Attention! Special Edition coming!

On the heels of a highly successful Restorative Justice Conference in Hartford, Connecticut, led by Dr. Alissa Ackerman, Dr. Jill Levenson, and other notables, sponsored by our Connecticut affiliate One Standard of Justice, NARSOL presents a four-part series of one person’s story told by him. The author describes his journey as, “In and through the pain — an offender, victim,…

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Registry Matters Episode 71: Illinois rules for sex offenders unconstitutional

In this first episode of April, we received a large number of questions and voicemail, and we cover a wide range of topics: Strong support shown for people using or purchasing products manufactured by those who hire formerly incarcerated people; A man in Missouri soon to be executed requested a different method of execution, and SCOTUS denied it; the 8th…

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NARSOL’s vice-chair attends AFP conference in San Antonio

By Sandy . . . At NARSOL, each of us wears many hats. Robin Vander Wall is the organization’s vice-chair, president of its foundation (Vivante Espero), sits on several working committees, and is chair of the marketing and finance committees. It is in that last role that he left his home state of North Carolina, where he is also the…

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Registry Matters Episode 69: Windsor Locks repeals excusion zones

We are proud to release episode 69 of Registry Matters. We start off with a conversation about separation of powers where judges are trying to determine their working conditions; A listener phoned in a question about moving to another state; A patron phoned in a question regarding Interstate Compact transfers; Cops utilize Marcy’s Law to protect themselves after they shoot…

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NARSOL’S Arkansas affiliate leader a regular at legislative sessions

By John Moritz . . . Carla Swanson sat waiting for nearly two hours Tuesday, watching as the House Judiciary Committee deliberated one bill after another. The lawmakers discussed legislation affecting the implementation of the death penalty, then turned to a bill dealing with child custody laws. Members later took up two bills that would raise court fees. About an…

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Press Release: Windsor Locks, CT repeals exclusion zones under threat of federal lawsuit

One Standard of Justice, New Canaan, CT . . . On March 27, 2018, Stamford attorney Audrey Felsen of Koffsky & Felsen filed suit in federal court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the town of Windsor Locks. The suit, on behalf of plaintiffs One Standard of Justice, Inc. and a Windsor Locks resident identified as John Doe, challenges the…

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NARSOL CT affiliate successful in forcing repeal of local S-O exclusion zones

By Anthony Branciforte . . . Voters decided Tuesday at a town meeting to repeal an 11-year-old ordinance banning people on the sex-offender registry from many public places in town. The 50-13 vote came after more than an hour of discussion about the “child safety zone” ordinance, which is being challenged in a lawsuit by an anonymous resident and One Standard…

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RM68: Why do PA & MI try to keep everyone forever?

In Episode 68 of Registry Matters: A Massachusetts town wants to use intervention before behavior escalates; We continue to hamper formerly incarcerated people from moving on in life; Law enforcement and victims advocates are scrambling in PA and MI regarding people coming off the public registry; Decades after, people are civilly suing organizations; Executive budget proposes only 1/5 of the…

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No crime, charge, or conviction? No problem; you could still be punished

By Sandy . . . Everyone will not agree, but it is my belief that much sexual offense policy is driven by a sincere desire to protect children and reduce the risk of harm to them. The fact that the greatest part of such policy is ineffective, often actually harmful, and at times appears to be blatantly unconstitutional is very…

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