The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) will protest ongoing efforts by Placer County, California, to block the release of a registrant in that county. The protest will be held on September 1 at 7:30 a.m. in front of Placer County Superior Court, 10820 Justice Center Drive, in Roseville, CA. The protest will move inside the court to Department 23, if possible, where the District Attorney has scheduled a meeting of those who support the county’s efforts.
“We must take a stand on the important issue of where a person who is required to live can reside,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Without our efforts, this registrant could be kept in custody indefinitely. It’s time to Show Up, Stand Up and Speak Up.”
“Please let me know if you plan to participate in this protest. Need to make sure we have enough signs for everyone. This is VERY IMPORTANT so please show up!”
Additional information regarding Placer County’s efforts to block this man’s release can be found online at https://www.placer.ca.gov/9207/SVP-Transient-Release-Case-portal.
The person whose release is in jeopardy is a man convicted of four sex offenses more than 30 years ago. After serving his initial prison sentence, he was designated a sexually violent predator and spent more than 20 years in a state hospital. During his stay in that hospital, the man participated in several counseling programs and state government experts have now determined that he is ready to be released.
“Why are county officials, who have no training, questioning the experts who are fully trained to determine that a person is ready for release,” asked Bellucci. “County officials are ignoring the facts and instead are acting on emotions based upon the misinformation that all registrants pose a current danger.”
The facts are that the rate of re-offense for a person required to register who is on parole is less than one percent, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. And the federal government has determined that persons required to register, who are not on parole, have a rate of re-offense of about 5 percent. The perpetrators of more than 90 percent of sexual abuse are not on the registry, but instead are in the community serving as teachers, coaches, clergy, law enforcement and family members.