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Janice’s Journal: We Have Spoken!  We Have Been Heard!  We Will Return!       

We have spoken!  We have been heard!  We will return!

Those three statements were uttered this week by 36 registrants, family members and supporters who met with elected officials and staffers in the State Capitol in Sacramento.

It was the largest group EVER to lobby in support of registrant issues.  It was the largest group EVER to describe the challenges faced by registrants and their families.

They spoke about how hard it is to find a place to live.  Landlords don’t want to rent an apartment to a family because their son is on the registry.

They spoke about how hard it is to find a job.  Employers don’t want to hire a young registrant with a master’s degree in engineering and suggested instead that he work at a fast food restaurant.

They spoke about their inability to participate in their children’s education.  Their school district adopted a “zero tolerance policy” that prohibits all registrants, even parents, from visiting a school campus for any reason.

They spoke about the need for a tiered registry.  A tiered registry, similar to those found in 46 states, that would end California’s 70 year requirement that everyone convicted of a sex offense must continue to register for a lifetime.

And when they spoke, they were heard.  By elected officials and by staffers assigned to public safety issues.

Not all of the elected officials and staffers agreed with what they heard.  But some of them did including some who had never listened to a registrant before.

Not all of the elected officials and staffers reacted emotionally when tears were shed by a family member as she explained why she is afraid to have children.  But some of them did.

During this week’s lobbying efforts, those who lobbied gained a lot.  They gained strength and they felt empowered.  They also created new bonds with others who face similar challenges.

It is no wonder then that the 36 registrants and family members who lobbied are now asking when they can return to the State Capitol.  The answer is that day will come soon… soon as the bills that could profoundly affect the lives of registrants and their families move through the legislative process.  The next step for those bills is consideration by one or more committees, a step that is likely to occur during the next 30 days.

The 36 people who lobbied this week will participate in those committee hearings and invite YOU to join them so that YOU, too, can gain strength and feel empowered.  They hope to see you in Sacramento!

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Thank you Janice and to all the othes that have been in this difficult struggle with you for years. I have never felt a more sense of optimism. I firmly believe fact based policies and laws are on the horizon. And now is the time for the big push on our part. Moving forward I will certainly be on the front lines with you. There is no way to fully express my gratitude to you and the core group at ACSOL.

I second that Robert R!

Thank you for doing this and for working for Registered Citizens. I recently had to register as part of a plea deal. I would of liked to have attended this last lobbying effort, but had just spent my 14 days in the county jail. I look forward to being in Sacramento for the next opportunity to lobby for this worthy cause.

Mister Rick, you are so lucky to step in as it was way worse for RC’s before, welcome to the group and lucky of to found so early in your release where as others, including myself had NO ONE to stand up for your rights, let alone a way to meet other RC’s with similiar issues and for these attorney’s and their Board to Speak out against unfair and bottom of the barrel treatment in basic living issues and conditions post incarceration. JANICE and Chance and Isra (Law Professor) have on our side and see the constitution for every… Read more »

I know we truly missed out this time, for not being there to participate. How exciting that they ACTUALLY listened. Thanks to Janice and all that were a part of the 36 and others in the background that may of worked on putting this together with her. This is a step up to the plate and let us be heard. Of our large RC community, we have many educated and empowered individuals and also family, friends and maybe a victim or two willing to be heard for the RC’s. The next step can even be more powerful to those committee… Read more »

Thank you Janice and everyone who attended. I will most certainly be there in the next meetings.

ACSOL continues to lead. Congratulations to them and all the people who did this. Heroes. Imagine if 360 people showed up. But the Registries have to go. No Registry, including a tiered Registry, is acceptable. Accepting a tiered Registry means accepting that it is okay to harass people as long as they are the most hated. Today, I will continue to ensure that at least with respect to me, the Registries do nothing good. I will ensure that they do harm. I will ensure that I treat people who support the Registries as the harassing un-Americans that they are. I… Read more »

Thank you to all!

Great to hear! I possess an MBA with an expunged offense. Yet, still requiring to register limits my employment opportunities.

