The truth behind virtually all child sex trafficking rings: there are no rings

By Michael Hobbes . . . Human trafficking has been having an eventful summer. In July, internet sleuths accused online retailer Wayfair of selling missing children in overpriced cabinets. In August, QAnon supporters (along with some well-meaning if ill-informed influencers) held nationwide “Save the Children” rallies. And last week, there was the trailer story. “U.S. Marshals Find 39 Missing Children…

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The insidious policy of blanket exclusions for registered sex offenders

Abstract reprinted with permission by author By Catherine L. Carpenter . . . Saying something is true does not make it so. And saying it louder does not make it truer. But such is the legislative posture behind modern day sex offense registration laws that punish those who commit sex crimes because of entrenched myths that overstate the laws’ positive…

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Police sex offender entrapment stings produce convictions without victims

By Michael Winerip . . . Jace Hambrick worked as an apprentice laborer during the week, renovating homes around Vancouver, Wash., and at a neighborhood gas station on weekends. Much of the rest of his life was online. He was hard-core, amassing a collection of more than 200 games. People told him it wasn’t smart to be so cut off…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects SORNA challenge

By Larry . . . In these consolidated appeals, Commonwealth v. Lacombe and Commonwealth v. Witmayer, the Commonwealth (state) challenged orders of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas relieving appellees Claude Lacombe and Michael Witmayer of their duties to comply with Subchapter I of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. To achieve its dual goals of ensuring public…

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Education of the media — and the public — about sexual offense facts is essential

By Lisa Anne Zilney . . . It is often said that the media doesn’t tell us what to think; the media tells us what to think about. The media frames our understanding of public issues and informs us which public issues should be at the forefront of our minds. For 8 years I have taught a college course entitled Sex…

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NARSOL’s Shannon, Jones, Molnar and WAR’s Henry quoted in new book

By Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners . . .  “What is your relationship to feminism?” Judith asks Vicki Henry, head of Women Against Registry, or WAR. Her reply: “I hate it.” It is a sentiment that, in our experience, is not uncommon among the members of WAR, a small group launched in 2007 at the first national conference of…

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“The ‘sex offense legal regime’ ” pronounced a failure

By Paul M. Renfro . . . The “sex offense legal regime,” which has developed alongside mass incarceration over the last forty years, has failed. US sex offender registries now list nearly one million people. Federal, state, and local ordinances prohibit convicted sex offenders from living within a certain distance of schools, parks, day care centers, and other spaces where children…

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Time to quit complaining

Originally published at NCRSOL and reprinted with permission. By Phoebe . . . For starters, just know that I am a real person with real emotions.  I work really hard to keep a positive attitude, despite my circumstances.  However, I need to say this.  I am sick and tired of whiners during this COVID-19 pandemic.  “Oh, I am stuck at home.  Oh, I can’t go…

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Residency restrictions challenge continues in Miami-Dade County, FL

By Alex Pickett . . . An attorney for two Florida sex offenders asked an 11th Circuit panel Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit challenging residency restrictions in Miami-Dade County that effectively rendered them homeless. The unnamed offenders, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a lawsuit in 2014 against Miami-Dade County, claiming an ordinance that prevented certain sex offenders from living…

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Continued incarceration during pandemic most likely unconstitutional

WRAL.com NC . . .  A North Carolina Superior Court judge ruled that a coalition of civil rights groups are likely to win their claim that the incarceration of state prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic is unconstitutional. The ACLU of North Carolina, Disability Rights North Carolina, Emancipate NC, Forward Justice, and the National Juvenile Justice Network filed the lawsuit in April…

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