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Janice’s Journal: The Punishment Does Not Fit the Crime

A registrant died yesterday in a Florida jail. He was put into that jail about 60 days ago because he forgot to report his new home address to local law enforcement.

The price he paid for his forgetfulness was death. Death due to exposure to the coronavirus.

A local public defender tried to get this man released from jail. The public defender knew the risk of infection in that jail was high because more than 20 people, including inmates and staff, had already been infected.

The prosecuting attorney also knew the risk of infection in that jail was high as well the minor reason that registrant had been sent to jail. So did the judge.

And yet the judge condemned the registrant to death by refusing to release him.

The message of this sad story is clear. The punishment does not fit the crime.

There is no jury in this nation, if asked, that would condemn a man to death because he forgot to report his new home address. Nor should they.

Forgetting to update your home address should be treated as an infraction at the most. The registrant should have received a “ticket” from law enforcement telling him to remember to report his new home address next time in a timely manner. And perhaps pay a small fine of $25.

But death?

When I looked at the registrant’s photo online, I saw his cloudy green eyes and sad face. I saw that he needed a haircut and a shave. I guessed that he hadn’t bathed regularly. I also noticed that he didn’t have a car. Perhaps it was his apparent lack of resources that were a factor in why he didn’t report his new home address.

There are many more registrants who are currently facing the threat of infection to the corona virus. In fact, it is conservatively estimated that there are thousands of registrants currently held in jails and prison, some of whom did nothing more than forget to update their home address, the name of their employer or their automobile.

There is an even larger number of registrants, perhaps more than 750,000, who face the threat of infection outside of jail and prison because they are required to register in person. Although their exposure to infection is more limited, any exposure to coronavirus is unnecessary because there are alternative effective methods by which a person can register.

In fact, there are a few jurisdictions that have already started registration using alternative methods. For example, the Los Angeles Police Department which supervises more than 3,900 registrants will only register individuals by phone. The state of Oregon is also registering individuals by phone while the state of Pennsylvania is registering individuals by mail.

For those who continue to require in-person registration and to incarcerate individuals who do not pose a current danger to society our warning is this: there will be blood on your hands. You will ultimately be held responsible for the death of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people who die a painful death due to exposure to the coronavirus. And remember, one or more of those who die could be someone you love.

— by Janice Bellucci

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  1. kat

    The punishment for forgetting to register a change of address shouldn’t be death.
    This is so sad.

    • Love, peace, and happiness

      The “punishment” shouldn’t be a punishment (felony or misdemeanor at all) and certainly not lock into a cell in a closed environment till death.

      • New Person

        Isn’t this supposed to be a civil penalty?

        Sure seems like involuntary servitude as you’re compelled to abide under penalty of law, though you’ve already paid your dues and no longer under custody.

        The registry is unconstitutional in this fashion because you’re no longer under custody. Jails were created for public safety. The registry only applies to sex crimes. Thus the registry is the expansion of the jail only one group of convicts, except there are no physical edifice housing registrants.

        Also, the registry implies you are current danger to society which is why your information are disseminated everywhere, worldwide. That is slander and libel because you already paid for that in jail. It’s even more slanderous, libel, and discriminatory if you got your case dismissed because your accusation was dismissed, but it’s being disseminated still.

        Crimes that are not sex crimes are “people who make mistakes”.

        Crimes that are sex crimes are “monsters who ruin the world.”

        That’s why all felony sex crime convictions are lumped together with violent felonies. Some felony sex crimes are non-violent.

        The pandemic is forcing governors to issue a “stay-at-home” rule as a public safety, yet registrants must still leave the home “as their duty to register in-person” during this pandemic. This means registrants are worse than this pandemic. We’re not human to the society, we’re monsters.

    • Tim inWI

      @Kat,
      Clearly the intent of the regime was to do exactly that which was denied by the Rehnquist lead court- to impose more incarceration! It is super easy to convict a person of doing nothing or not doing. When remaining silent becomes unlawful most of liberty is swallowed whole. How pathetic did Justice Kennedy sound in NC V. Packingham ” ubiquitous internet firms” indeed?
      The shame game is an important Catholic tradition.

