As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the nation and the world, local law enforcement agencies continue to require all registrants – even those with multiple high-risk factors – to register in person. This requirement places in extreme danger “high risk” registrants as well as everyone who comes into contact with them.
This requirement must be stopped immediately!
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), high risk factors include older than 65 and/or suffering from one or more chronic health problems including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension and cancer. The CDC recommends that every person with just one of these high-risk factors self-isolate including but not limited to not going to public places such as police stations.
The requirement that a person with one or more high risk factors register in person with local law enforcement defies CDC’s recommendations. Who knows more about the dangers of COVID-19 – the CDC or local law enforcement? That is a rhetorical question for we all know the answer is CDC.
The requirement to register in person puts all people with one or more high risk factors in a very dangerous place. Should they refuse to register in person and face the possibility of going to jail? Or should they register in person and potentially expose themselves to COVID-19?
At this moment, these questions can only be answered individually by the registrants who have one or more high risk factors.
Speaking only hypothetically, if I were a registrant with one or more high risk factors, I would not register in person. Instead, I would contact the Registration Officer at the local law enforcement office where I register and identify myself as high risk. I would tell that person that I am willing to register by phone, by mail, by email, by FAX or by any other method including a “compliance check” at my home. I would remind the Registration Officer that the CDC, an arm of the federal government, has told me to self-isolate.
ACSOL has started and will continue to work with national, state and local law enforcement organizations toward protection of registrants with one or more high-risk factors. That protection could include the ability to register using a method that does not require a personal visit.
If you are a registrant with one or more high risk factors or a family member of such a person, and you are able and willing to join this effort, please let us know by emailing the details to us at the following email address we created just for this emergency:
Just clicking on this link won’t necessarily create an email. You may have to type this address when you compose an email in your usual way.
Please include all your contact information and as many details about the situation as you can think of. We are getting many requests, so please be patient.
We will contact you, not in person, but by phone or another safe method. Thank you.