NARSOL honors Rozek, Prizio, Nessel, and Illinois legal team at annual awards banquet

By Robin and Sandy . . . One of the highlights among so many at NARSOL’s annual conference is the banquet and awards ceremony.

NARSOL initiated the awards in 2015 with two awards. The Braveheart Award recognizes a person outside of NARSOL who does something, normally in the course of his or her work, that is consistent with our mission and supports and furthers our advocacy. Lenore Skenazy was our very first recipient; her overall goal is to encourage us to live our lives based on the rational rather than the irrational, and she is very outspoken that the registry is based on the irrational.

The second initially created award recognizes someone within the NARSOL family who has performed in an outstanding way during the previous year toward advancing our advocacy, and our first recipient, Mary Sue Molnar, founder and president of our Texas affiliate organization Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, fits that definition to a “T” and was our choice for our first Advocate of the Year Award.

This year the Braveheart Award was awarded to the Attorney General of Michigan, Dana Nessel, for the contribution of her amicus briefs in Michigan v. Snyder and People v. Betts, cases arguing that Michigan’s sex offender registration and notification requirements are punishment because they are so burdensome and fail to distinguish between dangerous offenders and those who are not a threat to the community.

The 2019 Advocate of the Year Award went to Cindy Prizio, the founder and ED of our Connecticut affiliate organization One Standard of Justice. Cindy and the organization have, in a very few years, made remarkable strides in furthering the mission and goal of NARSOL both legislatively and educationally, even hosting their own successful conference in May of this year.

A third award, the Hawthorne, was established in 2018 and recognizes someone who has contributed ten thousand dollars either financially or in work and time toward advancing the mission and goals of NARSOL. This year’s Hawthorne was awarded to attorneys Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg for their litigation work in, primarily, Illinois in conjunction with Illinois Voices, our affiliate organization in that state.

Created in 2017, the Pearl award recognizes NARSOL members and volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their service on behalf of the organization and the people for whom we advocate. A significant number of Pearls were given this year.

The most prestigious award, created in 2016, is our Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is not automatically bestowed yearly but only in years in which a deserving candidate has emerged. The very first recipient was the man known to all of us for many, many years as E-Advocate. Robin Vanderwall, NARSOL’s vice-chair and 2019 master of ceremonies, announced this year that the Awards Committee has revised the name of the award to the Paul E. Shannon Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of our organization’s founder and current chair, who himself was a recipient of it in 2017.

The newly renamed Paul E. Shannon Lifetime Achievement Award was presented this year to Sandy Rozek, NARSOL’s secretary, communications director, and Digest editor, who has served on the NARSOL board for many years.

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Robin Vander Wall

As vice chair of NARSOL, Robin is the managing editor of the Digest, director of development, and provides assistance to the webmaster in keeping our websites running smoothly. He also serves as founder and president of Vivante Espero, NARSOL's 501(c)(3) foundation and legal fund.

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    • #56635 Reply

      Its great to see people, especially an attorney general stand up and say our “extended sentences” are unconstitutional. We have nearly the lowest repeat offenses ( except for murders, due to long jail sentences) yet we are under “supervision” for the rest of our lives. Just looking at the crime rates. Which crime has the most impact on society? When I listen to local radio they are always telling people to lock their cars. Is that because someone might sexually offend their cars? Hmmm. Just a thought.

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      Phys Ed

      I’m all for honoring those who further goals for true justice, something we on the registries surely deserve. But in this campaign season are we missing a bet to get our problems in front of all these Democratic wannabes?
      After all, we are nearly a million strong not counting our families, many of which also are suffereing under these deep south slave codes repositioned and brought back from the dustbin of history to torture those of us in the 21st century. THINK! With our families behind us, we TENS OF MILLIONS of potential votes for all these Democratic candidates! Let these people KNOW WHO WE ARE. Contribute even a slight amount and they’ll email you every day asking for more and wanting to know what your interests are- TELL THEM.

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        Ernest B Tucker

        I agree with Mr. Ed. But I see a big problem. We aren’t allowed to vote. Many of you are like me and no longer have family that cares or is even interested in the subject. I have tried to talk about it with my soon to be ex-wife and her response is she’s tired and doesn’t even want to think about it.
        You are right about the POTENTIAL numbers, but what is the reality?
        God willing this will change, but God doesn’t make and enforce the laws.

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          Sandy Rozek
          Sandy Rozek

          This is not true in every state or every situation. Almost all states allow all citizens to vote once they are no longer on parole or probation. Some allow it even under those conditions, and a few believe so strongly that the right to vote should never be taken from any citizen that they provide the means for those who are incarcerated to vote.

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      Ernest I understand your frustration and the many on here and so does Robin and Sandy and all of NARSOL but NARSOL is striving to help others is everything and thats part of love.. The thing that confuses me is they will lump sex offender ordeals into one lump. Whether you had a victim, were talking on the internet with a child or someone playing officer prentending, or even had some porno on one’s computer. So what are we looking at in all this…
      Some invasion of the body snatchers. Should you want someone to invade your mind, your past, or your home. One wonders it seems who is abusing who’s mind.

      Sometimes I want to reek and stay away from NARSOL all together when you read some of this stuff on here. Man has always wanted to be right in their own eyes. .. that comes from proverbs. I wonder who was deceived first in the beginning. Was it the man or the woman or was it some dark shadow person trying to deceive her. I wonder who sow’s a lot of this I wonder who uses moral judgement today or immoral work ethics in their job at times.

      After this convention that NARSOL had it seem’s like some good things came about. Some may not even like to honor men that stand up or women that stand up, but if its for edification than its all good. Sure women have a hard time understanding a man’s sexual habits but what about drunk habits if thats the case. The main thing is to forget about the past and press on to help others that may or may not be in a worse shape. We all have sins but its the correction of the sin that matters. I’m sure one wonders about corrupt Government today.

      Sure I have gone around my sister a few times arguing about all this and how wrong a lot of this is If a person is going to live in fear for the rest of their life with a label attached to than than something needs to be correcting. Wouldn’t you think women need a bit of correcting also generally speaking. Isn’t this the home of the brave or are all of us chicken little at times.

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      Claudia Wulff

      An adult male or female, that has or has had a sexual relationship with a person 14 years of age or older should not be judged equal to a “child sex offender”, that sexually abused and/or molested young children. Oftentimes the adult “offender” gets reported for financial gains or out of personal revenge by the “victim” and/or associates.

      It is not uncommon in the US, as well as in countries across the world, for juveniles under the age of 18 to be involved in sexual relationships and/or marriage to an adult.

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