  2. Laura

    May the judge and prosecuting attorney, who obviously believe themselves to have never made a mistake, find themselves one day on the receiving end to the same justice that they offered this person. Or perhaps they will be offered mercy which is what both of them should have allowed this registrant for this minor infraction. How very sad indeed.

  3. Roger H

    Janice, thanks for bringing the scope of this deliberate torture and mass murder to our awareness. I hope we are all willing to work harder to support ACSOL in its fight for the survival of registrants and their families during this pandemic.

  4. jd

    My husband had to register today with Long Beach Police Department. Despite having been told over the phone that he wouldn’t have to take a photo, that he’d just have to sign a form really quickly, he was still required to take the photo and provide fingerprints all while the officers wore NO MASKS. Who can I report LBPD to for endangering not just my husband and me but the public at large? Could Long Beach be added to the lawsuit?

    • TS

      @jd

      You could file a complaint with the LBPD IA (internal affairs dept) and/or the CA Atty Gen office to further investigate the lack of safety for your husband and the LBPD officers.

    • Gwen

      JD – It took a long time for me (an innocent family member) to believe that a great majority of police lie. I have come to believe that it must be part of the job requirement. We are right next door in Cypress and the Police are no different. So very sorry.

  5. ReadyToFight

    It’s called Zero Tolerance. It hangs over every single Registrants head…. Loose your job, your house, your family, everything you worked so hard for in the name of policy.

    • Registered Citizen

      Zero tolerance means zero thinking. We have a brain, but we don’t want to use it. Thinking takes too much energy for some.

  6. Saddles

    Well Janice seems this episode in Florida tells a lot about penal systems and this confusion. Nobody knew this pandemic would come about. This address thing could of been some error or a judgemental issue but the consequences were saddening. Courts don’t care at times. Most want to play hero but even that can backfires at times. A lot of this registry is a game changer, So who reaps what they sow many times. This should tell governments and courts that the punishment should fit the crime in many ways. So who makes errors today or life threating decisions in precarious ways.

    BTW I sent a small little check to you guys the other day. I have only 2 more years in all this Bull crap and really I wish much of these ordeals are banished as nobody really needs them. Crime is bad enough out on the streets or in public. This little jabberwalking inducement to clean up this internet by this sexual inducement is a bit out of character by those in authority.

  7. Chris F

    Let’s hope something positive can come from this death by finally demonstrating to judges how ridiculously punitive and disproportionate to the crimes the registry is.

    It’s time to get something back to Scotus to overturn the mess they created back in 2003.

    • Facts should matter

      I agree, but not surprisingly, all we’ll get is hand-wringing, indifference and crocodile tears.

    • AJ

      @Chris F:
      Long time, no see, brother. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying life “outside the fence” of registration.

    • Will Allen

      Registry Supporters/Terrorists (RS/Ts) don’t give a damn about the deaths of People Forced to Register. You think those people have souls?

      They SHOULD know, SHOULD, that if they arrest a PFR for an idiotic Registry infraction, which is any and all infractions, that plenty of PFRs will retaliate and some will even murder people. They should know that. Are they too dumb to not? Or they just do not give the first damn?

      Personally, I think most RS/Ts know that Registries don’t work and are dumb. They simply don’t care. I think plenty of RS/Ts are just fine with just about anyone dying just as long as they can keep their Registries toy and get themselves off. Registries have caused innocent children to be murdered. RS/Ts just shrug their shoulders. They just care about getting off.

  8. Eric

    If I die of this, dump my ashes at the sherrif’s department

    • Dustin

      @ Eric:

      If I die from this, I want to be stuffed and mounted at the Sheriff’s office, ideally giving them the finger.

      • Registered Citizen

        When I die, told my family to never ever notify them. I was their asses looking for me for years! Told them don’t post an obituary, put my ashes in the ocean and let me search and waste time and money on my long-gone body. Poof – gone. 🙂

        • Will Allen

          Same here. It probably won’t matter much but it is the simple principle.

          I have formalized it in my will. Very easy. Conditions of getting and keeping estate assets are that the person maintains agreements that we have made regarding taking care of any of my animals that they’ve “signed up for” and never giving significantly speaking to LE about me, unless legally forced. Those things are important to me. It won’t matter to me at that time of course but it makes me feel good today. It is important to me that LE stays away from my family and friends today and always.

