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Rep. Smith Meets With Trump; Says Int’l Megan’s Law Is Working

Your local congressman, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ4) held a press conference with U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Tuesday, where he talked about the success of his 2008 bill, International Megan’s law. Full Article

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  1. Eric

    So not allowing people to travel, people who have paid there debt to society and met every condition of the judicial system, means it is working? It does not list a statistic of people on the registry that were convicted of reoffending overseas, and we all know that if that statistic was even remotely concerning it would have been in the headline.

    How about a law that says any politician falsely presenting information to the public can never be involved in politics again, Now that would give us some results.

  2. Harry

    Smith has effectively combined sex offense against children and sex and labor trafficking in the same bucket. Sex offense are primarily against children that child knows and sex and labor trafficking are commercial sex and labor activities that are product of drug trafficking gamesters. IML does nothing to protect anyone in then sex and labor trafficking as Mr. Smith claims.

  3. mike r

    This statement says it all,
    “The law is working,” said Rep. Smith this week. “In just about two years, 10,541 covered sex offenders had been noticed by the U.S. government to foreign countries — and 3,681 individuals as of July who were convicted of sex crimes against children were denied entry into those nations.”

    Yes it is working perfectly just as they planned, further punishing and shaming and disenfranchising with no public safety benefit needed.

    • TS

      That is a 34.92% rate of returning those who have been identified back to the USA so they cannot enter another country. Would be interesting to know where these denials happened overseas to see a pattern of countries, etc. Shame on Smith who thinks this is acceptable since he is not aware of why they were traveling in the first place.

    • David

      Except if you’re wealthy like Jeffrey Epstein – then you can come and go from wherever you like whenever you wish with no problem at all.

      • Robert Curtis

        I hope to train a registrant or their family member that lives in NJ. to resource the community via local salons and barber shops to remove Mr. Smith from office. my contact is fixurshears@gmail.com

  4. Bill

    We cannot allow politicians like Chris Smith to control the narrative that IML is working and promote stereotyping of Registrants.

    He may be influential but he is only one voice. We have collectively hundreds of thousands of voices that can drown out his by putting out YouTube videos educating the unitiated masses, podcasts to put a humanizing voice of Registrants, writing letters to our local politicians to show that we are a political force to be reckon with.

    These campaigns to repress our Constitutional rights are only made by a small group of politicians and law enforcement seeking to promote themselves by stepping on the backs of Registrants. And since the dehumanizing label of $ex offenders are put upon us, society is okay with that.

    We need to teach the unitiated that being labeled $ex offender is like labeling an African American the N-word. They are both derogatory and promotes ignorance of the worst kind.

    Allowing the label to continue promotes the idea that this is in our nature to be deviants, not people who have made their mistakes, paid their dues, and are living a lawful existence.

    Spread the word, drown out the few that want to oppress us, and get back what is rightfully ours!

    • Will Allen

      Absolutely. Decent people don’t support Registries. That needs to be repeated every time it is discussed.

      People who are listed on the hit list are not “$EX offenders”. They are just People Forced to Register. By illegal, illegitimate criminal regimes that pay scumbags like Chris Smith.

      Does the scumbag have a Twitter account? We should bury it.

    • Robert Curtis

      We need to target our opposition and simply use our local unconstitutional registry list to our advantage by recruiting more people to join in the fight. Find a wayward politician target their seat and remove them via in salon/barbrr shop give- aways in the name of a more reasonable candidate. I have fone this and it WORK!!! I’ll train and equip anyone willing. contact Robert at: fixurshears@,gmail.com

  5. Dustin

    The entire line of reasoning confuses me.

    – They don’t want them out in public because of the supposed threat registrants pose.

    – They don’t want them in prison for life because of prison population.

    – They supposedly don’t want them to be homeless because it makes it too difficult to “track” them (read: watch them do nothing).

    – Most want registrants to die (and die slowly, at that), yet they won’t give the death penalty.

    So what exactly is the purpose of preventing registrants from leaving the country?

    • Tim M

      Basically it is to give Mr. Smith low hanging fruit victories to put in his portfolio for the voters. He knows noone will vote against his bills at risk of political suicide.

  6. NorthEastPENN

    “The law is working,” said Rep. Smith this week. “In just about two years, 10,541 covered sex offenders had been noticed by the U.S. government to foreign countries — and 3,681 individuals as of July who were convicted of sex crimes against children were denied entry into those nations.”

