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“Your Life on the List”: A Survival Guide for those Forced to Register Upon Release

Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com

Since 2015, OnceFallen.com has provided the Informational Corrlinks Newsletter (ICoN) and other prisoner outreach services. In an effort to provide numerous resources for prisoners, those new to life on the registry, and those potentially facing life on the registry (many of whom may not have access to the Internet), OnceFallen has compiled the best information from our website and past issues from the ICoN and created “Your Life on the List”, a registry survival guide.

Your Life on the List covers many of the most common questions those new to life on the sex offense registry may have. Topics include an overview of sex offense laws and terminology, finding housing and employment, travel issues, compliance checks, dealing with vigilantes, disaster preparation, and other issues a person may face while listed on the public registry. “Your Life on The List” also lists numerous resources for treatment, support, activism, and housing for Registered Persons.

In addition, “Your Life on The List” contains a comprehensive summary of sex offense registration, notification, proximity/ residency restrictions, and other laws a registrant may endure while on the registry. This valuable section compiles data from multiple resources and expand on it to offer the most comprehensive overview of the laws of all 50 state plus the US territories.

A free PDF version of the guide can be found at:

http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Your_Life_on_The_List_PDF_Free_Version_08302020.pdf

For those who desire a printed copy of “Your Life on The List”, the book can be ordered from Amazon.com for $12.95. The link to the printed copy is at:

https://smile.amazon.com/Your-Life-List-Derek-Logue/dp/B08JB1XL3X/ref=sr_1_1

All proceeds from sales of the print copy of the book go to Reset Missouri, an organization using the proceeds to establish residential housing for Registered Persons in Missouri.

Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com

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  1. AERO1

    Survival guide thats funny.
    to all people forced to register the only survival guide you need is the terms of conditions you sign every year when you do your annual registration

    • SR

      So the TOS you sign lays out for you the hundreds of registry laws you’d need to follow while traveling? Gives you advice on how to find a job or a home with the varying restrictions?

    • Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com

      Not sure if you’re just trying to be facetious here, but I’m trying to make it a bit easier for those new to the registry shuffle to navigate the myriad of confusing laws out there.

      In my personal experience, many registration officers don’t know these laws either. Relying solely on the grunts that take our pics and sign our lives away can be a bad idea. Besides, I haven’t seen too many registration officers help registered prersons find any of the resources contained in my book.

  2. JM of Wi.

    @aero1
    You must not be a registered citizen.. or if you are you don’t travel. You cannot travel to another state without studying up a little. Even a neighboring town, county etc. have different laws. Derek’s guide has a plethora of information directed at a registrant coming out of incarceration. In WI. we can E-mail our “handler” if we’re off paper and get decent information. Lot’s of states’ registrants do not get any help from the people who are “in charge” of registration. They can spend time making sure they are compliant and legal— or find help. Derek is giving help freely.

  3. Eric

    I skimmed through the PDF table of contents and it sure looks like it has some important information. I remember how hopeless I was the first few months after release. Something like this could be very helpful. Learning to maneuver life on the registry is indeed an art if you wish to remain reasonably content and sane.

  4. Facts should matter

    What do we need a “survival” guide for when the authorities claim it’s not punishment? /s

    The real trick is finding a way to live with all the second-hand HATE that is foisted upon us.

  5. Laura

    Life on the list….Today’s version of African American’s “Green Book” and the 1930’s German Anti-Jewish decrees.
    Will we ever learn from our past mistakes?

    • SR

      Really great comparison. This guide could and should be part of any lawsuit against the registry. “This isn’t a burdern” shouldn’t come with a 100+ page manuel without which you might end up in prison for literally doing nothing illegal.

    • Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com

      I could not come up with a better name for the book. Consider the fact that I had to be ambiguous with the name because a primary target audience is those incarcerated for a sex offense.

      • SR

        Thank you for writing this. I’m sure it’ll be helpful to many. The sad part is that part of your guide probably became outdated before you finished writing it. Life on the list is insane.

        • Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com

          The free PDF version will be updated regularly. The book will be updated every two years.

    • James

      Laura,

      Thank you so much for educating us about the “green book”. I consider myself well studied in history, but I never knew if this publication’s existence. The fact that these types of books needed to exist for people’s protection should shame those who oppress their fellow Americans. We know that the politicians don’t care, but culturally sensitive people should.

      • Will Allen

        Segregation against “coloreds” was outrageous. But I am very, very confident that there are plenty of “people” in America who would love to have it today. Those “people” are exactly the ones who think Registries are acceptable. They aren’t moral and they aren’t decent. If it were PC to harass and segregate “coloreds”, they would certainly do it. If nanny big government promoted the harassment of “coloreds” and ran PR campaigns for it, as they do for the Hit Lists, Registry Supporters/Terrorists would be first in line to do it. I truly believe that most of them are racist.

        America has always been full with “people” like that. Always. Their lives are empty unless they can hate and harass someone.

      • LPH

        Where is this movie available to watch, with out trogans, etc (saw some of those)?

  6. Saddles

    Laura seems like each of us go thru these emotions or feeling changes. Will we ever learn, that is an open end question but yes we will all learn. Do authorities learn as those are the one’s that need to learn just as well as all of us or are many scared out of their wits at times with this who’s afraid of Baby Jane type ordeal or who is playing with dolls today if one would like to call it that today. My mom was a fan of Betty Davis and yes the movie was traumatic.

    Are people actually playing with human lifes, look at the BLM and all this other corruption and even some person in the white house that has seen too many movies of “All about EVE in their harvard review’s of outstanding achievement. Maybe all men should learn to keeping their zippers up when they go out of the house or on an internet call drive or maybe Authorities ask to many obnaxious questions or try to shimmie ones brain to their standards. Even Ali wouldn’t go down without a fight.

    Will we ever learn what? Killing in war, protests, setting up another, women getting jealous or men trying to pretend in this type of ordeal by presenting themselves of teenagers off the street. I’m sure many women understand how these authorities conduct these ordeals or they should be well informed. Its not my job to change anyone.What other people do is their business.

    We all are just looking for unadultrated true justice in this world of suffering today. This registry Laura in many ways tops all in this Red badge of Justice or Who is in Harms way in this unorthodox type of Registry. Where do principals come in or where is the debate clause come in.

    While you mentioned Jewish one wonder’s who was tired of the sacrifices of bulls. So in all Laura it comes down to loveing thy neighbor or is God and Government a thing of the past today. Does the registry show any love to those caught up in it or the family members. Where is the compassion today or mercy in many of these ordeals or is a plea deal the justice of today. Seems like many men are being sacrifices in all this sckulldugery in many ways.

  7. AERO1

    People are over thinking this whole situation it’s not that serious if you plan to travel and you know your gonna be staying somewhere longer then 3 days to be on the safe side just register in the jurisdiction where your gonna be staying .
    Stop stressing yourself out about things you have no control over.
    And if your new to all this sexofender registery stuff all I can say is traveling is the least of your problems

    Good luck

    • Will Allen

      Nope. I’m not a big government ass licker. I will prevent their harassment as much as possible and in every case, I’ll ensure it is not just worthless, but that it causes actual harm. This is a war.

      If they are dumb enough to arrest me, guess what happens? It is in their best interest that they make their Hit Lists as convenient as possible.

    • Harry

      That is 2 days in Nevada.