          However, as I write this, I remember that I actually formalized to allow them to speak more to law enforcement (LE) after my death than they do today!

          Today, if they don’t live in my home, they can say what they like, but they only say, “Sorry, I don’t speak to law enforcement.” They never talk to them about the Registration stupidity or me. Never.

          In my will, I only stipulated that they do not proactively notify LE about my death and that if asked, they will only respond with, “He’s dead. Bye.”, unless *legally forced* to say more.

  9. Saddle

    Tim in WI its called swallowing one’s pride. as in open mouth insert foot. Much of these encounters are arrogant in these issues. Many of these restrictions by law enforcement offending with this whole method should be stopped and put an end to. It would save a lot of headache and confusion. Many times its government inducing the bait in this jezabel type scheme.

  10. w

    I’ve been helping my family get through all this. I’ve posted here many times, and I’m fortunate to still be among the living, as are everyone of you who do the same. Over the last couple years ever since we had to deal with our situation I like many of you was thrust into murky waters and flailing about in a system I didn’t know the first thing about. And generally that’s what I observed over time, people just struggling to understand and to cope with their ordeal.

    That’s what the system did to all of us. And then to hear about people dying in jail, not getting to see the day where they finally got to walk out like my brother did. Not having that day would’ve been enough to wipe me out then, and even still we endured many wipeouts in the time after.

    So it’s with that in mind that I give everyone out there and especially the family of this person my condolences. And the hope that better days are ahead, however cloudy the weather seems today.

  11. Saddles

    yada, yada, yeal the scam of injustice. I don’t think anyone will have to register in this conspircy of mad-made or man-made unconstutional Justice or who stold liberty and truth, Who stold principals or understanding or is it some well made data base understanding of rags to riches, so were does the bible fit in today.

    So who is listening on the party line of whos’ princesses telephone today, or who said, why don’t you come up and see me sometime pretext, or who is pulling the wool over who today with a smile and a gleem in their eye. Guess much of this ordeal is some betty-boop blunder of man over man proportation or a safety factor that has actually no reason to the moral principal or the ethical truth.

    Were is a true court of law today in this whole sex registry ordeal with its many facets, facts, and measures and means. One wonders if the whole of mankind is being sabotaged in this ordeal of this sexcapade to tear down this horrible issue we all face in one degree or another.

    When one has to die in prison that should say a lot to America today and one should take another look at all this sex registry garbage. or is justice served better on the battlefield today.

  12. Saddles

    @Janice. One would believe a good study for everyone on here would be those four little words.. So help me God. Why was it taken out of the courtroom? Why is it not used today? and why is indivisible not divisible? Is our country in bad shape today with all its hi teck geek talk or where is the division in many courts of law. One wonders about the Constutition or motto united we stand or divided we fall.

    Are court systems ready for a makeover and/or are advocacy groups needing more standing up power. I never wanted to save the Whales as I’m sure a whale can save itself but is it man that is the butcher. One could say the same about abortions today. Sure cruelty to animals is bad enough but is it man that is more crueler in the long run or is man on the attact in this registry to save someone in much of this fiticious game or who is being unjust in much of this unscruplous injustice without representation let alone due process.

    Yes we all have to have principals or are principals overshadowed by democrates and republicans today because of man’s unethical thinking or or understanding who is the blackbeard in this true justice today in all this registry hijinks.

  13. Registered Citizen

    Their “best practice” containment model has put me in to close to homelessness, loss of a good-paying job, and now living in the country because rent is cheap. They made me lose a very nice girlfriend, move three times costing $$ that I don’t have, was $8,000 in credit card debt, and now all alone and isolating.

    Thanks, CASOMB, DOJ, and our wonderful thoughtless courts! Yes, I’m pissed and very sad.

    • Will Allen

      Registries aren’t acceptable. Some people are just going to sit back and let big government and their harassing supporters/terrorists do whatever they like. I’m not. As long as Registries exist, I’ll ensure they are worthless. I’ll ensure they do nothing good. I’ll ensure they are counterproductive and worse than worthless. I’ll make them cost as much as I possibly can. Registries will only exist with serious consequences. Has to be.

