Wednesday, March 6, 2013
AL - ReFORM-AL at the HB 85 public Hearing
On Wed. Feb. 27, 2013, the Alabama House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on HB 85, a sex offender anti-clustering law. Derek Logue, this day representing ReFORM-AL, was among the half dozen there to oppose the bill.
There to promote the bill was State Rep. Kurt Wallace, who sponsored the bill, and a prosecutor in his district named CJ Robinson. Robinson in particular spouted many distorted statistics. While claiming sex offenders have a 90% recidivism rate, he admitted the registrants in his county have not been accused of a new sex crime.
Note also Robinson received far too much time to speak, while I was cut off before the two minute mark.
Following my testimony was testimony from members of Shiloni Transformation Ministries, which was negatively impacted by a countywide anti-clustering ordinance. A member of the Southern Center for Human Rights also testified against the bill.
Visit ReFORM-AL for more info on HB 85's anti-clustering bill.
Location: Alabama, USA