Saturday, September 25, 2021
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen issues scathing dissent of ruling that upheld lifetime registration for juvenile registrant
Sunday, August 1, 2021
I casually watch and follow the olympics. It is interesting to watch sports that I didn't even know existed (3 on 3 basketbal is a thing now? The US won their first Fencing Gold? Okay, that's cool, en garde and whatnot.)
But just about every story in the past week was about Simone Biles, a cocky gymnist who self-styles herself as a "GOAT" (Greatest of All Time for thoose unfamiliar with the term) to the point she had it put on her gymnast attire, decided to tap out after a poor performance at the games. Personally, I just see it as just another athlete who buckled under the pressure and couldn't take the prospect of losing after hyping herself up as some kind of hero.
But i wouldn't be discussing it here if it was not for the excuses made for her shortcomings, and it is something I've been harping on for years.
When a person achieves victim status, you achieve an exalted status. You're even more exalted if you are famous. Obviously Simone Biles is famous for being a black gymnast who won some medals, which is apparent rare in that sport, it seems. But apparently, she's also became known as an alleged victim Larry Nassar, who allegedly used his status as a sports doctor to abuse young women. Apparently this didn't stop Biles from competing in the past, but this time it is different.
It didn't take long for those who worship at the alter of Our Lady of Perpetual Victimhood to start making excuses for Biles after she tapped out of the competition.
Danielle Campoamor of "The Cut" writes:
Biles traveled to Tokyo to compete after a years-long delay due to COVID-19, and not just to help her team rake in the medals: She came for fellow survivors. Earlier this spring, Biles revealed that she was dedicating her performance to sexual-assault survivors — she told Today anchor Hoda Kotb, “I feel like if there weren’t a remaining survivor in the sport, they would’ve just brushed it to the side”— as well as “Black and brown girls over the world,” as she told the New York Times in a phone interview. “At the end of the day, I am not representing USA Gymnastics.”
Biles is, in fact, the only victim of former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar — who was sentenced to 175 years in prison after more than 140 girls and young women he had abused came forward — representing Team USA. And while Biles went on to tell Kotb that the abuse she endured caused her to sleep “so much because, for me, it was the closest thing to death without harming myself,” she still felt she had an obligation to return...
By choosing to withdraw from the overall team-final competition and the individual all-around gymnastics final to focus on her mental health and prioritize her well-being, Biles reminded the nearly one in five women and one in 75 men who are victims of sexual assault that our stories, our bodies, and our minds do not need to be sacrificed at the altar of social justice. That it’s okay if we know deep in our bones that we can’t do what is required of us; that pushing through would cause us harm; that the pain, physical or not, simply is not worth it."
If Biles didn't have her heart in it, then she should've bowed out in the first place and allowed someone else to step up. But the funny thing about victim status is that you're celebrated for your failures as much as your successes. Had Biles competed and actually earned the medal she got for being there, I'm sure Danielle Campoamor would have wrote a story about how she "overcame the abuse" to win.
But Biles choked, as even the so-called "GOATs" do. Tom Brady lost Super Bowls. LeBron James lost at NBA Finals. And Simone Biles would have lost at the Olympics had she not taken the easy way out. She could not be truly brave and say that she quit. Admitting you can't do something takes more courage than making bullshit excuses for something that was obvious to everyone but blind loyalists and sports hero worshippers.
But Biles is being celebrated for choosing to quit, with her supporters using victim status as the reason for being brave. That sends the wrong message.
Too many people spend time playing the victim, be it BLM, MeToo, Conservative Christians, or those whining about having to wear masks in Walmart. These folks whine about perceived diminished rights but would cheer if the rights of their opponents are diminished. Despite what right-wingers claim, what we call "cancel culture" existed long before the term existed and both sides are guilty of it. But "Cancel Culture" is just a symptom of the larger cancer that is "Victim Culture."
A self-professed GOAT like Simone Biles should not need such pathetic excuses for failure. Own up to the fact today was not your day and move on, or next time, stay out of the way and let someone better do the job. Stop playing the victim.
