.2 311.3 311.11 But according to Mika Moulton..."That's ridiculous "
  • Aero1 April 24, 2017 at 11:49 am on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredIts gonna pass i can feel it
  • Robert April 24, 2017 at 11:26 am on Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusersLooks like an Adam Walsh Act, which has been abject failure (urban dictionary definition) http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=abject%20failure
  • mike r April 24, 2017 at 10:53 am on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredbetter check these people out who are pushing these laws I don't have the stats but how many of these people have been accused or convicted of sex crimes, oriely, walsh who admitted to having sex with a 15 year old on live tv, and the list goes on. they are exponentially more likely to be the ones who are actively perpetrating sexual crimes...
  • mike r April 24, 2017 at 10:44 am on New bill could change way sex offenders are registereddon't these people have to have some type of college degree or at least some type of education and if so how the helllll did they pass even English 101 let alone all the other classes that you have to use credible sources and be able to cite those sources and make coherent arguments based on facts and evidence??? I know the community college I'm attending would never except a paper that wasn't based on facts and not providing citations to those sources... apparently all theses politicians need to go back and take English or speech 301 which I'm taking now that requires all my citations to credible sources that I've used in my speech and this is just basic classes.
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom April 24, 2017 at 10:36 am on General Comments April 2017@BSL & @ml BSL you stated: “Honestly, I only read about half of your comment above before I lost interest.” I understand you most Probably did not read my stated intent, so I posit here again to gain clarity for all interest. “Knowing this I do not intend to proselytize any person to any particular religious belief even of my own. I do intend to allow any who wishes to empathize and sympathize to better reason and walk with their fellow to reach mutual clear understanding. As all things of great and true value require sincere effort to acquire. The Study of Philosophy, Anthropology, Biblical Studies, and Language are the doors that need to be opened for your minds to inhabit and possess these spaces. I offer the following subject in the hopes they will stimulate vision and foresight:” Now having restated that. I do not take any offence should you elect or consent Not to read any of what I write. ------------<<<<>>>>>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ml you stated: “I have stopped reading them as it is difficult to get through them.” I’m honored that you & BSL took the time to even read a quarter of each message I have written and that you or any one finds my messages attracting is also a credit to the Reality that Western Thought is Fused with. I posit again the following, since I can Correctly Infer from your statement that you most Probably did Not read the whole message I wrote. “It must be acknowledged that Religion has had a great influence on society because it has had the position of a Moral Fixed Point to which security, assurance, predictability are unto this day a anchoring for the human mind, the human mind has a normal need for a purpose of Being Whole and Filled Completely and a reasonable self interest is Just and can not be disparaged.” But allow me to release you from any Idea or Implicit thought that you are Obligated to read & follow the links I provide or any other persons Posts. I for one Do Not read every persons messages. Kind regards I speak a True Song As Yehovah Lives, so should those who consent to Live as Yehovah. Son of Liberty Child of Freedom
  • Tired of this April 24, 2017 at 10:17 am on Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusersSome lawmakers say we have it easy? Holy dogsh*t, this is one of the more ridiculous things I've heard in a while. So, I suppose being forever branded on the internet as a felon of moral turpitude and being unemployable or perpetually underemployed because of the above, having a hard time finding and keeping a place to live, being subject to an endless form of probation and continually legislated and discriminated against, and subject to harsh prison sentences for failing to jump through all the hoops thrown at us long after we've paid our debts, we have it too easy? Receiving longer sentences than murderers in some cases, that's "too easy?" I hope these legislators, or someone close to them, one day get even a taste of what we deal with. A mere accusation can be enough to ruin someone's life.
  • USA April 24, 2017 at 10:09 am on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornStay positive. The SARATSO certainly will need to be addressed/I'm 20 years out with an expunged offense! Secondly, how should a tiered bill address expunged offenses? We have people with 21-22 year old expunged misdemeanors/summary probation that are still treated like America's most wanted! We have to still register, compliance checks, banned from International Traffic (not minor related) and prohibited from certain employment? That's just the icing on the cake. Wake up California
  • New Person April 24, 2017 at 10:02 am on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredThe comments sections is much more informative than the article.
