Lenore Skenazy on Registry Report

 Lenore Skenazy was once dubbed, “America’s Worst Mom” for letting her son ride the New York subway alone. In response, Skenazy founded the book and blog “Free-Range Kids,” with the aim of “fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a…

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MA Supreme Judicial Court rules no on mandatory, blanket GPS monitoring

By John R. Ellement . . . Convicted sex offenders retain a constitutional right to privacy, and those rights are being violated by a state law mandating that everyone convicted of some sex crimes wear a GPS monitoring bracelet as part of their sentence, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. In a 7-0 ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court decided that…

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Registry Matters Episode 69: Windsor Locks repeals excusion zones

We are proud to release episode 69 of Registry Matters. We start off with a conversation about separation of powers where judges are trying to determine their working conditions; A listener phoned in a question about moving to another state; A patron phoned in a question regarding Interstate Compact transfers; Cops utilize Marcy’s Law to protect themselves after they shoot…

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NARSOL’S Arkansas affiliate leader a regular at legislative sessions

By John Moritz . . . Carla Swanson sat waiting for nearly two hours Tuesday, watching as the House Judiciary Committee deliberated one bill after another. The lawmakers discussed legislation affecting the implementation of the death penalty, then turned to a bill dealing with child custody laws. Members later took up two bills that would raise court fees. About an…

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Justice or judgment: What will the judge do?

By Sandy . . . In 1999, a young man of 17 met a young lady of 16. The details of the development of their relationship are murky; some reports indicate they were not sexually involved on the day for which he was charged but were later. There seems to be no question about her willingness to engage in the…

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You dastardly beast! You forgot to register your car info on the SOR!

By Robby Soave . . . The Polk County Sheriff’s Department in Florida is touting its successful completion of “Operation Karma,” a three-day sting in which cops arrested 26 registered sex offenders for violating various legal obligations imposed on them. “They are apparently up to no good and we are going to hold them accountable,” Sheriff Grady Judd promises The Miami Herald. But…

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NARSOL CT affiliate successful in forcing repeal of local S-O exclusion zones

By Anthony Branciforte . . . Voters decided Tuesday at a town meeting to repeal an 11-year-old ordinance banning people on the sex-offender registry from many public places in town. The 50-13 vote came after more than an hour of discussion about the “child safety zone” ordinance, which is being challenged in a lawsuit by an anonymous resident and One Standard…

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The insanity of prosecuting sexting as child pornography

By Rory Fleming . . . In America, an 80-year-old man can have sex with a consenting 16-year-old without breaking the law in over half the states. But the possession by an 18-year-old of a digital image of a 17-year-old’s bare breast is considered by our legal system as the equivalent of setting off a nuclear bomb in a national…

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RM68: Why do PA & MI try to keep everyone forever?

In Episode 68 of Registry Matters: A Massachusetts town wants to use intervention before behavior escalates; We continue to hamper formerly incarcerated people from moving on in life; Law enforcement and victims advocates are scrambling in PA and MI regarding people coming off the public registry; Decades after, people are civilly suing organizations; Executive budget proposes only 1/5 of the…

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