“Don’t turn good intentions into bad policy,” says NARSOL advocate Prizio of CT’s OSJ

By Dave Altimari . . . The state Senate late Wednesday passed a bill to establish a task force to study the placement of registered sex offenders in long-term care facilities, following an incident last year in which a Massachusetts man allegedly sexually assaulted a nurse at an East Windsor facility. The task force is a compromise after the initial bill, proposed by State Sen. Saud…

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From NC: “Sex offender registry makes reentry a balancing act of restrictions without resources”

Republished in full with permission from NC Health News By Elizabeth Thompson . . . Chris Budnick is in an impossible position. As the leader of Healing Transitions, a peer-based recovery-oriented service for homeless and uninsured people located in Raleigh, Budnick is left scrambling if someone with a sex offense comes to him for housing. Some of society’s most vulnerable people come…

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Blood should be running in the street

By Sandy . . . Sexual crime has always been with us. In ancient Greek mythology, the god Zeus took the form of a swan and raped Leda, the queen of Sparta. The biblical King David saw Bathsheba, desired her, and ordered her to him, an act that today would have women’s advocates demanding his removal from office. Throughout history…

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NARSOL’s Rozek quoted in article about sexual offense laws

By Mike Bebernes . . . During confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, Republicans hammered away at her record in cases involving sex offenders. Much of that centered around misleading claims about sentences she handed out to people convicted of possessing child pornography. But GOP senators also repeatedly questioned Jackson on her views on sex offender registries, a topic she wrote about as…

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Jackson’s stance on sentencing demonstrates courage and foresight, says Horowitz

Published originally in the New York Daily News and reprinted in full with permission. By Emily Horowitz . . . Soon after her nomination, it was reported that as a law student in 1996, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote a Harvard Law Review note analyzing the constitutionality of sex offense registries and that during her judicial career she did not always give the…

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Huff-Post piece links NARSOL article in support of Judge Jackson’s statements about the registry

By Jessica Schulberg, Igor Bobic, and Jennifer Bendery . . . In a thinly sourced Twitter thread on Thursday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) made a series of inflammatory attacks against Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court and currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The tweets dealt with some of…

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“No empirical support for the effectiveness of residence restrictions”

By Jacob Sullum . . . Since 2005, New York has prohibited people on “level three” of the state’s sex offender registry from living within 1,000 feet of a school. In New York City, as the above map shows, those “buffer zones” cover nearly all residential areas. Because the state requires registrants to find legally compliant housing before they leave prison,…

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Nation’s top cops curry favor with voters over safe policies for children

Published 1/10/22 in The Tennessean with a first paragraph adapted to Tennessee.  By Sandy . . . The attorneys general of 35 of the United States and two territories have signed a letter condemning recent revisions to the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Model Penal Code on sexual crimes. This is contrary to what evidence shows would improve public safety. Early…

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In TN woman wrongly convicted and imprisoned in 1988 for rape, murder of child set free

By Mariah Timms . . . A Nashville judge has overturned the convictions of two Nashvillians convicted in the late 1980s death of a child. They were innocent, she said. Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton on Thursday morning filed an order vacating the murder and child rape convictions against Joyce Watkins and Charles Dunn. “In short, the evidence in…

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Current sexual offense registration and notification policies are nothing but “window-dressing”

By Meghan M. Mitchell, Kristen M. Zgoba, Alex R. Piquero . . . There are roughly half a million sexual assault incidents in the United States every year — and more than 11,000 in Florida alone. These numbers are troubling. So it’s no surprise that people search the sex offender registration website to make sure that no one convicted of a sexual…

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