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ACSOL and NARSOL Halloween Marathon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . . . (October 1, 2019)

“Cop-watch” hotline to be open for six hours

Albuquerque, NM | Sacramento, CA—The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) and the Alliance for Constitutional Sexual Offense Laws (ACSOL) denounce what they believe are unconstitutional laws and blanket restrictions imposed by some state statutory schemes and supervising authorities across the country each Halloween.

The organizations join together in demanding to know why every year at this time newspapers and TV news programs are full of reports about police activities to curb this so-called menace that supposedly sprouts up around Halloween when there is no evidence to support the myth.

The two groups have assembled a team of volunteer attorneys and plan to hold a third annual Halloween Marathon. This year’s call-in program will last for six continuous hours with the primary purpose of receiving reports and monitoring law enforcement’s actions nationwide.

Janice Bellucci, ACSOL’s executive director, points to the research showing that there is no increased threat of sexual harm to children on Halloween and to the fact that no report has been found of a child being harmed on Halloween by someone on the registry. “We deplore the hysteria created by sensational reporting of what is no more than grandstanding and a total waste of public resources expended year after year,” she says.

NARSOL’s executive director Brenda Jones emphasizes, “We want it to be clear to everyone that we are putting law enforcement and policymakers on notice that we are: (1) monitoring them; (2) winning legal challenges all over the country; and (3) have sufficient momentum to continue chipping away at their unconstitutional creations. The most unconscionable aspect of this,” she continued, “is that children are at an increased risk on Halloween of being killed or injured in an auto-pedestrian accident, and yet law enforcement chooses to assign its officers to checking that registered sex offenders are not handing out candy rather than putting them on traffic patrol and intoxicated-driver
checkpoints in high trick-or-treat areas.”

Bellucci fully agreed and praised the recent journalistic efforts to frame this issue around facts, not myths, as presented at Reason, the Appeal, and the Washington Post.

Details about how to sign up for attending the marathon, the numbers to call, etc. will be posted soon.


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  1. Anonymous

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! You are all great people. I live with my wife and 3 children, I’m not on paper and I fear harassment from LE on Halloween in NY. Thank You all!!

    • Will Allen

      Don’t fear it and don’t let them.

      Registries aren’t acceptable. People need to stop pretending like they are and going along with the stupidity of it. So, never allow law enforcement to get near you. Never allow them on your property. Especially on Halloween.

      If you aren’t on probation or parole, go out with your family on Halloween and go have a good time. Don’t allow big government to even have a clue where you are. Then they won’t be able to harass you.

  2. Will Allen

    You all have put together powerful statements and actions for this. It will be impossible for people with a brain to ignore. Great job as usual.

    I kind of hate to try to curb their Halloween stupidity though. Simply because it does expose them for just the true, true idiots that they are. I do think that most intelligent people already see the Registries as dumb and useless and that MOST of the “people” who actually support the Registries aren’t that bright AND don’t particularly care about facts anyway. So perhaps these actions won’t sway opinions much. I think the vast majority of people living in the U.S. are lazy and dumb and they are very resistant to facts and reality. They will not change their opinions of Registries much UNLESS it becomes unpopular to support Registries. That is the key for them. Popularity, opinions, and feelings.

    The funny thing about this Halloween nonsense is because of their PR stunts, I will have to go out on the roads and drive around all of the children who are out and about. I’ll be out driving around to keep an eye on the law enforcement criminals. Make sure they aren’t breaking a bunch of laws and endangering the public with their recklessness and machismo. It is much more likely that they will get into a high speed pursuit among trick-or-treaters than it is that anyone will get molested on a doorstep. How many times do we have to see LECs murder people on Halloween to believe it?

    The vast majority of Registered Persons (RPs) are not on probation or parole. Because of the Halloween stupidity of the criminal regimes, those RPs should leave their homes on Halloween days and go mingle anonymously among everyone. That is the proper, moral, American response.

