The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) conducted a successful two-day virtual conference on October 10 and 11. The conference featured plenary speakers such as criminal justice professor Dr. Alissa Ackerman, civil rights attorney Marcus Allen and Justin Brooks of the Innocence Project. The conference also featured panel discussions regarding the federal government’s proposed SORNA regulations, challenges faced by family members, the LGBT community, and travel restrictions.
“More than 240 people signed up for this year’s conference,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Although it was ACSOL’s fourth annual conference, it was the organization’s first conference to be held virtually.”
According to conference participants, the sessions were both informative and helpful. One participant expressed her thanks for a discussion of a draft petition form to be used next year when California’s Tiered Registry takes effect. The leaders of that panel urged individuals to complete their own petition forms and to hire a legal representative if and only if the district attorney objects to their petition and a court hearing is required.
In addition to the plenary speakers and panels, which were recorded, ACSOL board member Alex Gittinger conducted a virtual “happy hour” that was not recorded during which participants could share their conference experiences. The “happy hours” were well attended on both days.
Conference presentations, except for the presentation made by professor Ackerman who asked not to be recorded, will be available later this week. A link to the recordings will be posted on the ACSOL website as well as sent by email to everyone who signed up for the conference.
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