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NJ: N.J. bill would help people with criminal records find housing

[inquirer.com – 5/31/21]

A New Jersey single father of two convicted of drug offenses has been sober for almost two years and has been out of prison for about three.

New Jersey lawmakers are attempting to keep landlords from automatically disqualifying potential tenants who have criminal histories. Instead, bills under consideration encourage landlords to assess each applicant as an individual, taking into account factors such as severity of a crime and the amount of time since it occurred.

Exceptions include applicants who are on sex-offender registries for life.

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Wait for it…wait for it…”Exceptions include applicants who are on sex-offender registries for life.”

What!? A helpful bill that only excludes registrants? This is so rare! This is unheard of!

This is…

SOS. Same Old…Hysteria

So “advocates say stereotypes about people who have been incarcerated incorrectly paint them all as dangerous and bad tenants.”
But those same advocates appear to be fine with discrimination toward, and false stereotypes about, individuals convicted of sexual offenses.
Indeed, Roger: SOS.😏

Let’s make laws to push people into homelessness because of their record; then arrest them for being homeless.

If someone is living a law abiding life no matter how long, than leave those people alone. This is pure punishment, so call it what it is and enough with this civil administration bs. Stop calling it a chicken when it’s a damn duck because you don’t give a F.

Went out with my coworkers for memorial weekend had a blast.
At the end of the night my bosses wife offered to give a few of us a ride home because we had been drinking.
As we’re leaving the downtown area we get pulled over right before the freeway entrance the cop comes up and asked for license and registration after clearing the driver the cop turns his focus on me and my boss the only 2 males in the vehicle he asked if we ever been arrested and demanded our ID’s.
After about 5 minutes the cop returns and says everything looks good as he’s handing back my ID he paused and said sorry i don’t mean to put you on blast but are you current with your 290pc sex offender registration i said yes if i wasn’t I’d bee in hand cuffs right now he smiled and said you guys drive safe.
The rest of the ride home was A very embarrassing awkward silence.

Good luck 🖖😬

Last edited 23 days ago by AERO1

@Aero1 – If you don’t mind my asking, where did this event take place? Just curious which Police Department is acting out this way.

What the cop asked of you and your boss wasn’t relevant to the stop. You had no reason to comply in any way. Especially so since you were passengers. And he had even less of a reason to bring up your 290 status. F the pigs and their BS

@Aero1:
I second what @SR says. The same two questions as always would’ve been good to ask: 1) Am I being detained? (Technically *you* probably were not but the driver was.) and 2) Am I free to go? (Technically *you* should have been since it was a stop for a driving issue and you were not driving.)

Never, never, never talk to a cop. Never, never, never give them anymore information than legally required, such as in positive-ID states. Even in those states, it’s my understanding one is not required to provide physical ID, just verbal information (unless driving, of course).

It takes guts and strength to stand up to “The Man,” especially if you have a bit of a shine going. The more you do it, the more you can do it.

Looks like in CA, you don’t even have to identify yourself verbally. And you cannot be arrested solely for failing to do that. Seems like AERO didn’t need to do anything at all but remain silent.

https://www.aclusocal.org/en/news/can-you-be-arrested-california-refusing-provide-id-police-when-detained

I fully agree with AJ and SR but… law enforcement can ASK whatever they want and CAN arrest you (albeit it an illegal arrest).

If you’re in Michigan, a passenger in a vehicle is not obligated to give ID to a cop. Neither do you have to ID yourself if you’re a pedestrian. You only have to ID yourself if you are the driver of a vehicle. Any other ID requests must be accompanied by reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, and the cop MUST articulate the suspected crime. Michigan is not a “stop and ID state”. Many other states are the same. I’ve been a passenger in a vehicle before that was stopped and asked for my ID. I politely but firmly told the cop that he pulled the driver over, not me, and that Michigan law states that I do not have to ID myself. It went back and forth for a few minutes, but I stood my ground and refused to give him my ID, and he finally backed down when I asked for a supervisor.
Know your rights.

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