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RSOL Conference 2013 – Catherine Carpenter: Sexual Offense Laws and Constitutionality

National RSOL Conference 2013 – Professor of Law, Catherine Carpenter of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles talks about just how punitive and extreme sex offender laws have become over the years and the ways in which they violate US citizen’s constitutional rights.

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Oh WOW…what a very articulate and informative presentation. Thank you, Catherine Carpenter, for being another much-needed voice of reason!!!!

Catherine Carpenter professor of law….her students are very much fortunate , as we are to hear and learn more about our Constitution protections for all……we appreciate
Professor Carpenter’s efforts and her students are far more
better for it…tomorrow’s defenders and supporters of the Constitution …..thank you.

Excellent presentation Catherine, Here is something else you may want to include in your argument. Every R.S.O. usually 10 days before release from prison must comply with a state required psychological exam. This exam is ordered by the state. If the “findings” of the board agree that the r.s.o. is a “threat to society” then he/she is placed in civil confinement and reviewed annually by board certified psychologists. If the “findings” of the board conclude that the r.s.o. meets their state ordered proffessional and clinical requirements release to parole/probation is granted. Clearly acknowledging that the “offender’ is deemed safe to… Read more »

A great lecture and it uplifts my spirits. This is what I am afraid of, though. This movement needs a political wing and greater support from the public and more journalists exposing the truth as Catherine has so eloquently done. If not, judges themselves will be targeted by the victim “revenge as therapy” groups as not protecting children, and a way will be found to get them off the bench. I believe that sodomy laws may still be found constitutional if there had never been an LGBTQ movement to get out the truth about gay people. Similarly, if the image… Read more »

Painted Bird (and others), we need you to SHOW UP – STAND UP – SPEAK UP. How? Come to a California RSOL meeting. Let a loved one know that you are on the registry. Write a letter to an elected official. Make a donation of $10 or more to California RSOL. The list is endless. And remember the Power of One….one person can make a difference!

I know. One little step at a time. I was scared to death to even post a comment here, at first. I did write a letter to both our Senators and my Representative. Or one day one of us will take a big step by getting on the bus, when they start putting up signs on public transportation property saying, “No 290 Registrants Allowed On This Bus.

I think this is a wonderful speaker. Furthermore, she truly speaks the truth. I mean, who on earth would think any individual convicted of a crime would be banned from: living in certain areas, banned from visiting parks, banned from visiting the beach, banned from visiting the movie theatre (Palmdale), banned from using the internet, joining facebook, working in certain sectors (healthcare, contractor, real estate agent/ect), required to contact the local police department if you leave town or go on vacation, post signs on your lawn, have posters posted around town warning people to beware and even place people and… Read more »

Being recently released from prison as a PC 290 for a failure to register, subject to the rules of AB 109, not only is housing almost impossible to find (certainly without any funds), I have just been informed that it is required that I enroll in a sex offender treatment program as a condition of my probation. Being indigent and homeless, I am supposed to find $125 for an initial intake meeting, pay $43 a week for one year, pay a second $125 intake fee in a couple of months, $15 for a workbook, and then $300 for however many… Read more »

In the spirit of STAND UP SPEAK UP I wanted to share about WomenAgainstRegistry (WAR) sponsored class action lawsuit wherein I posted the following on their application for lawsuit inclusion sheet(or whatever its called). I thought that sharing the existence of the lawsuit could be of benefit, and also hope that my words spoken might inspire others. I want to speak out. I am willing to stand before senate committees, cameras, whatever. Enough is enough. I’ve removed self identifiers and just included here the relevant stuff. the application included a request that I summarize how i might belong to the… Read more »

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