    Talk about misleading statistics!! The way they worded this makes the uneducated believe that 3,681 were “convicted of sex crimes against children” while traveling overseas. A bunch of crap! What it is saying that of the 10,541 covered offenders 3,681 were convicted of sex crimes against children before they even went overseas. This wording was created to make a crappy law look like it is working – which it is not. All it does is prevent someone like me from traveling freely around the world. In my case my boss asking me if I would accompany him to Europe on business (I work as his consultant). I am very lucky to have a great job even being semi retired. Unfortunately I have to tell him no, I don’t want to go only because I don’t want to have to put up with the scrutiny while traveling. I can provide a service to him by staying behind and watching his business while he and his wife are traveling.

    My partner keeps asking me to go on a vacation overseas or to the islands and I just don’t want to have to deal with the crap. At this point I don’t even leave my home state of Penn. The ironic part about it is that I am off paper and have been for 5 years now. He is on probation and he has more freedom to travel in the states and overseas (granted by his probation officer) than I do. How F’d up is that?

    • Harry

      To bad that the ball was drop on the IML lawsuit and we have to go through this.

      • TP

        What lawsuit?

      • David

        As I recall it: the court felt the lawsuit was premature because IML and uniquely identified passports had not yet been implemented. Therefore, plaintiffs had no standing to sue as they had not (yet) suffered any harm as a result of the new law.

  7. Bill

    @Dustin

    It’s disturbing isn’t it for what passes for reasoning?

    Chris Smith is selling snake oil to the unitiated because of this misleading and derogatory label of $ex offender. Most people don’t know how many types of offenses can land an individual into this label. Most people only assume the worst stereotype: child mole$ter or rapi$t.

    It is in these marginal recesses of ignorance that these politicians thrive on to mount their campaigns to create policies that will make them look good for re-election.

    If we take away the myths and outright lies about us Registrants by voicing ourselves in the form of podcasts, YouTube videos, and letters to politicians, then these issues of the Registrants will no longer be the the low hanging fruit that these politicians can easily grab to further their careers.

    • R M

      You Tube influence:
      ACSOL’s most popular video, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxJiEHpwuHGRaJsRVBPU0qg/videos?view=0&sort=p&flow=grid has 828 views.

      NARSOL’s Registry Matters most popular video, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzJUNV3PqC6v92ngq2FXVjg/videos?view=0&sort=p&flow=grid has 475 views.

      I am not against viewing and posting comments on these videos or any others. I have searched the term “sex offender” on You Tube videos DAILY for some time and have very few comments to my posts promoting advocacy and/or correct statistics.

      In no way am I suggesting one doesn’t post a video advocating for us nor commenting on existing videos, it just seems that this avenue is minuscule.

      • rusty

        With almost a million Registrants and only an average of 425 views on youtube another avenue that would generate more impressive numbers is definitely needed.

      • Bill

        @R M

        Despair not the low views of the videos. There is nothing that snazzy graphics, bite sized sound bytes, a bit of music, and TED talk style format can’t bring those views up.

        We just need the right video artist in our corner to make our cause viral.

        Each and every one of us Registrants have some kind of gift or unique skill set to contribute to our collective cause. Maybe it’s computer programming, medicine, accounting, speaking, writing, plumbing, fork lifting, and so on…

        Some of us were lawyers, even law enforcement, and law makers!

        Our past stupidity not withstanding our collective skill-set and intelligence are really impressive and if coordinated well Registrants can campaign against the Registry starting with the tools of the internet.

        In fact many of us were convicted because of our actions on the internet, WHY NOT turn this around and USE THE INTERNET to liberate us as well?

        As for that video artist I mentioned he’s already here and is working on it…

        • TP

          Some of us were teachers, professional speakers, and motivational speakers too….

          Need to create informative, educational, and engaging informational segments for the general public to learn the truth from.

  8. Matt

    One tiny little detail that Rep. Smith is leaving out: He has no idea what the intent of these people was when they were denied travel. And neither does anybody else. He is making the assumption that because somebody is a registrant, that any time they travel, they intend to commit a crime. And the overwhelming majority of both the professional liars, and the voters who put them in office, never bother to question what he is spewing. In fact, it never even occurs to them to challenge what he is saying.

    • Bill

      @Matt

      Then it is up to us to challenge what Chris Smith has said. His singular voice though influential can be drowned out by the 900,000+ voices of Registrants!

    • NorthEastPENN

      @Matt what you said –
      “He has no idea what the intent of these people was when they were denied travel. And neither does anybody else. He is making the assumption that because somebody is a registrant, that any time they travel, they intend to commit a crime”

      You are absolutely right in this statement. The wording was purposely formulated in this context to force the uneducated to automatically assume that these 3K+ registrants traveled over seas and committed s$x crimes and were convicted of those crimes. Perfect example of how to structure a sentence to instill false thoughts in people’s minds and make him look good at the same time.

