In Mississippi a family destroyed

Names have been changed to protect the innocent. By Sandy . . . “My son would call me several times every day, and now we’re cut off from all communications.”  Matt’s voice choked up even more before he continued. “He is devastated. I am devastated.” Matt and his son, like a great many others in Mississippi, are victims of recently…

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New Mississippi sexual offense legislation will do more harm than good

Based on comments by our wonderful readers, I have edited this piece by adding an additional paragraph. S. By Sandy . . . The Mississippi Legislature July 1 passed a bill that may be well-intentioned but is ill-conceived and potentially destructive. Senate Bill 2009 stipulates: . . . . it is unlawful for a person required to register as a…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects SORNA challenge

By Larry . . . In these consolidated appeals, Commonwealth v. Lacombe and Commonwealth v. Witmayer, the Commonwealth (state) challenged orders of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas relieving appellees Claude Lacombe and Michael Witmayer of their duties to comply with Subchapter I of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. To achieve its dual goals of ensuring public…

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In Florida another restriction that will further harm society

Versions of this piece, in letter form, were sent to Commissioner Tobia of Brevard County, Florida, and to Dave Berman, an editor and writer of this piece in Florida Today. By Sandy . . . John Tobia, County Commissioner in Brevard County, Florida, is proposing that the county levy additional 1000-foot restrictions on those on Florida’s sexual offense registry, adding…

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NARSOL launches new, independent resources website

NARSOL is proud to announce the launching of a new resource website. This is a stand-alone site, separate from our main site but accessible from it as well as independently. For the techies out there, it is a wiki-powered website driven by a powerful set of relational databases on the back-end, which allows for easy updating, link-checking, and sorting/grouping of…

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Court order allows City Walk to continue transition home ministry

We have featured City Walk, a Florida ministry that welcomes registrants, previously. We especially like their slogan, “Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.” We later learned that the mission was dealing with a suit filed against it that could force it to close and abandon its ministry of hope and help to those it serves and…

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OK City PD fuels hate and vigilantism against out-of-compliance registrants

Even though police departments have the duty to actively seek those who are violating the law — and this includes those who are out of compliance with their registration requirements — the Oklahoma City Police Department has chosen to do so in an extremely onerous and dangerous way. They have posted the names and pictures of ten such registrants on…

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Illinois’ law keeps those with sexual convictions at risk for Covid-19 beyond release dates

By Jessica Pupovac . . . After serving 10 years in prison for criminal sexual assault, Marcus Barnes was counting down the days until his release date on Dec. 17, 2018. He was planning on spending the holidays with his family and reconnecting with his daughter, who had recently graduated from high school and had started communicating with him again. “With…

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