  • steve April 24, 2017 at 9:51 am on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry Bill"No, Amol, “something” is not necessarily better than nothing. This something is deviously designed to make sure that there never will be anything more. This is NOT a step to something better. All it is is a design to pull the rug out from under our best arguments, while deviously NOT giving us what it appears on the surface to give. Look at the details in it, the devil is in the details. You will get relief under this bill as often as people are able to get a COR — which is a rare thing." This is ALL your opinion and you know absolutely nothing how this will work. Reverse fear mongering (if there's such a thing) didn't think I'd ever see that here.
  • Eddie April 24, 2017 at 9:38 am on Senate Schools Bill (SB 26) Amended – HEARING April 25I have had a big part in my daughters school activities with her plays and function, now she is a mother, herself and, I also have two boys in school, who I pick up, I am able to partisapate in their Scholl science project s on Scholl campus this bill if past would hurt my boys snice they rely on me to be a part of there life at home and in School, I've been a registered sex offender for 35 yrs. What we should be fighting for is much longer sentences ..
  • ANON April 24, 2017 at 9:28 am on Philippine Bureau of Immigration bans alien sex offenders in the countryi dont agree with that i been on th SOR 17 years now, i met my fiance online, im a pround gay male, i had no clue that they wouldnt allow me nto the country. i got off the plane and a gentlemen walked up to me and said sorry, it is is the computer that you are not allowed in the country(phillipines), my fiance was watiing for my at the gate, i begged and pleaded to at lest them make me meet him, they allowed it and we hugged and cried for 5 min, then i hads to go on a plane back home, Then when i got back to the US, i felt even worse, i had to explain to them and i was interogated why i was gone such a short time, it was awful. i DONT know who i need to talk to about geting removed out of this "computer system" my level on offense is level 1 whiich means im a'low risk", if anyone has anything to help me out with this please do so, thankyou , i would really appreciate it.....
  • J April 24, 2017 at 9:21 am on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredAlot of these people pushing for lifetime registries are people who don't like someone on the registry that they know and want to continuously punish them and cyber stalk them. I know this first hand. I'm followed by people I don't get along with. They know everything about me and shouldn't know shit. So F Off Creepers!
  • Anonymous Nobody April 24, 2017 at 9:12 am on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornWell, Timmr, it is good that you now noticed that. But that is only one of many, many details throughout this bill, all of them as bad as that. I have tried for a long time now to point this out. This is a BAD bill. This bill is NOT going to give the relief people here think it will, this will only make it impossible to ever get what you are thinking you are getting here. This is just a COR falsely labeled as tiers, and you will get this relief as often as you now are able to get a COR, which is a rarity. There is no reason to think the prosecutors will handle it any differently, they have already shown how they will handle it, they show that every time they challenge a COR, which is every time. They have put the COR standards in writing into this bill, including this incredibly vague language Timmr points out that can, and will, be used to deny anyone they want to deny, just as they do to everyone seeking a COR!
  • David April 24, 2017 at 9:03 am on FL: No Voting for Sex Offenders or Murderers Says FloridaBut I'm confused. One the one hand, all of Florida's punitive sex offender legislation would motivate convicted offenders to exitbtge State as soon as possible (a motivation for such laws). On the other, they keep everyone on their SOR forever even if they have long since moved away. I suppose it's so they can point to their SOR and sqwuak that they need more funding b/c the have so many registered offenders they have to monitor.
