Bermuda: Sex Offender Bill Passes

A bill that was written about earlier this week has passed and the island country of Bermuda will become the latest country to have a sex offender registry. What’s interesting, is the country’s Attorney General, who indicates in this Royal Gazette article, used empirical evidence in their decision making about their registry. Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General, explained: “A public…

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Caring for a registrant can be fatal

By Michael M . . . Here in America, we like to think that people who are convicted of a crime will be punished by court decree and according to the laws of the land, not by roving bands of killers and arsonists. We also like to believe that it is only in tin-pot dictatorships like North Korea or in…

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Action Alert — Sen. Tom Cotton: “No early release for sex offenders”

By Sandy . . . The First Step Act, now pending in the U.S. Senate, has been described as “a bipartisan-supported bill,” “an important but…modest first-step” toward desperately needed criminal justice reform. It is supported by legislators of both parties and by the President. Modest is correct; the bill would only apply to 1.5 percent of those in federal prisons, and…

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Can anything change public opinion about sexual offense registries?

By Cresencio Rodriguez . . . A California law that will go into effect in 2021 is set to bring about the most sweeping changes ever to sex offender laws in the state. SB384 will allow most sex offenders to petition to be removed from the public registries in 10 to 20 years after they are released from prison, as long…

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Registry Matters 52: How homelessness can land you in jail

As we didn’t plan on recording due to the holidays, this is a special bonus episode and a somewhat abbreviated one. TOPICS: What’s up with the First Step Act in the Senate?; Prosecutors in Kansas gain access to privileged recordings; SCOTUS to hear 8th Amendment case; PA report on clergy launches investigations in more than a dozen states around the…

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Give to NARSOL on #GivingTuesday

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th is #GivingTuesday We need you to help support our work to fight the scourge of sex offender registries by giving to NARSOL’s foundation and legal fund today. Together, with gifts from hundreds of other registered citizens, their families, supporters and friends, your gift to Vivante Espero on #GivingTuesday sustains our efforts to educate the general public, challenge…

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Belize launches Sex Offender registry

The Central American country of Belize has launched its sex offender registry last week. Unlike the United States (and like most countries) the registry is non-public. Concerned citizens would be required to complete a questionnaire/application form, and if approved, the authorized individuals would then be granted a password to access the system. According to this article in the San Pedro…

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