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Seeking Registered Humans! Tell Your Story!

By Brenda…. NARSOL is proud to announce a new project: Registered Humans. As advocates, we are daily faced with stereotypes of “sex offender” that are completely inadequate to show the broad range of persons who are required to register. These stereotypes create monsters instead of flawed human beings trying to turn their lives around. This flawed public opinion is at…

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How to grow an advocacy organization

Our next teleconference of Advancing Advocacy has a very special guest. Current president of North Carolina RSOL (NCROSL), Robin Vanderwall, will share how NCRSOL has grown steadily since its launch in Spring, 2016, and has quickly engaged its resources in building membership and joining legal actions. Some of this was by design as NCRSOL capitalized on a couple of high…

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Packingham case asks: Is First Amendment negotiable?

By Lenore Skenazy . . . When Lester Packingham beat a traffic ticket a few years back, he couldn’t contain his joy. He went online and wrote, “No fine. No court cost, no nothing spent. Praise be to GOD, WOW! Thanks, JESUS!” For this he was arrested and convicted of a heinous crime: using Facebook. Who is legally forbidden to…

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Right speech, right time, right now. Engage!

By Michael Rosenberg . . . The criminalization of the speech of registered citizens ensures Tom and Jane Public can continue with a campaign of blissful ignorance; the proliferation of enthusiastic comments beneath news articles in which our rights are violated is a quick study illustrating the detrimental effect of our inability to use our right speech when and where it…

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Audio link: Registries do more harm than good

Listen to University of Michigan law professor J.J. Prescott’s recent Stateside interview with Lester Graham. Professor Prescott’s research was utilized by the Sixth Circuit in its recent decision holding the ex post facto application of sex offender registration requirements unconstitutional.

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U.S. Olympic swimmers’ lies unravel under scrutiny : The danger of simply believing

By Barbara Gale & Larry Neely…. Victims’ advocates, particularly those who advocate for victims of sexual assault, argue that we should always believe the victim’s story. Simply believing a person who claims to be a victim of a criminal offense is extremely dangerous. A good case to support this is the story of Ryan Lochte and the three other American…

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Hypocrisy in the media

By Rajendra Man Singh…. I am surprised to find so much inconsistency between news reports dealing with what is the same basic situation. A link in Drudgereport, a popular news aggregation website, on June 29, 2016 reads, “UPDATE: Woman slept with ‘more than 30’ cops in Oakland sex scandal…” From a glance at the link, one would wonder why that was…

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It’s time to fight

By Sandy….. Reference Source…… Fighting to receive rights, benefits, or courtesies extended to other citizens is a major component of being a registered citizen in America. In states across America, registrants are fighting to be able to live in neighborhoods where they can raise their children, to engage in freedom of speech through social media, to be protected from ex-post…

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Film about sex offenders wins best new documentary director award at Tribeca Film Festival

By Jonathan Leaf . . . Why would a law mandate that ex-convicts be homeless and virtually unemployable? And what sort of government imposes such rules? That’s the question of David Feige’s startling new documentary “Untouchable,” a Tribeca Film Festival award winner. I must note here that I am not completely objective about this film. I have known Feige for…

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The fight goes on

By now everyone knows that the motion for a preliminary injunction in the IML case has been denied by a federal court in California. The mainstream news reports the details here and here. In brief, the judge felt a ruling at this point was premature because it is not yet clear what form a passport identifier might take. In legal jargon,…

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