Sunday, May 30, 2021
A prisoner who has been writing me for a while asked me if the obituary of his sentencing judge, which boasted of being "Known for giving long sentnces for sex offenders" or "especially tough on those convicted of domestic, sex or child abuse", is evidence of judicial bias.
Intrigued, I asked to see the newsclip; once he sent it to me, I scanned and copied it, which is posted above.
It is quite amazing to know that judges can be extremely biased and get away with it. In a 2012 interview with NPR, Steven Lubet, professor of law at Northwestern University, explained to listeners what constitutes Judicial Bias:
LUDDEN: So how do you define judicial bias?
LUBET: The courts define bias as favoritism or an inclination to favor one party to the litigation or one of the lawyers. So they exclude things like predisposition to have a certain view of the law. It needs to be personal, or directly in favor or against one side of the case.
LUDDEN: So you can't read bias in their whole history of decisions from the bench.
LUBET: Well, typically you can't read bias through their whole history of decisions. And another factor, which is directly relevant to the Zimmerman situation, is that it needs to come from something outside the case itself. This is called, sometimes, the extrajudicial source rule. So if a judge got mad at Mr. Zimmerman for something that happened in the course of the case, that would not be bias.
LUDDEN: Huh. Interesting. Now, the - is it true that the definition, though, or the parameters for deciding bias can vary from state to state?
LUBET: There is a general approach that most states follow, which is called - the issue is whether there is a reasonable question about the judge's impartiality. But some states have adopted different rules.
LUDDEN: And then what about state versus federal courts?
LUBET: A reasonable question about impartiality is the rule in federal courts...
LUDDEN: OK. Is there a most common list of allegations, a most common reason people might suggest this or allege this?
LUBET: Well, the most common one, of course, is some sort of financial relationship. That happens fairly often, and usually judges just step aside on, you know, of their own accord when something like that shows up. There's also the situation where a judge might have a relative - say the judge is sitting in criminal cases and has a child or a spouse who works for the public defender or the prosecutor or the probation department.
LUDDEN: OK. And then who decides? I mean, is it always the judge who recuses him- or herself? Is there someone who decides for them whether this is a legitimate concern and they should not hear that case?
LUBET: That's a pretty sensitive issue, actually, and it differs from state to state. Almost everywhere, motions to disqualify a judge go initially to the judge herself or himself. Then, in many places, many states, the motion would be referred to another judge, which seems to make a lot of sense, doesn't it?...
So the short answer is that predisposition is not considered bias; it seems only proven acts of favoritism or bias one party over another would be considered judicial bias. Personally, I disagree from a common sense standpoint. If a person has a "predisposition" against a particular group of people, the case would be judged according to the "predisposition" of the person. What is a predisposition of not the potenial for bias? i'm not a judgr or attorney so my opinion is just that, an opinion. Still, I feel this is unethical.
Friday, May 28, 2021
In 2019, I wrote an article for SOSEN.org regarding the neighborhood-focused social media platform NextDoor.com. Considering vigilantes are known to use NextDoor.com (as illustrated by the sign from a proest in Miami-Dade), there is a valid reason for concern for those unable to check the site for potential activity.
In 2017, NextDoor justified this act of overt discrimination, stating, “We have the added challenge that the success of Nextdoor in a community depends on our members feeling comfortable sharing personal information (both required information like their real names and addresses, as well as optional profile information–including the names and ages of their kids) with their neighbors. So if members decide they no longer feel safe sharing this information on Nextdoor, even if this belief is misguided, Nextdoor can no longer be successful in that community... Nextdoor works with with thousands of police departments and public agencies, whose willingness to work with us and to recommend Nextdoor to their constituents depends in part on our commitment to keeping our members safe. So we have to be conscious of setting policies that these partners are comfortable with. And when I asked our Agency Team the question you asked us (which partner agencies feel strongly about this policy), they responded that they wouldn’t be able to single out specific ones because they are asked about this policy in every single meeting they have with potential agency partners.”
So here we are in 2021, nearly two full years after I wrote the SOSEN article, and nothing has really changed. Below is an email sent to a Registered Person recently, who lost their account after being able to access the site for a while:
"I'm sorry to hear about the trouble you had accessing Nextdoor."
