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Registry Matters Episode 54: Why bi-partisian legislation is a blankety-blank

In this latest episode of Registry Matters, Andy posits how the registry’s isolating people may cause them to do less than desirable things; Our criminal justice system removes parents from their kids permanently; Is bail reform going well and is it a good thing?; Who exactly is holding up the vote on CJ reform?; Are we draining the swamp in…

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NARSOL to Sen. Cotton: Stop misdirection intended to derail First Step Act

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas is working hard to influence his fellow Republicans from supporting a bi-partisan prison reform initiative. He is dividing the Republican caucus, claiming that senators who are in support of the act will be helping sex offenders, a tactic known to kill an opponent’s political career. The First Step Act is criminal justice reform legislation supported by legislators…

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Action Alert — Sen. Tom Cotton: “No early release for sex offenders”

By Sandy . . . The First Step Act, now pending in the U.S. Senate, has been described as “a bipartisan-supported bill,” “an important but…modest first-step” toward desperately needed criminal justice reform. It is supported by legislators of both parties and by the President. Modest is correct; the bill would only apply to 1.5 percent of those in federal prisons, and…

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Registry Matters 52: How homelessness can land you in jail

As we didn’t plan on recording due to the holidays, this is a special bonus episode and a somewhat abbreviated one. TOPICS: What’s up with the First Step Act in the Senate?; Prosecutors in Kansas gain access to privileged recordings; SCOTUS to hear 8th Amendment case; PA report on clergy launches investigations in more than a dozen states around the…

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NARSOL’s attorney wins important procedural due process case

By Robin . . . Jonathan Merideth moved to North Carolina in 2004 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor sexual offense in the state of Washington. Upon arriving, Merideth checked in with the sheriff’s office in his county of residence to find out if his out-of-state conviction would require him to register as a sex offender in North Carolina. After…

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Registry Matters episode 50: Arrested for registering your kids at daycare

Thank you to our newest patron Laura who comes in at the Hustler level with a bonus. THANK YOU!!!! We had a lot of listener feedback and voicemail messages over various topics, specifically these: Man arrested for applying for a marriage license; Women jailed on $150,000 bond for registering her children in daycare; AG Sessions forced out; Rush complains about…

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Registry Matters Podcast 49: Gov’t Using Tools and Power that are Putting People In Danger

Larry goes in depth answering a listener question about Interstate Compacts. Other topics are: Recap from the anti-holiday, Halloween; What are the limits of anonymous speech; What happens when you refuse treatment?; A problem with guilty pleas; Medical examiner gets promoted after death of man in lock-up; State of supervision in the US; Low unemployment in US means fewer guards…

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Important survey

This is an announcement about an important survey being taken by researchers in regard to the economic impact of being on a sexual offense registry. Hi everyone, Our names are Dr. Jennifer Klein and Dr. Danielle Bailey and we are both Assistant Professors at the University of Texas at Tyler. We are committed to learning more about what experiences come…

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Wrapping up Halloween for another year — and looking forward

By Sandy . . . This has been an amazing Halloween season. Overall, I sent emails to 73 Patch writers and editors in 25 states. I sent emails to 27 other media outlets and/or journalists. We sent out two press releases, here and here. I engaged in conversation on several Facebook pages, most notably in regard to this piece about a little town…

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Cop-watch hotline part of NARSOL Halloween Marathon

Reports have come in from several different states that the required Halloween “round-up” of paroled and probationary registrants has an even more sinister twist. In addition to these exercises diverting attention and resources away from where children are at actual risk of harm — both for sexual abuse and for injury or death on Halloween — some jurisdictions are requiring…

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