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Janice’s Journal: 20/20: The Year of Perfect Vision

We have now begun the year 2020. When I first used the year on a personal check, the digits of that number popped out at me.

2020. Where have I seen that before?

The answer was easy. On a prescription for eyeglasses.

No, my vision without glasses is not 20/20. However, the eyeglasses I have been prescribed and wear help me perfect my vision to 20/20 which helps me to see more clearly.

What if the year 20/20 is meant to provide us all with opportunities to see more clearly?

What if members of the registrant community, on parole or probation, could see more clearly that it is to their advantage to create a positive relationship with their parole/probation officer?

What if parole and probation officers saw that the real purpose of their job is to help registrants, not harm them?

What if the public saw that the information they believe to be true about registrants’ re-offense rates is false and that in fact registrants’ re-offense rates are very low?

What if the public saw that sex offender registries provide them with a false sense of security because those who are likely to harm their children are family members, teachers, coaches and members of the clergy, not registrants?

What if legislators saw that the new laws they continue to introduce harm registrants and their families but do not achieve their stated goal of increasing public safety?

What if legislators introduced and passed laws that do in fact increase public safety such as helping registrants find good jobs and housing?

My list of “what if’s” could continue until next year. For there is so much to see with perfect vision.

It is my hope that many people, including registrants and their loved ones, will use their perfect vision to determine the best way they can Show Up, Stand Up and Speak Up in 2020. For it is only by doing this that true progress can be made, that their civil rights can be restored.

We need to show the world that the label “sex offender” is meaningless, perhaps dangerous and punishing. That it does not define the person to whom it has been applied.

We need to show the world that those labeled “sex offender” are doing their best with the scarce resources they are able to obtain.

We need to show the world that those labeled “sex offender” are law abiding citizens, not monsters.

One of many ways to do this is to join ACSOL during its annual Lobby Day in Sacramento on Feb. 11. Another way is to make phone calls and send letters to the state legislators prior to that date.

Pleas share with us the way you choose to share your perfect vision in 20/20 in comments to this column. Or you can share them in person at the annual ACSOL conference on May 29 and May 30 in Los Angeles.

 

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  1. Harry

    I am going to do my best to come “Lobby Day”,this time, as I will have that day off from work. Speaking of work, It would be cool to get the word out “if a employer wants a reliable, hard working, dependable and low risk employee hire a former ‘sex offender’.”

  2. j

    is there a way to petition *go to court* get a lawyer and get a felony reduced to something other than that felony? meaning a misdemeanor or someway have that cleared?

    • SR

      J, you can but it depends on various factors. The most straight forward way to do it is via 17b reduction. You can see the link before to this code. The main factors here is that you could NOT have been serving time in prison and the felony you have must be a “wobbler”, meaning it could be charged as felony or a misdemeanor. A loose rule on this is if whatever code you were convicted of allowed for either a prison or a county jail sentence. Outside of this, there might be a way but that’s something you’ll need to speak to a lawyer about as there are no other direct ways that I’m aware of.

      https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&sectionNum=17.

      • j

        my situation happened in 97, took a deal, no prison time, probation 4 years, off in 3 years, 1st and only time in trouble with the law, oh, and was 288 (b) straight country, was supposed to do 1 year but got out in 7 months,

      • j

        thank you SR for your helpful insight, I will check out your link that you provided, 2021 I’ll be eligible it will have been 24 years by than, good luck to you and all.

        • G4Change

          I found what seems to be a full list of “California Wobbler” offenses. Here’s the link: https://hullingerfirm.com/help-center/post-conviction-relief/is-your-felony-a-wobbler/

          288 (b) doesn’t seem to be on that list. If it’s the offense with child under 14, then it may possibly be a “Straight Felony” and not a “Wobbler”. But don’t let that stop you from asking/trying to see if it can be reduced. Your best bet would be to consult an attorney.

          I hope this helps, and I wish you luck in getting out from this madness.

