OH: New Bill Will Lessen Penalties for Teens Sexting

The Ohio Senate is holding hearings for a bill that could ease up on the punishment for teenage sexting, as lawmakers argue the current punishment can carry lifelong consequences.  Listen The proposed bill, SB239, still bans the act of teenagers sending sexually explicit images to other teenagers, however, it creates a standard punishment of attending a diversion program. Senator Nathan Manning…

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Georgia media reacts to NARSOL’s press release re Cobb County sheriff

As of today, two Georgia media outlets have done stories about NARSOL’s cease-and-desist letter to Georgia sheriff Neil Warren and our related press release. One of them also taped a video interview with our E.D. Brenda Jones. We hope to post that video here soon. In the meantime, here are the stories. Group confronts Cobb County sheriff over ‘invented requirements’…

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NARSOL to sheriff: “Stop what you’re doing or face legal action.”

Sheriff Neil Warren of Cobb County, Georgia, and his deputies are enforcing several requirements against those on the sexual offense registry in their county that are not authorized in their state’s SORNA specifications. These include unauthorized frequency of home visits, threats of jail if certain actions aren’t performed, harassing behaviors, and unauthorized requirement of information. On January 27, 2020, NARSOL…

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TN: Tennessee bill would allow sex offenders to attend churches under certain conditions

[komonews.com – 1/27/20] NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) –Legislation proposed in the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday would allow sexual or violent sex offenders to attend church or another house of worship under certain circumstances. HB 1922 was filed by Representative Patsy Hazlewood (R-Signal Mountain). Under the bill, the offender would be allowed to attend houses of […] [Read More]

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NARSOL speaks out against town sex offender ordinances

By Benjamin Pierce . . . Officials in two Rock County [WI] towns want more control over where sex offenders live, but a national organization said such restrictions hinder offender rehabilitation. The town of Johnstown and the town of Harmony have drafted ordinances regarding sex offenders. “Those people have to stay someplace, but it would just be nice if we…

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Those Georgia sheriffs just won’t stop

By Sandy . . . When the sheriffs of Butts County and Spalding County last Halloween announced they would erect signs at the homes of those on their sexual offense registries warning trick-or-treaters away from the homes, NARSOL sent letters advising them that they were overstepping their legal authority and to abandon this practice. This was not the first year…

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Which makes us safer? Residency restrictions or enhanced rehabilitation for former sexual offenders?

Originally published in Criminal Legal News By Sandy . . . Twenty years ago, at age 23, William committed a serious sexual crime for which he spent three years in prison and participated in an intensive treatment program – four hours a day, five days a week. He confronted the demons of his own childhood molestation and emerged, literally, a…

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