  9. Mike G

    ***”We know from law enforcement and media documentation that Americans on the U.S. sex offender registries are caught sexually abusing children in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and, frankly, everywhere,” [Smith] continued.***

    Really?

    I haven’t even heard of one recent case. Have you? He has “stats” on everything else; where are the stats on this claim?

    • TS

      Just ask his office in WDC and NJ to provide the stats he references. If they cannot or will not, then he is bluffing and can be called out on them publicly where he should be challenged.

  10. kat

    Just another Representative with a crystal ball, certain that all registrants only want to travel to engage in illicit sex.
    Just the facts sir.
    You’ve done nothing but prevent many good people who have already served their sentences, people who would like to travel for the same reasons most people travel, vacation, adventure, culture, etc, from living their best lives.
    This representative is promoting to the public that these laws are stopping “human-trafficking,” insinuating that all those on the registry are somehow involved in human-trafficking. It’s sad that these kinds of people get elected and lie to the public with straight faces.
    Speak up, we can drown out their voices with our own voices, with the truth about the registry.

  11. MLinCA

    President Trump signed a EO yesterday but the text of that EO isn’t on the Federal Registry yet. I’m very interested in reading what it says.

  12. wonderin

    When I was in the 4th or 5th grade, I mocked a fat girl whom I apologized to several years later after realizing the harm I did by bullying her.
    Does that make me a bully?
    I used to gamble when I couldn’t afford to lose before I saw the errors of my ways.
    Does that make me a compulsive gambler?
    Should our every bad deed label us for life with the assumption we can’t learn and grow into a better person?

  13. R M

    I emailed Rep Chris Smith through his website https://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/ . He only allows those in his district an opinion. Use zip 08527, address noneyourbusiness or anything, city noneyourbusiness or anything.

    Mr Smith, the article at https://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/rep-chris-smith-says-intl-megans-law-working is highly misleading to the public.

    You do not state how many previously convicted of a sex crime have committed a new sex offense via international travel.

    I believe and suspect that you do too, that very few previously convicted of a sex crime have gone on to commit another sex crime. Statistics show 95+% never do.

    Regards,
    [me]

    • TS

      @R M

      Use snail mail also so it is received in person and read at his WDC and NJ offices. Flood them.

    • David

      @ R M: When attempting to correspond with legislators whose email system only allows those from their own constituency district to contact them, I will typically use their own local office address as my own. So, for example, if their office is 100 Main Street, Hackensack, New Jersey 02993 then I simply use that as my address when writing to them. Or just pick up any address & zip code from there legislative district and use that. It’s an easy way to get through a system which might otherwise exclude you. Good luck!

    • Worried in Wisconsin

      I’ve found that sending a written letter via the US Mail to be much more effective, especially for representatives that employ email filtering methods.

      In general, anything arriving in written form receives more attention, especially today when nearly everything comes in via electronic format. The next best is fax.

  14. New Person

    Rep Smith is from NJ, right?

    So why doesn’t someone asked about the 20-year study done by NJ and the Bureau of Justice that stated there was no difference in recidivism 10 years before the registry was created and 10 years after it was created. The conclusion was it was a waste of time, money, and resources along with the recidivism rates were low.

    I used to have the link of the abstract from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) about the 20-year study. But I do have an article referencing it from the National Institute of Justice.

    NIJ link: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/sex-offender-registration-and-notification-research-finds-limited-effects-new

    If this 20-year study proved that the registry program didn’t change anything before and after the implementation, then the extension to the IML would also seem fruitless. There is also a difference between a individual sex crime and a crime ring of prostitution. Anyhow, has there been an extensive study on the IML implementation before and after like the NJ study? Shouldn’t we have the right to face our accuser that we’re not redeemable human beings, which is the state or federal government?

    And then there is the gorilla in the room. With all this patting on the back for the large expansion, how did they miss out on Mr. Epstein?

  15. Jack

    I think we can use his affinity with the Trump administration to get him out of office once and for all now. Gotta make it clear to the public the guy’s a misogynist.

    • TS

      @Jack

      How so? Voting record shows his affinity? Talking to POTUS on this topic he champions makes him a misogynist?

      • Jack7170

        Only logic I used was the guy likes Trump, and prohibiting abortion… Both are very misogynist. So yeah his voting record speaks to that.

      • David

        “We know from law enforcement and media documentation that Americans on the U.S. sex offender registries are caught sexually abusing children in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and, frankly, everywhere,” he continued.
        For example, at least 4,500 U.S. passports were issued to registered sex offenders in fiscal year 2008 alone, he said. Also, a passport is typically valid for 10 years.”