  3. Tim in WI

    Thx ACSOL,
    I’m ripe and ready to assemble a jury in my failure to provide information.
    The trivializing of the plain human enslavement to government’s database machines will be identified and brought to light to a jury of twelve souls. The unfettered electronic collection and use of personal data by who ever for what ever purpose must be stopped. Your children are compelled to pay up for identity protection for all time. Registered children are sitting ducks, as are the adults.

  4. Facts should matter

    “What if the public saw that sex offender registries provide them with a false sense of security because those who are likely to harm their children are family members, teachers, coaches and members of the clergy, not registrants?”

    They actually believe that all the “bad guys” are already accessible with their fingertips on their boogeyman app.

    Today’s parents are LAZY. They crave instant gratification, lack zero patience and rely on “accessories” like tablets, phones and, yup, you guested it, the registry to “assist” and offset their responsibilities.

    Megan’s Law gives them that false sense of empowerment because they have been conditioned by the media and cops to believe that “knowledge is power.” However, the message being sent is inauthentic at best because not everyone is a legitimate public safety concern, much less a credible safety threat around children, but that doesn’t matter to them! Just the utterance of “sex offender” and that sends them into a tailspin of fear. Quite simply, society has become too CODEPENDENT on gimmicks. They don’t want to think for themselves because that involves time and decision making. They’ve become too reliant with the artificial safety the registry provides them. Even if it gives them the illusion of control over their kid’s safety.

    • ThisLittlePiggie...

      @ Facts…

      Very well said!

      I just watched on YouTube “The Great Depression” (1 – 6) Wow! It’s remarkable. In episode 5 the politics, the powerful, influential, and politically connected actors proposing legislation and passing laws enhancing and consolidating their own power. In stark contrast, the powerless and disenfranchised laborers and steel workers in the north, and the poor black and white share croppers in the south fighting for a voice in a country founded on a document guaranteeing equality and fairness and the vacuum in our local, state, and national government(s) our beloved Janice faces, has faced, and challenged, and has succeeded for 6-7 years. A couple loses have happened. Not because her information was deficient and without constitutional merit, no. We encountered the setback, or setbacks because, more often than not, judges lack the necessary fortitude and character to properly interpret and rule on clear constitutional violations.

      I’m not finished here yet, but I need to get on the road as I have a traffic window to get through.

  5. j

    thanks g4change, I think it was a straight felony, I was 19 at the time, I was pretty much signing whatever I can just to get out as fast as I can, not knowing the final outcome of the storm, was young, no advice, threats of this, chances of that, I’m going to wait until 2021, ask the local police, than ask the courts/attorney if there’s a chance, thanks for the helpful type. good luck.

  6. USA

    Great comments! I would highly suggest meeting with local DA’s to discuss the importance of supporting those wanting to get off the registry!

  7. TS

    A tangent here in this thread, but for those here in this forum: when you write yearly dates this year, write it as “2020”, not just “20”. Since we are in the 21st Century, the date could be manipulated to another “20xx” year when just “20” is used. A security tip I recently learned to protect yourself.

  8. Bay Area Resident

    Can’t put this up on social media so here goes.

    A decade ago, we were all lifers. I wanted to die after all this bull with registration.

    Today, there’s a tier system in place for next year and some us will finally get off!

    Tomorrow? Maybe hope for those of us 1203.4/expungement? Maybe all COR’s will get off? Maybe this system will come crashing down and I’ll name my future daughter after Janice?

    I am not giving up hope

    • Will Allen

      Perfect! For sure don’t give up hope. I look at the Registries as nothing more than just another of life’s many obstacles and struggles that are against me trying to live the life that I want. Another example of a struggle is just simply that it takes a lot of effort to make piles of money to live as I wish. It’s all similar and all takes effort.

