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ACSOL Announces 2021 Conference Dates, Keynote Speaker Jill Levenson

ACSOL will conduct its annual conference on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, 2021.  Similar to its conference last year, this year’s conference will be held virtually using Zoom technology that will allow individuals to choose between audio only or audio and video participation.

“We are pleased to announce that Jill Levenson, PhD, has agreed to make a keynote presentation at this year’s conference,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “Dr. Levenson is a nationally acclaimed expert whose research has concluded that sex offender registries are ineffective and that residency restrictions reduce, not increase, public safety.”

Dr. Levenson has also been critical of the use of GPS devices to monitor registrants, because, according to her, the technology is used too sweepingly and its capabilities are overestimated.  Further, Dr. Levenson and colleagues have concluded that threats to children from Registrants on Halloween are virtually non-existent because there is no evidence of such crimes occurring in California or elsewhere.

The 2021 conference will include panels that address important topics such as proposed SORNA regulations, employment, housing, domestic and international travel as well tips for successfully completing parole and/or probation.  Additional speakers will be announced soon on this website.  Click here to sign up for the conference and the cost to attend the two-day conference will be $25 per person.


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🤗 Awesome!! I can’t wait! 🤗 So far, I have attended three ACSOL Annual Conferences and I highly recommend the ACSOL conferences to any registrant (or family member or friend) who’s interested in finding out what’s going on, meeting leaders in the field and in the fight, and getting more involved! 👍 Show up, stand up and speak up!! 👍

Ditto….what David said!

Why virtual?
Everybody who wants the jab will have it by May 31, according to Biden.

Very disappointed.

I would love to “show up, stand up, and speak up” but there is no place to show up to, so I’ll be sitting at home looking at a screen. I could stand up, but then I couldn’t see the screen, and I could speak up, but It’s hard to get a turn, and I wouldn’t know if I was properly heard or not.

I watched the last conference, and there were some excellent speakers and presenters, but it’s hard for me to be attentive when it is so easy to get distracted. I have done online church, online doctor appointments, etc. but it is just not the same.

I really enjoyed the first two conferences. It was great to be around people who have suffered the same things I have, hear their stories face-to-face, and gain insights from individuals who have been able to overcome. And that great evening meal, was one of the best I have ever had! Plus, I had great discussions with the people at my table. Just being able to get out of town for a couple of days was a big deal.

I have shown up, I have participated in lobbying California legislators, I stood up in opposition to more than one bad bill, and I spoke up when I testified against those bills. I was just hoping to be able to show up again, rather than just watch a screen.

@Mike G and others – ACSOL chose the safest option for this year’s conference and that is why it is virtual. Although many people will be vaccinated by September, there is still the chance a variant of COVID might be with us. In fact, there are many countries in Europe now that are suffering through yet another wave of COVID infections and death. We don’t want this year’s conference to be a super spreader event. It is our hope that we will not need to even think about COVID next year and can hold our conference in person back at the beautiful and historic Southwestern Law School.


Anyone who understands the biology of viruses knows multi variant strains typically requires many many generations to naturally occur. Seems not to be the case with covid-19, … I read there are three known variations as of today. All three strikingly resemble the common cold bug and are easily distributed in the air. Going virtual is the appropriate thing to do but IMO examples further human reliance upon technology to get their human needs met. Unfortunately this popular trend is more anti-social in general because of it.

I am sure the founders couldn’t have meant ” the right to face accusers ” had anything to do with electronic communications. That phrase was intended to mean the right to person to person confrontation.

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