  14. Saddles

    Ok Janice I am just now trying to understand why I came back on here. And yes I’m sure I have worned out my welcome out on here but there is a reason for everything. When I first came in here someone said to me you ask a lot of “who” questions, Well maybe I should of asked a lot of “why” question as we all should of.

    Janice you have a golden opportunity and yes I’m sur ea golden heart. Right now in your area as well as as many others a chance to voice out and speek up more to all America that is battling this registry issue in many or a lot of ways and means. Even some of these refreshing Articles have meaning like the one I am posting on right. and yes the punishment should fit the crime and yes it does not fit the crime and yes death is a bit more distructive when one is discriminated or locked out of their freedom because of this contrivirus. Should not one be with their loved ones or in sanitary conditions or is confinement the ways and means today for the one that holds the label.

    So tell us “why” do they do these sweeps and snatches to try others patience with these ordeals via the internet when their was no child involved before or after the fact? “Why” do they ask for pictures or prove one for spicy type pictures. “Why” do they ask someone to come and meet at a certain place. Is it to snag for victiim to find out if he or she is going to take the bait if a fiticious prostutution type liasion in all this ruse of the human mind or to overthrow ones conscious. When Gods’ law goes about authority’s law than something is missing.

    Did legislator give this the authority to do that for public safety, internet measures or what in this internet game. Does any of this show love thy neighbor in all this callous blunder of man’s authority over another. Janice I’m sure you can even see most of this is wrong. I would have thought you would have cleaned a lot of this issue up by now. Sure I hate to see anyone out in the cold wondering where they can get their next shelter or if someone will help them on the road to recover what they have lost by much of these ordeals.

    Sure nothing is easy and yes one has to work on it. So Janice let your light shine and I’m sure much of this punitive punishment by many of these registry ordeals will be abolished and yes restitution should be made to all in these in many of these issues.

  15. Saddles

    Actually Janice when you ponder on many or much of this internet type encounter they are wanting you to post spicy pictures with the inducement to get one to travel down and meet some fitcitious teenager, and when one goes for the bait they say you thought you were coming down to meet a teenage girl by this ruse or pretense. And if one didn’t come down their they were going to come and get you anyway. How would they know where to come and get you if thats the case.

    • Peter

      Saddles

      I got caught in a sting just like this. I was on backpage and the ad said she was an adult the half naked pictures were of an adult. The hotel was across the street from my office when I got to the hotel they dropped the age to a 17 year old and asked if I could bring beer and weed. I said no to sex 4 times threw text and they kept calling my phone. When I picked up there call I could tell that the girl wasnt a minor and in real life she was 45. I asked her to repeat her age and she didnt when I knocked on the door I got tackled by many cops and there was a tv show being filmed. I never been in trouble with the law I have had 1 speeding ticket my whole life. My lawyer was a moron and wasnt interested in helping me and I should of fired him. I found the video of my arrest on youtube and the police lied on the police report and put words in my mouth. I showed it to my lawyer and he said the police are allowed to lie. My life is over and I lost my house job ect over this. I lost out on a 5 million dollar deal as I was in the entertainment industry before my arrest. How are the cops saving people if I said no 4 times threw text and they kept calling me. Who was soliciting who? I believe they kept coming after me because they were filming a TV show. The crazy thing is if I actually had sex with the 17 year old I wouldn’t have to register how crazy is that. I went to court for 7 months and never did a prelim. The whole 7 months my lawyer kept telling me that the case was bullshit and go on vacation. The day of my prelim the DA offered me a misdemeanor and my lawyer told me to take it because I was going to loose no matter what. The DA gave me 30 minuets to take the deal or go to trial. I wish I knew about Janice and Chance before I took the deal but now I am stuck and dont know what to do. I get off probation in November but have to be on the registry for 10 years. Any Advice would be greatly appreciated.