Non’RC’s forget USA that all our degrees, I have a B.A. and you worked so long and hard for your MBA ( my spouse has) and others of us. They are basically worthless, to any employer, I have been applying for a decade plus.
Thanks for your comments and hope you can attend the next and help write letters!

I have a BA and what you said is why I am self employed. Might as well be my own boss if I have to continuously look for jobs anyway. It also seems to annoy the authorities that they don’t have an employer they can go to to further intrude into my life. There are barriers that way also, presence restrictions, barriers on getting licenses, ease of clients obtaining background check, etc.
Although it doesn’t pay the bills in the long run, we ought to use whatever store of intelligence and education we possess to fight these laws.

I have an M.S. Thankfully, I have a job. However, the CASOMB bill will put me into Tier III and into the published into the website for a first time, non-contact offense.

I train RC’s to be their own boss and use it as a tool politically.

Why don’t you guys network, disclose your talents and see if you can better your positions?

Yes, I think it would be helpful to have a forum to go and discuss employment or have an employment group, separate from or combined with activism.
To tell the truth I really would like to retire, but can’t do that now. I am getting tired with what I am doing now.
I went to your site, but there was not much activity. Too bad.

1st time doing this, 1st time knowing of Janice’s non-profit organization. I am VERY thankful for this and her help and her knowledge. It was a great help!

Our Voices were heard, I felt it and I know that we are making a difference. Of course being on “the BEST team” ever(#3)”and her knowledge and bravery helped atleast me become stronger. I can’t wait to do it again and be bolder. Thank you!

Hi Darrin –
So glad to have met you in Sacramento, thank you for lobbying on team #3, your efforts helped make us The Best Team Ever!

Job well done and there is hope, see you on the 11th

I have no doubt you were listened to by politicians. They see the writing on the wall too and they’re embracing your call for a tiered registry because it ensures the continuation of their political gravy train while looking “sensible” on crime.

Thanks for leading and teaching us Janice. It was a great experience, to meet government staff/members AND also other RCs and family members. Thanks again.

Want to feel more hope? Take action with ACSOL!

I used to feel like a powerless victim as politicians heaped new restrictions on me with their unchallenged new laws. I used to try to keep a low profile and isolated, hoping politicians would eventually leave me alone.

But they didn’t! The laws kept coming.

I felt empowered as I took action in Sacramento this week, just as I do when I write letters to legislators, donate to ACSOL, and network with other RCs.

Join us, and feel hope!

Thank you Janice, your team and all the registrants and family members who showed up and stood for all who couldn’t go, afraid to go and show their faces, are not allowed to go out of their jurisdictions, those who don’t have the means to get there, and those who need a little more encouragement to show up. We all thank you!

I was one of the participants. It was very empowering to do this and not hard to do. The staff who met with us listened and, I think, learned. If nothing else, they saw some things about this issue they never have before. I encourage others to do so.

You should all be commended. As I’ve noted in the past, study after study shows there is a very low recidivism for those with registered offenses. I would imagine that those with recidivism are typically due to overzealous police officers looking to violate one’s probation due to non compliance. Most states have adopted a tiered system and I hope California wakes up. There isn’t a one size fits all. We have people with multiple offenses and those who have made a mistake, paid their debt to society, start families and moved on with their lives. Lawmakers need to take a… Read more »

Sometimes that difference can amount to not having access to adequate legal council, being charged under federal mandatory minimums, and/or an overzealous prosecutor. I think that it’s really important for us to remember that every situation is different, even in the case of a similar offense. We should know better than to rush to judgement.

I agree Kara. There are certainly people who were sentenced to prison, who with a different judge probably would have been given probation with some jail time instead. Likewise, there are also people who were sentenced to probation who may have deserved some prison time instead (maybe like Brock Turner). Each situation is different. But when parole or probation is over, that should be it. No more registration! Tiered or otherwise!

How can anyone say that the registry is not punishment. The mere fact that you will end up back in jail for forgetting to register or not having the appropriate documentation to show that you live where you say you do is proof enough. We are “ex”offenders and therefore should not have any further obligation to tell anyone when we move, change jobs, enter college etc. Some say that it is the same with registering your new car with the DMV or update your current registration annually and risk a fine if it is not done. It is nothing like… Read more »

I totally agree with abolishing the Registry all together. It’s all okay for the law enforcement to have their own list but having it spread out in front of the public does absolutely no good for anyone!