"Unfortunately, since public records indicate that you are a registered s** o*** on the ****, our policy blocks you from using Nextdoor:"
"We understand there are many people on the s** o***** registries who do not pose a threat to their neighbors. Unfortunately, we have no way to reliably distinguish between those who do and those who do not."
"In addition, Nextdoor has partnerships with more than 500 police departments, city governments, and other public agencies, and they have made clear to us that a no exceptions policy with regard to registered sex offenders is a necessary precondition for these partnerships."
"I'm sorry that we're therefore unable to grant you access to Nextdoor."
It is intriguing to me that Nextdoor.com claims Law Enforcement agencies are requiring the company to keep Registered Persons off their platform. I'm not sure I buy that explanation.
There was a lawsuit in the works against Nextdoor in late 2019 but with the courts running behind schedule due to COVID, who knows then that case will be resolved in court?
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Finally, the OnceFallen.com website has been updated to be compatible with mobile phones. The info on the website is the same but has a slightly new look. Gone are the options on the left side of the screen; it now has the "drop down tabs" (that I admittedly hate but that's what all modern sites have). Also, the site links outside the main page have changed, so if you link directly to any of my webpages, you may wish to update that.
I still need to make a couple of minor updates, but as of today, the site is fully operational. Thanks to all who helped me make this update possible, from those who donated for the updates, and those who worked to update the website.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Some of the housing is new, and some are updates. As noted on oncefallen.com, I'm unable to update my site for a while, so check back for more updates. The rest of the list is still available on OnceFallen.com
Diverse Housing LLC
PO Box 580635, Orlando, FL 32858
Ph. (407) 800-2275
Michael Murphy, Owner
Details: Price for shared rooms start at and averages around $450 per mo. Price for individual rooms start at $550 per month and averages around $600 per mo. Rental includes use of furnishings (new bed, used dresser, and used night stand). Common area is furnished with essential kitchenware, appliances, and dining area. Use of washer and dryer is also included at all locations. Assistance is provided for the following: completion of initial food stamp application and transportation to first visit of Sheriff’s Office (for registration), DMV, and Probation Offenders and Predators are accepted. Male and/or females may be accepted. Couples may be accepted on a case by case basis. All housing is located in the Orlando area, Orange County, FL. Security Deposit and First Month’s rent due to move-in. NO admin, application, or processing fees are charged.
Project SOAR Recovery Residences Inc
1231-1235 NE 15th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33304
800-992-0381 extension 0 (toll-free)
954-900-9980 extension 0 (local)
LiveChat with a Specialist 24/7 on our website
Since 2010, Project SOAR Recovery Residences has provided transitional supportive housing for men in the South Florida area. Our primary goal is to provide a clean, safe, sober, and responsible environment to recovering alcohol and/or substance abusers which will, in turn, support recovery. As a state certified recovery residence through the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR), a member of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences and BBB Accredited with an A rating, we are committed to only accepting those individuals who are serious about their recovery. We have 12 locations throughout Fort Lauderdale and proudly accept registered sex offenders, including those with the predator designation at five of our communities that are most commonly approved. Our program fee ranges anywhere from $110.00 to $155.00 per week with a $150.00 admission fee. Prospective residents may apply online at www.projectsoar.us or give us a call at 954-900-9980 extension 0 - we'd be happy to help!
Sunday Breakfast Mission
302 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Just For Jesus Outreach
14530 PA-28, Brockway, PA 15824
207 Highland Ave. Chester PA 19013
PO Box 6326, Philadelphia PA 19139
Bethesda Project: Our Brother’s Place
907 Hamilton St., Philadelphia PA 19123
Forgiven Ministries, Inc.
518 Plum St., Erie PA 16507
Hearken House Ministry
Patrick M Matthews
79 S Franklin Street, Chambersburg PA 17201
Phone - 717-552-2891
Stepping Stones to Freedom
PO Box 5621, Belleville PA 17004
New Person Ministries
PO Box 223, Reading, PA 19607
NOTE: Can only accept those convicted in the following PA counties- Adams, Berks, Bucks, Ciumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry, Schuylkill, & York.
