• 2017 Session: Time to Write Your Representatives

    The 2017 Session has started. Time when Bills, memorials and resolutions are measured, enacted or under consideration by the Legislature. So far we have found at least one good Bill which we can get our foot in the door with, in order to help law-makers’ understand the degree of instability Registry laws instantiate.

    House Bill HB2200, community notification; form of notice, is now in its second reading and has a 0-0-0-0-0-0 vote status. the main sponsor is Heather Carter from the Central Phoenix area District. Please write her in support for this issue to be passed. She is working on removing the issuance of fliers to door to door distribution in Arizona.

    The text to this proposal can be found at http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1r/bills/hb2200p.htm which, in short, is looking to “amending section 13‑3825, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to sex offender community notification.

    C.  The community notification requirements are as follows:

    1.  For level two and level three offenders, the notification must be made to the surrounding neighborhood, area schools, appropriate community groups and prospective employers.  The notification must include a flyer with the offender’s photograph and exact address and a summary of the offender’s status and criminal background.  A press release and a level two or level three flyer the notification containing all required offender information must be given to the local electronic and print media to enable information to be placed in a local publication.

    Her address is:

    Representative Heather Carter

    1700 W. Washington

    Phoenix, AZ 85007

    Please review this Bill and write a letter to her, using the salutation Dear Representative Carter. Be formal, concise and explain your circumstance and how the Registry has effected your life.

    For reference, here is the letter I sent to her on Monday.


    Representative Heather Carter

    1700 W. Washington

    Phoenix, AZ 85007


    Dear Representative Carter:

    The legislation addressing HB2200, community notification; form of notice, is of paramount interest to me because I was born in Arizona sixty-one years ago and have been directly influenced by the negative aspects of the public registry. As a lifelong resident of the state of Arizona I would like to express my deep gratitude to your service to and for our state as you address the issues confronting us.

    We know this is a sensitive subject, but it is one that must be addressed. The public registry prohibits people from becoming productive members of society; and that should concern legislators and taxpayers alike. I am a victim of this indiscriminate disparity and have been on the registry for over 10 years after being entrapped, while addicted to online adult materials.

    The revision to strike, “…flyers” is a perfect revision. Flyers solicit unwanted mixed feelings and bring down the value of real estate by issuing fliers. The registry is currently public and there may not be much we can do about that but, flyering, in my own personal experience, has resulted in several police involved incidents that could have been avoided had not an otherwise well mannered neighbor took action to assume their own perspective of what the flyer “told” him.

    I am unambiguously registry-listed to many separate addresses, in Arizona, when searching my past residences from several real estate websites. This is a result from inaccurate storage of the registry’s data which the Internet does not delete. In perspective, the levels assigned to and associated with most registrants are never genuinely clinically authorized or accurate. These details should be abandoned.1

    The public registry affects family members in numerous ways to include support from the bread-winner in the household. After my ten-month Federal incarceration, I can not get the same pay rate as I did when I had worked in technology for HP. If you can kindly note as well that Arizona issues lifetime probation for most all sexually related crimes. This is an issue that is directly related to the stigma brought about over the registry and also causes faulty views of registered citizens when applying for work. (I was told I was cleared for background check; but refused hire, since I was still on probation.)

    Thank you for your consideration of my viewpoint on this matter. I believe it is an important issue, and would like to see the committee pass to ensure effective public service fairness and accuracy.


    Firstname Lastname

    xxxxxxxx address

    Phoenix, AZ 85006

    phone number

    email@not required but may help

    1Colorado and California do not allow background checks which include any inclusion of registered citizens past record, due to inaccuracy of reports. Let us do the same here in our great state. 

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