Better Registry

Implement risk-based evaluation of registrants, removing restrictions and registration requirements from those who pose minimal risk to society.

Remove and prohibit retroactive increases in registration requirements and restrictions.

Limit registry access to law enforcement agencies only.

Remove residency and proximity restrictions after registrants have fulfilled their sentence.

Remove registrant employment and higher education enrollment information from the public registry.

Pass legislation to confirm that registrants can freely attend the church of their choice, whether or not a child day care facility exists on the same property.

Remove punitive DMV restrictions that require registrants to renew driver licenses every five years and prohibit them from purchasing certain specialty license plates and license plates with reserved numbers or letters.

Receive registrant email address updates electronically at a central location.

Require post-prison civil commitment only with convincing evidence that the person presents a danger to the community.

Reduce taxpayer burden by removing low risk offenders from registry. Virginia spends over $8 million annually to monitor registrants and adds about 1,000 citizens to the registry each year, most for life. The expense offers minimal public safety return, since over 95% of offenses are committed by family, friends and acquaintances, not registrants.

Change current laws and evaluate proposed legislation based on the Council of State Government’s findings that common myths about sex offenders continue to influence public policy.