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Building bridges

By Brenda . . . The annual international conference for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) was held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is a very large conference – over a thousand people there. NARSOL decided to staff a booth at the event for the first time, and I was joined by Cindy Prizio from Connecticut. The first day (Wednesday)…

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NARSOL in Vancouver at ATSA conference

NARSOL’s ED Brenda Jones and Cindy Prizio, the ED of our Connecticut affiliate group CT for One Standard of Justice, are in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for the Association for Treatment of Sexual Offenders’ 37th research and treatment conference. The conference kicked off  October 17th and will continue through Saturday, the 20th. The theme of the conference is “Better Together”…

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Colorado’s CSOR involved in multiple advocacy initiatives

By Susan Walker . . . In Colorado the Coalition for Sexual Offense Restoration continues to work with men and women in prison and coming out of prison.  We offer assistance in finding housing and in mentoring men and their families regarding the pitfalls that can be present in the community as they parole out. We educate the same men…

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Extended NARSOL in Action big success

By Sandy . . . NARSOL’s latest marathon NARSOL in Action telephone conference call combined three topics of high interest and urgency for persons on sexual offense registries and those advocating for them. During the first hour, we had an attorney from the ACLU of Michigan, Paul Reingold, discussing a class action lawsuit filed there. Growing out of Michigan v.…

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How a phony cop gave this sex offender a new mission in life

  By Michael M. . . . In late March of 2018, I received a phone call at ten-thirty PM on a Sunday night, purportedly from the County Sheriff’s Department. The caller informed me in an officious manner that they had a warrant for my arrest, issued by a local Superior Court Judge for failure to register as required by law.…

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Come to Florida on vacation and leave a registered sex offender

By FAC . . . A registered individual goes to Florida on vacation and does the right thing by registering with the Sheriff’s office in the county where he is vacationing, presuming he’ll only be on the registry during the time he is in Florida. WRONG! Although he is only required to register in his home state for 10 years…

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NO kid — make that no ONE — belongs on a sex offense registry

By Lenore Skenazy . . . Both the boys admit they did it. Horsing around, two New Jersey 14-year-olds pulled down their pants and sat on the faces of two 12-year-old boys. As one of them later explained, “I thought it was funny and I was trying to get my friends to laugh.” For that act, he and his buddy…

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It’s time to be FEARLESS

By Harold Rector . . . The Fearless Project was launched by RSOL, Inc – now NARSOL — in the fall of 2016 in an effort to address a serious need in the advocacy community. Most registered persons and family members feel isolated and have no “safe” community or supportive environment. This project seeks to address this need in our…

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Sexual offense laws: What does the future hold?

By Ken Abraham and Brenda Jones . . . Over the past 25 years, the U.S. has developed a pernicious system of sexual offense laws, including increased sentences and public registries of offenders. Based largely on unfounded hysteria surrounding a tiny fraction of high-profile cases, these laws today are a tangled mess and cause considerable injustice. The problems are caused in…

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Opinion: Virginia lawmakers unfairly target registered citizens

By Mary Davye Devoy . . . The 2018 Virginia General Assembly session is my 10th as a volunteer advocate for a smarter Virginia Sex Offender Registry. I use more than 20 years of data to support my work and offer fact-based recommendations for improving the laws. In that time, I have watched as Virginia delegates and senators take a…

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