Group fights the “prison hell-hole” that is the Texas Civil Commitment Center

By Mary Sue . . . Chances are that almost no one reading this has ever heard of TACC, Texans Against Civil Commitment.  This is a spin-off of Texas Voices, NARSOL’s Texas affiliate. Begun by two of their members early this year, they are now a small group whose dedicated members are doing great things to help the men who…

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Protesters at Moose Creek demand end to civil commitment

By Teri Cadeau . . . MOOSE LAKE, Minn. — Loud honks were heard Sunday, July 11, as protesters gathered outside of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program Moose Lake facility to support the residents in a hunger strike. According to members of organizing groups Ocean and End MSOP, around 40 detainees inside the facility started a hunger strike on July…

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What would we ask the President?

NARSOL frequently gets letters with questions in response to Digest pieces. Larry chooses some for the Legal Corner, and we answer as we are able those that adhere to the letter-writing guidelines. This letter-writer asks two questions in response to “NARSOL asks administration to use them as resource,” which also appeared in the Digest. This is our answer, written by…

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A plea to Justice Armstead: Please use correct, scientific information

By Sandy and Michael S . . . Nobody today references the daily price of whale oil. Why? Because given the presence of modern-day petroleum, whale oil is not relevant to everyday life. So why do some judges continue to refer to outdated and debunked information that distorts the realities of everyday life for those on a public registry? From…

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Brenda Jones answers questions about NARSOL and the sexual offense registry

This interview was done between J.D. MacBean, editor of Livin’ the Dream blog (at the intersection of mass incarceration and society) where it was published, and Brenda. By JD MacBean Brenda Jones is the Executive Director of the National Association for Rational Sex Offense Laws, or NARSOL. We spoke with her regarding the stigma persons convicted of sexual offenses face in…

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NARSOL, others, continue battle for those on sexual offense registry

By Sandy and Robin . . . In Wisconsin a new battle is being launched in what is getting to be an old war. Civil rights attorneys Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg, seasoned soldiers in this war fought on behalf of persons forced to live as someone on a sex offender registry, have launched this latest skirmish due to a…

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NARSOL demands that standard of innocent until proven guilty be enforced in case pending before Supreme Court

We wrote recently of the Arizona case where the burden of proof has shifted from the state proving guilt to the defendant proving innocence. NARSOL has submitted an amicus brief in this case that now sits before the U.S. Supreme Court asking for review. Knowing how few cases the Court hears each year, we know the odds are not in…

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NARSOL’s Texas affiliate quoted in residency restrictions issue

By Warren Brown . . . Kyle City Council will consider passing a new ordinance which would restrict where some individuals on the Texas sex offender registry can reside, regardless of whether or not the offender is on probation or parole. The ordinance, brought to council by Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett, specifically targets offenders convicted of crimes involving minors.…

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Who bears the burden of proof in a criminal case?

By Larry . . . NARSOL is excited to announce the filing of an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of Stephen May’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari. It is important to understand that the Supreme Court declines to hear most cases in which review is sought, which means all petitioners face very long odds.…

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