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom April 24, 2017 at 8:39 am on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto case@Clifford Ray Irby II Good Day Sir And with regard to your question: “What can I do to get the courts to recognize the unconstitutionality of forcing registration on a non-convicted person?” First & For most confirm for Yourself that your sight and foresight is Clear & Unobscured by only Utilizing “Probability Judgment” & Abjure form the Jurisdiction and Institutions of Limited Human “Intuitive Judgment”. That Being confirmed, move forward down the following path of Gideon¹: I suggest having an Audit performed on your particular case history by a proven practitioner in that field of Law at the National Level would be preferable or in collaboration with same in your State of LA & TX. This analysis will expose any & all debts or credits and how to transform such into an Asset or Liability and vice versa to your benefit of course. That being ascertained or nearing that junction proceed down the path of Gedeon to Contact the following persons and their personal assistants, managers, & staff: 1. Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson in Washington at krobinson@bna.com 2. Congress New Jersey Senate: 113th-115th (2013-Present) Website http://www.booker.senate.gov 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 phone (202) 224-3224 3. Senator Booker spokeswoman Monique Waters or current peroson in position. https://www.linkedin.com/in/moniquewaters It is irrefutable that history serves humanity to help guide all into the paths of correct conduct for all who can see let them see, for all who can hear let them hear, and for those who live let them live. ¹Gideon or Gedeon (Hebrew: גִּדְעוֹן, Modern Gid’on, Tiberian Giḏʻôn), also named Jerubbaal (יְרֻבַּעַל Yĕrubba`al) and Jerubbesheth, was a military leader, judge and prophet whose calling and victory over the Midianites is recounted in the chapters 6 to 8 of the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Torah. As is the pattern throughout the Book of Judges, the Israelites again turned away from Yehovah after 40 years of peace brought by Deborah’s victory over Canaan, and Midianites, Amalekites and other Bedouin peoples harry Israel for seven years. Yehovah chose Gedeon, a young man from the tribe of Manasseh, to free the people of Israel and to condemn their idolatry. The Angel of Yehovah or “the Lord’s angelic messenger” came “in the character or HaShem … of a traveller who sat down in the shade [of the terebinth tree] to enjoy a little refreshment and repose” and entered into conversation & negotiations with Gedeon. The narrative has echoes of the meeting between Abraham and the visitors who came to him in the terebinth trees of Mamre and promised Abraham and Sarah, in their old age, that they would have a son. In Addition the negotiations of Sodom & Gamorrah for the life of Abraham’s nephew Lot should be brought into light. The Angel of Yehovah greeted Gedeon: “Yehovah is with you, you mighty man of valor!” ¹ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gideon I speak a True Song As Yehovah Lives, so should we
  • Anonymous Nobody April 24, 2017 at 8:26 am on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillNo, Amol, "something" is not necessarily better than nothing. This something is deviously designed to make sure that there never will be anything more. This is NOT a step to something better. All it is is a design to pull the rug out from under our best arguments, while deviously NOT giving us what it appears on the surface to give. Look at the details in it, the devil is in the details. You will get relief under this bill as often as people are able to get a COR -- which is a rare thing. The people here who are so convinced this is incremental to something better just do not understand what they are dealing with, do not understand the state of politics here. The only reason this might be touched this one time is because of a unique confluence of things, including a call for real tiers (not these fake ones) from the federal government, and a bill designed to give far, far less than people here expect of this bill. All this bill does is extend the chance for ending your registration via a COR to those who would be in tier 2. The people who would be in tier 1, and whom the federal government does not even require registration, already can already stop registering once they get a COR. But a COR for a sex offense is a true rarity. This bill is being set up with the same standards for relief as a COR -- this is not simply a tier, under which you would meet your tier, you stop registering. This is a COR mislabeled as a tier, and linked to the same time frames as a COR (except for four lesser offenses, for which this bill actually lengthens the registration time from 7 years to 10, a 42.8% increase in registration time!). And those who think the prosecutors will handle it any differently than they do a COR are seriously mistaken -- there is no reason to think it will be handled any differently, the same standards are in place in this bill. And the prosecutors challenge everyone applying for a COR and fight them tooth and nail, and it is rare that someone can get a COR. You have to expect similar for these fake tiers. To get fake tiers under which you are going to find it difficult to get any relief, little different than a COR, will 100% undermine any further call to touch this issue ever again. This is a third rail of politics, elected officials touch it at risk of death, and they will not do so again, they will only say we already have tiers, but this is not tiers, this is just the COR we already have. We will be stuck with this fake tiers, hardly anyone will get relieved of registration after the first year (the first year will have an avalanche of petitions, so overwhelm the prosecutors, so more will get the relief that year, but not after that), If you think the politicians are having second thoughts about registration, then consider that they are now passing another bill to post even misdemeanants on the SO website! These are not politicians looking to be more reasonable about registration, these are politicians seeing a "tier" bill that does NOT provide what the supporters at this Website are mistakenly convincing themselves it provides. And they absolutely are not thinking of this as a step to something better later. There is no need for a step, they can simply conform to federal now and say that is the step, and that that is reasonable as syncing with the federal standard. Under that standard, the people in this tier 1 would never have to register, and those in tier 2 who would have to register (not all of them will have to register) could stop in 10 years, not 20, and would not need to ask permission. But the politicians are not doing that in this bill -- and worse, we are not even advocating that, we are here only arguing not to advocate anything, we are arguing not to consider the details, just accept this bill, any old crap that comes along even if it undermines us! We are not thinking. And we definitely are not seeing the bigger picture or the third rail of politics. We are not going to get anything good as long as we refuse to advocate for it or refuse to put the ideas out there -- or accept something designed to completely undermine anything more, as this fake "tier" bill does.
