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Janice’s Journal: We’ve Got Your Back

The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) was created about 10 years ago to protect registrants and their families from a constant and continual assault of new laws that added additional challenges to daily life.  The challenges included restrictions on where a registrant could visit, where a registrant could live and whether a registrant could celebrate Halloween.

During this 10-year period, ACSOL and its foundation has filed more than 100 lawsuits which have resulted in the repeal or non-enforcement of every presence restriction and residency restriction for registrants who are not on parole or probation.  In addition, laws requiring registrants to post a sign on the front door of their homes on Halloween have been stricken.

Because of ACSOL, registrants in California have greater freedom and fewer restrictions than registrants in most states.  We are proud of that record.

However, ACSOL is not content to rest on its laurels.  To claim victory and to sit quietly while the flawed Tiered Registry Law takes effect.

To be clear, the Tiered Registry Law that ACSOL lobbied for during a six-year period is not the law that was passed.  ACSOL asked for a tiered registry law that was based upon the current risk, if any, that a registrant poses.  Instead, the legislature passed a law based upon the offense for which a registrant was convicted and even assigns some people who pose no risk to the highest tier.

ACSOL acknowledges that some of the current provisions of the Tiered Registry Law are fundamentally flawed.  That is why the first lawsuit was filed earlier this month challenging one provision of that law.  The filing of any lawsuit is a risk.  However, it is the only way in which the Tiered Registry Law can be changed without engaging the state legislature which is unwilling to act at this time.

There are many reasons, or excuses, for the legislature’s unwillingness to change the Tiered Registry Law during the current legislative session which began in January 2021 and lasts until December 2022.  The most common reason given is that the legislators want to wait and watch the results of the petitioning process which begins in July 2021.

ACSOL could have decided to wait until the end of the current legislative session to request changes to the Tiered Registry Law.  Instead, we have decided to start challenging in court provisions of that law beginning with its weakest links.  ACSOL will file more lawsuits challenging additional provisions of the Tiered Registry Law in the near future.

No one will be left behind.  No one.  We’ve got your back.

We ask for your patience as we take one step forward at a time.  Each step builds on the last step until we have reached the goal.

There are many ways you can help ACSOL reach the goal by Showing Up – Standing Up – Speaking Up and by making a financial donation.  And for those who would criticize ACSOL and its methods, please know that we will help you, too, cross the finish line and reach the land of Freedom from the Registry.

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Janice, you did a great job of reminding us how far we have come how we must remain united to continue our success. We have seen how a lack of unity resulted in other organizations losing focus and effectiveness. Your call to unity is very appropriate right now.

I will continue to Show Up, Stand Up, and Speak Up for every registrant, even if I don’t directly benefit from the issue at hand, because we are all in this together.

There are MANY moving parts to fighting Tiered Registry Law issues.
I believe strongly that Janice’s current approach is correct.
We must pick our battles and building on the fact that we got Tiered Registry limits was a necessary first step.
God, mice and men know how difficult it is to get a legislature to DO anything.
Congratulations on OUR Tiered Registry victory and on to creating more legislative relief for 290s
Cliff

@ Roger H….AMEN Roger she couldn’t of stated any better. Hope all listen
Well.said Roger!

Yes, I agree. And for those to criticize ACSOL it is because such people are typically in great pain looking for help. Emotionally they are holding on and lash out in hope to find a life savor. I know I was there, and in many regards still am. I’m hurt and angry at our lawmakers for not doing what’s right. The delusion is real everyone, we must Show Up, Stand Up, and Speak Up.

Thank you Janice and ACSOL, yes, we are very fortunate to have you on our side here in CA. The comment that the legislature wants to see the results of the petitioning process would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic. What is there to wait for? We know what’s going to happen. The majority of those who can petition will do it, and it will be a massive backlog with lengthy waits, even more so with COVID. Many judges will fine technicalities to reject a number of petitions, and this will add to more backlog and more waiting. And… Read more »

Janice , thank you for your hard work.
Eric said what I wanted to say. Very well put Eric .

