Sex offender registration; juveniles adjudicated delinquent of sexually violent offense to register. (HB2361)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex offender registration; juveniles; school expulsion. Requires that juveniles of any age who are adjudicated delinquent of a sexually violent offense or homicide register as a sex offender. Juveniles adjudicated delinquent of a nonviolent sex offense will remain under the current procedure, which applies to juveniles 13 years and older and allows the judge to determine if registration should be required. The bill also requires expulsion from school of juveniles required to register for sexually violent or homicide offenses. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091526516
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2009Impact statement from VCSC (HB2361)
01/23/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2361)
01/27/2009Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/28/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2361)
01/29/2009Subcommittee recommends no further action
02/10/2009Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


L.L. writes:

Judges already have the discretion to put juveniles on the registry for "sexually violent" offenses. Schools obviously have the ability to expel kids for basically any reason. Why are we taking this out of their hands.

It speaks volumes about the legislature's faith in judges and schools!

And, um, I'm guessing schools won't NEED to expel kids who KILL somebody. They won't be there anyway! Is there a case in Virginia where a kid killed somebody and didn't get expelled or otherwise removed from the school environment?

Traci writes:

Why is the state willing to deny a child the right to an education? The state does realize that by denying a child an education they are setting that child up for failure in later life, creating even more problems for the state later on?

Mary writes:

Bill HB2361 was withdrawn by the patron in sub-committee on January 22. He said, "I don't care about the juvenile offenders, all I care about is the victims. I don't care if the recidivism is only 5% or 7% or whatever; I only care about the victims." Then he said that he still wasn't happy about the form of the bill, so he withdrew it.

Mary writes:

During the House Sub-Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety today Delegate Kristen Amundson made a scientific statement that we find quite ironic this evening.

In her support of HB 2339 she referenced that teenage brains are not fully developed until the age of 20 or 21. Because of this, teenagers do not have the skills to understand the repercussions of their actions.

But yet, the state of Virginia will allow an accusation alone of a 16 year old to convict, imprison and brand someone for life.

The state of Virginia also holds any 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16 year old accountable for their sexual actions, again for a lifetime.

If the state is going to claim a 16 year old isn't old enough to choose to wear a safety belt and must be forced to do so because they can't understand the repercussions, then how can the state allow someone of the same age to be accountable for the other two issues?

It's ironic, isn't it?

NoMoreLies writes:

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children noted in Sept, 2008, there are 664,731 RSOs in
the US. In May 2007, that number was 602,189. In 16 months, there were 62,524 new registrants added.
That's 3908.8 per month, 130.3 per day, 5.4 per hour. In other words, every 11 minutes and 6 seconds
another person is added to the SO registry!
The Vera institute of justice reports,
1 in 160 males are now a registered sex offender in the US.
Think about it.
WHO is next to be registered, what are the chances someone in your family will become a registered sex offender, maybe for life?
HOW is the law even effective when there are to many people listed? Will a real dangerous predator, stand out in such a hugh crowd?
WHAT is the cost to prosecute, convict, incarcerate register, track, hunt, supervise, monitor and keep abreast of 664,731 people? With 48% of sex offenders finding it difficult to follow the intended harsh requirements forced on them. The numerous violations create new convictions for technical violations, court proceedings, prosecution, incarceration, and 85% are represented by public defenders, it's not free.
WHEN is someone going to fix this ridiculous mess? Who is benefiting?
It is very sad when a child is truly harmed and murdered but, these Laws are including and punishing, everybody and anybody in that child's name, is it disturbing and unethical. And ignorant! Our children are being named SEX OFFENDERS, in the same laws, proposed for murders and established to protect children from SEX OFFENDERS that are capable of committing murder? How did it get so out of control? Where were our leaders who took an oath to protect citizens from inequality and discrimination? Everyone driving drunk, is not labeled dangerous for life and punished with vehicular Homicide.