  • AJ April 24, 2017 at 8:04 am on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto case@Clifford How did LA find out about the TX case? And someone, somewhere, changed you from a "no" to a "yes" as far as SO status. I think you're going to have to go Federal, as LA is following their laws, and TX theirs. You, meanwhile, are trapped in the middle. You'll have better, though perhaps slim, luck in Federal court. Sadly, your best hope probably lies in SCOTUS ruling favorably in Snyder. --AJ
  • Joe123 April 24, 2017 at 7:56 am on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredWhy are naive/uninformed people allowed to be in positions of Law Making? So much fear mongering and Stupidity. We need to put pressure on law makers like this to stop their stupidity and consider reading a book, which shows blatant evidence contrary to their 'popular beliefs' that everyone was created equally on this Earth, since that is clearly what they believe in according to their own words.
  • I wish April 24, 2017 at 6:33 am on New bill could change way sex offenders are registeredThere is so much ignorance in this world.
  • ml April 24, 2017 at 5:48 am on General Comments April 2017Yes, Son, your religious rhetoric and imagery interferes with your legal and political aspect of your posts. I have stopped reading them as it is difficult to get through them.
  • T April 24, 2017 at 4:44 am on Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusersThese law makers are pushing for many tough laws to pass, to make everyone believe it's for a good cause which has done nothing good but bad. What's in the agenda for these law makers that want tough ordinances for the sex offender registry? because when they create all kinds of fallacies about how sexual abuse and child sex trafficking is imminent threat to society, the finger is pointed at registrants, what's the agenda for these law makers to pass tough laws, if what they do has contradiction, is it about safety?
  • New Person April 23, 2017 at 11:20 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornAnonymous Nobody, Your history actually proves that the State of California has removed the "right to pursue and obtain privacy" as stated in the California Constitution. The State of California has moved the goal post from 1203.4, to CoR, and to a Pardon to pursue and obtain privacy. Essentially, it makes registration truly a lifetime term that negates the possibility of pursuing and obtaining privacy. No other group of convicts have their privacy taken away after serving their time. I'd like to see a FOIA on the number of legible registrants who have been affected by such goal post moving. So under the construct of the California Constitution, every California citizen has an inalienable right to pursue and obtain privacy. Step by step, the pathway to pursue and obtain privacy has been taken away. In fact, i read that a case to contest that the continuance to register is not specifically listed in 1203.4, but the judge in that case said there were no disabilities to account. Yet in your history, registration has been defined as a "penalty/disability". Shouldn't this be a civil case based off of the California Constitution. Why does the 1203.4 not carry the same weight as it does for any other group of convicts who earn 1203.4? The Constitution is supposed to protect the right to pursue and obtain privacy, but it's been neglected and negated under 1203.4, and so some the CoR. So now the threshold is all way to a Pardon. You need a pardon to get your privacy back for the whole lot? What's the whole point of all these different levels of registrants when they're all facing the same punishment after serving their custodial punishment supervision?
