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I’ve always believed that the ONLY way to win this fight is by increasing the number of people registration affects. For example: California’s lawmakers claim that registration (and all of its associated components) serve the purpose of “keeping the public safe”. While little evidence supports this argument, proponents will frequently cite erroneously high recidivism rates for sex offenders in support of their advancement in the fight to “keep children safe”. In fact, sex offenders actually have one of the lowest recidivism rates in the state. On the flipside, the FBI states that gang members are responsible for upwards of 90%… Read more »

We literally need to change the wording and the title of 290, and expand the various laws that are incorporated into it. The reason I saw this is two-fold: 1) One might make the argument that if we’re going to push through a ballot initiative, we should focus that initiative on LIMITING the scope of 290, and adding tiers to ensure that the vast majority of offenders have a REAL chance at a limited registration period. The problem is that the public will never approve such a change and the opposition to this change will GREATLY outweigh the proponents. More… Read more »

Given the level of technology today (witness the NSA dragnet and the monstrous amount of data managed), the idea that the registry can be over run is ludicrous. Expanding the registry population won’t help anyone and WILL hurt many. The struggle has to be multi-pronged: 1.) The courts are a must to get the laws reversed and/or modified. 2.) Civil actions against those who unlawfully use the information from the registries (i.e. “real estate”, social network, and background check companies that scrape the registry web sites) to reduce the profitability of these actions. Right now we can be hounded with… Read more »

I agree with you completely. We need to be the voice of reason, citing the constitution and providing facts from studies and reports. When we speak in this way, others will be shown to be without reason and acting from fear.

I have a question. As far as the constitutional right to free speech and perhaps right to assemble: I live in a small County that often has community events, emergency shelter, Special Board of Supervisor Meetings and emergency services at the local schools. I am not allowed to go on school property as a RSO. Does that violate my constitutional right? Does free speech also include the right to listen to that speech? Anyone have a educated answer?

Good question. It is not that you are not allowed on school property. You are not allowed on school property without written permission from the chief administrative official of that school. In 2006 PC 626.81 was added to the Penal Code by the Sexual Predator Punishment and Control Act: Jessica’s Law. So if you are truly such a civic minded person all you have to do is get written permission ahead of time and exercise your civic rights to your hearts content. I am not a betting man but I would put money on that being the answer to any… Read more »

That out you refer to is not a trump card. There is a MAJOR difference between asking for permission to exercise your constitutional rights and giving notice that you are going to do so. If the law said you simply must first give notice to the head of the school, that might pass muster; but needing his or her permission does not, because as you say, it can and will be denied. You can’t be required to seek permission to exercise your rights. Your rights are your decision to exercise, not someone else’s — otherwise they are not a right.… Read more »

Six Year Old Suspended for Kissing a Girl on the Hand

Once I’d ripped all my hair out after reading that one, I took some solace in 18 LA County goons being arrested. Somehow 18 does not seem like enough, but it’s a good start…,0,4405792.story#axzz2n7ERJghV

They got Corona. God willing, they’ll get Baca, too.

Go vote where ever your poling place is designated. They approved you to vote, it’s your permission slip. Does the school administrator have more authority than the Registrar of Voters?

I hope they look at the Nazi Probation department in San Diego.

How do you reach a school administrator during summer. And during an emergency aid or shelter situation, no school administrator may be available. I live in an area that has many major fires and school gyms are often used as a resource. And what is a school administrator? The Principal, Secretary, Someone in the district office?

So if I request permission to enter school property and I am denied. Will that be a violation of my right to receive services or vote at that location?

You don’t have a “right” to services any more than you have a right to drive. (But yes, I do think such denial would be unfair.)

As for the voting issue, that is more of a grey area. By denying you permission to vote at a polling place at a school, they are not denying your right to vote since you may still do so via mail — and please do.

I don’t agree. We have the right to equal protection under the law. I don’t know exactly which services we are talking about here, but i give up NONE of them willingly. In terms of voting, it is a right and every opportunity to vote…at a polling place, by mail and every other means…is a right granted every citizen and we are citizens. Any barrier to voting is a violation of our rights and is just plain wrong.

Well, under 290, yes, the school administrator has more authority. So, that angle does not really answer Joe’s question. 290 specifies who it is who must give the permission. And that is not the Registrar of Voters.

The out on that one could be that you can vote by mail, so they are not blocking your right to vote.

So why is it not OK for OC to require you notify the sheriff before entering a park where children gather, but it is legal for the State to require you to notify a school administrator before you go to a poling place to vote? Sometimes one has to go to a physical place to vote. Even the OC ordinance made an exclusion for entering for political or religious reasons.

Because the OC argument was largely based on the state law pre-empting the local ordinance.

