Senate Bill 1113 is the CT Sentencing Commission’s recommendations to reform the Sex Offense Registry. While a lot of good work was done on the bill, it needs to go further. Senate Bill 1113-882 was voted out of the judiciary committee.
One Standard of Justice has put forward a list of recommendations to improve the bill before it gets heard in the Senate and the House. By participating in this call to action you will be helping ALL individuals on the registry and their families – current and prospective. We ask you to get this out to your friends and family so it will have significant impact on getting our voices heard for a fairer, safer Connecticut for all citizens. You can start calling on Monday, May 13, 2019. Emails can go out immediately.
The full copy of bill 1113-822 can be found here:
The Senate may take action on SB1113 in the next few days (The week of May 13). It is important you email or fax AND call the chairs of the Judiciary Committee, State Senator Gary Winfield and State Representative Steve Stafstrom, as well as YOUR State Senator AND State Representative immediately to let them know they need to amend SB1113.
Call Senate Democrats and ask to speak to Senator Winfield, 1(800) 842-1420 or 860-240-8600. Use the same phone number for your State Senator.
Since this is a busy time, speaking to their aides is equally effective. Be specific by citing the Bill #.
The following are OSJ’s recommendations to use for written communication:
I am a (spouse, friend, family member, neighbor) of a citizen on CT’s sex offense registry —- do not call it the sex offender registry.
For your own senator and state representative, it is most impactful to include: I am a voter in your district.
Sex offense registries, whether public or restricted, cause enormous collateral damages for those required to register and their families. No study has found registries make our communities safer – in fact evidence shows they cause undue harm and block paths to healing for all involved. If SB1113 is going to be voted on, I urge you to insist on the following changes:
- Delete the word “NO” in the last sentence of Sec. 6 of SB1113. This will allow all people on the law enforcement only registry the opportunity to petition off the registry.
- Reduce failure to send in address verification form from felony to misdemeanor.
- Eliminate home addresses on the registry. Addresses put registrants and their families at risk for harm. Instead list neighborhood.
- Current law allows victims to choose if they want to be informed about certain status changes of the person convicted. Keep that optional choice for the victim and don’t make notification of victims mandatory.
- The members of the proposed Sexual Offender Registration Board should include a member of a statewide organization advocating for people on the registry and their families and/or a direct justice impacted person (a person who was on or affected by the registry).
A sample letter can be downloaded here.
Please let Sen. Winfield/Rep. Stafstrom and your senator/rep. know these limited, reasonable changes need to be made to SB1113. They can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Or use automated and pre-populated tools above (you can revise text to fit your situation/need)
Contact senators first, because the Senate will vote first on 1113.
These messages are short and sweet. This is a busy time of the session. The main purpose is to let legislators know that this issue is important enough for you to reach out and communicate. It does not take many contacts for our collective voice to be heard. For legislators other than Winfield and Stafstrom, they will let those two know that they have heard from their constituents and they’ll want to know what is going on w/the bill.
The main phone number to the legislative office building is (860) 240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267.
OSJ is here to help. Please send an email and someone will respond to you through email or a call.