  • BSL April 23, 2017 at 11:15 pm on General Comments April 2017Son of Liberty: This is your reality. I have figured out for myself that there is no god. I studied the bible for 40 years and have attended church and thought at one time I was a child of god. I now understand a different reality. I still believe in a life after but not the kind that you do. This forum is very important to our cause and is made up of many different types of people, religious and non. I think what folks are saying to you, including me is that you have another motive (possibly to save souls) and you are using this group as your audience as you speak from your virtual pulpit. I, like the others, respect your beliefs and wisdom. But, I would rather hear your religious free opinions and ideas on how the current state of affairs affects you and ideas you have that can help others. You see, not everyone shares your religious enthusiasm and it really is distracting. Honestly, I only read about half of your comment above before I lost interest. It's all the same to me. As I totally respect you for your beliefs, you can respect those of us whom would rather not hear of your personal beliefs and just communicate with us with neutrality. Thanks!
  • C April 23, 2017 at 11:07 pm on FL: No Voting for Sex Offenders or Murderers Says Florida+1 for you.
  • Timmr April 23, 2017 at 9:57 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is Reborn"or if community safety would be significantly enhanced by the person’s continued registration." I just realized what a really odd statement that is. If a guy has followed the rules for 20 years, how does one determine he will be a danger at this particular time he petitions? That being said, registration itself threatens community safety. Who is more safe, the person on the streets who can't get a job or friends or someone secure economically and socially?
  • Clifford Ray Irby II April 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseI guess I'm missing something, or haven't explained the statute I plead under clearly: "A dismissal & discharge under this section 'may not be deemed a conviction' for the purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law for the conviction of offense." Texas never required registration & the 18 years after the charge, I never had "sex offender" on my driver's license. It is AFTER those 18 years, that Louisiana claims to have jurisdiction to alter the res judicata of the case from Texas to label me as "convicted". Texas followed the letter of their law with my case (for some miraculous reason). While I was incarcerated, even after being forced to register while on bond, the State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections always stated on my "rap sheet" "sex offender: N" & "sex offenses: 0". So, they were acknowledging the Texas Court's ruling. Now that I am on parole, they have instituted sex offender therapy & conditions to my parole. I have a 5th Circuit US Supreme Court case that states absent a conviction the State of Texas Parole Board has denied Due Process to Plantiff (Detryk or Dyterk) & must hold a hearing to determine whether or not Plantiff possesses said offending quality before sex offender treatment & conditions can be added to the conditions of his parole. Texas dismissed my indictment without prejudice. Louisiana 22 years later forces sex offender therapy & conditions on my parole. That's the rub, as well as having to register as having been convicted.
  • Anonymous Nobody April 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornI agree with you, Still Trying. In fact, that is how it was handled until the mid-1990s. We have only had actual lifetime registration since then. In fact, 1203.4 relief was all that was needed for anyone who got it, that is, for anyone who got probation. You weren't even allowed to apply for a COR, because 1203.4 was considered to have already given you everything a COR gives. In fact, it sometimes was referred to as "statutory rehabilitation." Those who did not get probation could stop by getting the COR, a pardon was not needed. That former "tier" approach isn't even being mentioned, the lawmakers of today have no idea it used to be done like that. They are operating from ignorance, they have nothing to compare this crappy proposal to. And I have been getting the distinct impression that the powers that be here do not want us to have something as good as that former approach. Following is a previous post I made upon request in another thread, to elucidate this point -- the history of relief under 1203.4 and of that relief being taken away from those who already had obtained it, who have had to register ever since and still -- and we won't even mention this at this junction, and have their relief restored.: Here is the history of 1203.4 PC relief, down below, being all that was needed for a registrant to stop registering. This comes from former Sec. 290.1 PC, and court cases, including Kelly, further affirmed in Taylor and that affirmed in Mills, and affirmed in I don’t know how many others. Kelly is from at least the 1950s, and a vague item in my memory wants to say 1952, but I would have to look up the actual date, I can’t swear it wasn’t even the 1940s. In 1981, the law was changed by adding 290.1 PC to limit