Monday, March 22, 2021
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: OnceFallen.com to enter transitional period to modernize website, most services to be unchanged
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING ONCEFALLEN.COM'S WEBSITE
On 31 March 2021, the service I have been using for over 13 years will no longer support the software I have used this entire time to update the website. The site has to be "modernized" for mobile phone compatibility. So, for a few weeks, OnceFallen.com will not be updated with the latest information as the necessary changes are made. The website will remain online but in a "frozen" or "archived" state until these changes are made. This means I won't be able to update my most frequent pages, namely my Housing Lists and my Corrlinks ICoN monthly newsletters. However, this website is NOT shutting down, and I'll continue to provide the same assistance I have done during this period of transition. Until the changes are complete, I will post any important info, like new housing leads and ICoN monthly newsletters, at this blog.
I have made numerous updates to the website and will continue to make updates until the end of the month.
My latest update for the PDF version of "Your Life on The List", the March 2021 Version, is available on my site now at:
To see the list of changes made to the book:
Sunday, February 28, 2021
There are plenty of things to laugh about regarding this weekend's "Conservative Political Action Conference", like the nightmare-inducing Trump "Golden Calf" statue (that was made in Mexico) or that the CPAC stage is shaped like the "Odal Rune" worn on the collars of Waffen SS units during World War II. It is hard to believe, but I actually read a positive CPAC-related story.
I have to admit, it just feels odd spotlighting a Florida politician with good intentions trying to get conservatives interested in Criminal Justice reform. It feels like talking about the Cleveland Browns being Super Bowl contenders.
From Florida Politics:
"Donalds, in his first term representing Florida’s 19th Congressional District, addressed the topic of criminal justice, both in messaging and policy.
With experience running for, and winning, contested primary elections in the Sunshine State, the Southwest Florida Republican made what he called “two very important acknowledgments” about the kind of policy people wanted.
'First, a system that punishes and completes the punishment of those who do wrong,' Donalds said.
But that punitive approach is only half of it, the Congressman added.
Conservatives should “'appreciate that people who have broken laws are still American citizens and there must be a conduit for them to come back into society.'”
I'm not knocking Rep. Donalds's good intentions here, but the concept that this current system of punishment can ever somehow be "completed" is a foreign concept. to those running the system. Sure, some justice reforms have been made, but they've been largely symbolic and mostly for a select few criminal convictions.
The highly touted First Step Act has a long list of crimes blocked from obtaining good time benefits, including nearly all sexually-based offenses. The Second Chance Act of 2008 also excluded sex offenses from any beneficial program it created. Registered Persons are banned from many jobs and public places, with some state being worse than others. Florida, the home state for Rep. Donalds, has an abysmally poor record for the treatment of Registered persons.
People convicted of sex offenses are routinely excluded from criminal justice reform measures. Meanwhile, legislators still find the time amidst the pandemic to expand sex offense registries or to add new prohibitions on the rights of Registered Persons.
Anti-Registry activists have stated for years that the punishment should end at the completion of a court-imposed sentence. But we like to pretend the sex offense registry is not punishment. We love to pretend that those indefinitely detained (Abu Ghraib-style) in "civil commitment programs" are "patients" receiving treatment. We continue to punish long after the completion of a court appointed sentence while simultaneously denying it is indeed punishment. If it looks, waddles, quacks, and floats like a duck, legislators and courts declare it is a cow.
Well-meaning criminal justice reformists are seemingly unaware of the fact that the punishment doesn't end the day someone is released from prison or supervision period. I don't know if they are honestly ignorant or willfully overlooking the harm their laws have caused.
Rep. Donalds told conservatives they should “want to be tough with crime but understanding of the condition of the human being,” to show that “opportunity even exists if you’re rebounding from the worst spot in your life. Everybody has the redemptive ability within them if they actually think the people around them want them to be redeemed."
Right now, that's wishful thinking. Society has to change their viewpoint and it has to be addressed everywhere from the courts and legislators to the mass media. Despite our efforts in recent years, one look at the average comment section of a news story is enough evidence to prove we have a long ways to go. I haven't forgotten that sex offense registry laws are heavily supported by both of our main political parties, either. Both parties have harmed Registered Citizens and their families by espousing nonsensical, revenge-driven laws.
