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Can anything change public opinion about sexual offense registries?

By Cresencio Rodriguez . . . A California law that will go into effect in 2021 is set to bring about the most sweeping changes ever to sex offender laws in the state. SB384 will allow most sex offenders to petition to be removed from the public registries in 10 to 20 years after they are released from prison, as long…

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NARSOL attending defense lawyers’ defending sex cases conference

Exhibiting for NARSOL in its fourth year at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ annual Las Vegas seminar at Planet Hollywood November 15 and 16 were Legal Director Larry Neely of New Mexico, volunteer Stephen May of Arizona, and attorney King Alexander of Louisiana. This year’s seminar was titled “Defending the Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sex Offense and Child…

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“A gimmick to make people feel safe,” says NARSOL’s vice-chair

Reprinted with permission By Travis Loller, AP . . . Sex offenders under community supervision in Tennessee are required to be in their homes with the porch lights off on Halloween as part of a 10-day curfew surrounding the holiday. They also cannot decorate or give out candy. And offenders are not allowed to take children trick or treating or to…

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NARSOL ED speaks out about Halloween restrictions for RSOs

Reprinted with permission by ky3.com By Lexi Spivak . . . Before trick-or-treaters hit the streets, Springfield Police Officers will check the homes of registered sex offenders to make sure they’re compliant with the state Halloween Sex Offender Statute. That statute states any person registered as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 must adhere to the following conditions on…

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Skenazy, NARSOL tell Patch, “Quit printing those maps!”

By Lenore Skenazy . . . Every year around Halloween time, Patch, the news website specializing in local coverage around the country, publishes maps that show where sex offenders live. Patch claims this is some kind of public service, even though a thorough study of 67,000 cases of child molestation found zero increase in sex crimes against children on Halloween. The vast majority of crimes against…

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Victim shaming is not a winning strategy

By Fred . . . Research shows that between 2% and 10% of reported sexual assaults are false accusations. Even though the exact percentages cannot be known and could be higher – or lower – this is a fair estimate.  It is certainly very troubling that this happens, and there is no doubt that many innocent people have been wrongfully…

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Ohio RSOL, NARSOL advocate challenges sex offender residency restrictions expansion

By Beth Mlady . . . Advocate Barbara Wright opposes Brook Park City Council’s intention to further limit where registered offenders can live. The Brook Park ordinance under consideration adds parks to vicinity restrictions and also prohibits two sex offenders from living together in the same residential dwelling. A member of advocacy groups Ohio Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) and the National Association for Rational Sexual…

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NARSOL’S AR affiliate: “Limit registry access to LE”

By Amanda Claire Curcio . . . Arkansas has about 15,800 registered sex offenders — 526 offenders for every 100,000 residents — the second-highest total in the country based on population, recent national research shows. The manager of the state’s sex-offender registry says the numbers are misleading. “It’s not like we have 16,000 sex offenders roaming loose around Arkansas,” said…

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Scene with actor/registered sexual offender ordered cut from film

By Amy Kaufman . . . Twentieth Century Fox was just days away from locking picture on “The Predator” when an urgent note came in: Delete the scene featuring Steven Wilder Striegel. Striegel, 47, didn’t have a big role in his longtime friend Shane Black’s reboot of the sci-fi thriller — just a three-page scene shared with actress Olivia Munn.…

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The real danger in stranger-danger

By Lenore Skenazy . . . This summer in India, two dozen innocent people died at the hands of mobs convinced that they were meting out justice to kidnappers. One was a software engineer beaten to death after giving chocolates to children outside a school. One was a 65-year-old woman who got lost on a trip to a temple with her family…

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