that 1203.4 relief from registration to being the standard only for misdemeanants, no longer for felons, and in 1994, the law was changed again to end that relief for misdemeanants when 290.1 was changed to drop the word "felony," making it read so no one, felon or misdemeanant, was relieved of registration by getting 1203.4 relief. (Since this was a statute separate from 290, people could still argue that it was not retroactive, however I believe it was considered by prosecutors to be retroactive.) Then in 2005, 290.1 was repealed and similar language added to 290. And with 290 already established as retroactive, this definitively made it clear that the previous relief people got from registration via 1203.4 was taken away retroactively. (Yes, court rulings over the years acknowledged that 1203.4’s relief from certain “penalties and disabilities” of the conviction could be abrogated by a law making an exception to that, and that was done in 1981 and again in 1994 — and is being done again in this tier proposal for relief via a COR.) (I also note, I was reminded in looking over the materials of something I knew but had forgotten: Most registrants who could not end registration via 1203.4 could do so by getting a COR. But that standard was eliminated and increased to actually getting the post-COR pardon. (But this COR relief together with 1203.4 relief shows that registration was never automatically lifetime for anyone but the few who could not stop even with a COR, had to get the pardon. All this ended in the mid-1990s, when everyone was subjected to actual lifetime registration and retroactively, and only the certain lesser offenses could stop if they could get a COR, all others had to look to a pardon. Everyone who already had the relief via either 1203.4 or a COR lost that relief, it was taken away! I note, if you already had 1203.4 relief, you could not apply for a COR.) I advise, this is the history of that relief, you cannot conclude from this that these details and standards will win the day now, you will have to look at all that came after these details, as court rulings can be overturned, further interpreted and refined and altered, and laws can be changed — and all of that has happened to us over the years. But this gives some legitimate standard for legislators to understand and consider when debating any new standard, it shows how insanely extreme what the prosecutors are pushing for this tier proposal is. It shows what I would have to hope any elected official would consider to be a serious violation of basic human fairness in taking away relief that had been EARNED and granted, that had required affirmative action on behalf of the registrant to obtain. There is something wrong if the legislators do not see that as being as unAmerican as it gets, and framing an argument in that kind of language can go a long way. The legality of the court rulings and changes in law don’t even matter, it is all unAmerican regardless, and frankly, I think the majority of this country, even the great majority, would say so. And to ignore this now, as we are doing, would be a travesty, especially in the face of this tier proposal doing the same again to those who have stopped registering after getting a COR — it specifically takes that relief out of 290, and without that in the law, there is no relief via a COR for anyone, retroactively — just like for 1203.4 or the previous COR standard that was raised to a pardon. We are being seriously snookered by the prosecutors again. These tiers, and them once again taking away previously obtained relief via a COR, is the perfect time to argue for including that clause I have proposed, restoring such relief for anyone who had been relieved in the past by whatever means, presumably via 1203.4 or a COR. I do not think most legislators have any idea of this action over the years, and I am very doubtful that even the legislators in office when it was done really understood it would be applied retroactively, that people’s relief already earned and obtained was being taken away -- 290 was not considered to be retroactive then. To the history: The earliest I have is Kelly v. Municipal Court, 160 Cal.App.2d 38 [324, P.2d 990]. That was a fairly major appellate case, often quoted later. As quoted and affirmed in Taylor, Kelly held, “…that the ‘penalties and disabilities’ from which the defendant was released by virtue of section 1203.4 were ‘criminal or quasi-criminal’ in nature and that the registration requirement of section 290 was one of those ‘penalties’ or ‘disabilities’.” So there you have it, from at least Kelly, and I can’t say there was not even an earlier case that said the same. 1203.4 relief was the standard for all those who got probation to be able to stop registering, as per the law as passed by the legislators, and it was a LONG time before a new pack of legislators changed that law. Of course, as already stated, that was affirmed in People v. Taylor, 178 Cal.App.2d 72, [3 Cal.Rptr. 186], an appellate case from 1960. And Taylor, and in particular the Kelly portion of it, was affirmed in People v. Mills, 81 Cal.App.3d 171; 146 Cal.Rptr. 11. State Supreme Court denied hearing July 13, 1978. Mills said 290 “imposes lifelong requirement of registration and reregistration absent a court order releasing the registrant from the penalties and disabilities of his conviction under Penal Code section 1203.4 … or the issuance of a certificate of rehabilitation under Penal Code section 4852.01 et seq. “We would conclude the registration requirement is one of the ‘penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense or crime of which [Mills] has been convicted.’ ” From there, we come to 1981. That is when the legislature enacted 290.1 PC. That read as follows: 290.1 Registration of sex offenders; felony sex offenses; probation Notwithstanding Section 1203.4 and except as provided in Section 290.5, a person convicted of a felony sex offense shall not be relieved from the duty to register under Section 290. (Added by Stats.1981, c. 105, p. 794. Sec. 1.) This removed the registration relief via 1203.4 from those convicted of felonies; those who were relieved of it for a misdemeanor still could stop registering, misdemeanants still could get relief via 1203.4. That relief for misdemeanants continued until 1994, when 290.1 was amended to take the relief away from misdemeanants by taking out the word “felony.” 290.1. Registration of sex offenders: exception Notwithstanding Section 1203.4 and except as provided in Sec. 290.5, a person who is convicted of a sex offense for which registration is required under Section 290 shall not be relieved from the duty to register under that section. (Added by Stats.1981,c. 105. p.794, sec. 1 Amended by Stats. 1994, c. 863 (A.B. 3456), Sec. 2.) Historical and Statutory Notes In 2005, 290.1 was repealed, and similar language was added to 290 (in other words, it was merged into 290, and at that same time, and under cover of the merger, it was made indisputably retroactive — although I’m pretty sure it was applied retroactively already, even though it never had anything in that statute saying it was retroactive. But 290 had already been definitively retroactive, so putting that langugage in 290 gave the same definitive retroactivity to that loss of relief, and the prosecutors never even had to tell the lawmakers that they were taking away relief that had been earned and obtained, they simply had to say that language was more efficient in 290. 290.1 Repealed by Stats.2005, c. 704 (A.B.439), Sec. 2 Historical and Statutory Notes 2005 Legislation The repealed section, added by Stats.1981, c. 105, sec. 1, amended by Stats.1994, c. 863 (A.B.3456), sec. 2, related to registration of sex offenders and exceptions. And if you still don’t believe this is retroactive, then consider the Doe v. Harris ruling of a few years back (3 years ago?) in which our state Supreme Court held that changes in the state of the law can change your relief under 1203.4 PC. Some other interesting things I came across while looking at People v. Taylor, 178 Cal.App.2d 472, [3 Cal.Rptr. 186]. 1960.: “A release from penalties and disabilities under 1203.4 is also a release from the prohibition of a felon carrying a firearm” — so the firearm ban came later, was not original in 1203.4, the ban now in 1203.4 was added after this ruling. Like I have said, these peripheral things in 1203.4 are add ons, yet the appellate courts now say the add ons are more important to keep than the central point of a 1203.4 “expungment,” so say 1203.4 is not an expungment, the conviction remains. “The clear intent of the probation sections of the Penal Code, especially 1203.4, is to effect the complete rehabilitation of those convicted of a crime. The record of one released under this section is wiped clean, subject to reinstatement only when the person commits another or subsequent crime or for purposes of exceptional situations.” Like I have said, 1203.4 is already the test of rehabilitation, so why do we need some further test of registration and/or some draconian court battle to get out from under it? If we are going to have this post-probation stuff, then the probation laws should be eliminated from the books, they are simply redundant, they mean nothing! From Taylor, citing the state Supreme Court ruling in People v. Banks, 53 CAL.2D 370 [348 p.2D 102], a reference to what I have said in these threads multiple times, that 1203.4 used to actually sometimes be referred to as “statutory rehabilitation” — capitals added by me: " ‘And here it is to be presumed that the Alameda judge who suspended imposition of the sentence for violation of former section 503 of the Vehicle Code did so with recognition that defendant would remain classified as one convicted of a felony within the meaning of section 12021 of the Penal Code until and unless the Alameda offense was reduced to a misdemeanor by imposition of appropriate sentence or until the defendant successfully completed probation and received the STATUTORY REHABILITATION provided for by section 1203.4 of the Penal Code.’ ” That is, you are already determined to be rehabilitated when you get 1203.4 relief! This is why those who got that in the past were not even allowed to apply for a COR, they already had that determination via 1203.4!
  • Anonymous Nobody April 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornSee my post above under your first comment. You are right G4, and I have been complaining about this since day one, to no avail. You can't even be assessed for a tier if you live out of state!
