Chemical castration as public policy gets a failing grade

By Sandy . . . With legislatures in session across the country, advocates are closely watching bills that address their issues. Some are good, some are indifferent, and some are just plain bad. The touchstone is does the bill address a situation in need and/or does it provide improved safety for those whom it affects. In other words, is it good…

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NARSOL’s AZ affiliate: “Changes needed in sex offender registry”

Published January 13, 2023, at the Arizona Capitol Times. Reprinted here in full with permission. AZRSOL . . . In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a rare spate of high-profile child abductions and murders, mostly sexual in nature, terrified America. With constant media coverage, parents across the country were easily led to believe that their children could be in imminent…

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Pedophilia and the media

Published 1/11/23 at Crime Report By Sandy . . . Which of these would you favor as a husband for your beloved daughter? The slick fella, too handsome for his own good, whose shifty eyes furtively appraised the family silver or the well-dressed, good-looking young man whose frank curiosity about the family heirlooms showed an appreciation for life’s finer things. Why? Word…

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Patch’s bias is showing in article about transition housing for registrants.

By Sandy . . . It has been a while since anything significant crossed my desk concerning the situation in Joliet where the mayor is doing his best – or worst — to close down an apartment building designed as reentry housing for men with sexual crime convictions. After losing round one by way of a federal ruling, Mayor Bob…

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Ignorance of facts and best practices drive comments about “pedophilia”

By Sandy . . . In a recent broadcast of Tucker Carlson, Fox news exhibits, and allows Carlson to exhibit, that ignorance. Fox, in bold headlines, announces, “TUCKER CARLSON: No healthy society can tolerate pedophilia,” with a sub-heading of “Tucker speaks out against child sexual abuse.” The connection is made: Pedophilia and child sexual abuse are interchangeable terms. In another…

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Law enforcement internet “stings” — do they help protect children?

By Steve Yoder . . . On July 8, 2018, Norman Achin, then a 50 year-old public school teacher living in Northern Virginia, signed up for the adults-only dating app Grindr. Two days later, he was contacted by someone calling himself AlexVA. Soon after they started talking, AlexVA told Achin that he was 14 years old. “I was looking for adult…

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Actual justice for sexual crime in the military — a better way

By Sam . . . While the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) is massive, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s bill to reform the military justice system is pretty straightforward. I have read it in its entirety and, at least as it is written, this bill increases protections for the accused and helps bring back some semblance of due process in the military.…

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City council says, “No” ; NARSOL says, “Yes”

By Lenore Skenazy . . . The daughter of a bedridden, dying 79-year-old man asked for permission to care for him at home. This request was denied by the city council of Shenandoah, since the man is on the sex offender registry. Registrants must live at least 1,000 feet from playgrounds. The daughter’s home is 894 feet from a toddler park.…

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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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