Monday, January 16, 2012

Whats Happening in The Sex Offender Community

Here is Whats Happening Today
January 16-19, 2012:

eAdvocate Tidbits

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) DENIES States Funding if they promote reunification of a child with a registered sex offender parent. Another federal law tucked into the Adam Walsh Act that effects some families of registered former sex offenders. Click to read more about it!

California RSOL will lobby state legislators in Sacramento on January 17 and 18 in support of Assembly Bill (AB) 625 that would create a tiered registry, similar to those found in 46 states, for registrants. The bill is expected to be voted upon by the Assembly this month and must be passed no later than January 31.

During the lobbying effort, volunteers and Board members will educate lawmakers and their staff regarding "sex offender" issues such as low recidivism rates, residency restrictions and the Myth of Stranger Danger.

In addition, California RSOL will make a formal presentation to the California Sex Offender Management Board on January 19. During that presentation, the organization will request the Board to study and report on issues such as vigilante violence and inaccurate profiles on the Megan's Law website. For more information, please refer to the CA RSOL website at

In a sneaky way Congress has appropriated money for the Adam Walsh Act and the Second Chance Act!

Reporting Child Abuse:
Almost every state mandates that people in certain designated jobs file reports if they suspect child abuse. In Pennsylvania’s case, this includes health-care workers, school employees, child-welfare workers, members of the clergy and law enforcement.

At least 18 states have broader language in their laws saying that every person, regardless of job, who suspects child abuse has a legal duty to report to the authorities, the Associated Press reports.

ACTION ALERT: California Sex Offender Registry Law: New change affecting former sex offenders REMOVED from the registry
Today we need to notify ANY former California sex offender who HAS ALREADY BEEN REMOVED from the public registry, that effective 1-1-2012 those folks will be automatically RESTORED to the public registry unless they file for EXCLUSION following a new procedure that has been added to California registry law. CLCIK on the link above for more information.

DEADLINE For States to Implement the
Adam Walsh Act July 27, 2011. Long past and still only 15 of 50 have substantially complied!!

Now its almost the new year and no change in State Compliance. In July they said "it would take up to 3 months to go through what has been submitted." Still nothing!

Advocate Alert: Attorney General Holder Convenes Federal Reentry Council This article covers all sorts of topics related to the daily lives of registrants, and anyone else with a criminal record. All Advocates MUST become aware of Reentry Myth Buster Fact Sheets which are explained in this article.

"Window on Topics: Featuring Today"

States with Petitions Allowing Removal From Registry.

Employment Opportunities
Note: One of the Reentry Myth Buster Fact Sheets
applies to anyone with a criminal record!

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