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Paul Shannon at NARSOL’s conference awards banquet “Is this really the way we want to live?”

By Paul Shannon . . . To begin, I’d ask all of you to just look at this group and realize how amazing it is that such a gathering even exists — I’d ask you to consider what a great bunch of people we have as we take on the most volatile and difficult of issues that face us — and all…

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NARSOL’s 2022 conference is a wrap

June 17, 18, and 19, at the Sheraton Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina, close to 200 people gathered, with close to 100 more online, for NARSOL’s 14th annual conference. It was, by all accounts, a huge success. The plenary speakers, from first to last, were excellent. Chrysanthi Leon told us what she learned from research with people who work with…

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FL sheriff posts “blue & red house” map on Facebook, ignores threats to registrants

By Sandy . . . “I’m worried for my family,” he wrote. “Today the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office decided to put a picture of a map of all the houses where registered citizens live on its Facebook page. The comments that were allowed are absolutely disgusting.” As I read the email, I could feel the fear that the writer was expressing.…

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“Sex offender registries don’t make us any safer; abolishing them would”

By Emily Horowitz . . . Watching the Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, I was struck by how Republican senators pounced on the judge’s thoughtful, considered, and mainstream sex offense sentencing. My research examines why our sex offense policies are based on fear-driven myths and how excessive criminal-legal responses do not genuinely and effectively address sexual…

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Organization in Illinois helps persons with sexual crime convictions with housing, draws wrath of vigilante neighbors

By Sandy . .  Joliet, Illinois has been making the news lately because several individuals with previous sexual crime convictions are living in an apartment building in a family-oriented neighborhood. What a shame. One source quotes a mother describing her daughter as coming from school “in tears because she was afraid that she was going to be snatched.” What a…

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Man NOT on sex offender registry in any state could be convicted by Feds for not keeping registration current

By Jacob Sullum . . . Twenty-six years ago, when he was 23, a California man was convicted of a crime involving sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl. The federal government says he therefore must register with the state as a sex offender. But California says he can’t, because the state subsequently expunged his record and issued a “certificate of…

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NARSOL’S conference awards banquet features Paul Shannon

The highlight of the conference each year is the awards banquet. Wherever the conference is held, the banquet food is delicious, the MC is charming and engaging, and the speaker is wonderful. Past speakers include Mary Sue Molnar and Lenore Skenazy. Paul Shannon needs no introduction to NARSOL supporters. He has been active in advocacy and organizing for over 40…

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Proposed sex offender registry legislation doesn’t make communities safer

DE: Proposed sex offender registry legislation doesn’t make communities safer May 28, 2022  House Bill 306 is before the Delaware State Legislature. For the 4,500-plus Delawareans who appear on the state Sex Offender Registry the proposed legislation changes the “Restrictions” designation on the front of their driver’s licenses from the current “Y” to “SO.” The bill retains the words “Sex…

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The DOJ Says a Man Whose Record Was Expunged Still Must Register As a Sex Offender, Which Is Impossible

Twenty-six years ago, when he was 23, a California man was convicted of a crime involving sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl. The federal government says he therefore must register with the state as a sex offender. But California says he can’t, because the state subsequently expunged his record and issued a “certificate of rehabilitation,” meaning he is no longer…

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NARSOL’s Delaware rep: Sex offender laws should serve safety purpose; HB306 is “purely punitive”

Also published at delaware online. By Margaret Hawkins . . . House Bill 306 is before the Delaware State Legislature. For the 4,500-plus Delawareans who appear on the state Sex Offender Registry, the proposed legislation changes the “Restrictions” designation on the front of their driver’s licenses from the current “Y” to “SO.” The bill retains the words “Sex Offender” that already appear on the back…

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