No. At this time, our program is open to men who have been convicted of a sex offense and will be required to register with the state of Missouri.
Those who are about to be released can contact Reset Missouri directly or they may be referred by case workers, probation officers, or parole officers. The potential client will then be interviewed to determine if he is a good fit for our program. All selected clients will receive a copy of the rules and requirements and must agree to them, as well as to the consequences of failing to comply with these stipulations.
Potential clients will be interviewed by a staff or board member. The interview will be
somewhat informal. It is intended to determine eligibility and fit, but also as a feeling-out
process for the potential client. The candidate must be motivated to learn a trade, get a job, enroll in school, or participate in an otherwise productive activity (Reset Missouri will assist with these endeavors). Selected clients will be required to live a crime-free life and abide by all registration and supervision requirements. Clients will be expected to be supportive of other house residents while working toward becoming better men themselves. The acceptance prerequisites are as follows however, this list may be updated at our discretion:
• Potential clients will be incarcerated at the time of application.
• Reset Missouri and the potential client must agree that this program is a good fit.
• Candidates must be deemed eligible by the state or federal judicial system for early
release (parole) to a transitional living environment with minimal home supervision.
• Candidates must be classified as nonviolent and committed to a nonviolent lifestyle.
• The client must agree to the parameters of any mental health or substance abuse plan (if
deemed necessary) as developed by Reset Missouri with the help of subject matter
The initial plan is to provide vocational training through outside agencies or through
trained volunteers. Mental health, substance abuse treatment, and 12 step programs will
be sought as needed with appropriate professionals. Masters level social work students will be invited to complete their practicums with Reset Missouri and provide mental health services. Bachelor level students will be invited to provide case management services to our clients until we are able to hire staff members to provide such services. There will also be one onsite house parent who will provide mentorship and emotional support to the residents. He will live at the home in exchange for his support to the clients.
The majority of our residents will be under court supervision so it will be important to coordinate with parole and probation officers. We will seek open communication with these officials to ensure that we understand the rules and requirements for each resident and in turn, to ensure that our residents have all of the support they need to be successful.
We will have an in-house staff member/mentor who will attempt to diffuse any incident that is heated, confrontational, or poses a threat of any kind to our staff or to residents. Additionally, upon acceptance to the program, each client will be apprised of the house rules that clearly prohibit such provocation. Our staff will not hesitate to call the police if they feel that anyone is in danger. These actions may result in the expulsion from our program for those involved and could potentially violate the terms of their probation or parole.
Reset Missouri is not equipped to offer legal services of any kind. However, as we build relationships with legal professionals over time, we should be more prepared to offer referrals to appropriate legal resources.
We will work with other transitional and supportive living environments in an attempt to house and support as many people as we possibly can.
We are absolutely looking for volunteers. At the moment, our most pressing need is for
fundraisers and donors. We are also looking for homes to buy or rent and would appreciate the assistance of a real estate professional. We are looking for legal experts who can help us to navigate the purchase or rental of the home. Legal experts may be needed to help with other issues that arise during our efforts, especially with regard to registry limitations and requirements. We are seeking donations to furnish the home, volunteers to do initial and ongoing basic home improvements/repairs, and we will recruit volunteers to be mentors to our residents. We are looking for men who can
provide support and mentorship to our clients who are attempting to move, as seamlessly as possible, to a new way of life.
Our very ambitious goal is to open our first home to our first clients by the end of 2020. However, that will require a great deal of work, a great deal of financial support, and more than a bit of luck. A more realistic opening date would probably be the Springtime of 2021.
No. We strongly believe that the sex offense registries across this nation are unconstitutional and should be abolished. However, we understand that achieving this
goal may be a long process made up of multiple smaller steps along the way. We applaud any legislative, judicial or penal reform that moves our society in the right direction
We all deserve a second chance to atone for illegal or hurtful behaviors from our past. It
is blatantly unfair to label someone, for life, based on a single event (that may have occurred many, many years ago). As Bryan Stevenson wisely states, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” To be treated otherwise, is to be judged unjustly; often by those with overt bias. We will not further exacerbate that bias with the careless use of the name “sex offender registry.” Words do matter!
It can be very difficult to transition from prison, back to society. It can be all the more
frustrating for those who must register. The ability to find housing, education, employment, support, and even simple human kindness can be nearly impossible, despite the registrants best efforts. This inability can, in some cases, lead to a return to crime out of sheer desperation. Our organization offers a home, training, mental health services, and other forms of support; the type of help that can boost confidence and offer hope, income, and time to someone just trying to get their life back on track.
