ACTION ALERT! Flood the Colbert Co AL Commission with emails and phone calls!

(UPDATED 3/17/2020) ACTION ALERT! Colbert County Commission to mull Limits to Sex Offense Transitional Housing Reentry Programs

Some of you may have seen I got a letter to the editor published on March 15, 2020. See — https://www.timesdaily.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/sex-offender-registry-should-be-abolished/article_f94f9a7e-e63d-5829-ba73-28be121295b1.html

Perhaps some of you dismissed it as just me tooting my horn. This is far bigger than me — there’s a big issue brewing in an isolated part of Alabama where I lived years ago.

The Colbert County Commission will holding a public hearing to discussing/voting on a resolution for HB393, called REAGAN’S REENTRY PROGRAM FOR SEX OFFENDERS CHILD PROTECTION. Essentially, this bill (HB 393) will make it to where any halfway house for Registrants will have to get approval from the county commission, and, you can expect they will NEVER approve a home for registrants. Notice, this won’t apply to transitional housing for ANY other crime type. HB 393 would only affect Colbert County, as the state passes county level ordinances at the state level.

Still, there is a Facebook group “Problems with Faith Based Reentry Programs: Sexual Predators” (run by a man named Edward Bowman) that is organizing their pitchforks and torches. I’ve already received nasty remarks and a veiled threat from this group as well as a couple of vigilante groups who vowed to “put an end” to me. Some of these people are planning on attending the meeting as well; however, if any activist plans on attending this meeting in person, the Commission has notified me that members of law enforcement will be there to keep the peace.

NOTE! This meeting was initially scheduled for March 17th at 5pm. However, due to the coronavirus scare, the Colbert County Commission decided to shut down until at least April 6th. I was told by a member of the commission this item will be among the first on the agenda after the commission reopens for business. This gives us added time to address this ordinance.

Since it is too far to travel (and quite frankly I hated that place), the best I was able to do on short notice is the county commission an eMail already and asking you write the commission to tell them to reject this bad bill. Muscle Shoals/ Colbert County is a fairly isolated community; Christianity is a very big deal here so if you can appeal to their faith, you’ll likely go far with the Commission. Perhaps with enough buzz by those of us with the facts, the Commission may listen to reason.

I’ve done what little I can do to get the ball rolling. I need your help. We now have until AT LEAST April 6th (longer if the Coronavirus outbreak continues) to influence the County Commission.

Please call, fax, or email the commission. If you live close, consider going to this meeting.

Address: 201 N. Main Street, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Telephone: (256) 386-8501

FAX: (256) 386-8510

http://www.colbertcounty.org/commissioners.html

Their emails, along with their senator, Larry Stutts.

tommybarnes1958@gmail.com, dblack@colbertco.org, drgsrd64@gmail.com, toribailey@aol.com,

debbendall@gmail.com, chovater85@aol.com, larry.stutts@alsenate.gov

Alabama’s legislative site is not very good, so here is a page with contact info for the AL House of Representatives:

http://www.ccofal.org/alabama/alabamalegislature.htm

HB 393 is currently in the House of Representatives. Again, this is would only impact Colbert County. But, it could lead to problems elsewhere in the state if it passes.

If anyone is willing to attend this meeting, the commission has assured me there will be members of local law enforcement to maintain the peace and safety in the event, and there are people in favor of transitional programs in the county.

5 comments for “ACTION ALERT! Flood the Colbert Co AL Commission with emails and phone calls!

  1. Thomas Darby
    March 16, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I will contact them. Please reformat this so that I can read the entire text. Thanks for this, let us know the results.

  2. Douglas Martinez
    March 17, 2020 at 10:50 am

    This is my response to them:

