ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci will discuss the need to overturn a significant and harmful decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court, Smith v. Doe, during the ACSOL conference on Saturday, September 18, at 10 a.m. She will also discuss, with ACSOL President Chance Oberstein, the newly effective Tiered Registry Law in California on Saturday, September 18, at 12:30 p.m..
“The U.S. Supreme Court made a terrible mistake when it decided that the requirement to register is not punishment,” stated Bellucci. “Due to that decision, governments at every level — city, county, state and federal — have passed new laws that significantly harm registrants and their families by applying them retroactively.”
For example, an individual convicted in 1979, before creation of the internet, has his personal information, including his home address listed on a public website. The listing of that man’s home address resulted in a physical attack by a stranger upon him in his own home.
“We must educate the Court regarding the impact of its mistake which was based upon one unsubstantiated article posted in Psychology Today magazine,” stated Bellucci. “Contrary to the Court’s finding that the rate of re-offense for registrants is ‘frightening and high’ both government and academic studies report that the re-offense rate is extremely low, as low as less 1 percent for registrants while on parole.”
Bellucci and Oberstein will discuss the early results of the petitioning process under the Tiered Registry Law on September 18 at 12:30 p.m. Their discussion will include statistics regarding how many and what types of petitions have been granted in the 10-week period that petitions have been filed.
“There is both good news and bad news to report regarding the petitioning process,” stated Oberstein. “We will share both types of news during our presentation.”
It is still possible to sign up for the conference using the link below.