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USA TODAY rejects prisoner’s letter because he’s a sex offender

By Phil Wentzel . . . As a former law enforcement professional and now one of the millions of incarcerated adults in the U.S., I can relate very personally to two items I read in the October 22, 2015 USA TODAY. It is encouraging to see that a group of respected law enforcement leaders and prosecutors have formed a coalition…

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“I’m one person; I can’t do anything.” Well, THIS one did!

Editor’s note: Dennis is a new RSOL Advocate in Ohio, joining Dolly in Ohio RSOL; as part of his application for the position, he included this first-person account. By Dennis, guest blogger I joined RSOL a few months ago and agreed to become an RSOL Advocate for the State of Ohio. I’ve been working with some of the local RSOL…

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When someone is down, do you kick them, look down on them, or help them up?

An RSOL guest post by Jackie…. People, being imperfect as they are, make mistakes, choose the wrong path, and commit crimes. Some who are sex offenders, as defined by being listed on a sex offender registry, have committed serious crimes that may warrant being monitored by law enforcement for a long time. Many, many more have not, and any prolonged…

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From a registrant: “The choice is yours.”

A guest post by Roger…. Fellow registered citizens, I live in California. I never, ever wanted to take time to fight offender-hating bills. I thought others would do it. I rationalized that I wasn’t a great speaker. I thought that I couldn’t take time off from work to drive to the capitol and speak before public safety committees. However, after years…

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Pope Francis to Congress: Preserve dignity of citizens; Give hope to convicted criminals

By Robin Vanderwall . . . If you’ve ever had a chance to view the Washington Monument on an overcast day, you may have noticed something peculiar. It’s not all the same shade of white. Part of the reason is by design. In building what would briefly become the world’s tallest man-made edifice (and remains to this day the world’s…

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An open letter to Pope Francis: Speak to the evils of public registration and perpetual punishment

By Robin Vanderwall . . . There is a great evil in our land that goes ignored: the public pillory of people who have been convicted of sexually-based offenses long after they have been released from lawful punishment. Consequent to several pieces of national legislation going back to 1992, every state in the United States is required to publicize the…

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Residency restrictions–“cruel and worthless”

By Lenore Skenazy . . . This fantastic editorial says what we have been saying: Enough with the post-incarceration demonizing of all those convicted of sex crimes, as if merely being within 2500 feet of “one of them” means our kids are likely to be kidnapped and raped. As they stand now, the laws regarding where a “sex offender” can…

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Sex offender registries destroy families, devastate children, inspire murderers

By Steve Yoder . . . This compelling piece begins with the story of a husband and father of three who goes home after work, helps with dinner, helps put the children to bed — but then leaves at 9:30 to drive to a “safe” location to sleep in his van. He is on the public sex offender registry for a crime…

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International Travel

If you or someone you know was denied entry into another country as a consequence of registration, we want to hear from you. A new group, supported by RSOL National, is examining the issues related to registered citizens traveling, including the practice of the US Government notifying receiving countries that a registrant is traveling there. A representative of FAC will…

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