Random thoughts: a ratio. A penalty is to a punishment as a fee is to a tax.

I need assistance from the 288 community! I will be searching for employment and housing in 2014 and I do not have a clue…I need to know of housing management companies or private that will rent to 288’s. I also need to know who and where the employers are that will hire 288’s. If those who are living as a 288 could please just email me where you live/work? No names, of course but I do not want ot embark on a fruitless journey! I only want to apply to those organizations that will hire 288’s and I only want… Read more »

Discrimination! I was recently watching the burial of Nelson Mandella! My mind raced as I heard about how he fought for equality! Guys, the actions being taken against sex offenders is discrimination! We are singled out, names posted online, prohibited from working in particular jobs, prohibited from living in certain areas and the list goes on and on! Maybe we should files for disability? When we file suits against cities, it should be for discrimination? What’s their rebuttal!

You have touched on a very important set of facts. We are in fact disabled by these laws. Since the legislature conveniently exempted themselves from any liability for the broken and injured families and financial ruin stemming from the imposition of these ex post facto laws, we probably are not due hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost employment. However, we should be receiving a living wage and housing subsidies. In the meantime, don’t hold your breath while we find lawmakers with the intestinal fortitude to step forward on behalf of the constitution and equal protection under the law. They… Read more »

Sorry…I am really desperate in seeking JUSTICE for my husband. I am Ruth, a Filipino citizen. To review his case 10years ago ( 2004) my now, loving HUSBAND was imprisoned for 2 years where until now he was still in the sex offender registry list and will be…. the rest of his life knowing the fact the he didn’t touch or harm anyone and already did pay the price. He was just reported because of printing one photo of a nude child seen in his car while filling up some gas where during that time he was still emotionally shattered… Read more »

Pretty soon it will be everybody on a registry of some kind we were just a beta model for ???? Trial Run to see if the people would allow it. Now They ARE Uppin’ The Anti Goin’ for the Kill Shot on FREEDOM OF ANYTHING!

Merry Christmas from me, and a Happy New Year. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing things start to turn around in our favor next year, HOPEFULLY. Let that be our united goal, our daily mantra in 2014, whatever the cost and struggle. Let each one here work in their own way to bring about change and reform. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones..Align yourselves with whatever reform group that’s out there, and you can get behind, there’s quite a few out there, both nationally and at the state level. Find out how you can get involved, ask how you… Read more »

True to form, the list of Gov. Brown’s Christmas Pardons did not include a single 290 Registrant.

Here is the full list:

While googling this I noticed that amongst 2013 pardoners was one person convicted of Murder in the late 70s who served 15 years in prison.

A few years ago we were some of the fortunate few to have my husband awarded a Certificate of Rehabilitation and with that some normalcy returned to our lives. I say “we” on purpose, as I was punished just the same, as everyone here is well aware of. The granting of the Certificate also served as a formal application for a Governor’s Pardon. At first I kept waiting for the Pardon notice – it never came, then looked at the annual lists over the years, now I do not bother any longer. And I do not really care… really, what… Read more »

A Wife, there is a whole procedure in the avenue to a pardon. The certificate is one way to start it. From there, it goes to the Legislature, your name is published in the public record. I forget all the details, but the Legislature does something to act on it, maybe its the Legislature making a recommendation. Only then does it get over to the governor. This is yet another problem of even seeking the certificate, especially to get out from under registration for a misdemeanor, as it serves to make even more and more public record as a registrant,… Read more »

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That sun has set on registrants caught in what seems like lingering midnight. The stars are now sad, yet poignant reminders of that blazing Justice we all dream of, small beacons of hope, set against that field of unfathomable hatred. A case won here, a report in our favor, a word of understanding there, signs of a greater peace we long for. On edge, sleepless, will we ever see that glow growing in the East, humanity welcoming us back? Don’t count on it. It’s as lost in the dark as we are, stumbling… Read more »

Now IT’S ON The Fight for freedom of Speech A Cyber War & WHO invented the WEB??? The GOV! Go Figure?

Better Yet We the TAX PAYERS PAYED FOR IT! Oh The Irony.

I just want to give thanks to Janice Bellucci and all her staff for all they have done for 290 registrants. Without Janice Bellucci a lot of us would be without hope. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.
Your friend and supporter for life, Wife,Family and Me 🙂

As this year ends so should the inflammatory language used
toward forced to register sexos (monster, predator, pervert, sicko etc.)….derogatory names much like to dehumanize people…..much like no place to call a black person “””””””””or a same sex person a “””””””””””that language is offensive inflammatory and derogatory ………that language
must be used to find you guilty of…..NOT after the fact to put you in a level or degree.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” — Desmond Tutu

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