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ACSOL Board Member Catherine Carpenter Exposes Laws That Exclude Registrants

ACSOL Board Member Catherine Carpenter has published an academic paper that identifies many laws throughout the country that are characterized as criminal justice reform laws, but exclude anyone convicted of a sex offense from their benefits.

“ACSOL has vanquished residency restrictions thanks to the tireless efforts of our Executive Director, Janice Bellucci,” stated ACSOL Board Member Carpenter. “The next frontier for us? Tackling the myriad of laws that exclude registrants from the same criminal justice reform benefits available to others who have committed crimes.”

The title of the scholarly article written by Professor Catherine Carpenter is “Blanket Exclusions, Animus, and the False Policies They Promote.” The article exposes these laws and explains how they are built on moral panic and fueled by erroneous statistics.” The scholarly article was first published on August 12, 2020, on the Sentencing Law and Policy blog.

“One of the many examples of injustice in Professor Carpenter’s paper is a California law that allows most people to be convicted of a misdemeanor if they shoplift items worth $950 or less,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The same law, however, excludes anyone convicted of a sex offense from that benefit and therefore all registrants who shoplift items worth the same amount are convicted of a felony.”

Blanket Exclusions, Animus, and the False Policies They Promote, Catherine Carpenter – Aug 2020

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Awesome. Let’s hope the right people read and understand this.

@SR – Professor Carpenter’s articles are often cited by judges as well as by litigators like me. They are truly treasures and we are so grateful that she takes the significant amount of time and trouble to research as well as to write them. Professor Carpenter is a gifted legal scholar who has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by registrants and their families.

That’s wonderful to hear, Janice. I’m grateful every day for people like both of you. I hope this publication will have a swift and broad effect. Especially considering your post regarding the new SORNA publication. It’s very much in stark contrast to Professor Carpenter’s publication.


Unfortunately, I think we ARE the only people that will read and understand the impact. Everyone else seems to feel we deserve every obstacle put in front of us.

Beware of PayPal I joined an my credit score dropped 5 points!!

Thank you, Professor Carpenter, Janice, and all at ACSOL for your continued work to educate us as well as our elected officials and the public.

These blanket exclusions are a blatant violation of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution! They must go!

My probationer called me this afternoon and mentioned about playing a bit of phone tag and said sorry for playing phone tag, but I ask him if he got the messsage I left on the phone and he did. Believe it or not we are all badgered at times with the question have you been around kids when most of this offender registry is not even about being around kids. While their are so many kinds of offenses in the sex registry department rostar it seems that this phone or texting is a money maker for government and at the… Read more »

I’m grateful for the academic paper and research work. This is akin to “Frightening and High” by Dr Ira and Tara Ellmen!

There is a systematic injustice against registrants, or so I have often cited whenever newer laws are passed. I can’t wait to read this, but that CA bill pdf has me drained. I just want to say thank you before I crash.

A pleasant, though also somewhat infuriating, read. Pleasant for the points she makes and bolsters; infuriating for the games and tricks the courts ignore and allow from Legislatures–and from which they themselves benefit by eased workload. I was happy to read the bits about Lawrence and Romer. I’ve been trying to piece together a perhaps plausible argument using these two cases but had thus far failed. Prof. Carpenter’s words give a little more perspective on it. “Animus” is the key, I believe, not “equal protection.” (Though essentially the same thing, they argue in different directions.) @Janice Bellucci: I noticed a… Read more »

Wow, that was a great read! There is so much packed into a short paper. The blanket restrictions without statistical support can actually be seen with this COVID-19, as there are many “orders” infringing upon the liberties of Americans. Presidential candidate Biden wants to make wearing masks mandatory at all times. Why? It belies the science to wearing it all times, especially if you’re outside social distancing. An example of this is a lone kayaking person was taken into custody by several law enforcement detail for not staying at home. That doesn’t make any sense. Any constitutional cases stemming from… Read more »

Back in 1965 their was a song and yes it was taken from inspiration from the bible Ec. Chapter 3 To everything their is a season. During my past 8 yrs on this registry I have corresponded with Ms. Carpenter a time or two and yes at times we all have to undersand these seasons and a time for every purpose under heaven. While one’s memory can get a bit foggy going thru this ordeal we are all under at times we can use examples. Sure things can go off course in a person’s family life, single life or whatever… Read more »

Does anyone know how/where i can find rules,regulations,for sex offenders in virginia? We may be moving (retiring) from ca to va soon. It was a contact offense against a minor over 20 years ago. I had printed up a paper years ago on various state laws. I thought i read that the entire state of virginia has uniform regulations. Which i thought was helpful so that one doesnt need to search each county or municipality to know what you can or cant do as a registrant. Thanks.

Ask Saddles–if you dare 😧 He lives in Virginia.

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