    • Kind of living

      @AERO1 I just love your just obey thunking ! i guess no one should worry about being killed on this registry , Or having to go back to prison because a miss understanding of the many rules if we have in the US for traveling , you dont care who gets throne under the bus I have noticed in many of your know it all comments , when its plain to see your not dealing with many of the dangers of this registry , matter of fact most of the time you sound fake , because if you lived were many of RC’s have to live you would be wondering how you could protect yourself with out ending up in the slammer over an altercation and the cops taking the true thugs side bud ! well heck everyone should not want off this registry , heck from what i have seen you say is that many of the level 3 should never get off , funny how that works , the “cops” and “courts” and State are dirty except when you think different , been on a registry for 35 years and have been assaulted many many times and went to jail for protecting myself , and my family , costing us money we cant afford because of this stinking registry , to me anyone that is for any form of the registry is the enemy of ALL RC’s and the constitution , weather you like it or not , so stop pissing on everyone’s back and try telling us its raining

    • Facts should matter

      “Stop stressing yourself out about things you have no control over.”

      This is just another way to be dismissive and say: “it is what it is.” Sorry, but that defeatist attitude reinforces the notion that hope doesn’t exist and things will never change. That reasoning only serves to make the LEOs proud of enforcing this BS law so they can claim they’re “one of the good apples” protecting children from us. So, do continue to play their game, fall in line and play nice when you go register, but not someone like me that is a manufactured threat.

      I can’t speak for all, but I don’t intend to be a slave to the court of public opinion. We’re political prisoners and downtrodden not because of what we did; It’s because of the successful mass-brainwashing that continues to this very day! Fear sells itself, then pepper that with ignorance and hate and you’ve got the recipe for how we got here

      What is the point of even traveling? I mean, how could you even ENJOY YOURSELF knowing that you’re not even made to feel welcome? How could you make good memories and experiences that are unmolested knowing that you’re living under the spectre of constant suspicion? The 20 questions, the jumping through hoops to pacify law enforcement. Why would you subject yourself to the potential embarrassment of being returned home like a scorned stray dog?

      Just because you’re unable to see and feel the weight of the invisible ball-and-chain, doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

      • Will Allen (Registration Liberation Army guerrilla)

        Yep.

        But don’t let Registry Supporters/Terrorists (RS/Ts) embarrass you. They are the ones who should be embarrassed.

        I don’t do embarrassment. I’ve done a ton of good in this world and I’m a good, moral person. But I’m not perfect either. I’ve done bad as well. I’ve always accepted responsibility for that. I paid too many consequences for it. But all that good and bad in the past is over and done.

        Whenever RS/Ts are harassing you for whatever reason, don’t be embarrassed about it. Unless they are just doing their job or whatever, as they must, they should be the ones who are embarrassed for being such dumb suckers and following a charade. Zealous RS/Ts should be embarrassed every day. I stand proud and I know that I’m better than them.

      • wonderin

        Gotta go along with Will on this matter. No one has a dooable plan to take down the registry and until they do I say, stop trying to shovel crap into the wind.
        Just play the game to come out a winner ignoring those who would undermine your ability to succeed by finding your weak spots.

    • jm from wi

      And don’t forget Florida and Illinois- 3 days and/or 3 days in a year. That’s messy if you go shopping in Chicago (close to my home in Wi.)- have 3 or 4 documented credit card charges through the year. Never spend a night. Potential 10 years in prison and most of us would not know we might be doing something wrong. Any time one has to look up a definition of visit, domicile, home, travel etc. to try to see if they are OK and legal… that’s a problem for most of us. Playing it safe (3 days) per AERO1. Is safe in most states. We better know where it’s not.

    • Worried in Wisconsin

      It’s not about over thinking anything. Sometimes it’s virtually impossible to comply with the rules as written. Arrive in town on a Friday after the registry office is closed with plans to spend a long weekend. If it’s a jurisdiction which counts a night as a ‘day’, then you’ll be overstaying your welcome before you can get to their office on Monday.

      If you get to a jurisdiction where there’s a long wait to register, you sometimes show up before dawn and wait until mid-afternoon before being seen. I’ve had that happen while visiting family in Texas. With limited vacation days, it is difficult to justify even going when so much time has to be spent waiting to register.

      Then there’s the places where the registration office only has limited hours/days that they are open. Show up on the wrong day and you’ll have no way to comply.

