SB 1558 authored by Senator Lauren Book.
This is a horrible bill!
Child Exploitation; Revising the offenses that may be investigated and prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution; revising the types of offenses committed by a child in the custody of the Department of Children and Families which require the department to provide notice to the school superintendent; revising the type of offenses that create a rebuttable presumption of detriment for judicial determinations related to contact between a parent or caregiver and certain child victims, etc.
Among a number of things this bill seeks to do is remove parental rights of parents convicted of viewing child pornography even if the child was not the victim!
It empowers Department of Children and Families to make this call. We all know the horrific track record of DCF and how many children have died in their custody and control or oversight.
OUR LEGISLATORS DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT NOR THE EXPERTISE!
Why is Florida going backwards? The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (COSOMB) has just released new guidelines which actually says it’s important for parents to have contact with their children. They have rethought a position which was widely held for many years in Colorado, and now they have realized it is detrimental to the family as a whole. Not just the returning registered person but to the very children who were denied access to their parent.
There are high profile ATSA members on this COSOMB who are consultants to the SMART office… I think they know far more than legislators in Florida who seek only to continue to punish a population who is of the least likely to reoffend and have contact offense.
WE THE PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!
Recent Article in the Denver Post…
Denver Post | March 5, 2017
Sex offenders see stringent parenting rules relaxed in Colorado, prompting debate over child safety Appeals court ruling rejected Colorado’s approach to treatment
By Christopher N. Osher
Excerpts: Colorado’s sex offenders have long maintained the state treats them as pariahs, closely monitoring where they live, what they look at, who they talk to and what they discuss.
The idea was to protect children, but the resulting system that cut off offenders from their own families has now been struck down in federal court. That leaves Colorado to create a new sex-offender treatment and management system that defense lawyers say is long overdue but prosecutors worry will put children at risk.
The system used to start with the premise that offenders should be barred from seeing their children even when they had not been victimized, until offenders prove they’re safe. Probation and parole officials almost always barred contact. The new system presumes sex offenders should parent their children unless a judge or parole board find compelling evidence the children are in danger. CONTINUED: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/05/sex-offenders-colorado-rules-children/
Another Reference is U.S. vs. Burns – U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Case No. 13-5045 Opinion field Dec. 30, 2014 https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/13/13-5045.pdf