Families Affirming Community Safety (FACTS)

December 6, 2009

Can AWA turn registrants violent?

Filed under: Uncategorized — billorights @ 9:09 pm

Dr. Roy Baumeister of the University of Florida has done a great deal of research on social exclusion.  His studies show that isolation, such as that caused by the registry, can actually make registrants less stable.  His studies show that social exclusion can actually REVERSE the effects of therapy and rehabiliation.

There is reason to believe that the pain of social exclusion shares many of the same neural and psychological mechanisms as experiences of physical pain.

http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=fulltext.printArticle&jcode=psp&vol=91&issue=1&format=html&page=1&language=eng

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Victim Rights Groups Agree – AWA is wrong solution

Filed under: Uncategorized — billorights @ 8:40 pm

The following coalition of Victim Rights Groups are currently fighting Adam Walsh Act, because they believe it will destabilize registrants, and make them more dangerous.   We have contacted their attorney, and they are working with us in Nebraska to show the State the truth of Adam Walsh Act.

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault,
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers,
The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center,
Detective Robert A. Shilling,
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault,
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault,
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

AWA – Experts say – WRONG SOLUTION

Filed under: Uncategorized — billorights @ 8:33 pm
This comment to us, from an expert who basically ‘wrote the book’ on registrant monitoring.  He asked to remain anonymous due to his role with the State of Minnesota.
 
I can tell you that I believe that it is unlikely AWA will reduce recidivism, in fact, I believe that it may have the contradictory effect of increasing it because of the destabilizing effects on sex offenders trying to establish themselves in communities.
 
In Minnesota, our registration and notification system is such that only a fraction of registered sex offenders are placed on the Internet – Level 3 offenders (not AWA Level 3s, but a risk beased classification system), and noncompliant offenders.  As a result, our compliance rate is likely among the highest in the nation.  And, you can download a report that shows that our sex offender recidivism rates have dramatically reduced by anywhere from 50% to 80% from 1990 to 2002 (
http://www.doc.state.mn.us/publications/documents/04-07SexOffenderReport-Recidivism.pdf).
 

Laws do more harm than good

Filed under: Uncategorized — billorights @ 8:27 pm

This article at Human Rights Watch states that the laws do more harm than good.   Remember, not all registrants even have victims.

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2007/09/11/us-sex-offender-laws-may-do-more-harm-good

Laws aimed at people convicted of sex offenses may not protect children from sex crimes but do lead to harassment, ostracism and even violence against former registrants, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch urges the reform of state and federal registration and community notification laws, and the elimination of residency restrictions, because they violate basic rights of former registrants.

December 4, 2009

The Media Hype has begun

Filed under: Uncategorized — constitutionaldefense @ 10:12 am

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/78468912.html

Notice that Douglas County Chief Deputy Sheriff Marty Bilek has reservations about the new law

The list of names on the Nebraska State Patrol’s sex offender registry website will soon get a lot longer. It’s not because there’s been a huge jump in sex crime convictions, but rather a change in state law.

“Currently only the level three offenders are public information on the state patrol’s website,” said Dep. Mike Smith with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. “As of the first of the year, all registered sex offenders will be public information and will be found on the website.”

That means anyone convicted of a sex crime, whether misdemeanor or felony, will have their picture and information posted.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Sheriff Marty Bilek has reservations about grouping all offenders together. “I personally feel that more discretion is better. I kind of thought in the past that it would be worthwhile for a judge to hear all the mitigating circumstances, all the aggravating, and then make a decision about what level this particular sex offender should be. That will be done in the new system, but it will be more automatic and less discretion.”

The sex offender registry laws were changed by the Nebraska Legislature last May. The new rules bring the state into compliance with the Adam Walsh Act passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2006.

“We suspect there will be an influx of sex offenders coming in to register,” Bilek said. “In some cases there will be people who never had to register before, but do now. Not only that. But the registration process is more complicated than it used to be.”

When registering, offenders not only provide their address, but must list e-mail addresses as well as any online user names they have for things like chat rooms and social networking sites.

They will also have to have their fingerprints and picture taken, and provide a DNA sample.

Any offender who knowingly violates the new rules of the sex offender registry can be charged with a felony.

Nebraska Sex Offender Law Changes

Filed under: Uncategorized — constitutionaldefense @ 10:07 am

From:  http://www.nsp.state.ne.us/SOR/

New Sex Offender Registration Law effective Jan 1, 2010

May 29, 2009, the Nebraska legislature passed LB285 which amended the Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act in an attempt to become compliant with the Adam Walsh Act.

New Reporting Requirements
All offenders will be required to register in 3 days prior to release from incarceration (local or state), or at a law enforcement agency with AFIS (automated fingerprint systems). In addition to the current registration data collected, the required information will also include:

  1. ALL addresses that he or she lives or frequents
  2. All employment locations
  3. All school information
  4. Travel & immigration documents
  5. Professional licensees or certificates
  6. Remote communication device identifiers/addresses
  7. Email addresses, chat room id, etc
  8. Signed consent form to search (if 6 or 7 is provided)
  9. DNA sample
  10. Palm prints in addition to fingerprints

All registration changes will take place in person at the sheriffs’ offices.  The offender must report any change in residence/temporary residence, employment, or school on an approved form (NSP792).

