3rd Annual ACSOL Conference

Together, One Voice

Show Up, Stand Up, Speak Up

June 14-15 2019, Los Angeles

Concerence Recap

ACSOL's Third Annual Conference Offered Solutions to Registrants Challenges

About 200 people, including registrants, family members and supporters, attended ACSOL's third annual conference on June 14 and 15 in Los Angeles.  The conference included plenary presentations from Professor Eric Janus, civil rights attorney Adele Nicholas, ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci and ACSOL President Chance Oberstein.
The conference also featured proposed solutions to challenges faced by both registrants and their families in the form of panels that addressed employment, housing, travel, parole and LGBTQ issues.  In addition, a presentation was made by Dr. Leah Chankin, a representative of the CA Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB).
"We were honored this year to have a CASOMB representative share with us a description of the work the board performs, including recommendations to the state legislature," stated Bellucci.  "We have worked in the past with CASOMB on important issues including creation of the first Tiered Registry in the state of California and look forward to working with the board again in the future."
Oberstein and Bellucci led a panel during the conference regarding California's Tiered Registry which will take effect in 2021.  They provided attendees with ways to prepare for implementation of the new law starting on July 1, 2021.  Methods include reduction of convictions from felonies to misdemeanors when eligible as well as dismissals pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4.
"It is a good idea for registrants, who are eligible, to apply for and obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation prior to July 2021 even if that does not remove them from the registry because it will provide one form of evidence that one judge has determined that they are rehabilitated," stated Oberstein.
The conference also included multiple opportunities for conference attendees to network including a dinner on June 14.
"My favorite part of the conference was the opportunity to speak with others required to register regarding how they deal with every day issues," stated one registrant.
During the conference, ACSOL Board Member Alex Gittinger assisted registrants and family members with emotional issues they face in a panel on that topic.  Gittinger also leads monthly Emotional Support Group meetings for registrants and family members.  The next meeting of that group will be held on June 22.  Individuals can participate in person or by phone.

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Panels & Workshops

California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB)

The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) was created by the state legislature to provide legislators with information and recommendations regarding policy issues that impact registrants. A psychologist who is also a CASOMB member will discuss CASOMB’s mission and achievements, as well as answer questions. Lea Chankin, Psy.D., Board Coordinator, CASOMB; Co-Chair, SARATSO

Understanding Risk Assessments

Many registrants are helped or hurt by the score they receive on assessments that purport to measure their risk of re-offense. These assessments will also be important for those petitioning for relief from the duty to register under the Tiered Registry Law. This workshop will discuss various risk assessment tools (e.g., Static 99-R, LSCMI, and Stable), and how to improve scoring. Ira Ellman, ACSOL board member, and Sharon O’Hara, MFT, a therapist who specializes in working with registrants

Practical Solutions for Surviving Supervision

Registrants in both the state and federal systems often face many years of formal supervision, whether parole, probation, or supervised release. This panel will include attorneys, former law enforcement, and registrants discussing how to remain complaint while rebuilding their future. Chance Oberstein, Attorney / ACSOL President

The Advantage of Adversity

The people who are closest to the problem are also those closest to the solution. In this presentation, ACSOL board member Guy Hamilton-Smith will discuss his personal experiences with the criminal justice system, a reluctant journey from convict to advocate, and the importance of personal storytelling and advocacy in the context of one of the most unpopular—and most important--civil rights struggles of the modern era. Guy Hamilton-Smith, ACSOL Board Member

Why Suicide Prevention Efforts Must Include Registrants

Laura Simmons, a member of the American Academy of Suicidology, will discuss how the mental health profession can better help registrants cope with life on the registry, and share resources to help registrants and their loved ones. Laura Simmons, Researcher

Tension, Stigma, and Storytelling:  Researchers and Anti-Registry Activism

In this presentation, ACSOL board member Dr. Emily Horowitz, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, will help front-line activists and professionals (researchers, scholars, teachers, advocates) to creditably discuss and teach sex offense law and policy in ways that “move the needle” without minimizing wrongdoing or misrepresenting research and data. Emily Horowitz, Ph.D., ACSOL Board Member

Prison Issues Faced by Inmates

Our incarcerated loved ones face numerous challenges and circumstances, which are not always communicated to those on the outside. This panel will offer an inside perspective so that we can better support those in jail and prison. Sherri Harlow, Foundation board member

CP Issues

Those convicted of offenses involving child pornography face a variety of challenges. Those challenges, as well as new research and case law on the subject of CP offenses and defendants, will be discussed. Ira Ellman, ACSOL board member

Domestic & International Travel

Learn how to stay in compliance when traveling in the U.S. or abroad Chance Oberstein, Attorney / ACSOL President

Tiered Registry

What happens next - discussing the current Tiered Registry Law as well as attempts to revise it in 2019 and beyond. Janice Bellucci, ACSOL Executive Director / Attorney, Chance Oberstein, ACSOL President / Attorney and Anokhi Shah, Attorney

Effective Advocacy

In order to become an effective advocate for registrants’ civil rights in your State Capitol or City Council meeting, there are important lessons to be learned. Janice Bellucci, Attorney / ACSOL Executive Director and Roger Hunnicutt, Foundation board member

Employment Opportunities

Registrants face unique challenges when seeking employment or starting a business. Mark Judkins, Foundation board member

How to cope

Support for the emotional issues that challenge registrants and family members can be found in a program based upon 12-Step principles. Alexander Gittinger, MSW, ACSOL board member

LGBTQ Issues

A discussion of the disproportionate number of registrants that identify as LGBTQ, and how being on the registry affects them. Panel composition TBD

... more information about our schedule coming soon!