    • Facts should matter

      “I kind of hate to try to curb their Halloween stupidity though. Simply because it does expose them for just the true, true idiots that they are.”

      Lets not take away the rope that’s eventually going to hang them all with. Let them fumble about with their nonsensical “safety” initiatives and tactics in an effort to appear needed and relevant. The more registry rope they create, the quicker the whole thing will backfire nationwide.

      NEVER become complacent, docile or play their game. Harass the harassers. Shame the shamers. Keep in mind these LEOs garner a false sense of community and relevance from doing compliance checks and being all-around over-zealous and cavalier with their proactive vigilance. We should never throttle back because they NEVER will with us. They need to be consonantly demoralized and dismembered. Make them wish they never went into law enforcement.

  3. guest

    Butts County Sheriff Gary Long told CBS News last year: “I’m not trying to humiliate ’em or anything like that. Let’s face reality: We have a greater chance of children getting run over by a car [on Halloween] than being a victim of sexual assault by a repeat offender. But at the end of the day if, in fact, we had a child that fell victim to a sexual assault, especially by a convicted sex offender, I don’t think I could sleep at night.”

    Translation: “But at the end of the day if, in fact, I let this opportunity to make myself look good go to waste, I don’t think I could sleep at night.”

    “There are only 54 sex offenders living in Butts County, Georgia, which makes it relatively affordable to execute this Halloween operation. In the city of Shreveport alone, there are over 800 registered sex offenders. Which means that this type of operation in Caddo or Bossier Parish would likely be costly.”

    Translation: “We are really into child safety when the cost is the mere violation of civil rights. Having to go to Kinkos and spend some time on it – naaaah…..”

    • AJ

      “We have a greater chance of children getting run over by a car [on Halloween] than being a victim of sexual assault by a repeat offender. But at the end of the day if, in fact, we had a child that fell victim to a sexual assault, especially by a convicted sex offender, I don’t think I could sleep at night.”
      Apparently he could sleep at night if that known–and admitted!–higher-risk event kills a kid. But hey, illegally posting signs on private property is much easier than setting up a checkpoint or patrolling neighborhoods.

  4. Eric

    I remember my first few Halloweens after my release from custody. I had to turn my porch lite and my living room lights off and hide in the back room lest I be accused of allowing a trick-or-treater to knock on my door. I had to stay home just incase there was a random check to see if I was home and keeping my lights off and not out doing unimaginable terrible things of which I had never done before anyway. Thanks to Janice and Co. I can live an almost normal life on Halloween as a person with most of their civil rights restored. Thank you ACSOL.

    • Curiouser

      When I was on paper (in LA County), I was given a piece of paper to sign on each and every Halloween, acknowledging that I understood I was “grounded” on Halloween night between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. I was staying in a small apartment building, under six units. I told the probation guy I had no control over any porch lights. They were okay with that, but shortly before my last Halloween before I completed supervised probation, someone put a Jack O’Lantern on the common front porch. As fate would have it, the LA County probation goon squad came around for one of their unannounced compliance visits for which I was not home. They apparently texted a photo of the pumpkin to my officer. He tells me, this could be a problem. I told him it wasn’t my pumpkin or my porch, and I had zero control over what my neighbor did with their vegetables. He bitched about it for a bit more, until I finally said that I’d be happy to remove it, but that would be petty theft, and I don’t think you want to compel me to break the law. He shut up after that.

      • G4Change

        “I finally said that I’d be happy to remove it, but that would be petty theft, and I don’t think you want to compel me to break the law. He shut up after that.”

        Nice!!! I love this! Put a big smile on my face 🙂

  5. Ruben Herrera

    Hi everyone,
    Hope all is well with every single one of you and your families. Question,

    My wife and I spoke last night about Halloween along with me being a registrant. She thinks that we will not be able to celebrate halloween after my discharge of my probation in a few years, hopefully less. She thinks that for the rest of our lives us and our children won’t be able to celebrate together. I informed her that, that is not true. That only while I am on probation/parole you cannot, you must go by the guidelines that the department says. Am I correct or wrong?

