We had a wonderful time at the Thanksgiving dinner Thursday night! It was a night of fellowship and delicious food.
We presented Michael Denea and Aaron Moskowitz with Certificates of Recognition “for outstanding generosity and dedication to AZRSOL and NARSOL as we work toward effective, fact-based sexual offense laws and policies that promote public safety, safeguard civil liberties, honor human dignity, and offer holistic prevention, healing and restoration. Because denying any group of citizens their civil, constitutional or human rights threatens the liberties of us all.”
Paul Hanley received our Second Annual Perseverance Award. Paul has faced adversity throughout his life beginning in his childhood, and he has handled his life with grace and dignity. He received this award for his long-term commitment to fighting for the dignity and constitutional rights of millions and for enduring the punishment the registry has caused him. He is the author of “Roller Coaster to Hell and Back” which is a must read for everyone.
We showed an inspiring 3-minute video dealing with perseverance. If you would like to watch it, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qj2WLbuRak
Our education video was shown and was well received. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for groups where we can show this video.
- Holiday cards: For the second year Maya led a holiday writing campaign to over 400 inmates. The response last year was so overwhelming and rewarding with many writings us thank you letters.
- South Unit Fearless Group: We had another successful month with 60 or so inmates in attendance. Our speaker was Robert McWhither, Defense Attorney. We have been asked to bring our Fearless Meeting into other yards. If anyone would like to volunteer, please let us know.
- 111th Arizona Town Hall on Criminal Justice: There were seven folks advocating for changes to sex offense laws in thanks to your generous donations, scholarships received and individual payments. This was an excellent opportunity to have our voices heard as people from all walks of life including prosecutors, advocacy groups, defense attorneys, government officials, alumni of the criminal justice system and their loved ones all got together to discuss criminal justice reform in Arizona. Through consensus discussions (more information on the process can be found at aztownhall.org) we were able to share our concerns with the sex offender laws and the registry. We were successful in getting several crucial points added to the report including “no one should be judged for the rest of their life for one mistake”, “collateral consequences need to be looked at”, “the legislature needs to examine the efficacy of the sex offender registry”, and others. The full report is expected to be available in the Spring. We will keep you posted.
- 2019 Legislative Session: We are planning to be at the State Capital on opening day of the Legislative Day of the Session on January 14, 2019. We hope you can join us as we advocate for change. We are looking for Legislators to support 3 Bills to address issues of juveniles having the opportunity to get off of the registry.
- Probation: Collected SO terms of probation from all counties. Plan to meet with Barbara Broderick, Maricopa Chief of Probation to discuss ways to make terms more case specific. Will continue our work to have probation be more evidence-based and case specific.