In order to be successful, someone who is subject to rules must know to what rules he is subject.
It is surprising the number of offenders that simply do not know the rules with which they are required to comply. This is especially dangerous not only for the offender, but to each potential victim, and for the community as a whole. It only makes sense that offenders who know their rules are less likely to violate the terms of their supervision.
Educating yourself about the terms and conditions of your supervision, and about how your treatment is conducted, will help you protect yourself and be successful. In fact, one treatment provider even claims they "expect and encourage you to obtain knowledge of the procedures, goals, and possible side effects of psychotherapy."† Isn't it clear that it's in your best interest to know what's going on?
† Clinical Associates, P.A. website
Documents available for download from this page:
John Doe vs. Kansas Bureau of Investigation (Case No. 12-C-168)(On July 15, 2013, a Shawnee County, KS district court judge ruled the Kansas Offender Registration Act violates the ex post facto clause of the United States Constitution. The district court's finding that the act is unconstitutional is being appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court by the state's Attorney General.)
Kansas Sex Offender Registration Act Brochure (Kirk D. Thompson, Director, Kansas Bureau of Investigation & Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General) (This brochure says it was "Updated July 16, 2013." This was the day after a state district court ruled the registration laws unconstitutional. Schmidt has said he will appeal the judge's decision. It would be interesting to note whether or not the information in this brochure is in accordance with that court decision.)
Court Syllabus: Kansas vs. Daniel ProctorThe Kansas Court of Appeals ruled the imposition of lifetime post-release supervision for a sex offender who committed a low-grade felony is unconstitutional. The court compared the recidivist statutes for sex offenders to the corresponding rules for murderers and found "even murderers are not treated so harshly." With that finding, the court concluded that the lifetime post-release supervision of a young Kansas man violated the Eighth Amendment's protection from cruel and unusual punishment.
Wayward Sons suggests keeping a copy of your judgement and sentence (from your judge) with you, as well as any current registration documents, if you are required to register as an offender. Having these documents could be in your best interest if you're ever in a situation you might need them.
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