A Message from OASOTN President Deborah Martin
I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer months. It’s hard to believe that three months have already passed since the annual conference. OASOTN would like to thank everyone again for the continued support and attendance at the training. We work hard and strive to make the conference valuable and a good experience for everyone. We have finalized the plans for the 2016 conference and it will be located in Ashland. We hope everyone can make a fun trip to Southern Oregon, and attend a great conference.
The legislative session wrapped up in July and there was a significant change to sex offense registration laws for juveniles. Youth adjudicated of offenses in juvenile court will no longer automatically register as sex offenders with the state police. The new process includes a court review sometime in the final six months of supervision. The judge will review numerous factors to determine if the youth will be required to register upon termination of supervision, or whether the youth will not have the registration requirement imposed. You can find more information about House Bill 2320 (make sure to view the Enrolled version) at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/list/, paying close attention to Section 31 of the bill. The law will take effect as soon as the Governor signs the bill.
The change in legal process and complete impact of this bill is not yet known; juvenile courts around the state will be determining how to operationalize the changes. The law does indicate that the nature and extent of treatment in which the youth participated can be reviewed by the Judge. Therefore, anyone who works with juveniles who have been adjudicated on felony sex crimes might want to review how progress reports and discharge summaries are prepared, as the court relying upon them at a future hearing.
Whether there is full agreement on the change in sex offense registration laws for juveniles, it is significant for the State of Oregon. What has not changed, is the focus that everyone has on making sure that the youth we all serve are healthy and safe in their families and communities. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work with youth and families every day!
Deborah Martin, OASOTN President and Field Supervisor for the OYA Parole/Probation Office in Lane County.
S. Kelly Crane
Oregon Adolescent Sex Offending Treatment Network is dedicated to the effective management and treatment of sexual offending youth to promote individual, family, and community safety and wellness. Their objectives are as follows:
- Provide and promote opportunities for training of best practices in the field.
- Facilitate collaborative partnerships with professionals who work with youth and families impacted by sexual abuse.
- Promote awareness of the impact of sexually abusive behavior committed by youth.
- Educate local communities and the legislative body on issues pertaining to youth sexual offending behavior.