I received an email today from Vicki Henry, President Women Against Registry
The following is a copy of that email:
Dear Members & Contacts,
This is a Call To Action concerning HJR0083 which is to be brought before the Missouri voters by ballot in November. They want to repeal a portion of the Missouri Constitution and adopt another one with regard to ex post facto or retro-active law. The change would say that “no” ex post facto laws can be enacted EXCEPT those relating to sex offenders.
So, the action requested of you is this;
Call, email or both to the folks below and this is all you have to say or write:
Hi, my name is _________ and I am a constituent of Mr. or Ms. ______ or I am a family member of a constituent. I would like to voice my opinion regarding House Joint Resolution 83. Once a person charged with a sexual offense has fulfilled their obligation to society they should be allowed and encouraged to get on with their lives and become productive citizens of the state. Of major importance is the support and stability of a job and family which would be compromised by such a bill. So, I am asking that members “Kill the Bill!”
I also want to thank Mr./Ms. ______ for their dedication and efforts concerning this issue. Our family has experienced the collateral damage first hand and just needs a second chance.
NOTE: Please, please do be nice about whatever you say or write as we want to extinguish the flame not fan it.
Thank you so much for your help.
Vicki Henry, President
Women Against Registry
Schad, Rodney, Chair Phone:573-751-2077 E-Mail:Rodney.Schad@house.mo.gov
Marshall, Nick, Vice Chair Phone:573-751-6593 E-Mail:Nick.Marshall@house.mo.gov
Cierpiot, Mike Phone:573-751-0907 E-Mail:Mike.Cierpiot@house.mo.gov
Colona, Mike Phone:573-751-6736 E-Mail:Mike.Colona@house.mo.gov
Conway, Kathie Phone:573-751-2250 E-Mail:Kathie.Conway@house.mo.gov
Ellington, Brandon Phone:573-751-3129 E-Mail:Brandon.Ellington@house.mo.gov
Fuhr, Gary Phone:573-751-9766 E-Mail:Gary.Fuhr@house.mo.gov
Higdon, Galen Phone:573-751-3643 E-Mail:Galen.Higdon@house.mo.gov
Hinson, Dave Phone:573-751-0549 E-Mail:Dave.Hinson@house.mo.gov
Lasater, Brent Phone:573-751-3674 E-Mail:Brent.Lasater@house.mo.gov
McGeoghegan, Eileen Phone:573-751-0855 E-Mail:Eileen.McGeoghegan@house.mo.gov
Pace, Sharon Phone:573-751-4726 E-Mail:Sharon.Pace@house.mo.gov
Phillips, Don Phone:573-751-3851 E-Mail:Don.Phillips@house.mo.gov
Reiboldt, Bill Phone:573-751-9781 E-Mail:Bill.Reiboldt@house.mo.gov
Walton Gray, Rochelle Phone:573-751-5538 E-Mail:Rochelle.Gray@house.mo.gov
Please take a few mins to write these folks and let them hear your voice. Even if your not a resident, let them know how these laws in general are affecting you in your home state. I myself wrote and I will add a copy of that here as well. Feel free to use it as a guide to writing your own letter.
Its important that we stand up on all issues in all states… The following is my letter to the house reps involved.
” This is a Call To Action concerning HJR0083 which is to be brought before the Missouri voters by ballot in November. They want to repeal a portion of the Missouri Constitution and adopt another one with regard to ex post facto or retro-active law. The change would say that “no” ex post facto laws can be enacted EXCEPT those relating to sex offenders. ”
Dear House member,
I am writing you today out of great concern for the destruction of the Missouri Constitution. I no longer reside in Missouri. However I was raised in St. Louis, and plan to move myself and my young son soon to Webster Groves. With that in mind, certainly your politics concerns me as a soon to be resident, but also as a grassroots lobbiest. The effects of your law changes do have an impact on the states around you.
I would like to voice my opinion regarding House Joint Resolution 83. Once a person charged with a sexual offense has fulfilled their obligation to society they should be allowed and encouraged to get on with their lives and become productive citizens of the state. Of major importance is the support and stability of a job and family which would be compromised by such a bill. So, I am asking that members “Kill the Bill!”
If I understand correctly you desire to repeal the constitution and to effectively implement into your state constitution the ability to single out one group of individuals. Allowing for that singled out group to be violated in a way that the constitution protects everyone else from.