      I’ve been playing the registry game since 2001 and have tried to be compliant every where I go. I’ve had some situations where registry officials will allow me to check in via phone if I made arrangements prior to the trip, but I’ve also had other officials tell me that I have to reschedule my trip so that I’ll be there on a day registration so that I could comply.

      This whole thing is a joke at best, a conscious effort to trip us up and make it as difficult as possible at best. No amount of telling someone to ‘stop stressing over it’ is going to help.

      • Will Allen (Registration Liberation Army guerrilla)

        All of it is completely unacceptable.

        So what are people going to do about it? It does very little to just complain. For me personally, I have to deliver consequences. I’m obligated.

        People should be working very, very hard to take money and other resources away from law enforcement. Call it “defund” if you want. Whatever. The fact is that when they have time, money, and other resources to goof off with Hit Lists, they obviously have far, far too much. They need to be cut to the core. Then they might have to focus on actual crimes and crime prevention, instead of jacking off all the time.

        Same with out-of-control, nanny big government. Look at their constant nonsense. Citizens should be actively revolting against their theft and harassment. But as a whole, we are quite a bunch of weak, meek big government butt lickers. Look how long we’ve allowed them to wage war on us in order to run their drug business. Now they have a sex business. It’s outrageous.

        Let’s identify all people who can’t have too much government or too many laws and get rid of them. Vote against them always. And against all funding.

        • Worried in Wisconsin

          The problem is, there is now a constant surveillance mentality in this country. People are willingly providing doorbell camera access to law enforcement. People are constantly looking up (and reporting) dirt on their friends and neighbors. Information is out there. It can’t be taken back.

          With the online access to court records, people can (and do) look this stuff up easily. There are companies making lots of cash broadcasting our histories and the histories of many other people arrested/charged/convicted. Just look at the junk in the magazine rack at the local gas station filled with mug shots.

          The immediate problem with the laws is that many of them are simply impossible to comply with. The longer term problem is that they shouldn’t exist to begin with – once a sentence is complete the person is (should be) done reporting and being tracked.

          Not sure what the proper angle is to attack things, but there’s got to be one out there somewhere.

    • Anonymous

      AERO1, I have to disagree. Registering can trigger other potential legal requirements that those not required to register in that state don’t have to abide by, such as presence exclusions. Consequently, with one slip, your short stay somewhere could unexpectedly become a VERY long stay.

      As an aside, a three day general rule won’t work in states like NV and FL and probably others. You may want to read up on Derek’s book to help keep you free from future headaches.

      My advice is to not visit anywhere of such duration that it will trigger a requirement to register. If you must register, thoroughly research state and local regulations first to make sure you don’t end up afoul of other obscure and vague regulations after you do.

  8. Mp

    Derek, thank you. This is a tremendous amount of work and it is appreciated. It really is.

  9. Saddles

    Thats a good step Jason. Now if Will Allen would tell them that he use to be a member of the Water Buffalo Lodge and just say No, but I’m sure everyone understands one’s position with all this confusion. One can’t understands one’s position until they watch the movie “guns of navarone” a few times, course their are many movies I hated to sit thru.

    Never was much into war pictures but this was a good one.

  10. Saddles

    Since coming to Janice’s forum platform, we on here, have wanted to try and correct all this registry upevil if one would like to call. Trying to hash all this out with views and comments that wavor at many times on the sublime mental state of the persons or person’s doing these operations. So who is doing the evil in many of these internet ordeals? Sure nothing wrong with prevention but are authorities preventing or perverting?

    There is no temptation that is common that with the temptation God will provide a way out. So who is testing and who is tempting in much of this registry? The many angles and views on this forum are confusing in themself at times, even about this travel issue, who can be around their kids or these many other issues. One could talk about prison reform or do governments know their A’s from their Bee’s or who stings in this tale of moral/callous under penning or over penning?