      The “people” who support the Registries aren’t legitimate and I view them no differently than anyone else who are simply dangerous people or just people in my way. Another example of people like that are terrorists from the Middle East or anywhere else who want to try to kill me and my family. It’s all the same to me. So I’m not “giving up hope” against any of them and I’ll keep winning.

      I may change my own name to Janice!

      As far as tomorrow? Maybe someone will get fed up with the Registries and start murdering 1 person a month until the Registries are gone. Maybe they’ll target politicians and other terrorists? None of us know.

      Personally, I’ll keep ensuring that Registries are a completely idiotic, counterproductive, and harmful reality. In reality and not Registry Fantasyland.

  9. USA

    I’m scratching my head. Prior to my legal issue 20 plus years ago, I had no exposure to the legal process. Yet, how do you incarcerated individuals, treat them like dirt and expect them to be model citizens? Every comment that you made is both spot on and accurate. If the courts truly sought to help those who help themselves, all of the ideas would have already been put into place long ago.

  10. Here’s an idea

    Here’s an idea. How about we all walk around with “I’m a Sex offender” shirts. Then, when we start dropping like flies from assaults on our persons and families, attacked in our homes, and fired from our jobs, we can sue for abuse of our civil rights. Oh, wait. The government has already done that for us. It’s called the registry!

  11. Wayne

    Janice, are you listening? Donald Trump is currently on a clemency spree and he will of course give out lots of pardons to his friends and the well connected over the duration of his presidency, or just whenever he feels the urge to get under the skin of his enemies. Trump loves to do whatever is out of the norm because it gets him the attention he loves to have, he does not like our Governor, and he knows he is not likely to win any electoral votes in liberal California under any circumstances. So here’s an eccentric out of the box thought. I don’t know if the Supremacy Clause applies to a state sex offender registry but what if Janice made her best appeal to Donald Trump to intervene in California’s tiered sex offender registry? Political affiliations be damned!
    How could it hurt? Most of us are already screwed for life and there is nothing tangible in the pipeline.

  12. Tim in WI

    A CLEARING HOUSE FOR INFORMATION – NCMEC

    https://www.channel3000.com/police-investigating-child-pornography-tip-take-deforest-resident-in-custody/

    Seems mission creep is at work here. Crime fighting by electronic surveillance saints on a national level. Are warrants for search prior to tip to cops?

    Missing children & exploited children are two separate evils. When a nation’s children are born holding 83K+ EACH (DEBTCLOCK.ORG) who is exploiting who?

    • Facts should matter

      The NCMEC actually depends on the registry to promote its child safety propaganda and rhetoric. But we already knew that, but what most don’t know is, Lindsey Graham (R) SC is working to open the floodgates to get more prosecutions and put more people in prison and on the registry for non-contact CP convictions. I guarantee you he’s in bed with the NCMEC and the private prison lobbyists.

      THIS is what should scare the hell out of everyone:

      https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/a-horrible-ruse-lindsey-grahams-new-internet-bill-blasted-as-a-nightmare-that-would-grant-sweeping-powers-to-bill-barr/

      It will essentially give the FEDS unfettered access to encryption, apps, private messages and emails, etc.. all under the guise of “protecting children.” The registry will be even more bloated than what it already is if this bill passes!

    • Russ

      This is how it works. Every computer with Microsoft software comes with ‘cloud storage’ ability. Most users don’t know it’s on their computer and it usually stays in autopilot unless the user disables the software. So everytime a user downloads a photo, it goes to the cloud. And Microsoft had hired a bunch of peons in the Phillipines to monitor for nasty pictures. When they find something “disagreeable” , they report the cp to Microsoft headquarters who reports it to the NCMEC who then puts out cybertips to your friendly local cop shop. Then “sensitive crimes” investigators build a case on your ass. That’s what probably happened to this poor schmuck in De Forest. That’s what happened to me because Milwaukee’s DA would rather go after old guys looking a pictures than thugs who terrorize the city under John Chisholm’s “hug a thug” program.

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