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VA: It’s Time to Reduce, Reconstruct, Reclassify, Rethink and Reform the Virginia Sex Offender Registry

Professor Catherine Carpenter (Southwestern Law School), a nationally renowned criminal law scholar in the area of sex crimes and sex offender registration laws, came to St. Francis College on September 26 to talk about The Unconstitutionality of Sex Offense Laws.

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  1. Eric Knight

    Or better yet, reduce the amount of “R’s” to one: “REMOVE.”

  2. Lovecraft

    Yea I dont think the registry will disappear anytime soon. The restrictions (premise, living, online identifers, and the like) will probably disappear sooner than later. There is a decent chance the registry could revert to LE only or only those deemed a threat through rational tests/criteria.

    On the subject of the video….I have heard about kids as young as 10 being placed on the registry(which is sick), but a DA actually went after a 6 year old kid and tried to get a conviction because “you can never start too early”. IMO that DA should be removed from office. Talk about dangerous (especially towards children), that DA…wow.

    • AlexO

      I believe there are kids as young as 8 that are/were convicted and placed on the public registry. How even with a technicality of the law allowing to do this it actually occuring is beyond mind boggling. I’m extremely surprised a case like this hasnt reached SCOTUS.

      • AJ

        “I’m extremely surprised a case like this hasnt reached SCOTUS.”
        The way things are going, I’m extremely surprised an 8 y.o. hasn’t been civilly committed (for life)!

        • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment"

          No, what they do is they wait for the eight-year-old to grow-up and become an unsympathetic adult. Then they commit him for life. This is not hyperbole, this has happened.

        • AJ

          @David Kennerly:
          “This is not hyperbole, this has happened.”
          URL, please.

        • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment"

          Sorry, I don’t have it. I do know in talking with Coalinga “Hosprisoners” or Detainees elsewhere (I was involved a number of years ago in advocating on their behalf and organized a protest at CSH) that there are Detainees whose only crime was committed as children and who would later be shunted-off to the civil commitment programs. I will ask Mike St. Martin the next time I speak with him if he can refer me to any of them but, offhand, I can’t cite them. There appears to be no legal basis for NOT considering them for civil commitment in many or most states. BTW, we need to be paying more attention to the civil commitment arena than we are. I suspect that many here are satisfied that they are “sexually violent” and better off caged. This is not always, or even frequently, true.

        • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment"

          I just called Mike and he told me that there are no hosprisoners in California solely for childhood crimes. However, Minnesota does have childhood-only commitments.

          Roughly 65 percent of California Detainees are in CSH for child victims, the rest are there for rape of an adult. Of those with child victims, there are many more with male victims than female due to the Static-99. Of those for rape, the majority are black. Of those with child victims, the majority are white.

          Of those with child victims, the majority did not use force or coercion in their crimes.

          There is even a guy who has been in there for approximately twenty years for having been a flasher only

          The cost to California for keeping Detainees in CSH?
          $250,000 per detainee per year

        • AJ

          @David Kennerly:
          No worries, I was simply wanting to read about it. I agree 100% with your statement about needing to be concerned about civil commitment. We are all living the pains of what civil code/statutes can do to someone; civil commitment is all the worse. I am truly scared for the direction this country has headed and continues to head in using civil laws to circumvent the Constitutional processes. SCOTUS *really* needs to revisit Calder v. Bull as it pertains to criminal versus civil laws and our Rights.

          Thanks, too, for the follow-up with your contact(s). 20 years and counting for flashing? Where is the (required) judicial review? That’s a mandatory part of the process–though MN has shown what a joke that can be.

        • Eric Knight

          Here is a link to one pertinent story:

          A 12-year old kid, after sex with his sister, had to endure all sorts of punishment through his teens, then had to register at 18 for several years as a major predator.

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