Bed-ridden TX registrant denied end-of-life care; “cruel and inhumane,” says NARSOL

By Catherine Dominguez . . . An elderly bed-ridden registered sex offender will not be allowed to move in with relatives in a Montgomery County home for end-of-life care after Shenandoah city leaders declined to amend an ordinance that restricts residency. The daughter of the 79-year-old man sought a waiver to the ordinance adopted in 2018 which restricts registered sex…

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Sex offender registry “a bad tool” says NARSOL’s chair in interview

By Mike Mason . . . ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – When Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, it required states to enact a sex offender registry for those convicted of certain sex crimes. In the 28 years since the law has passed, sex offender registries have become a tool for the public to identify offenders…

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Sweet Victory in Florida: Eleventh Circuit gives go-ahead to F.A.C. case

By Larry . . . The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has breathed new life into the case of Does v. Richard L. Swearingen. While this is indeed good news, NARSOL cautions that we not become too giddy. The court noted that “. . . the constitutionality of the registry law is not before us— we must…

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Law enforcement in at least12 states mislead parents about risk of harm to children

By Sandy . . . Halloween is over for 2022. Little trick-or-treaters are recovering from sugar overload, and parents are recovering from little trick-or-treaters. According to a search of all news sources and the internet, once again, no child was harmed/abducted/molested by a person on a sex offender registry during trick-or-treat. That is true in Illinois, the only state remaining…

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Vander Wall denounces North Carolina’s ban against registrants attending state fair

By Sara Pequeno . . . In the face of a tragedy, it’s difficult to parse out the best course of action. Egregious acts of terror or deviance lead people to seek punitive justice without nuance. It’s how we ended up with mandatory minimums, and why we have to take our shoes off in airport security. Sex offenders in particular are…

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Letter to Rushville civil commitment facility in Illinois

By Sandy . . . The forced detainment of individuals after they have finished serving a sentence for a sexual crime is abhorrent. A significant number of states allow this. The men — always males, as far as we can determine — find their incarceration continued, due to a determination that they MIGHT commit another crime in the future. The…

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Sexual crime conviction in 1999 cancels out 29 years of service to country

By Captain Charles Munsey . . . Today, October 5, I started out as I routinely do — cup of coffee, morning devotions, a quick breakfast, and then on the road to take care of chores.  First, I stopped by my daughter’s home in Rockledge to drop off something for her and converse with her and my grandson for a…

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A morality tale; teens, take heed: Improper teenage behavior on Snapchat can lead to many decades in prison

Printed in full with permission. By Emily Horowitz . . . Let’s say you’re a 17-year-old boy asking two 16-year-old girls to sext you on Snapchat—well, that’s pretty normal these days, right? Let’s agree that it is. Now, let’s say that you possibly paid the girls for their sexts, and then allegedly threatened to expose them unless they sent more of…

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NARSOL honors Donald Surrett, Jr., a registrant and a hero

By Sandy . . . On August 28 a man went to an Oregon shopping center armed with an AR-15-style rifle and a shotgun; more weapons and bombs were found in his automobile. Before he was stopped, he had wounded two and killed two. The first man killed was a customer in the Safeway store where the deranged killer opened…

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PARSOL’s Analysis of Commonwealth v. Torsilieri

Pennsylvania Assc. for Rational Sexual Offense Laws . . . Here in Pennsylvania (PA), we have been given hope for significant improvement, possibly even abolishment, of SORNA. Judge Allison Bell Royer of Chester County has written an eloquent opinion on the June 2021 evidentiary hearing involving this case. This analysis summarizes all the key points; however, due to the importance, we…

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