    • SR @ Ruben

      If you live in California, you’re correct. You can technically celebrate Halloween while you’re still on supervision as long as your supervisor approves it (get it in writing) as there’s no direct law for anyone that they cannot. Once you’re off supervision, then there are no holiday restrictions. Some cities may try to coerce registrants into not doing it, but ACSOL tries and sue those cities for violating the state law which prohibits this type of prohibition.

    • AnonMom

      It depends on your state/ local laws. We are in CA, and from my understanding, once my husband is off paper he is Able to go out with our kids to trick or treat. I fully intend for him to participate in as many activities as possible, we are a family, and my (and yours also) kids deserve to have all the same experiences and opportunities for family time as other children. I will note that I will probably never physically hand out candy again. Once he is off paper, I may put a bowl out with decorations, at the end of the drive way, but I do not want random kids coming to the door out of fear that their exaggeration prone parents will make up some terrible untrue story, sending the mobs to my home.

      Last year was our first Halloween on paper, and also the first where my kid understood trick or treating. She took pictures in her costume with dad at home, then me and grandma walked her around the neighborhood. She had a fabulous time, and we reported her success to my husband upon our return, while he helped look through her candy.

      All that to say, make the most of what you can right now with the restrictions, it will help both you and your wife. I worry so much about my kids missing their dad at future events, and I have to work really hard internally to remind myself to make what he can do now fun and enjoyable for them.

      If I am wrong about this ability to participate, someone please let me know, because I will need to prepare for that!

      • Eric

        @Anonmom, thanks for that heartfelt post. You are probably more significant than the registrants. You and your child are the collateral damage of the registry. It is so important for politicians to understand the damage they do to the innocents. like all of us, your husband paid his debt to society. Once he is off of supervised release he should have all his civil rights restored as with any other crime. People make mistakes in life, we learn and grow. To be sentenced to life on the registry without an individual risk assessment or any evidence that a person is dangerous is simply unconstitutional. Your husband has a right to a second chance and you and your child have suffered enough. Keep speaking up. Thank you.

  6. Dray

    Rialto, California still has Halloween restrictions on the books every year when I register I have to sign saying I will not pass out candy I will not have lights on etc. and I’ve been off parole for 20 years .

    • Bo

      9.52.030 in rialto’s municode does have Halloween restrictions. Seems like another money maker for ACSOL, since I believe that area has been decided that its preempted by state law. Did you take a photo of the form? Also, no where in the muni code does it say you have to sign anything.

    • DS

      Yeah Cypress has the same restrictions. They had residency restrictions but said they wouldn’t enforce them. But never said anything about the Halloween ones.

  7. Agamemnon

    Does anyone have links to the news articles referenced at the end of this story? I would very much appreciate the chance to read them.

  8. Jun

    They keep getting their chances to back away and if they’re smart they would. Way too many Americans have had enough and those numbers increased and keep growing. They will realize it’s not registrants alone they’ve affected. America can thank us later for stopping this.

    – Title V, United States Code, Section 556(d); 557; Sec. 706 – No due process, no jurisdiction over body or property. “They may have had jurisdiction at one time, Judge. But they lost it once they denied me due process.”
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    I’m asking for specific performance, Your Honor, in favor of me. I am the BENEFICIARY of the contract.
    – The contract must be enforced most favorably in favor of the non-preparer. And that’s me. I didn’t prepare it.

    Contract must be enforced in YOUR favor. Not some injured STATE OF CALIFORNIA or SO & SO STATE.

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  9. R M

    Can anyone state how a supervision department such as the DCS (Department of Community Supervision) can just ADD whatever restriction they want to a group of people (such as making those under supervision report to the Sheriff/jail/courthouse and be detained on Halloween)?

