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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NARSOL criticizes Sheriff Billy Woods for questionable practices

This is an on-going situation, and updates will be posted when available. By Sandy . . . Alan Kaub has been arrested in Florida for what, to many, seems like a strange reason: he’s been charged with failing to update the Marion County Sheriff’s Office regarding an out-of-state trip he planned but never actually took. Sheriff Woods will pontificate that…

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NARSOL conference 2021 on the horizon

By Robin . . . Out of an abundance of caution and consideration for your health and safety, the national conference has been rescheduled for October 8-10, 2021. The theme and location for the conference will not change, and we are excited about the line-up of speakers and presenters who have already committed to be with us in Houston, Texas…

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ACLU calls for Michigan Governor to veto SORA changes

By Samuel Dodge . . .  Approved changes to Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act are unconstitutional and ineffective at stopping offenders, argues the state’s ACLU chapter in an appeal for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to veto. State lawmakers approved altering registration protocols for sex offenders during the Legislature’s Wednesday, Dec. 16 session, fulfilling a 4-year-old mandate from the U.S. Court of…

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Patch’s mapping of registrants, at Halloween or any time, is UNACCEPTABLE

After weeks of dealing with Patch Publications about the maps they publish close to Halloween purporting to be “safety maps” but actually focusing totally on persons required to register on sexual offense registries, new maps appear almost daily. At last count, the maps appeared in 17 states, which, to give them credit, is less than in previous years. Nine of…

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