    Are we all under.. undue pressure, persuasion, or influence in much of this registry. Where is the stand your ground as in what Will Alan has made kown on here and yes that is a good stance and I’m sure everyone would want to stand their ground.

    Sure we all have problems or are we all in a state of pillary or who has the answer to truth in this blind justice in these sex registry ordeals.

  11. AERO1

    @king of living thanks to my just obey thinking iv never been to prison and never spent longer then 2days in jail in my whole entire life you know why because I’m compliant and i dont give LE anymore power over my life then they allready have.
    As far as vigilantes go what’s the difference between a vigilante and a home intruder if someone comes to ur home to harm u or your family you have a right to defend yourself by any means necessary and with today’s technology you can set up some pretty decent home surveillance for cheap and document 90% of the harrassment and call the cops like a normal person.
    In my opinion I do feel serent people should have to register for life and I think the new California teir law is a great opportunity and a major step forward in making that happen even politicians know how unfair and unsafe it is to group all sexofenders together in the same category
    after 35 year’s on the register and all you been through you’d think you would know this by now

    Good luck

    • Kind of living

      @AERO1 , The difference between “Vigilante” and a “home intruder” is that a vigilante most of the time use the Hit list , and you sound like we always have time to call LE , and we are not always in our safe zone , heck I was the victim every time and the last time a few years back the cops beat me and broke my shoulder that still gives me trouble to this day . they were called to help me , and they charged me ! None of any of that TEC means anything if your already dead , LE is just here for the body count , or create a body count . That is what i have seen in the last 35 years and well before . The only people that need to be on the registry are the people that that use it thinking it makes them safe They are the true danger , when i first got on the registry it was to LE only , not that big of an issue I was just happy to be out of prison . but if i was suppose to get life seems to me that would have been in the plea deal just like the court system tp not keep their end of the deal, no one ever said one word about registry , now when ever they feel like it they can still control our life with more rules than on prole , and the only ones i see in danger is my famliy and thats all i need to see to be able to say the registry is by far the largest danger , heck the guy thats never been busted in his life could be anyone is the danger , but dont worry they will get them thought crimes , Oh wait ! some on the registry are pretty much thought crimes

  12. Saddles

    @AERO1. You should apologize to that person or are we here to condemn others. One wonders how many “Run around sue’s” you’ve possibly been with, or was getting mixed up in this sex registry on your list of things to do. I think many hear out of one ear but don’t comprend out of the other. I’m not proud of what I did are you? Don’t you think you should say your sorry to king.

    Hey we have all had our ups and downs. Some even have their ups and downs even when they are married and with this pressure that can come up its a bit more harder on them. While I hope things go well for king and his burden isn’t as bad as it may or might have been do we always know the rules and in’s and out’s of a one arm bandit slot machine.

    Their was an old saying in a movie I watched a long time ago that makes a lot of sense even in the ordeal we are are going thru this quote is ” Get busy living or get busy dying”. So in many ways your thoughts were out of character on this platform so maybe Will Allen should throw you a few bars of soap.

    • Will Allen

      Nope. I won’t be giving anything to Registry Supporters/Terrorists. They are harassing terrorists who cannot mind their own business or leave other families alone. They put all of America in danger. If I’m aware of an RS/T, I won’t employ them, rent to them, do any business with them unless it benefits only my company, or anything else. They are dangerous and need to be ostracized and neutralized.

  13. Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com

    http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Your_Life_On_The_List_Free_PDF_Version_10092020.pdf

    I made a couple of error fixes and the latest version of the PDF version is available.

    Please note: I’ve also been told that I can have edits submitted to the book any time since the Amazon service is Print on Demand, so the latest changes will be submitted regularly on any future changes to print copies to reflect the free PDF version I offer.

  14. Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com

    I have been doing prisoner outreach for a while now and this book is part of that effort.

    Even at this low rate, prisoners may not be able to buy copies, so would anyone be willing to sponsor a project to buy copies of this book for indigent inmates?

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