      • Russ

        Pete, hang in there, but I must say things could have turned out far far worst for you. You’re almost off probation and you’re not a felon. In my state, being convicted of facilitating contact with a minor is a 5 year mandatory minimum prison sentence. I too had a flawless criminal record (for 50 years to be exact) but that didn’t stop my state from sending me to prison for 3 years just for the act of having some deleted photos of teen pornography on my computer. I won’t be off supervision for another 3 years, I’m on the state registry for life, I have to wear an ankle bracelet for life, I can’t use a computer or internet which kind of tells you I’m taking a risk just for typing this message, I can’t go near a park, school, library, college campus or shopping center, plus I have to attend “sex offender” group therapy only to be told by some counselor bitch therapist that I “minimize” my offense because I’m angry with the state for sticking me in prison for 3 years although I had no criminal record for 50 years. The fact I was imprisoned that long now has friends and relatives thinking I must have really did something bad. But the reality is I was unlucky to be in a shithole state with one of the harshest child pornography possession laws in the country. So all I can say to you is thank your lucky stars, I would love to trade places with you. You’ll be okay and you’ll bounce back.

        • David

          @ Russ: Jeez, what f##ked up State are you trapped in, Russ?? 😳

      • AERO1

        Daam !!

  16. Saddles

    @ Peter. Its a shame that many go thru all this in similiar ways. The bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things who can know it and yes the bible says all lie. While the embarrassment in all this is bad enough and people are striving to seek relief by some means and measures of this sex type of inducementn”Who” is giving the ok that all this is bibically justified.

    Everything one needs to know about this is in the bible if one searches the scripture. Hey we can all be conned into many things in life such as the employee that is juggling the books in a business or things of that nature. Yes some people have to go out of business because someone in the company has juggled the books a bit and that does cost someone

    This sex ordeal is a bit like juggling the books for their advantage via this internet machine. I can’t say to anyone if its right or wrong to look at some naked picture or was the lady caught in adultry naked when she was laying there ready to be stoned. So were is the shame or should one say those without sin cast the first stone as some of you all have already said.
    It all comes down to principal if one uses a bit of wisdom, truth, and understanding. It seems on Janices platform one wants to use a lot of negative understanding that really gets one nowhere or maybe I am full of hot air as a lot of you all say.

    Can LE get out of line in a lot of ways and sway from their calling. All I am saying is the truth will set you free but today a lot of freedom and rights are lost in this high tech world or is government getting more corrupt.

  17. Saddles

    While I like this article Janice has brought up it should make one to understand a bit more about punishment and this fitting the crime While this contrivirus ordeal is strange there is a reason for all season, even much of this registry ordeal is a bit out of kelter.

    In this internet encounter do we resist government.Well the bible tells us to obey government as they are there for your good. Sure we all seek justice. So is it best to obey government or else be in fear of judgement. One wonders who authorized these sex sting ordeals. I would imagine man did to protect in some ways. Now government is ordained by God so are they doing Gods work, or are they? One wonders who is rightly handling the word of truth.

    Are these LE coveting thy neighbor, bearing false wittness or stealing one’s conscious in many ways by these methods of confusion that sway one in these enticing ways that appear to be right in many of these ordeals, or who is playing the devil in this monkey trial. I’m sure I’m not even making any sense now or are we all confused. So who’s condeming who with this tug of war effort. I’m sure Chance and her team can answer a lot of these questions in their conferences to many on here. Just food for thought.

    • Josh

      @Saddles……Dude, take a break…seriously.

      • Saddles

        Your right Josh.. We all sometimes need a break but it still makes one wonder about justice.

  18. Saddles

    Josh I know I can’t get upset with you or anyone on here but justice is still justice. Janice we all have pitfalls at times but even I liked the mentioning of the Maryland judge that was talking about calling a spade a spade. Seems that judge had a lot of respect and understanding about all this registry ordeal. So lets take it a bit futher. Should we call LE a Brood of vipers or wolves in sheeps clothing. Yes its all a lie. a type of prostantent heresy in many ways with this sex registry ordeal.

    God does not ordain evil and he is not the author of confusion. Yes law enforcement are to round up criminals such as bank robbers or thieves, murders, and other types of civil crimes. So who is ordaining evil in many of these ordeals . So to ordain evil to exist it is much the same as creating evil. I wish I would have spoken up at my trial and yes I’ve gone thru a few rough times with losing jobs, having words with my sister and even getting violated once. So Janice hang in their this battle is not over as we are all fighters for justice and freedom.

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