Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full? It’s a question many have asked when they believe not all of their needs or desires have been met. The answer to that question often depends upon whether the person who asked it is an optimist or a pessimist.
I am an optimist and I declare that the glass is half full. That is, the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) has approved two proposed changes identified by the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) and CASOMB plans to approve a third proposed change after modifications are made.
Did CASOMB approve every change that ACSOL requested nine months ago? No, they did not. But CASOMB is now supporting changes that will benefit thousands of registrants and their families.
A path has been created where CASOMB is listening to and more importantly, acting on, requests made by ACSOL. It’s a path that ACSOL will continue to travel until the Tiered Registry Law allows all registrants to petition for removal. It may also be a path leading toward the ultimate abolition of the registry.
How long will it take to reach those important goals? The answers to those questions are unknown and in fact they are unknowable.
What we do know is that we can continue to help and support each other as we travel this path together. We are a community of registrants, family members and supporters.
Together we can celebrate those who are eligible to petition for removal as well as those whose petitions have been granted. Together we can listen to those who are not yet eligible to petition and encourage them to remain patient even when it is difficult to do so.
I encourage each and every member of our community to start thinking like an optimist. For when we do, we all will know that our glass is half full and that by working together we can fill the rest of that glass.