Why I’m proud to be part of National RSOL

By Dolly Madison…… National RSOL writes and produces the Digest, which is the most widely distributed, noteworthy, and informative publication on the market for those convicted of sexual offenses. We have a print subscriber base of over 300; and our e-edition reaches many hundred website members and supporters, almost 600 subscribers who are incarcerated in federal prisons through the CorrLinks…

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Reintegration, not registration, key to safer communities

By Bob Munsey . . . No matter how a person may have corrected his or her actions and paid for failures, in the state of Florida, it’s “once a felon, always a felon.” What is such a policy as this supposed to solve? On a recent evening I listened in on a Reform Sex Offender Laws Inc. conference call…

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Right speech, right time, right now. Engage!

By Michael Rosenberg . . . The criminalization of the speech of registered citizens ensures Tom and Jane Public can continue with a campaign of blissful ignorance; the proliferation of enthusiastic comments beneath news articles in which our rights are violated is a quick study illustrating the detrimental effect of our inability to use our right speech when and where it…

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California IML challenge dismissed as premature

Associated Press . . . A lawsuit challenging a law that requires a marker to be placed in the passports of people convicted of sex offenses against children is premature because the marker provision is not yet in effect, a federal judge said Friday in a ruling dismissing the suit. U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton said it was also…

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Atlanta RSOL Conference 2016 take-away: Whose voice is missing?

By  Michael Rosenberg . . . This year’s RSOL conference in Atlanta was the author’s first, as speakers from across the country brought to bear upon an audience ready and needful of informative lectures and empathetic, well-sourced thought-pieces a whole host of ideas long overdue. Correction: these ideas have been in existence since the first Dolphin was trapped in the net meant largely…

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Ron Book’s guilt satiated by hatred for sex offenders

By Shelly Stow . . . I watched the film Untouchable through live streaming as it was shown at the RSOL National Conference that has just concluded in Atlanta, Georgia. This film could well have been named, “Portrait of a bitter, angry man.” Ron Book’s daughter Lauren was sexually assaulted by a nanny the family had hired for Lauren. The…

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Federal judiciary finally sees light: Restrictions are punishment

By David Post . . . I wanted to add a few words to co-blogger Jonathan Adler’s posting about the recent 6th Circuit decision in Doe v. Snyder, in which the court voided application of the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) on the grounds that it imposes retroactive punishment on previously convicted sex offenders in violation of the constitutional…

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Audio link: Registries do more harm than good

Listen to University of Michigan law professor J.J. Prescott’s recent Stateside interview with Lester Graham. Professor Prescott’s research was utilized by the Sixth Circuit in its recent decision holding the ex post facto application of sex offender registration requirements unconstitutional.

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NC’s new sex offender law is unjust and unconstitutional

By Mark Joseph Stern . . . A new sex offender law took effect in North Carolina on Thursday, restricting offenders’ freedom of movement and association by barring them from libraries, recreational parks, pools, and fairs. The law is designed to replace a previous measure that a federal court ruled unconstitutional in April. It will do nothing to stop sex…

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Vanderwall puts state on notice over new sex offender laws

By Rex Hodge . . . A new sex offender ban is now in effect in North Carolina. The new law bans offenders whose victims were under 18, or anyone legally deemed a threat to children, from many places kids may gather. It replaces a previous law a judge deemed too vague in 2009. Haywood County leaders say the new…

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