Forcing a free person to service on behalf of the state?

May I introduce involuntary servitude?

Bless you Janice and everyone!💝💝

So are we only to lobby about the bills that are on the table or could I also go and ask them to explain how not letting me bring my wife to this country is helping anyone. Or maybe I could just explain to them how much heartbrake this is causing for us and the many other families affected by the immigration part of the Adam Walsh Act.

The fact that you are unable to sponsor your wife’s U S citizenship is based upon a federal law, not a state law. Therefore the lawmakers in Sacramento cannot help you.

Could i have someone sponsor her as in tourist visa / school visa or work and some how we fall in love and get married here in the US or are we forever banded from meeting and marrying someone from another country?? Or does it matter what country?

Thanks for everyone’s support. I had no idea all this was going on. I’m glad I stumbled across this page. Some of us just make one huge mistake and have to pay for it for the rest of our lives. It happened while working at a high school. I was in the army also and had a lot going for me then get caught up in the system and now it’s like I’m/were the worst people in the world. One time ever being arrested. One time ever making a mistake. Then I get out and the judge originally sentenced to… Read more »

For those like Chris who cannot join us in Sacramento, you will have opportunities to be heard on this legislation through letters, E-mails and phone calls. We will notify you when it’s time to do that and provide you with the necessary contact information on this website.

We should ALL be on the action alerts email list so we know when and how Janice wants us to take any action.

Another advantage is that when events happen quickly, such NPR cancelling their radio interview of Janice at the last second, we will know immediately.

Thank you all! = )

God bless you all…
May prayers for all of you that through your courage to figth your rights for your families ..
Keep the Faith …

although I couldn’t attend these meetings I am posting and sending the following to every person on the safety committees and anyone else i have time to send to…hopefully others who can’t attend will send similar comments… To whom it may concern… I am one of those monsters most people claim we all are for talking to an underage girl over the Internet with whom I never had any physical contact with almost 15years ago and guess what I haven’t reoffended or even considered reoffending and I’m in Sacramento California where we have no residency restrictions or presence restrictions or… Read more »

First off I would like to say thank you to Janice and her staff members and inter circle I kind of stumbled on her maybe 5 years ago I’m sure just like you all I’ve done tons of research on the situation in California with the 290 registration laws so it surprises me how educated we are or how many facts we have on this situation and still only 36 people would show up in Sacramento we probably have more knowledge on these laws than most lawyers and most politicians it’s like Janice clears a perfect Lane for us to… Read more »

Hello everyone. I come from a state with a tired registry. My tier has changed three times in the last fifteen years. What I have noticed is that you can be placed in the worst tier at the discretion of the state police or a sex offender management team. A tired registry really is a group of people you get put into that takes away most constitutional rights and due process that most other citizens are afforded. Isn’t that really a cast system based on a persons past behavior? Many times decades after a crime? This cast system removes safety… Read more »

I agree David. I understand many of us may find lobbying or talking to their legislator in his/her local office very difficult to do, but I ask 105,000 California RCs (and those in other states) this question: How miserable do the anti-RC laws have to make your life before you are willing to be to do whatever it takes to come at least one with us to Sacramento? Let’s talk straight guys: maybe you are one of the few who absolutely cannot come. I respect that. For those of us who honestly fall into this category please take action by… Read more »

I don’t agree with a tiered registry either. Like I last posted a few months ago shortly after the Casomb draft came out, it seems the people who pull the strings in this group want to push this tiered bill on us who don’t want it for whatever reason/s. I also told myself that I will only come on this website not as frequently as I used to. I see no point in going to the quarterly meetings any more. No point in worrying over stuff that us who are against a tiered registry have no control over. They will… Read more »

California’s proposed used of a tiered registry will have long-range consequences in other states many states already require tier 2 or 3 to register for lifethis would apply to a California conviction even if currently you do not have to register in the other state.

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