    I do not live in your county nor state, but I had a concerned friend ask me to contact you because of my knowledge of sex crime laws and repercussions and I want to let you know that this bill should be voted against but first, a little about me. I am a Christian first, civil rights activist second. I am also a sex offender who was wrongfully convicted because my roommate used her daughter for free drugs and alcohol then turned the scale on me when I threatened to report her and kick her out of my apartment. My public defender thought it was not his job to defend me. When he first introduced himself he said he was not going to go to trial, he was not going to file any motions, he was not going to investigate, and he was not going to have his paralegal question witnesses, including the arresting officer who volunteered to be a witness on my behalf. While incarcerated I found out she did the same thing to another person who eventually got out on appeal but not until 10 years had passed. I fired him and tried bringing this up with the judge but she overruled my firing him and told me I had no choice but to retain him. All three of my complaints on him were ignored by the Board of Professional Responsibility along with my two complaints on the judge with the Board of Judicial Conduct, which btw is headed by the most corrupt judge in Tennessee. (Look up Chris Craft Shelby County Criminal Court)This happens a lot more than you think-especially with those convicted of sex crimes. 
    I believe everyone should be given a second chance. I remember that my favorite person in the Bible, David, was a murderer, an adulterer, and a rapist (yes sex offender) yet God still used him and called him “a man after His own heart.” Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament murdered, and had murdered, thousands of Christians. Jesus Himself forgave an adulterer, who in our time and age, could have been brought up on sex crimes.  If God forgave and/or used these people in a mighty way how should we respond and treat those with similar stories? Were we not told to not judge others or we would be judged in the Final Days? I have personally witnessed and helped people with things that would make your worst nightmares pale in comparison-not just the horrors of prison (especially for sex offenders) but in the criminal justice system. A plethora of articles have been written about how our justice system is broken and extremely corrupt. This goes quadruple for those that are charged with a sex crime, so how do you know the true danger and recidivism of that person(s) or if they even committed the crime they were accused of like me? Look up the website prison news. I know the editor. He would be more than happy to talk to you. Or go to Sosen.org and learn the truth about sex offenses and offenders. I also strongly suggest you look up Doe v Snyder (Doe v. Snyder, 101 F. Supp. 3d 672 (E.D. Mich. 2015)), a Eastern District of Michigan of the 6th District case that explains the true horrors (and lies) of the sex registry. Also there are plenty of studies and articles written by legitimate and trustworthy experts, journalists, colleges, and governmental agencies including the Department of Justice, Washington Herald, the New York Times, Ira Mark Ellman, and Harvard that debunk the myths of sex offenders and prove that they are the least likely to commit another sex offense and the laws violate a plethora of laws and civil rights. The actual recidivism rate of sex offenders who commit another sex crime are between 0.5% and 5% which is the lowest except murders (minimum punishment 25 to life) and those that have committed suicide (self explained). They are also the highest to be exonerated for wrongful conviction which often leads to millions of dollars in lawsuits.
    Back to the real reason of this email. The reason for my contacting you is if you pass this bill it will create problems you do not want to have such as a huge spike in homelessness, a large spike in petty crimes, false security that will make your citizens more at risk, and can get you sued for a very large sum of money-especially after Doe v Snyder. Just look at California.

    I apologize for the long email. I hope that you take my words to heart and do some extensive research. There is plenty of evidence to support that we have been lied to by the media and the government. They still have yet to come with theirs. That should tell you something. Thank you for your time and I pray for your safety and the wisdom to do the right thing no matter what you decide. God Bless you all.
    Sincerely,
    Douglas MartinezCivil Rights Activist and registered citizen

  3. Kayt
    March 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I don’t know if this note would be considered “worthy,” or not, but I was told by a relative who is a microbiologist that “We are working 24/7, and we trying to stay ahead of the virus, I don’t know if we can, but we can try; this is truly surreal, tell people to take this virus seriously.”

    She works for one of the highest up, most leading research institutes in out country, (U.S.A).

    That said, taking the coronavirus numbers seriously, I don’t think there are going to be any sex-offender related meetings anytime soon. The focus probably won’t be on sex offenders for awhile. I don’t think there are many people who have their minds on anything other than trying to cope with the latest coronavirus headlines. In fact, many offices are closed and people are working from home.

    • March 23, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      Unfortunately, the coronavirus panic is not overriding Predator Panic ™.

      Many registry offices remain open even as other police services like fingerprinting, background checks, and vehicle registrations are being suspended.

      I’m covering the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on registry offices on the following link:

      http://once-fallen.blogspot.com/2020/03/registration-reports-amid-coronovirus.html

      • Sharon
        March 30, 2020 at 12:53 am

        Is this town trying to force all people out of the town who are on the sex-offender registry, or do they still believe street people are safer somehow?

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