    • R M

      So far, no one has given me hope in fighting DCS’s ability to just do whatever they want to those on supervision. A few have said fight it but the chances of winning are close to nil.

      Suppose DCS decides those on supervision must do x or go to jail. Be it drive because of the safety of children, or go to Walmart because of the safety of the children, or be it whatever, when will enough be enough?

      I do understand in most states people get parole or probation… both of those end at one point. CSL/PSL is in the case of CSL “as if on parole, PSL is actually parole… both are for life until no “crimes” are committed within 15 years in the least (lvl1 NJ CSL). No “crime” includes violations, technical or not. The difference between CSL and PSL is only that with CSL you get due process. On PSL, you go back to prison, no if’s and’s or butts.

      Back to the question “Can anyone state how a supervision department such as the DCS (Department of Community Supervision) can just ADD whatever restriction they want to a group of people (such as making those under supervision report to the Sheriff/jail/courthouse and be detained on Halloween)?”

      • AJ

        @R M:
        I think the only way to find out where DCS is getting its authority is to dig into its rules, regulations, etc. Maybe the Director was given broad authority by the Legislature (though that could still be illegal if unbridled). Maybe there’s a Board within DCS that reviews changes and procedures (i.e. Kangaroo Court). You will almost certainly not get an answer without a FOIA and/or some legal pressure. (I have to think pretty much any attorney could send off a letter asking for the legal justification behind and the enabling legislation for the agency’s action.)

        Without getting deep into what’s behind the DCS curtain, you probably won’t get too far. Bureaucracies are masters at delay, obfuscation and shirking responsibility. Only through getting black-and-white copies of what makes the machine run will you be able to figure anything out. Given the calendar, you’ll be quite hard pressed to accomplish it this year.

        Can’t you just leave the county or something? I know you shouldn’t have to, but it may be better than being rounded up and paraded.

        • R M

          Thanks AJ. I have been digging into their (DCS’s) rules; I haven’t found an answer yet. That is why I asked the many (well, at least some) intelligent minds here 🙂

          A FOIA that I requested from DCS some time ago to get body cam footage of one certain PO visit with me was denied pursuant to O.C.G.A. 42-8-40 (it’s too early to type out he whole code quoted in the letter).

          I am waiting for an attorney I have used in the past to finish a murder trial; then maybe he can dive into it.

          I’d love to leave this backwords-going country… “they” won’t let me (I’m still on supervision going into my 18th year now). Ironic that they want to keep people safe but won’t let us leave in fear that we MAY, IN THE FUTURE, commit an offense.

        • Will Allen

          All of O.C.G.A. is online so you could post a link or copy/paste.

        • Will Allen

          @R M:

          The reason that they won’t let you leave has nothing to do with public safety. Same as the Registries.

          It’s so they can jerk you around. Gets them off. Keeps their pathetic jobs. Etc.

          I’m thoroughly convinced that all of their nonsense decreases public safety. They want crime and chaos. It’s their business.

        • AJ

          @R M:
          I looked up that Statute. What a load of BS. Given they get to operate confidentially with apparently no public or non-departmental oversight (except the sentencing judge, which for you is in NJ(?)), it’s not surprising DCS just whipped up their Halloween Party for you. It seems they’re given free rein.

  10. C

    You would think that everyone in my neighborhood is a sex offender. There has not been a porch light visible on Halloween since 2004. Those people got the message and never turned their lights on again! We have new people across the street, so it should be funny to see if they have their lights on.

  11. LS

    So PATCH just today (Oct 10th) released their usual annual “awareness” article on where registered citizens live in your specific town/city, with their strong cautions to avoid these specific residences on Halloween. Different from last year (and all prior years) however, is that this year’s article provides a link to the Megan’s Law Website, where one must go through the various steps, in order to see names, addresses, etc. Prior years (at least for my city) had names and addresses already listed in the news article itself (without having to go through the Megan’s Law Website) I thought this was interesting.

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