        Wow, serious non sequitur there!! What the Hell does the issuance of U.S. passports have to do with sex crimes?? Not to mention the duration of a passport’s validity….. How does that relate to international sex crimes in any way??
        If the journalist seems to think there was some obvious connection, it certainly would have been nice if she would spell it out for those of us who apparently are too dim to see whatever she thinks she sees.
        (However, I suspect she is merely being lazy and sticking in some random numbers she had available as filler to make the article the right length to hold together all the interspersed advertising.)

  16. Hostage in Texas

    I am going to make it my civil duty to find dirt on this p.o.s.

    • Looking for Answers

      He seems rather homophobic as well as being a liar. He apparently told a group of same sex families hoping to adopt that instead of having them being able to bring the child home to a family that “orphanages are still an option”. Google it and you’ll find lots of drama he’s stirred up.

  17. Hostage in Texas

    Just sent this to Smith’s email.

    Mr. Smith,
    You have absolutely no idea what you are doing. You have made the USA take the path of Nazi Germany with your IML law. Marking passports is like Hitler marking the Jews like me and my Grandfather. How dare you!! You have no idea what people on the S. O. registry go through. You have fostered an unconstitutional scheme that must fail and fall to scrutiny of the SCOTUS. You will lose because this is bad law. Get a clue and do the right thing. Your idea of human trafficking is warped and flawed. I f you really want vote, like I know you do, take measures to dismantle this absurdity that you created. There are ONE MILLION PEOPLE ON THE S.O. REGISTRY. You want votes????? Pander to them!!!!!!

    Comments, cheers or jeers.

    • Bill

      @Hostage In Texas

      More power to you! Tell Smith off…

      If I may add one more to your letter. Print it out on paper. In fact use some cute stationary to make the letter look warm and harmless. Use a cute font for your words to bring down his defenses.

      Let it throw him off as you rail him by his eyeballs, unable to tear himself away from this paradoxical letter that looks cute and harmless but is full of piss and vinegar from an angry Citizen that has had enough.

    • Worried in Wisconsin

      Sorry to be the one that does this, but I find he comparison between what happened to the Jews and other minorities during WWII in Nazi Germany totally different from what’s happening here. The methods being used to identify us may be the same, but there is one major place that the comparison fails.

      For nearly all of us, we’re in this situation because we did something that was wrong, something against the law, something that shouldn’t have been done, something that we didn’t have to do. This isn’t something that we were born into, and it isn’t something like skin color or ethnic heritage that we had no control over.

      Is it wrong for the state to continually add new penalties and restrictions? Of course. But, we are not like those persecuted and killed by the Nazis. There’s a very fine line between protecting our rights and making comparisons that don’t hold up to the light of day.

      People like Chris Smith are clearly pandering to those that are afraid of the boogeyman, and right now “they” have successfully put us in that category. I believe the better path is to remove us from the boogeyman category with education and exposure. I think that pointing out the flaws in their new system will produce better results than anything which can be perceived as whining, and that showing them the negative results inherent in their new system is the better path here.

      • M C

        @Worried, I agree with you partially and disagree as well. I agree that we all did something and I definitely see your point where it comes to Nazism not being the same. I also think when registration and things like community notification were applied to the worst offenders who did really terrible things and have proven that they are recidivists I’d had a reasonable (but arguably not useful) purpose. I say not useful because people who did such things were typically known from media reports anyway. Even people like Robert Guevara in MN is well known even though he was acquitted (DNA was not considered admissible yet in the courts) and yet so obviously guilty of an extremely heinous act (DNA match). The thing to me that makes it like Nazism is because you are applying the requirement to people who in all other respects have had their civil rights restored and otherwise completed all applicable punishments for their crime. Registration being determined to ne purely a civil requirement. If in fact registration was instead a punishment subject to ex post facto rules. In other words if we applied things like lifetime registration, passport branding etc only to those convicted after their implementation and considered them part of a punishment for the crime itself then that would be very much different from Nazism. At least, that’s my take on it.

      • Axiom

        Thank you Being African American, these faulty comparisons on this forum can be a little irritating at times

      • Notorious D.I.K.ennerly

        “For nearly all of us, we’re in this situation because we did something that was wrong, something against the law, something that shouldn’t have been done, something that we didn’t have to do.”

        And how do you know this? How do you know what people have done? Do you realize that there are people who have been sent to prison for such things as kissing on the cheek, rubbing shoulders (literally), having their words grossly misinterpreted, having been set up by ex-spouses and involved in custody fights, kids interviewed for days on end and against their will by law enforcement until they finally cave and say what the cops want, and much, much more. If you’re not intimately familiar with all of the ways in which people are wrongly convicted, you really ought to just speak for yourself. Because, unless you do, you’re just carrying water for the police state.

