How Big Money Stymies S.O. Reform

By Michael M . . . When SORNA (Sex Offender Registration Notification Act, aka Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006) required the states to establish comprehensive minimum standards for their state sex offender registries, it created an unfunded mandate that left many states scrambling to comply or lose Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding…

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Ohio House updates ‘sexting’ law

[norwalkreflector.com – 6/27/18] COLUMBUS — State Reps. Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) and Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton) today applauded the House for passing legislation they jointly sponsored that provides another option to Ohio’s courts when dealing with juveniles charged with possessing sexually explicit digital material, or engaging in “sexting” with a minor. It was one of several bills OK’d today by the Ohio…

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Bill Triggers Debate Over Punishment, Process

[wbur.org – 6/27/18] Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito appealed to lawmakers Tuesday for new sentencing and civil commitment laws targeting repeat child rapists, but opponents of Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill argued the proposal is unnecessary and would be costly and ineffective. Baker’s proposal calls for changes to the civil commitment process under which sexually dangerous people are reviewed for possible release…

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“Fearless” validated as important and valuable

By Brenda . . . We were excited to see our own evaluation and expectations of our Fearless support group project confirmed in a genuine academic study! Authors Lisa L. Sample, Brooke N. Cooley, and Tusty ten Bensel recently published “Beyond Circles of Support: ‘Fearless’ — An Open Peer-to-Peer Mutual Support Group for Sex Offense Registrants and Their Family Members” in…

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Lawsuit Challenges Prop. 57

A lawsuit has been filed challenging new regulations issued by the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) that implement Proposition 57. The lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court on June 25. “In its new regulations, CDCR repeated its original mistake of excluding everyone convicted of a sex offense from the benefits of Proposition 57,” stated ACSOL Executive Director…

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Registered sex offender among those honored at ceremony for murdered children

By Jackie Mundry . . . In 2006, William Elliot was sought out and shot because he was a registered sex offender. On Sunday, he will be honored by the Maine chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. His mother, Shirley Turner, says he was on this list because he had consensual sex with an underage girlfriend. “But he was 19…

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Removal of Persky will make things worse, not better

By Chandra Bozelko . . . Harassment and assault of women is a serious problem and we need to correct our culture to eliminate it. But the recall in Santa Clara County, California, of Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced Brock Turner, isn’t the way to change things. The Brock Turner debacle raised controversy in 2016 when the former Stanford student,…

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Registry Matters Podcast Episode 30 – Who Really Uses 5000 Foot Banishments?

Larry and Andy talk about: social security benefits https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ CSZFree App for android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toughlabhq.cszfree&hl=en_US teen sexting in NC https://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/crime/article212741779.html the deeper and troubling next steps of the Judge Persky recall in CA https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/06/06/voters-remove-judge-who-sentenced-brock-turner-to-six-months-in-stanford-rape-case/ the SOR reinforcing inequality https://theconversation.com/are-sex-offender-registries-reinforcing-inequality-79818 statute of limitations https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/magazine/should-statutes-of-limitations-for-rape-be-abolished.html why prosecutors oppose a misconduct panel https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/06/19/ny-das-association-takes-stand-against-prosecutorial-misconduct-commission/ how  risk based assessment harms   https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/06/20/0621morello/ Share the podcast with those you…

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Sexual offense truths needed in the media

By Mike W . . . In response to an online media story hyping fear over registered sex offenders voting in schools in New York and “having access” to children, Mike W. wrote and NARSOL sent the following to the journalist and the editor of the news outlet. To: Spectrum News Attn: Editor and Vince Briga RE: Could Sex Offenders…

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