Criminal justice reform is a noble idea, but unless we are included in that idea, then these words ring hollow. Still, it is refreshing to hear someone from the state with one of the worst track records for justice reforms say these words.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
WHAT A BIDEN/ HARRIS PRESIDENCY MEANS FOR RCs
First, consider the fact passing tough-on-crime laws have been a bipartisan effort. Democrat President Clinton signed Megan’s Law in 1996. Republican President Bush signed the Adam Walsh Act (AWA) in 2006. Democrat President Obama signed International Megan’s Law (IML) in 2016. While Republican President Trump never got the chance to sign such sweeping legislation tied to registration laws, he signed FOSTA-SESTA — the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. Both these laws have led to massive internet censorship and helped exacerbate the existing wave of human trafficking panic. (Of course, the 2010s were a decade of various sexual panics from campus assault scares to the #MeToo movement to the PizzaGate/ QAnon conspiracy theories.) And while people were touting Trump’s passage of the First Step Act, very few provisions benefited anyone convicted of anything but petty drug-offenses, as violent/ sex offenses were excluded from most beneficial provisions of the Act.
This brings us to Democrat President Joe Biden. In Joe Biden’s first Presidential campaign in the 1980s, he ran on a tough-on-crime campaign and had been on the Senate Judiciary Committee since 1981, helping to pass tougher sanctions on drug offenses during Republican President Reagan’s “War on Drugs.”
Biden has been instrumental in the creation of Sex Offense Legislation on the federal level. Joe Biden helped create the controversial Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994, which he largely wrote and shepherded through the legislative process as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 1994 “Biden Crime Bill” as (Biden himself has called it as recently as spring 2020) created the Jacob Wetterling Act, mandatory minimums, and mass incarceration. Biden defended his passage of the bill during his campaign, claiming it decreased crime (a claim disputed by many criminologists.)
Biden has referred to the controversial AWA as the “Biden-Hatch Bill.” (Orrin Hatch, R-UT, also was a supporter of the defunct Dateline TV series “To Catch a Predator” and the vigilante group Perverted-Justice.) During the passage of the AWA, Biden stated, “Plain and simple: This legislation will help save children's lives. Sexual predators must be tracked and parents have a right to know when these criminals are in their neighborhoods. We've done a lot to protect our kids against SOs - creating the NCMEC in 1984, enacting the Biden Crime Bill in 1994, and enacting the Amber Alert system in 2003 - but it is not enough. We must do more. The AWA will help prevent these low-life sexual predators from slipping through the cracks.”
Vice-President Kamala Harris is a former sex crimes prosecutor in CA. As DA, Harris co-sponsored a state law that would have banned SOs from social media sites. And as AG, she presided over “Operation Boo,” a mandatory curfew for all homeless SOs on Halloween. Conservative media attacked her for deciding against enforcing a 2000 foot residency restriction law for SOs on parole, which passed by popular vote as part of the state’s “Jessica’s Law. However, the AG office only decided against further enforcement of the restrictions due to In re Taylor, Docket # S206143 (CA Sup Ct, 3/2/2015), which ruled that San Diego Co’s restrictions were unconstitutional as applied. Harris knew that any further enforcement would lead to more lawsuits and decided to no longer enforce the law.
Part of the problem is Sex Offense Laws have the support of both sides of the political aisle. Conservatives fulfil their moralistic, tough-on-crime agendas, while liberal receive their “justice” for alleged and real crime victims and the belief they are protecting the vulnerable. On a related note, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has a long record of rejecting criminal justice reforms, and had to be pressured by both parties just to get the First Step Act on the floor. This is why registry reform is a hard sell. It is not impossible, since some harsh laws have been scaled back, although most reforms were merely responses to lawsuits. Still, the leader of this country has great influence over public policy, so two tough-on-crime candidates leading this nation could be bad news for registry reformists.
Friday, January 1, 2021
ONCE FALLEN ANNUAL
Since 2016, OnceFallen has published an annual report which tracks the assistance given to and given by OnceFallen.com. While the COVID-19 pandemic altered the focus of Anti-Registry activism this year, demand for assistance reached all all-time high.