        As for the Nazis, my close friend in New York is, himself, one of the dwindling number of Holocaust survivors and is adamant that sex offenders are regarded in the same way that were Jews and homosexuals. The parallels are not weak and tenuous, but manifestly obvious.

    • Tired of this

      What Rep. Smith needs to hear are the statistics, the real facts. The point needs to be driven home that those committing the sexual offenses abroad that he speaks of are not on the registry and have no prior convictions for sexual offenses.

      Ask him: just how many of these crimes were actually perpetrated by registrants, Mr. Smith, pray tell? Show us the numbers.

      • TS

        @Tired

        Listening, hearing, and understanding the facts would ruin Rep Smith’s narrative and the optics of him even acknowledging the facts could be bad.

        He should be shown them IMO though…

        • Tired of this

          @TS
          Yeah, Rep. Smith’s narrative is fear mongering, which is sadly all too common in our political and judicial systems. Fear sells, fear advances careers, fear gets votes.

          With that said, there are few people alive I detest more than Rep. Smith. It’s amazing and terrifying how so few, indeed one man, can abridge the rights of so many. It is my hope that the policies and views he so promotes and espouses hits close to home someday. Someone close to him, someone in his own family perhaps, or even he himself, winds up accused of a sex offense.

          He sure does protest much, doesn’t he? Makes me wonder what skeletons are in his closet.

        • TS

          @Tired

          I wonder what Rep Smith has to hide, if anything, who he is carrying the torch for, e.g. family, friend, etc, in his crusade, or if he just wants to have high political cred regardless of the costs with using info dressed in such a dark manner, which can be questioned continually.

  18. mike r

    I just copied and pasted the following just to see what came up,
    “U.S. sex offender registries are caught sexually abusing children.”
    Sure as hell no stats or reports on sexual offending from US registrants. All negative towards the registry. I find the following that came up interesting,
    “These policies have led to multiple collateral consequences, creating an ominous environment that inhibits successful reintegration and may contribute to an increasing risk for recidivism. In fact, evidence on the effectiveness of these laws suggests that they may not prevent recidivism or sexual violence and result in more harm than good.”
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2820068/

    Another Government site.

    • mike r

      That is a damn good article really.

    • New Person

      @ Mike R,

      the registry is being applied separately from your criminal charge as it’s statutory. Now, you did have a trial date for your criminal charge, but you had no trial on your statutory scheme’s application. The state is applying it, but you weren’t able to have a trial on that aspect to face your accuser, which is the state. You want them to prove why the statutory scheme is being applied with facts and you get your team to provide facts as well.

      In this situation, the state will cite that Smith v Doe, 2003 deemed the registration scheme statutory, but you can rebuttal with the research work “Frightening and High” by Dr Ira and Tara Ellman, along with all your other case studies such as the NJ 20-year study as well as CASOMB’s less than 1% recidivism rates.

      Shouldn’t the statutory scheme have a separate case from the criminal one, especially when we’re on trial again to get off the registry, if we qualified under the old rules of CoR, or the new one. Why is there a trial at all to get off the registry when there wasn’t a trial about it when it was placed upon you?

      Just food for thought for you because you like to entertain such ideas and maybe give you other ideas during your current suit, if that’s still on-going.