Thank you Janice for having our backs, it means so much to all of us 🙏 however Rialto, ca. still has Halloween ordinance stating everyone even off parole cannot celebrate Halloween , must have no exterior lights on and not answer the door. I think this is ridiculous could you please send them a letter and try to get this ordinance overturned?

We ALL owe a great debt to Janice for starting and continuing this battle on the Registry. I have been there with her for all of the legislative battles on this topic. I had the Assembly Chair of Appropriations, Lorena Gonzalez tell us we would fail at getting this passed. I heard the Chair of the Assembly Public Safety, Jones-Sawyer say he would not consider any change in the law until he had time to see how it works. He has been a prime target of our legislative lobbying. We all know that if one person who gets off the… Read more »

“… let me tell you how hard it is to work to get a bill passed that puts you on Tier III” How about the law that, as passed, put you on Tier II and a current action by ACSOL looks like it will get you shifted back to lifetime registration… As occurred in 2014? While ACSOL had little to nothing to do with 2014, that precedent should have been sufficient to signal a likely outcome. And, yes, I wrote the appropriate legislators and had people in my circle do so as well. You’ve got NOTHING to tell me about… Read more »

When sentenced, I was told registration would be for the duration of 3 years probation. About 2 years later they changed the law.

I was also told an expungement would be very possible, but then they changed the law. So who do you trust more?

But what inspired a reply is your “looks like” is not a legal term, especially a final legal term, or even a final conclusion, at least not yet. Until there is someone better to trust, I will rely on all4consolaws. They have to be more reliable than the government way back when…or now.

Yeah Ditto, I watched all of that go on too. I watched as people who signed legally binding contracts with the state to not be put on the registry be placed there by the stroke of a legislative pen (seems to me it might be a tort, but I’m not a lawyer). The LEGAL phrase you’re looking for Ditto, is precedent. And the 2014 appellate case shows precedent… How such complaints HAVE been handled in the past. I say the pooch got screwed and the figure I’ve seen bandied about here is 80,000 (or more) of us got thrown under… Read more »

Bruce, Doe is a precedent and that is what we are up against. I don’t blame the resistance. It is nearly impossible to get the Supreme Court to overturn itself, but it is starting to clarify and as TS commented: TS March 2, 2021 From Florida Action Committee website: (VA) Win in Virginia as 4th Circuit reverses and remands ex-post-facto registration case. Out of Virginia where an Ex-Post-Facto case was reversed and remanded after being dismissed by the trial court. In 1994, Prynne was convicted and sentenced to probation for having sex with a 15-year old for which she served… Read more »

I’ve been praying a lot on this topic.

Thank you Janice! Just sent $100.00

Thank you, Dan! We appreciate your support.

Thanks ACSOL, Janice and Chance especially. If it was not for this organization, I would have been barred from parks and beaches even a McDonalds with a jungle gym for kids. I would have probably had to move and the list goes on and on. My family is eternally grateful and still hopeful of this new lawsuit to right a fundamentally wrong decision by the Tiered Registry makers. We support you 100%

THANK YOU Janice and Chance!

Well, guess I know where I’m throwing money come next payday. I’ve been slipping. Ten years ago, I was forced from my parents home and on the verge of homelessness. There were many, many more restrictions (living restrictions, park restrictions, school restrictions) that had more to do with how the local police felt like enforcing them. Ten years later, we have the tiered law. It’s not perfect. The second iteration would’ve had me off in 10 years. I’m tier 3, but it doesn’t bother me. That’s not resignation, but faith that Janet and the team will see things through. They’ve… Read more »

This same idea has probably already been communicated by other supporters on here, but I just wanted to chime in and say that I thank God everyday for Janice and all at ACSOL. I can remember a time 15 or so years ago when I would search online for any kind of support system for registrants while only finding posts on forums expressing hatred toward registrants. There was NOTHING like ACSOL out there. NOTHING! Eventually by around 2007 or 2008 a few blogs showed up. Even a couple of “blog talk radio” type of call-in shows that came and went.… Read more »

