RSOL envisions effective, fact-based sexual offense laws and policies which promote public safety, safeguard civil liberties, honor human dignity, and offer holistic prevention, healing, and restoration.
RSOL will promote laws and programs:
- limiting registry access strictly to law enforcement agencies;
- terminating registry requirements upon completion of a court-imposed sentence;
- reversing retroactively applied restrictions;
- reforming civil commitment processes;
- rehumanizing, rehabilitating, and reintegrating former offenders;
- increasing public safety by reducing sexual offenses; and
- reducing acts of discrimination, hatred, and violence directed at sexual offenders.
- promote laws targeting harmful acts rather than entire classes of people;
- promote limiting registry access to law enforcement agencies only;
- support removal of residency and proximity restrictions against registrants after their court-imposed sentence is satisfied;
- support litigation and legislation which remove or prevent retroactive increases in registration requirements and restrictions;
- advocate to limit post-prison civil commitment strictly to extraordinary cases where the state proves that the person presents a danger to the community;
- promote treatment of civilly committed persons with the goal of reintegration back into society;
- advocate for review and removal of currently committed persons who do not meet the dangerousness criteria, without imposing an additional financial burden on those persons;
- promote laws which replace lifetime supervision/parole with a system that includes ongoing assessments for termination of supervision;
- encourage fair and balanced trials, proportional sentencing, reasonable statutes of limitation, and the elimination of mandatory minimum sentencing;
- discourage discrimination, violence, and vigilantism toward those accused or convicted of a sexual offense;
- seek out and support programs which effectively reintegrate and rehabilitate former offenders;
- seek out and support programs which effectively prevent new sexual offenses through intervention and community education; and
- promote healthy, trusting human interaction by replacing fear and panic with solid facts and reason.
- Sex offender registries were originally presented as a means for tracking persons convicted of the most heinous offenses, but their reach has expanded exponentially to include even teen sexting and consensual relations between young people;
- Public registries provide no measurable protection for children or the general public yet endanger the well being of children and family members of registrants;
- Public registration, proximity restrictions, and residency restrictions that are extended beyond an individual’s sentence are punitive and thereby violate protected constitutional rights;
- Evidence-based policies and programs can reliably reduce new sexual offenses and thus make our communities safer.
- The misinformation and stigmatization used to justify harsh sexual offense laws undermine the welfare of society, creating unnecessary panic and distrust;
- Choosing to set apart any group of people and deny them civil, constitutional, and human rights threatens the rights of every person in our nation.