  19. mike r

    We really need a page or post that everyone that comes across these gov. sites stating exactly what that page stated. I can start it, be nice if ACSOL would put this as a access point an their sites. Everyone should be using and pushing these stats. This should be posted on every site that we can possibly post it.
    1. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 2017 Outcome Evaluation Report: An Examination of Offenders Released in Fiscal Year 2012‐13. Of the 3,313 sex‐registrants in the FY 2012‐13 release cohort, 1.2%, of the total released were convicted of a new sex offense. [p. 41] https://sites.cdcr.ca.gov/research/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2018/04/2017-Outcome-Evaluation-Report.pdf [visited December 12, 2018].
    2. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 2016 Outcome Evaluation Report: An Examination of Offenders Released in Fiscal Year 2011‐12. Of the 7,217 offenders required to register as sex offenders and released during FY 2011‐12, 1.2% were convicted of a new sex offense. [p. 35]. https://sites.cdcr.ca.gov/research/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2018/04/2016-Outcome-Evaluation-Report.pdf [visited December 12, 2018].
    3. California Department of Corrections 2015 Outcome Evaluation Report; An Examination of Offenders Released in Fiscal Year 2010‐11. Of the total 8,989 released offenders, 0.34% were reconvicted of a new sex crime. [pp. 30-31 Table 13-14] https://sites.cdcr.ca.gov/ccjbh/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2017/10/CDCR2015EvaluationOutcomeReport8-25-2016.pdf [visited November 15, 2018].
    4. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB); “After about eight to nine years offense‐free in the community, people who have committed sexual offenses and are assessed as average or above‐average risk to reoffend pose no greater risk of committing a new sex offense than any other type of offender.” [p. 9]. http://casomb.org/pdf/2017_CASOMB_Annual_Report_uploaded_7_16.pdf [visited December 11, 2018].
    5. CASOMB Educational Pamphlet WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW About CALIFORNIA’s SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY Other Hard Facts, Data, and Visuals; “Criminal offenders with no prior sex offense history are rearrested for a subsequent sex crime more often than low risk convicted sex offenders. Expenditures of registry programs include: [] local law enforcement efforts to register offenders including paperwork and computer entry of records [] compliance efforts to verify residence addresses of registrants [] prosecution for registration violations [] technological improvements to build and maintain online registries [] updating and connecting registry systems with other databases[] When quantifiable costs are summed, they are estimated to range from $10 billion to $40 billion nationally per year. These costs could be reduced if the registry did not try to track everyone for life.” [p. 12]. http://casomb.org/pdf/CASOMB_Education_Pamphlet.pdf [visited December 8, 2018].
    6. Patrick A. Langan et al.; Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from Prison in 1994; BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS (2003): Re-arrest “Within the first 3 years following release from prison in 1994, [] The rate for all 9,691 sex offenders (a category that includes the 4,295 child molesters) was 2.2%.” [p. 1] https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsorp94.pdf [visited November 15, 2018].
    7. Criminal Recidivism in Alaska; Alaska Judicial Council January 2007; Recidivism in Alaska Executive Summary: “Sexual offenders were the group least likely to be convicted of the same type of offense that they were convicted of in the 1999 sample.” [p. 8]. “Offenders whose 1999 felony charges resulted in conviction of a Sexual offense were among the least likely to be re-arrested, have new cases filed, be re-convicted, or return to custody.” [p. 12]. http://www.ajc.state.ak.us/reports/1-07CriminalRecidivism.pdf [visited November 15, 2018].
    8. Dr. Karl Hanson Declaration in United States District Court for the Northern District of. California. Civil Case No. C 12 5713. Filed 11-7-12: “Research also contradicts the popular notion that sexual offenders remain at risk of re-offending through their lifespan. Most sex offenders do not re-offend. Hanson Dec. ¶¶ 19-25; Abbott Dec. ¶¶ 13-15. The longer offenders remain offense-free in the community, the less likely they are to re-offend sexually. Hanson Dec. ¶¶ 7-13, 22, 26-38; Abbott Dec. ¶ 16. On average, the likelihood of re-offending drops by 50% every five years that an offender remains in the community without a new arrest for a sex offense. Hanson Dec. ¶ 27. Eventually, persons convicted of sex offenses are less likely to re-offend than a non-sexual offender is to commit an “out of the blue” sexual offence. See id. ¶¶ 28, 31-33. For example, offenders who are classified as “low risk” pose no more risk of recidivism than do individuals who have never been arrested for a sex-related offense but have been arrested for some other crimes. See id. ¶ 30. After 10 to 14 years in the community without committing a sex offense, medium-risk offenders pose no more risk of recidivism than individuals who have never been arrested for a sex-related offense but have been arrested for some other crimes. See id. ¶¶ 30, 34. The same is true for high-risk offenders after 17 years without a new arrest for a sex-related offense. See id. ¶ 35. Ex-offenders who remain free of any arrests following their release should present an even lower risk. See id. ¶ 39. Importantly, post-release factors such as cooperation with supervision, treatment, can dramatically reduce recidivism, and monitoring these factors can be highly predictive. See id. ¶¶ 23, 39-40; Abbott Dec. ¶¶ 17-18. Based on this research, criminal justice and recidivism experts recommend that “rather than considering all sexual offenders as continuous, lifelong threats, society will be better served when legislation and policies consider the cost/benefit break point after which resources spent tracking and supervising low-risk sexual offenders are better re-directed toward the management of high risk sexual offenders, crime prevention, and victim services.”. Dr. Karl R. Hanson Declaration https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/024_hanson_decl_11.7.12.pdf [visited November 24, 2018]. Also see, Doe v. Harris 772 F.3d 563, 572 (9th Cir. 2014).