I learned about ACSOL a little over 6 years ago. It was quite a surprise for me to find an organization who was an advocate trying to help registrants. Browsing the internet one day, I made this discovery. In 2014, I attended a meeting in Berkeley. My emotions were overwhelmed. Intelligent people. Caring people who were not judgmental. Information and hope were being expressed. There were at least three attorneys attending this meeting. Many board members were present. This was a great introduction to my understanding of the extent of this problem. Unfortunately, the problem was much bigger than I… Read more »

@Janice, I’m very thankful that you wrote this. So many people don’t know the history of what you, Chance, and ACSOL (formerly CA RSOL) have accomplished. This journal was needed for the many that don’t know the full works. And yet so many people don’t realize how CA RSOL came to be. It all started when you met a man named Frank L. who was doing work for you at your house. You heard his story and that was the start of the movement. I am forever grateful that you gave many a voice. This website (and CA RSOL) is… Read more »

Congratulations ACSOL on your success in defense of liberty. Obviously the intent of the founders was to limit gov power so that individual liberty would flourish. Without the perception of individual liberty intact government of any sort have always historically suffered collapse. Personally I believe America is near that end. Remember the Romans too dominated the financial infrastructure but that fact didn’t save it. So while we suffer group think in the current roaring 20’s beware! Given the relative disposition intentionally chosen between the value of the human and the value database garnered via indenture servitude implicit in offender ”… Read more »

Thank you, Janice and Chance for all you do for us. I just donated $100 and encourage others to give what they can.

It feels like as if a dealer who sold me a car for $30,000, and then after 2 years tells me the car value went up, and my monthly payments are now $400 rather than the $300 I signed for. They CAN NOT do that obviously, so why can new laws be added AFTER sentencing, and even worse, years after sentencing.

Because SCOTUS ruled that the registry isn’t punitive but rather administrative. Basically, the same category as updating the speed limit on a road. So whatever they do isn’t “retroactive” in regards to double jeopardy and all those other protections against being punished post completion of sentence.

A pro per challenged California’s Three Strikes laws arguing violation of contract. He argued that there wasn’t any Three Strikes Law when he pled guilty to his first two felonies, and therefore it was a violation of the plea bargain to insert the law into his Third Strike sentencing.

He lost and I’d say a Third Striker has it worse than many of us.

I agree Janice Bellucci is the real deal and California people are very lucky . For instance the tier assessment letters law enforcement really didn’t want to give us anything you should of seen their faces when a sex offender walks into their department and starts demanding paperwork It’s kinda hard to explain but they act differently when your not scared and know your rights I thank ACSOL and Janice Bellucci for that. Last time when I was at the police department there was a guy there doing his annual registration when the 290 officers came out he was so… Read more »

Areo1, I think you’re sadly mistaken. The actions surrounding the 2014 appellate case here in California say otherwise.

The courts simply delayed the outstanding petitions while the legislature changed the law to make the treatment of both offenses equal… And not in our favor.

The California supreme court then ruled the appellate ruling moot and all of the outstanding petitions were then denied.

Ditto, those ruling are from another state and as such have no bearing in California and even differing federal districts. The 2014 California appellate ruling wasn’t resolved by the courts, in any case.

The courts simply delayed the outstanding petitions while the legislature changed the law to make the treatment of both offenses equal… And not in our favor.

The California supreme court then ruled the appellate ruling moot and all of the outstanding petitions were then denied.

Bruce, thanks for the clarification. I knew it was from a non-California Court of Appeals, but it still digs into ex post facto, and the more that happens, the stronger the fight against the never ending and always ratcheted up punishment that is not punishment simply because it is regulation. So it is a victory for the country.

I just registered by phone and I feel so left behind right now. I don’t know if the thing about the misdemeanors will ever get sorted with the DOJ either since Gavin’s constantly dealing with the recall either.