Anyone required to register is required to report each email address, instant messaging address and any other Internet communication identifiers they use (i.e. names used in chat rooms, Facebook, MySpace). Any changes must be submitted within 24 hours.  Providing false information or failing to report a change in 24 hours may constitute a felony offense.

New Registration Duration
Under current law, offenders must register for 10 years or life.  Registration duration period will change to 15 year, 25 year or life as follows under the new law effect January 1, 2010 and will apply to all sex offenders currently registered and were previously registered:

Fifteen years, if the sex offender was convicted of a registrable offense under section 29-4003 not punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (i.e. primarily misdemeanor offenses)

Twenty-five years, if the sex offender was convicted of a registrable offense under section 29-4003 punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; or

(i.e. primarily non-aggravated felony offenses including attempt/conspiracy)

(iii) Life, if the sex offender was convicted of a registrable offense under section 29-4003 punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and was convicted of an aggravated offense or had a prior sex offense conviction or has been determined to be a lifetime registrant in another state, territory, commonwealth, or other jurisdiction of the United States, by the United States Government, by court-martial or other military tribunal, or by a foreign jurisdiction. (i.e. primarily aggravated felony offenses = force/drugged victim/disabled victim/victim <13, including attempt/conspiracy; felony or misdemeanor repeat offenders)

New Verification Process
The verification schedule will be determined by the registration duration time. Letters will be mailed to each registered offender (or prior registered offender) to advise of their verification schedule.

15 year:  Required to report for verification annually in person at the sheriff’s office in the month of the offender’s date of birth.

25 year:  Required to report for verification bi-annually in person at the sheriff’s office in the month of the offender’s date of birth & six months following.

Lifetime:  Required to report for verification quarterly in person at the sheriff’s office in the month of the offender’s date of birth and every three months thereafter.

New Community Notification Process
The new law will post ALL REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS since the classification or “risk levels” will no longer be used and will be categorized by registration duration.

New Penalties
All violations will be a Felony IV, unless the offender has a prior Felony IV violation conviction and the subsequent violation will be a Felony III.

New Forms
One registration form will be used for registration, changes and verifications.  All registrations, changes and verifications must be completed on this form by the offender in person at the sheriff’s office.  The forms will be disseminated to all registering agencies before the end of the year.

All forms have been updated and will be disseminated accordingly before the end of the year.

For more information on LB285 you may visit the Nebraska Legislature web site http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Final/LB285.pdf.

What is the Adam Walsh Act?

Filed under: Uncategorized — constitutionaldefense @ 10:05 am

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was created in 2006 in order to create a national standard for ‘sex offender’ Registries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Walsh_Child_Protection_and_Safety_Act

In Nebraska LB285 was introduced by Senator Pete Pirsch and ultimately passed by the Unicameral and signed into law by Governor Heineman.  LB285 is the Nebraska version of the Adam Walsh Act.

http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=6623

December 1, 2009

The Fight Begins

Filed under: Uncategorized — billorights @ 7:17 pm

We have started a collaboration of FAMILIES who will be destroyed by the Nebraska version of Adam Walsh Act, commonly known as LB-285.  We are going to try to keep everyone up to date on this site.   This site is to support registrants who have changed their life, and the families of these registrants.

Proponents say ‘if it saves only one child….’.   But the problem is, it will hurt or destroy 1000s of families and children in Nebraska alone, in some mis-guided sense that it possibly, might, maybe protect just one.  We want to protect children, but it needs to be done with something that works, not vigilante public degradation.  Numerous studies nationwide prove that this approach makes registrants more likely to reoffend, so the very law labeled the ‘child safety and protection act’, truly makes the problem worse.  Even John Walsh himself, in a November Nightline interview, admitted on television that this has gone out of control.  He publically stated this is nothing like the law he championed.  He publically came out and admitted that politicians have gotten this all wrong, and are diluting the problem.

NOT ALL registrants are pedophiles.  Studies show that only about 10% of child-based sex offenses are true pedophiles, yet this law persecutes the other 90% ‘as if’ they were part of the 10%, as well as non child offenses.

There are people who will be labeled Tier 3 under LB-285, who are not only not dangerous, but don’t even have victims.  Some of these registrants completed rehabilitation and their ‘time’ years ago, but LB-285 ignores all rehabilitation, and attempts to destroy them for things they have already rehabilitated from.  This law is so cruel and unconstitutional, that it is reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials of the 1600’s.  If you think LB-285 is a viable solution, then you need to read the research, and understand what it truly does.  You will see that it treats a 15 year old/17 year old consenual sexual relationship exactly the same as a 50 year old man raping and murdering  a 2 year old child.  No one can honestly think the 2 are equal, but LB-285 treats them as equal.

We DO NOT support pedophiles, we DO NOT support child exploitation, and we do not approve of child violence.  We do believe that there are registrants who have rehabilitated, and there are registrants who are not dangerous to the public.  We are here to defend these people and the families that support them.  If you are a vigilante here to persecute child molesters or child predators, you are on the wrong site, because no one here approves of child molestation.

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