This action is akin to the actions the south regarded during the days of slavery. You simply cannot justify the eradication of rights and protection provided under the constitution for any one person or group of people. In effect when you say that it is okay to exempt one person or group from the rights given under the constitution, well what your really saying is that the constitution lacks value. If we can decide who and who is not protected under the constitution, then quite honestly there is no purpose of the constitution… The design and implementation of the constitution was to ensure justice and integrity of law for all people. If we say its ok to exclude one person, we by proxy say its ok to exclude any person or group at will. This is a very black and white issue and should not even be open for discussion. By making the choice to exclude any one person from the protections the constitution offers, we are destroying the integrity of the whole. I understand that there are persons who have committed crimes to disturbing to be discussed, however in the case of ” registered sex offenders” the majority of persons convicted under such laws are low level to no level risk. The range of crimes that fall under statues involving the label of sex offender is by and far to large and vague to indite every persons charged with such. Your talking about taking away rights from persons convicted of urinating in public, indecent exposure , young persons who fall in a respectable age range as to be a romeo and Juliet issue.
The majority of persons charged with sex offenses are guilty more of ignorance or a bad choice, and in some cases many were misled about the other parties age. These are not people to whom we should castrate them of their rights as citizens. Its bad enough that they are on the radar with the likes of persons guilty of crimes that should of landed them in prison, not on the street. Its a failed system that puts truly dangerous individuals on the street and then comes back around to lump a wide and vague group of people into a ” must watch” list, when indeed a great number of the individuals being ” watched” are certainly not worth the tax payers money to protect anyone from, as many of them pose no threat. But because they have a ” label” the system lumps them in with the real dangers and subsequently the public is grossly misinformed and misled.
By eliminating a group of people from the rights and protections of the state constitution, you are facilitating the beginnings of a breakdown in the democratic society painfully designed years ago.. Every action has a reaction, and I do not feel that this action will lead to anything positive for the citizens of the state of Missouri. I do feel however that there will be long term repercussions yet foreseen. I recommend that you think long and hard about what is in the best interest for the long-term of not a few, but for ALL citizens of your historically important state… There are other ways to handle those who are a true menace to society without castrating an entire group of tax paying , community oriented citizens who made a poor decision, lacked information, were misled or were young and ” in love” . Its these folks who pay the highest price. The real menace cares not, as he or she as a criminally minded individual , doesn’t keep regular employment, doesn’t care to care to or for his or her family, doesn’t care if he or she is on some registry… The persons these laws are theoretically aimed at, doesn’t give a rats bottom about the cause and effect relationship. Its the ones who are caught in the cross-hairs… its them who pay along with their families and loved ones.
So again I urge you to step back and re evaluate not only this particular issue, but the issue as a whole. The time is coming to revamp in their entirety the laws governing ” sex offenders” as the cost to the community and the families of offenders is far outweighing the value of the current laws. The collateral damage has well exceeded the value of current laws, not to mention how Resolution 83 will simply add to the collateral damage of thousands of women, children, elderly parents who live with a son or daughter convicted of a ” sex offense” . Its these folks who pay the price of legislation like that pending in resolution 83. It has already been well established that the registries do not prevent crime.. In addition its been well established that the majority of offenders do not repeat the crime/s.
I have added here a few links that you may find quite helpful.
This is a very recent government study that will aid you in some fact finding –
State of Connecticut
Office of Policy and Management
Criminal Justice Policy & Planning Division
February 15, 2012
and Here is a report written that brings to the forefront the various topics we are discussing
In closing I will leave you with the words of Attorney Margie Slagle a victims advocate representing the Cleveland and Texas Rape crisis centers. It is she who wrote the amicus brief in the Williams v Ohio case as she intervened on the side of the plaintiff –
While protecting Ohioans from sex offenders is a compelling interest-and indeed, it is the core mission of the amici- none of the changes implemented as part of Ohio’s AWA has been proven to achieve that goal. Research shows that the law’s more burdensome requirements on law enforcement, the public, and sex offenders can cause higher levels of recidivism and thus pose increased danger to the community. More onerous sex offender registration and community notification laws threaten to harm the very people they are intended to protect and to undermine goals of community safety and treatment of offenders. These laws perpetuate myths and create a false sense of security.
Research demonstrates that victimization can be reduced when sex offenders successfully reenter the community. These changes also put law enforcement agencies, already in budgetary crises, in the position of spending precious dollars on monitoring low risk individuals with a limited impact on public safety. Thus, any argument that Ohio’s AWA is simply a remedial law designed to protect children and the public from sexual abuse and sex crimes is seriously flawed. Ohio’s AWA is not based on empirical evidence or proven research, but on fear and misinformation.
Thank you for your time and attention to this very CRITICAL matter.
RSO since 2001
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Take care and be well,