REGISTERING WITH DIGNITY

The Sex Law and Policy Center has compiled a useful and informative guide for people forced to register as sex offenders and their loved ones.

REGISTERING WITH DIGNITY:

A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR REENTRY AND LIFE ON THE REGISTRY

Find more information and a link to the 85-page guide here
https://www.sexlawandpolicy.org/dignity/

10 comments for “REGISTERING WITH DIGNITY

  1. Tim Lawver
    December 23, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Registration with dignity??????
    No such thing…I am very surprised that dozen would promoted this wordy dribble as useful. The fact that SLAP finds its home in NJ makes me damn suspicious. Is NJ not the same state where miss Kanka was killed, yes it was.

    Stop placating the victimites and opt for trial in registration cases.

    What SLAP fails to recognise is that the sex offender registries were but a means to an end. That end is not public safety. It is political security through the use of e!ectronic databases. While the deep state can appear to be aiding its citizens through SORNA, in reality it was developed to promote the surveillance state I the domestic arena.

    An electronic database is a powerful tool indeed. With it the parties can and do coalesce and organise their allies AND identify their foes. With the databases in hand these groups are able to take out enemies one by one. Remember innocent people get convicted in America.

  2. Sharon
    December 24, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Do you really believe that Sorna would pretend to help anyone who has been convicted of a sex offense? It might be a good idea to at least read the opening statement and then you can understand why the writer uses a New Jersey address. Referring to: https://www.sexlawandpolicy.org/dignity/, the article “Registering With Dignity.”

    Doesn’t dignity have something to do with a person’s inner strength and state of mind as well as knowledge of the laws and policies that exist? Isn’t it true that knowledge is power?

    By the way, is “Dozen”, and “wordy dribble”, the new California slang?

  3. December 27, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I really think anyone concerned with the registration issues should be following my Pro se suit on my site at http://mllkeys20112011.wixsite.com/mysite . This has been a huge collaborative effort to fundamentally change the current registration scheme in CA and across the country. Any input or feedback is extremely welcome. Thanks….

    • Stacy
      December 28, 2017 at 7:25 am

      One suggestion is to change registry scheme to registry policy or something similar. Outstanding points (and so true in all aspects).

      • December 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm

        Good suggestion Stacy. Appreciate it..I am still revising it and will take note of your suggestion..Thanks for your interest….

    • Dustin
      January 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Mike,

      I’ve read everything on your site and, for what it’s worth, am impressed with your arguments. Most other federal MTDs I’ve seen are very short; just a simple “fails to state a claim” and rarely over a page or two. That the MTD filed in your case warranted a rather lengthy argument and supported mostly by debunked and older citations that have since been refuted by other federal courts is encouraging.

      I was surprised the US Supreme Court didn’t grant cert in Doe v. Snyder considering the differences of opinion throughout the circuits regarding the constitutionality (ordinarily the primary requisite) of the SOR. Maybe they’re just waiting for Kennedy to retire. I could be wrong, but I don’t think there is a case where the USSC reversed one of their previous holdings where the author of the later-determined-erroneous opinion was still a sitting Justice. Or maybe they have and that Justice didn’t participate. Again, I don’t know.

      I’m watching your case closely and wish you the best of luck with it. Regardless of how it turns out, I hope your case ends up in the US Supreme Court, which seems more likely if you prevail; the court practically never hears cases from pro se litigants. Sadly, I think that’s the only way the SOR can be abolished, given the ignorance and/or cowardice of legislators who would rather try to “fix” it regardless of its constitutionality, cost, and ineffectiveness.

  4. Flossy73
    December 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    If you think anyone be can take your dignity then you are already lost. They’ve already won. Your sense of self worth and your insistence that you too are a human worthy of love and joy belongs to you alone.

    • Kayt
      December 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Flossy 73. I love what you said! Perfect!

  5. Dustin
    January 1, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    It appears to me that the title of this article suggests I should be proud of my obligation to register. That will never happen. I will always regret my offense and long for the day I can forever put it behind me, but the very nature and supposed purpose of the SOR specifically prevent that, by design.

    However, I am and will always be proud of my response to those that have or would confront me regarding my status as an RSO – bring it. If you want to kill or fight me, go ahead and try. I will defend myself, both against you and in court. If you want to scrutinize my every thought, word, and deed, go ahead. I go to work every day, I go home. I go to the bank once a week to deposit my paycheck and the store twice a week because I can only carry so much without a car. My free time is spent playing fantasy football and law research. Eventually, watching me will bore you to tears. That includes the probation office, the providers of the court-ordered SO treatment program, and program-mandated polygraphers. I’ll play their respective games to the extent required, but I will not blindly accept whatever they say as truth and will dispute any and all arbitrary requirements and suppositions.

    For example, I refused to sign a pledge from the treatment provider to not use the Internet. That is not a reasonable requirement, as cell phones and ATM cards are technically using the Internet, as are the GPS monitoring apps and ankle bracelets required by many on the SOR, though not myself. I will pledge to not use the Internet for unauthorized purposes, no more. Like it or not, life today is impossible without the Internet in some capacity, and barring anyone from total Internet use is only slightly less debilitating than disallowing food, water, or air.

    An aside to that is that the same provider advised us not to use Youtube (overlooking that one has to use the Internet to view Youtube, which she asked everyone to pledge not to do) because some POs consider it to be pornography. Youtube immediately deletes all pornographic or pseudo-pornographic videos posted there and deletes the poster’s account. Consequently, there is nothing pornographic on Youtube and I’m perfectly willing to spend a few weeks in jail to force that PO to explain to the court how Youtube is supposedly pornographic.

    Beyond that, I’ve never run across a case where an RSO committed another actual sex offense – as opposed to a probation or registry violation, already a relatively rare occurrence – where viewing pornography was even mentioned, let alone a factor in re-offending. I challenged the provider to name such a case and, not surprisingly, she was unable to come up with one. In turn, she assigned me to find such a case which, as far as I can tell is non-existent. I mention this not to advocate porn use by SOs, but to show how often laws and parole/probation terms are based on nothing more than phantasms and baseless, unproven or even unexplored theories like the Halloween restriction imposed on SOs, regardless if on paper or not.

    Apologies for veering off topic, but I haven’t run across a thread yet addressing parole/probation terms that are so unfounded and/or patently ridiculous.

    • Emily
      January 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Amen. The absurd parole terms for SOs in Illinois are exactly why my husband went back to IDOC to serve his parole time. He went back in June, took some more college classes to earn Program Sentence Credit, and comes home in two weeks. Sure beats trying to find work, find housing, and stay sane under those rules until November 2018, all while being on electronic monitoring, restricted from using computers and the internet, and not being able to talk to or see our kids.

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