MAJOR EFFORTS BY ONCEFALLEN
Despite the global pandemic, OnceFallen still assisted in a number of events throughout the year.
SURVEY & REPORT ASSISTANCE: OnceFallen promoted the Veteran’s Survey conducted by Shawn Rolfe and Emily Horowitz, sending the survey to dozens of federal prisoners. In addition, OnceFallen has conducted its own survey related to the COVID-19 registration issue. OnceFallen also monitored announcements from LEOs to maintain a list of closures during the initial pandemic wave in the spring of 2020. OnceFallen also counted the number of employed registrants in Delaware to determine a 36% unemployment rate for RCs in 2020 in DE.
DENVER PROTEST: OnceFallen assisted in the planning and participated in the protest against the Millard v Camper decision in the 10th Circuit, a bad ruling that denied the registry is punitive. OnceFallen also designed the brochures handed out during the event.
YOUR LIFE ON THE LIST, A REGISTRY SURVIVAL GUIDE: In September 2020, “Your Life on The List” by Derek Logue was published by Amazon.com. The guide was created to help prisoners and the recently released navigate the myriad of “sex offender” laws in place. The guide contains a comprehensive summary of the laws of all 50 states plus DC and the territories and other useful resources for Registered Persons. A PDF version can be found for free on OnceFallen.com while printed versions can be ordered from Amazon.com.
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS RETURNED TO NEAR 2017/2018 LEVELS
After two years of steady contributions to OnceFallen’s Anti-Registry efforts, there was a huge dip in financial contributions in 2019. For 2020, donations returned to levels still below but closer to 2017/2018 levels. (A new laser printer of unknown value was donated as well.)
The primary expenses for OnceFallen in 2020 included the annual website fee, the protest in Denver, the material needed to send prisoner requests (ink, paper, envelopes, stamps), copies of books for distribution, and a new computer. Because donations exceeded expenses for 2020, OnceFallen ends on a slight surplus (as opposed to ending on a deficit in 2019). Thus, OnceFallen does not plan on hosting a fundraiser to start the upcoming year.
PRISONER OUTREACH SERVICES INCREASED AT RECORD PACE IN 2020
Prisoner outreach has taken over as OnceFallen’s primary function in 2020. OnceFallen offers the Informational Corrlinks Newsletter (ICoN) through the Corrlinks email system (a correctional email system used by the BOP and a handful of states, such as Wisconsin), answers requests for various guides such as the ACSOL 50 state visitor’s guide (a revision was made independently in Oct. 2020) as well as the newly released registry survival guide. See the resources I provide at http://www.oncefallen.com/icon.html
Subscriptions to the ICoN increased from 473 at the end of 2019 to 637 at the end of 2019 to 637, and increase of 164 subscribers (a 34.67% increase). This marks five years of increasing growth in the Corrlinks network, with 2020 having the largest increase in new subscribers. Here is the growth over the past 5 years:
- ICoN Subscribers 2016: 155
- ICoN Subscribers 2017: 221 (+66, 41.7%)
- ICoN Subscribers 2018: 350 (+129, 63%)
- ICoN Subscribers 2019: 473 (+123, 35%)
- ICoN Subscribers 2020: 637 (+164, 34.7%)
A total of 220 individual first contacts came from prisoners or those in civil commitment centers (109 through Corrlinks and 111 by mail).
A total of 285 postal letters arrived in 2020 and while not all letters come from prisoners, nearly all are requests for info related to the OnceFallen prisoner outreach. This year broke all previous records for letters received.
- Letters to OnceFallen 2013: 43
- Letters to OnceFallen 2014: 43
- Letters to OnceFallen 2015: 73 (+30, 69.7%)
- Letters to OnceFallen 2016: 121 (+43, 65.7%)
- Letters to OnceFallen 2017: 184 (+63, 52.1%)
- Letters to OnceFallen 2018: 172 (-8, -1%)
- Letters to OnceFallen 2019: 175 (+3, 2%)
- Letters to OnceFallen 2020: 285 (+110, 62.9%)
NEW CONTACTS FOR ONCEFALLEN HIT RECORD LEVELS IN 2020
In 2020, OnceFallen assisted 476 individuals who reached out for assistance. About 46.2% of those (220 of the 476) were prisoners/ civilly committed. This is the most total contacts in any year overall and the largest increase since OnceFallen was founded in 2007.
