This is not a blog on how to beat the system, get a bottom bunk in prison, or get what you want from your probation officer. My goal is to be a guide and clarify what it means to be a labeled an ex-con, sex offender, probationer, and how you can and should engage life, plan for the future, and work with many of the restrictions placed on you. I believe you can use my experience to give you and your family a better life than what others feel you deserve or what you may unwittingly deny yourself.
Though this blog is was originally intended as a resource for offenders in Massachusetts, much of what I write about is applicable to sex offenders in every other state and many countries around the world, especially in Western Europe. Even other non-sex offenders trying to navigate prison, probation and parole, or employment and education opportunities can glean relevant information from this blog and apply it to help overcome their own struggles.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A New Year For RSOL (Full Release)
January 22, 2013 Contact: Sandy Rozek, Communications Committee 713.303.4037 email@example.com
RSOL—Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc.—is pleased to welcome the New Year with some timely and aggressive legal action. Directed by our Legal Committee, we are supporting our Pennsylvania state affiliate, Pennsylvania RSOL, in challenging sections of Senate Bill 1183 (Pennsylvania’s new sex offender registration requirements) on multiple constitutional grounds. Two press releases have been issued relevant to this issue.
Additionally, a letter has been mailed to ten-year registrants throughout the state of Pennsylvania advising them of our action and encouraging them to contribute their moral and financial support to our efforts. We also encourage them to join National RSOL as well as their local chapter if they have not already done so.
National RSOL has issued press releases in New Mexico and in Texas. In those states, we oppose bills which propose new requirements and restrictions on registrants using social networking sites. Elements of both states’ bills are clearly unconstitutional, and similar bills and laws in other states have been overturned.
Our second major effort in the new year will be a membership drive! RSOL’s Planning Committee has examined several membership models and is in the process of designing one that will facilitate the furtherance of our vision, mission, and goals.
The formulation of vision, mission, goals, and belief statements, also spearheaded by the Planning Committee, is nearing completion. They are each posted on the website, www.reformsexoffenderlaws.org, as soon as they are approved by the full Admin Team of nine members, in accordance with our bylaws. Vision, mission, and goals are posted and can be viewed by going to the website. Work on the belief statements is nearing completion.
The new year will see new undertakings for RSOL, but our established and valuable current practices will continue as well. For example, our Prison Project sends theDigest, in both electronic and paper format, to incarcerated offenders. The Digestreaches people (more each month!) in both federal and state institutions, so the Prison Project continues to grow.
The Conference Committee has been at work on our next national conference since the close of last year’s fourth and largest-attended one in Albuquerque, NM. The 2013 conference will take place over Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles, California, and we anticipate an even larger attendance for this fifth national conference.
This year will also see increased efforts at collaboration with other organizations whose goals complement those of RSOL. Using all available resources, we will continue to seek legislation that is based on facts and evidence-based research and laws that adhere to our Constitution while providing protection for every man, woman, and child in our nation.
RSOL promotes the elimination of sexual abuse and the preservation of civil rights for all individuals through the use of effective legislation based on empirical research. We envision sexual offense laws based on equal justice and respect for the dignity of all people, protection from retroactively applied punishment, and the establishment of fact-based laws and policies that protect our communities.