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  1. OMG! What they did to you was so wrong! And it is happening all over the country! For one thing the minor age needs to be lowered! And when did it become ok for the government to be involved in our sex life? When did it become ok for them to say, who we can and cannot love? When I was a teenager in the 70’s almost every girl we knew were dating older guys, most of them, in their 20’s. If we had the laws in place then, as we do now, probably 80% of men would be in prison! This is crazy and we really need to fight these ridiculous laws that are tearing people apart and ruining their lives! You are lucky to be able to have accomplished all that you have, while on that unconstitutional registry. I suspect my son, who was just sentenced to 13 1/2 years in prison, for ‘viewing’ only, might not be so lucky. God Bless you! Your story gave me hope that maybe all is not lost for my son.

  2. My son, too was given a misdemeanor for “viewing only” seventeen years ago in Michigan. I understand that he no longer would have to register if he lived there but he has moved to Texas and there it’s as if he were a criminal with no Halloween lights on, yearly registration, etc. He has lived an exemplary live for all these years but on a recent trip to Mexico he was turned back because of his passport. He does know what was on the passport that caused this painful and embarrassing situation. My heart aches for him and his wife.

  3. Albert Z,

    My story was/is much like yours. I “actively participated” in 10 years of Probation and thought it would never end but in reality it flew by. It was 10 years of my life that I will never get back, things I missed. The last few months, weeks, days, hours of my Probation I held my breath. I was at my sisters house when the Zero hour came, I was a “Free Man” again…but ironically enough due to IML and the Registry, I am MORE restricted. I have been off Probation almost 6 years now but still feel the weight of the hammer above me…

    Goodluck and keep your head high.

  4. They need to help people not be scared of sex offenders and these Senators need to stop using them as Bait for elections. Civil Commitment is so unconstitutional and needs to stop, the Tax money we are paying for the Therapy in Civil Commitment is so extraordinary. WHY ARE WE HOLDING SEX OFFENDERS IN THIS SECRET PRISON? IF THEY COMPLETED THEIR SENTENCE THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE HELD HOSTAGE.AT THIS TIME THEY ARE PLACED IN A SECRET PRISON IN LITTLEFIELD. WHO IS BEHIND IT, IS Senator John Whitmire.Where is tdcj Rehab and sex offender classes?We as Tax payers are payijng for the Therapy given to sex offenders,but then Nobody has Completed the Program,I want to know,Why is this Program not being Completed? Is TCCO just not doing a Good Job with these Men not completing Therapy,is this to keep these Men in Civil Commitment??? Why is Texas Civil Commitment not Completing Therapy?? This will be sent to SENATOR WHITMIRE.WE AS TAX PAYERS NEED TO KNOW THE STATUS OF WHOM HAS COMPLETED THIS THERAPY Within the past 3 years.Thank you.

  5. My fondest and most sincere wishes for you and your bright future. I have a son. Nuff said. Everyone deserves a second chance.

  6. Thank you for telling your story and giving some of us a glimpse of what life can be like after incarceration. Remember…you ARE NOT your criminal record. Oh, by the way…what the “prosecutor” did to you was a travesty of justice. The laws enacted were intended for severe violent offenders, of which you are not one. This is how twisted and contorted PROSECUTORS have become in the United States.

    • Just a quick response JoAnn: While NARSOL doesn’t necessarily dispute your statement about prosecutors, we do want to point out that the registry laws on the books in nearly all states today ARE IN FACT set up to register absolutely every type of sexual crime. Twenty years ago when they were first widely pushed by the federal government, that’s what they tried to “sell.” But the laws aren’t written that way at all. Registries are due to our LEGISLATORS adding more and more offenses to the public list. NO registry is effective at preventing sexual harm, ALL published registries (in our opinion) are actually punishment beyond a person’s sentence. A person can have the BEST outcome in a case, good defense/prosecution/judge or jury, and yet STILL be on lifetime registration because our LEGISLATORS love registries. Until WE THE PEOPLE start telling them to roll them back, and stop voting in “tough on crime” lawmakers, it will be hard to fix these problems permanently.

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