Dear Members and Advocates,
There are many misconceptions about the sex offense registry. One would be hard pressed to find a Florida legislator who is familiar with all of the statutes and ordinances that pertain to people in our state who are forced to register.
I have found that most people are shocked when they learn of the draconian conditions that non-offending registrants must live under. I know I was.
We all agree that we might not be able to have any influence over the way a legislator votes, but we can at least make sure that they can never say that no one ever told them that the registry in Florida is a lifetime of punishment for those people whose names are on it and are now law-abiding citizens.
Our Florida legislators cannot go from one year to the next without trying to pass meaningless bills to put further burdens on registrants and depriving them of having a second chance at life, mainly to garner votes based on lies.
The FAC timeline (shared on our August membership call) of the yearly additions of Florida statutes that are constantly increasing the punishment needs to be shared with EVERY Florida legislator. PLEASE, PLEASE share this timeline with some of our legislators before the next session that runs from January 11, 2022 through March 11, 2022. Click Here to Download the Timeline or this shorter version of the timeline.
It would be more effective to enclose a letter with this timeline as a way of explanation. Try to include some of the following information in your own words:
- You are sharing with them the history of the statutes that Florida has passed almost yearly to further punish people on the Sex Offense Registry who are now law-abiding citizens.
- Mention that the timeline shows how the number of statutes has grown from three in 1997 to fifty-two this past year, making the registry no longer just a help to law enforcement but a continuing punishment for thousands of people in the state of Florida who learned their lesson and are not breaking any laws.
- Acknowledge that there are some dangerous people on the registry who need to be closely monitored, but they are in the minority.
- Unlike other crimes, all research shows a low sexual recidivism rate for people who have been caught committing a sex crime and have served time in prison.
- Encourage the legislator to support having the state use empirically validated risk assessments (and not the offense) to focus only on the truly dangerous people on the registry.
Use the links below for a list of Florida legislators and their contact information, or request a copy of the list from your FAC County Coordinator:
As an added note, our media articles and research at our website (under Media) have been updated and will continue to be updated.
So that we do not send duplicate timelines to the same legislator, there will be a post on our website for people to list the legislator(s) to whom they are sending the timeline.
If you are able to read this Weekly Update but do not have access to the internet, please mail copies of the timeline to legislators and do not worry if there are duplications. We need for the Florida Legislature to be flooded with copies of this timeline.
We have more power as a unified group of people than I think we are sometimes aware.
The Florida Action Committee
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November 4 Thursday at 8:00pm ET – Special Monthly Membership Call via Zoom. Topic: PTSD – Analysis of Research Study. Guest Speaker: Dr Jill Levenson. The Zoom link and phone number will be provided before the meeting.
November 8 Monday at 7:00pm ET – Fearless Group Meeting. Peer-led Support group – You are Not Alone. Call. Dial (727) 731-2927. Join in the discussion with peer leaders Daphne and Don. Contact [email protected] or call 321-754-0446. For more information see Fearless Group Post.
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