- New Contacts 2016: 291
- New Contacts 2017: 422 (+125, +42.1%)
- New Contacts 2018: 401 (-21, -5%)
- New Contacts 2019: 336 (-65, -16%)
- New Contacts 2020: 476 (+140, +41.7%)
For 2020, I kept up with the nature of requests to help me better serve those who make inquiries. Some of these may overlap because people sometimes make multiple requests. Also, some folks contact me occasionally with later requests.
- · Legal Questions: 105 contacts. This includes everything from questions about particular state laws or a specific topic like residency laws or IML, or for requests like attorney lists or activist contacts for a particular state.
- · Housing issues: 94 contacts (housing list or advice). Three housing providers, however, contacted me requesting removal from the housing list, and those three aren’t counted here.
- · General Info: 62 contacts. This includes contacts for a variety of reasons, like calls from those from people soon to be convicted or from family members of registrants who don’t know what to expect, or advice on finding employment or other resources.
- · ICoN-specific inquiries: 59 contacts. Direct questions related to the ICoN/ Prisoner services.
- · Resources: 54 contacts. These are direct requests for specific printed guides or books from prisoners. An underestimate since only initial inquiries are counted. Many inmates request multiple guides. This number is expected to go down in 2021 since many resources are contained within the registry guide book created by OnceFallen.
- · Veteran’s Survey requests: 15 contacts.
- · COVID-related issues: 9 contacts.
- · Harassing calls: OnceFallen received threats of violence and harassment from seven vigilantes in 2020.
New contacts by month: 72 in Jan., 33 in Feb., 37 in Mar., 30 in Apr., 38 in May, 54 in June, 37 in July, 46 in Aug., 40 in Sept., 35 in Oct., 40 in Nov., 25 in Dec.
People from a total o 41 US State, one US Territory and Canada contacted me (185 contacts were of unknown origin.) Most contacts by state/ nation: FL (26); CA (23); OH (21); TX (21); NY/VA (14 each); IL (13); PA (12); WI (11); CO (10); AL/GA (9 each); MD/NC (8 each); NJ (7); AZ/IA/MO/OR (6 each); AR/KY (5 each); KS/MI/MN/NE/SC (4 each); ID/IN/LA/TN (3 each); DE/MA/OK/UT/WA/WV (2 each); MS/NM/NV/SD/WY/US Virgin Islands/ Canada (1 each); unknown (185). No contacts from AK, CT, HI, ME, MT, ND, NH, RI, or VT of the known contacts were made in 2020.
New Contacts by means utilized: email (153), Corrlinks (109), Postal Service (107), Phone call (64), Text Message (30), Facebook (11), and LinkedIn (2).
OnceFallen.com received 253,132 visitors in 2020. OnceFallen.com counts actual visits, not “hits”, to determine users to the site.
- OnceFallen.com Visitors 2016: 133,491
- OnceFallen.com Visitors 2017: 228,275 (+97,484 or +71%)
- OnceFallen.com Visitors 2018: 334,687 (+106,412 or +46.6%)
- OnceFallen.com Visitors 2019: 218,040 (-116,647 or -25.9%)
- OnceFallen.com Visitors 2020: 253,132 (+35,092 or 16.1%)
At least 24% of visitors to OnceFallen.com use the site multiple times throughout the year.
In total, 2262 free PDF copies of “Your Life on The List”, OnceFallen.com’s registry survival guide and overview of each state/ territory registry laws were accessed. Since OnceFallen gave full distribution rights (and profits) for the physical copies on Amazon.com to Reset Missouri, they would have data on number of physical book sales; thus, I don’t know how many books sold through Amazon.
Appearances of Derek Logue or OnceFallen.com doubled from 2 in 2019 to 4 in 2020. Two OpEds written by OnceFallen in The Crime Report, and one in the Lincoln Journal Star. The other appearances were in South Florida media after Derek Logue defeated Florida State Senator Lauren Book on 1st Amendment grounds in the Florida Appeals Court.