I’m so glad to hear that ACSOL has registrants backs. Registrants in Humboldt County California need your help!. Others and myself who reside in Humboldt County in sex offender treatment and on Parole are forced to confess to crimes for which they were arrested but not convicted. • For example, you’re arrested and charged with assault and battery, and murder. You are convicted of only assault and battery, yet Parole and treatment will force you to confess to the murder. Treatment and Parole will present polygraph questions about your involvement in the murder. Harass and shame you about not admitting… Read more »

It is unbelievable how much pandering occurs in our country.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-promises-to-protect-womens-rights-in-afghanistan/ar-BB1eSU0G?ocid=AMZN

One giant bag of garbage when we can’t even protect our own rights. Obviously it a noble cause expressed by the authors. I know damn well these foreign nationals should be responsible for my heir own culture, instead we Americans impose ours upon them.

Hello from Illinois. I want to first congratulate all of you that have worked so hard on changing the laws there on such a true victory. I’m a 95 year old grandfather of a reporting sex offender here in Illinois. I wish he had someone here in Illinois to reach out to like yourself that valued human rights over money. Long story short to explain why I say that. My grandson was supposed to come off the registry in 2016, he was so excited because he was hoping to create help for all that were in his position to have… Read more »

Gerald ~ I was sad reading your story about your grandson. I don’t see how any of this can be constitutionally right. People take pleas and get sentenced accordingly. Nobody should have the right to add additional rules after the fact, especially years afterwards. So, you grandson lived as a regular person all these years, and now he is a sexual predator??? That mistake (if he was really that dangerous), could have cost a lot of people harm, so those people should be punished for endangering the public this way (of course, there was no danger). It is similar to… Read more »

Exactly how it happened, he stayed compliant from 2006 when they decided he would start his reporting with all the registry rules and in 2016 they decided that one particular word changed his reporting requirement from 10 years to lifetime registration. For the 4 years after 2016 he hired a Civil Rights attorney that agreed that he would only take the $3k my grandson had left to pay of money he had left from before he got into trouble and write letters to correct the believed mistake. After 4 years of continued registration my grandson got my step son to… Read more »

@ Gerald Sounds like your grandson is lucky to have you in his life the only question i have is what the hell is he gonna do when your gon. no disrespect but your 95 years old you might not be around 5-10 years from now that’s just the reality of life. Being a sex offender is a lifetime requirement it’s not just gonna go away so sitting around all day feeling sorry for yourself isn’t gonna cut it. You said out of 10 years he’s only work at 2 or 3 temp agency must be nice. There’s people who’ve… Read more »

To Aero1 Those are words of wisdom and very wise. Everything I have ever gotten in my 95 years I have had to fight for. I almost didn’t get into the Navy to serve our country in World War II. I fought hard to keep myself relevant in the Navy for the Korean War. I worked in factories from Studabaker a car company to AB Dick a copy printer company. I totally agree with your points made. My grandson was working a job with a friend of his when he first started reporting and making decent money. His work ethic… Read more »

@Gerald , I would say like everyone else “Thank You For Your Military Service’s” But what you won and saved our Country only to hand it over to the same kind of Gov that you were fighting , must make your stomach turn. This Registry is all about numbers , numbers creates jobs, secures, jobs, but most important it brings in money and cements votes for the elite. They are so good at what they do , life can be very simple ( take the virus us humans have lived through, what will ultimately kill the virus is herd immunity,… Read more »

Now I had some comments or view’s to place up here as I keep a record of everything I have posted as this subject interest me and I am sure many on here. Sure many are caught up in this. Even one might say by entrapment means or other. God is a God of justice plain and simple. I made a little comment a while back and no one seemed to understand it. Cor. 1 10:13 is a good starter. Yes I challenge Janice and all on my friends on here here or have we even had a view on… Read more »

When I was young, I would fish with wonder (white bread). I found at more effective than fishing with faith and a bare hook.
Now I “fish” for freedom and justice with letters, email, letters and phone calls to lawmakers. (I’ll even bait the hook with campaign donations if necessary.)

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