There are several reasons to support our organization: 1) It is a decent and noble cause. We believe that everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves; 2) If these men are successfully assimilated into society, they will increase the tax base and decrease unemployment; 3) If these men are successfully assimilated, then society will be a safer place. Note: the abolition of the Sex Offense Registry would go a long way toward helping that cause.
It is a common misconception that those who have committed a sex offense are
perpetually dangerous. In fact, this is largely untrue. Second to murder, the recidivism rate for sexual crimes is lower than for any other crime, according to numerous studies. According to an often-cited 2003 Department of Justice recidivism study, the three-year recidivism arrest rate for sex-related crimes was 5.3% while the overall recidivism rate for any crime was 43%. However, since many sex crimes go unreported, these statistics are sometimes called into question. There are numerous scientific studies citing recidivism rates from 2-7%
Actually, that is most assuredly incorrect. The sex offense label is general and broad in its scope. People with sex offense convictions come from all walks of life; all races and ages (some as young as 8 years old). They includes violent offenders but also those
picked up in non-violent, non-contact, entrapment-like sting operations; those who were falsely accused and then coerced to take a plea bargain; Romeo and Juliet teen lovers after one of them suddenly passes the age of adulthood (as specified by state law); people who recognize that they have a problem and desperately seek help (but often receive only punishment in return); it includes some who were caught urinating, streaking in public, or pulling another kid’s pants down in school; young adults and teens who have sent or received nude photos from one another; people who have been found to be in possession of child pornography (even when they didn’t know the person in the photo was underage); people who have “endangered children” by supplying them with alcohol (even when nothing sexual occurred), This is not a one-size-fits-all problem and it certainly does not have a one-size-fits-all solution.
Pedophilia is a diagnostic term. Not all people who commit child sexual abuse meet the
conditions of pedophilia. That is, they do not have a mental health diagnosis that “causes”
them to act on their thoughts. Furthermore, not all people who commit sex offenses, commit them against children.
We are a new, small organization having formed in 2019. Currently, we are operating only in the St. Louis area. We hope to grow within the region and perhaps, to other states; but for now, we are focused on the present and growing our ability to help these men to improve their lives.
First, let’s be clear; Reset Missouri supports every child’s right to safety and happiness.
But we would suggest that there is no broad segment of society that deserves such sweeping indignation and loathing as that which is typically reserved for those with sex offenses. If someone breaks the law, whether it be a sex-related statute or otherwise, they
must then pay the consequences. That debt is typically a term of incarceration followed
by a term of probation or parole. After that, most are given the opportunity to rebuild
some semblance of a life, to participate as a member of the community, and to atone for
their transgressions. Those who have committed sex offenses are held to a different standard. This different standard seems to be based, at least in part, on some unhealthy desire to punish. Through this lens of ignorance and fear, too many people are unable to see humanity or individuality
We do not refer to these individuals as “sex offenders” (see Question #12 above). In regard to this question, and with all due respect, we do not believe that anyone has that right. We don’t believe you should have the right to know the location of anyone who has committed any crime, especially if they have paid their debt to society. Furthermore, numerous scientific studies have conclusively shown that sex offense registries do not lower the incidents of sex crimes and they most certainly do not make neighborhoods safer.
We are vehemently opposed to all residency restrictions because they have not been proven to reduce sex crimes or to increase safety in any way; but they have been proven to disrupt the lives of those who are trying to re-integrate into society in a peaceful, productive manner. These restrictions often force families to be separated; or force those who must register into homelessness. An increased population of homeless, unemployed, destabilized individuals is not safe for anyone.
Abolishing the public registry in favor of a law-enforcement-only registry would be a
huge step in the right direction. It would remove much of the stigma surrounding the
families of those forced to register. It would take away the open invitation to vigilante
crimes against these families. As an organization, we would applaud such a change in our laws. However, a law-enforcement only registry would probably still require registration in a public venue; it would probably still require the payment of all associated costs, like polygraphs and processing fees; registrants would probably still be subjected to residency and loitering restrictions; they would probably still be bound by Halloween rules; and they would still be subjected to the prejudice of some law enforcement officers.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children used to update its listing of registrants by state. They used to update the list every six months. But for some unknown reason, that practice abruptly stopped. However, as of the last update on December 21, 2018, there were 917,771 men, women, and children required to register in the United States and its territories. There were 912,643 within the 50 states of the union. Those statistics, now 18 months old, have quite possibly crossed the one million mark. So, those very large numbers make this a very large problem. But please understand, it is
not only the numbers that make this a big problem. It is the complicity of judges,
attorneys, prosecutors, lawmakers and others who mete out this systematic harsh punishment. And it is the rampant fear, the comfortable ignorance and the punitive nature of every-day people who often have a knee-jerk reaction to any news about this painful and divisive topic.