    9. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014: “Time for a change: Under the current system, many local registering agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result, law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers now in the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the lives of registrants and those – such as families – whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernible benefit in terms of community safety.” [p. 12-13] http://www.casomb.org/docs/CASOMB_End_of_Year_Report_to_Legislature_2014.pdf [visited November 15, 2018].
    10. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) – Statement on Assembly Bill 201 1-6-16 “Research recently conducted in California by one of the most highly respected researchers in the world [Dr. Karl Hanson] has found that the recidivism rates for sex offenders who have been identified by SARATSO risk assessment instruments (cf. http://www.SARATSO.org ) as “Low to Medium risk” fall in the range of 1 to 2 percent.” [p. 2]. “It is worth noting that none of the statements and arguments made by proponents and supporters of this Bill and none of the Analysis provided by the Assembly Committee on Local Government have made any reference to these highly credible authorities.” http://www.casomb.org/docs/CASOMB_LetterRegarding%20AB201_1-7-16.pdf [p.4] [visited December 15, 2018].
    11. California Sex Offender Management Board 2016 Video presentation; with several of the leading California expert’s testimony of facts along with the fallacies of the California registration scheme, see http://www.casomb.org/ [visited April 13, 2018]. Complaint pp 4 ¶ 12.
    12. From Justice Policy Institute: “Registries and notification have not been proven to protect communities from sexual offenses and may even distract from more effective approaches. Given the enormous fiscal costs of implementing SORNA, coupled with the lack of evidence that registries and notification make communities safer, states should think carefully before committing to comply with SORNA.” [p 1]. http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-08_FAC_SORNACosts_JJ.pdf [visited November 15, 2018].
    13. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America: Abstract: “The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses.” https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=247350 [visited November 15, 2018].
    14. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Office of Justice Programs: Are Sex Offenders Dangerous? Abstract: “The results of the research indicate that the overwhelming majority of sex offenders were not rearrested for another sex crime. This finding is surprising given the way in which DNA collection, registration, and notification policies have come about. Research would indicate that robbers may be better candidates for DNA collection, registration, and community notification than sex offenders.” “The extension of sex offender policies to nonsexual offenders appears unjustified and would have little effect on preventing future sex crimes. The results indicate that policies can be founded on misconceptions, and these misconceptions not only have financial consequences, but also can affect the likelihood that the policies enacted will achieve their goals. Policy makers need to become better informed on the issues they subject to far-reaching and costly legislation.https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=203427 [visited November 15, 2018].
    15. David Finkelhor et al., Sexually Assaulted Children: National Estimates & Characteristics, JUVENILE JUSTICE BULLETIN 8 (Aug. 2008): “Using proxy interviews to obtain information on crime victimization and other sensitive topics has never been a preferred methodology and has sometimes yielded poor results” [p 10]. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/214383.pdf [visited November 15, 2018].
    16. Michael Planty et al., Female Victims of Sexual Violence, 1994-2010, BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS (2013): “The data in this report were drawn from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS collects information on nonfatal crimes reported and not reported to the police from a nationally representative sample of persons age 12 or older who live in U.S. households.” [p 2]. “Many of the variables examined in this report may be related to one another and to other variables not included in the analyses. Complex relationships among variables in this report were not fully explored and warrant more extensive analysis. Readers are cautioned not to draw causal inferences based on the results presented” [p 10]. https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fvsv9410.pdf [visited November 15, 2018].
    17. Static 99R Risk Assessment Tool; Static 99R risk assessment that is a tool that is widely used by the CASOMB and is the leading risk assessment tool: “The Static-99R was found to be very accurate in predicting who would reoffend, accurately predicting which offenders would commit a new sex offense in about 82% of cases. High risk offenders had a sexual recidivism rate of over 29%, while low risk offenders had a recidivism rate of only 1.6%.” [p. 5] http://www.casomb.org/docs/CASOMB_End_of_Year_Report_to_Legislature_2014.pdf [visited December 6, 2018]. https://nicic.gov/static-99static-99r [visited November 15, 2018].

