Mass. Supreme Court strikes down residency laws; Compares them to Japanese internment camps

This morning the highest court in Massachusetts struck down residency restrictions in Lynn, Massachusetts! Kudos to the ACLU of Massachusetts who filed suit to challenge the law in 2012. National RSOL was right beside them—criticizing the law in a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief and joined by the Florida Action Committee, the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center and two sex offender treatment groups–the Association for the…

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Sex offender registries destroy families, devastate children, inspire murderers

By Steve Yoder . . . This compelling piece begins with the story of a husband and father of three who goes home after work, helps with dinner, helps put the children to bed — but then leaves at 9:30 to drive to a “safe” location to sleep in his van. He is on the public sex offender registry for a crime…

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International Travel

If you or someone you know was denied entry into another country as a consequence of registration, we want to hear from you. A new group, supported by RSOL National, is examining the issues related to registered citizens traveling, including the practice of the US Government notifying receiving countries that a registrant is traveling there. A representative of FAC will…

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Where Justice Kennedy finds his facts: Who cares? He doesn’t check them

By Radley Balko . . . In the 2002 case McKune v. Lile, the Supreme Court upheld a Kansas law that imposed harsher sentences on sex offenders who declined to participate in a prison rehab program. The substance of the Kansas law the court upheld isn’t as important as the language the court used to uphold it. In his opinion,…

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Supreme Court consistently relies upon bogus studies about sex offender recidivism

By Ira Ellman . . . Proponents of criminal justice reform never talk about sex offenders. They’re political untouchables subject to lifelong restrictions that continue long past their confinement, restrictions justified as necessary to protect the public from their propensity to re-offend. Two Supreme Court decisions established that justification. But they rely on a scientific study that doesn’t exist. “Frightening…

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An open letter to Laura Ahearn and Parents for Megan’s Law

Your program is advertised as an advocacy for children focused on preventing sexual abuse. Yet this, from your site, tells a very different story: “Most parents and community members believe that they are doing everything they can to protect children from sexual predators but the disturbing reality is that registered sex offenders are obtaining employment and volunteer positions across the…

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RSOL at NCSL

Janice Bellucci and Kathleen Garner at RSOL’s booth at the National Conference of State Legislatures, Seattle Washington, 8/4/2015 Visitor, Jason, Janice; NCSL; Seattle; 8/5/2015 RSOL is excited to announce that we have four representatives attending our exhibit booth at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit. The event officially kicked off August 4th in Seattle and runs through August…

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Questions that must be answered

By Sandy….A post recently appeared in our Tales From the Registry. It is in the form of an open letter to those who make–and those who support those who make–public policy and legislation that is contradicted by facts, research, and evidence. It puts forth a case against a public registry from the perspective of the family members of registered citizens.…

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