  • Anonymous Nobody April 23, 2017 at 3:58 pm on Janice’s Journal: Tiered Registry Bill is RebornI see nothing in the bill that says someone out of state can file to stop registering. That is even contrary to what they previously insisted on for a COR after a court ruling and the language from that ruling was added to 290 requiring that you be doing your registration in-state. In fact, for this fake tier relief, it says you must file in the county where you are registering -- that is not talking of filing in some county in another state. It says the district attorney of that county may challenge -- they are not talking of some district attorney in Florida! This bill does NOT provide relief for people who have moved out of state. It does not even provide a place for those people to file for the relief! G4Change is right, there is nothing in here for those who are out of state. You can't ju$st say it is there when it is specifically left out.: SEC. 6. Section 290.5 is added to the Penal Code, to read: 290.5. (a) (1) A person who is required to register pursuant to Section 290 and who is a tier one or tier two offender may file a petition in the superior court in the county in which he or she is registered for termination from the sex offender registry at the expiration of his or her mandated minimum registration period. The petition shall contain proof of the person’s current registration as a sex offender. (2) The petition shall be served on the registering law enforcement agency and the district attorney in the county where the petition is filed. The registering law enforcement agency shall report to the district attorney regarding whether the person has met the requirements for termination pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 290. The district attorney may request a hearing on the petition if the petitioner has not fulfilled the requirement described in subdivision (e) of Section 290, or if community safety would be significantly enhanced by the person’s continued registration.
  • anon April 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillI don't view law enforcement as the enemy. The problem are ambitious right-wing politicians who view us an an opportunity. Law enforcement (mostly) just works to enforce the law. Sometimes people in law enforcement are also ambitious right-wing politicians (I'm looking at you, Orange County) and I know that some have had very bad experiences with law enforcement, but they are not our biggest problem. I think it's obvious to everyone involved that registration laws have gotten way out of hand. Law enforcement has more important things to do. I am pretty familiar with SB 421 and acknowledge the enormous power that DA's have retained in this process. But the bill was going nowhere without their leadership. So we get what we can get.
  • ReadyToFight April 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillThe thing is SO MANY of us live our lives as good/great citizens trying to fit in with a society that doesn't want one of us living anywhere near them and a political system designed to keep us buried alive in our past. So many of us would jump at the opportunity to prove ourselves as free men and women. We just need the chance to do so.
  • Lake County April 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry BillIn my County we have several paralegal offices open to the public. One is called Attorneys Rn't Us and they advertise as "Legal Typing Services" and list many types of cases they directly help the public with. My ex wife used them to file divorce papers. I suspect that you would find paralegal offices throughout CA offering services directly to the public. As long as they are not signing their name to any documents or representing anyone in court, it seems that they are openly getting away with offering low cost help.
  • PK April 23, 2017 at 11:45 am on International Travel – MexicoIt's not going to change anything, the law is already established. Perhaps one day we will hear about the possibility of a new challenge to IML.
  • David M April 23, 2017 at 11:04 am on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto case@Clifford, I agree! I took a plea over fifteen years ago based on the deal presented to me. Not to have my deal redone and make it longer and more difficult for me than when I was on probation. I got let off probation one year early. Now I have a crazy cop as my probation officer/compliance officer talking to me about failure to register and the punishment is three times longer than my original charge. These people are crazy! Nutty cop is trying to convince me I get more dangerous the longer I'm offense free.
  • Lake County April 23, 2017 at 10:28 am on New Author Announced for Tiered Registry Bill"paralegals are not able to provide direct services to the public" Maybe they're not supposed to help, but many do. In small counties they get away with helping the public with all types of self filings. And yes we would like removal to be automatic, but that is not being offered. Perhaps if they see that the tiered system is working, they will be inclined to make it an automatic process. I don't blame them for being cautious, if those released from the registry recidivate, it will cause public outcry against the politicians that voted for this law. I don't think at this time any politician will support any tiered system without putting it upon the court to ensure no one dangerous is relieved of registration. You have to remember that most of the public still believes that 80% of sex offenders will re-offend, that they can't be cured and that they had molested 100 people prior to being caught the first time. We have a long way to go in teaching the public the true statistics. And we are just beginning to educate the media and politicians.