    • M C

      @mike r, the problem is that nobody cares about actual statistics it seems. They know the statistics but the attitude is that “if it stops just one child from …” then it’s worth permanently harming the 98/100 first time offenders who never re-ofend.

      That said, I wonder if it isn’t better when talking about statistics to, instead of talking about the % that will re-offend focusing on the % and number of people who won’t but are permanently harmed by the registry and add to that the # of people harmed by the registry because they are a spouse or child of someone in the registry. If you frame it that way it’s easier to change the narrative a bit. I would especially focus on the fact that more children of RSO’s are harmed by the registry than are harmed by recidivists. If you can paint the picture with those stats then you are shutting down the people who claim “if it stops just one child from…” because far more children are harmed by the registry than are harmed by sex offenses.

      • Just the Facts

        M C
        If you reallllyyyy want to “prove the statistics” to the “uneducated/ clueless” general person in society; there’s a much better-way to get-their-attention.
        BEFORE even bringing up the Subject regarding recidivism statistics and everything-else regarding the Registry (and general mind-set regarding the sex offender hype,etc.).
        FIRST……. (you have to “get-down-to-their-level” …… that they can comprehend …… ESPECIALLY with the “If it Saves one Child”….. etc. Begin the Strategy initially by saying their Should-be more GUN Control Laws, etc….. WITH mentioning several times about the “if it saves one child”, etc.
        THEN …… when their mind is about to explode and about to “knock your head off” for talking about their Constitutional Rights regarding Gun Rights.
        THEN…… when you have them into this mindset. Then change and present the same facts and statistics regarding the Registry.

    • New Person

      @Mike R,

      That New Jersey link abstract doesn’t display the abstract any longer. But I did see it being cited in an article. I’ll give you that site: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/sex-offender-registration-and-notification-research-finds-limited-effects-new

    • GRR

      I don’t believe this moron came up with IML on his own. My understanding on how it works is that lobbyist are hired by corporations, agencies, businesses, individuals, etc. to present new ideas to law makers. Then when such laws are implemented those individuals reap the rewards.

      My guess it was the law enforcement unions who started IML. Just follow the money.

      • TS

        @Grr

        Police unions? How so?

        • GRR

          YOU ARE THE POLITICAL POWER: The I.U.P.A. has become the most politically influential voice on law enforcement issues on the federal, state, and local levels for issues that affect you and your community. Lobbying federal officials and representatives on behalf of locals, we also meet regularly with Members of Congress and make endorsements based on your recommendations. We count on you to advise us on issues relevant to you and your members. https://iupa.org/
          https://www.fleoa.org/ all lobby with law makers

          There’s unions for all law enforcement agencies throughout the world. IML created new jobs, dues, pensions, retirements etc. for thousands of people. It has nothing to do with protecting people.

      • M C

        @GRR here’s the thing, the green notice piece was already being implemented and angel watch center already existed as ‘operation Angel Watch’ done by US Marshals prior to IML. However as with the very original registries compared to today IML expanded the scope from sending green notices on people who truly were known to engage in trafficking and sex tourism to everyone convicted of a covered offense. In other words it went from limited judgement call notices based on at least some level of a risk assessment (but maybe not accurate one) to mandatory notices based on the type of offense and no consideration of risk whatsoever. It established a new government entity to do this as well called the Angel Watch Center which I think is still a sub entity of US Marshals. So you’re likely correct and I’m sure the US Marshals office played a significant role in this to expand this Angel Watch program. This is also why I think green notices as IML stands violates Interpol rules on green notices in that such notices require an assessment. As far as the passport stamp goes that’s just another piece that expanded the scope of the program.

  20. USA

    Here is the 1 million dollar question. I read that those passports of child related offenders would now be marked? Furthermore, the article states the US would notify their incoming country. So, what about those (past offenders) who haven’t been convicted of child related offenses? Furthermore (Ca), what’s the protocol if you travel International?

  21. NorthEastPENN

    I kind of think that this passport identifier is a form of “Forced Speech”. Most people have the assumption that any registrant traveling overseas has the intent of abusing a child sexually – is this not the reason why IML was created? Is this not the thought that Smith is attempting to broadcast in his statement.

    Well if this is the case then why is the identifier on the passport not considered “forced speech” which is against the constitution. The statement alone in word (the way people interpret the identifier) that you are stating that you are traveling to abuse a child/adult in another country. This is the reason why the US notifies the country you are traveling to isn’t it?

    Really the yard signs in Georgia basically implied the same thing to anyone reading or approaching them. It was implied that the person who lives their is stating you are in danger by being on my property because I am a registrant.

    Well isn’t this passport identifier stating basically the same thing to a custom’s agent in country you attempting to enter. Aren’t you telling that country that you are a treat?

    In my eyes Smith is broadcasting this loudly without even knowing it.

    Whether a statement is written on a yard sign or a passport the intent or interpretation of the words is what matters – this is forcing speech IMHO.

  22. NYLevel1

    Smith’s district is riddled with corruption. I should know, I lived there. Redneck Republicans, African Americans herded into a ghetto Asbury Park, Catholic bigots run riot, the new Orthodox Jewish right and all the bigots you can think of. Smith cares about Chinese Muslims? What a joke. This scumbag showboat could not run in several districts. He got lucky in Monmouth County.

  23. mike r

    All great feedback people.

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