Equality should be for everyone in New Jersey

By Joe . . . In a speech right after his razor-thin victory in last year’s election, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said that he and his administration would now move forward with a “deeper sense of fairness and equality.” However, the equality and fairness the Governor spoke of does not appear to apply to everyone in the state. Those…

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“Not guilty,” said court martial jury, but he was put on sex offense registry anyway

By Sandy . . . Starting in the early 1990’s, several high-profile cases of sexual assault in military academies brought to a climax previous years’ concerns about military sexual harassment and sexual assault. The culmination was when, according to Wikipedia, “In an attempt to deal with this problem, the Department of Defense issued the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Response…

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CO SOMB changes ‘sex offender’ to ‘adults who commit sex offenses,’ but not without dissention

By Sandy . . . The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board has taken a bold move. After barely having sufficient margin in a vote taken earlier this year to even consider the issue, they passed a motion in a November 19th meeting to replace the term “sex offender” with “adults who commit sexual offenses.” While this change is binding only…

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Fight back against proposed changes to SORNA

As you remember, the new SORNA regulations were introduced over a year ago. NARSOL published this report and analysis at that time. . As a reminder, regulations are handled by the executive branch who are in charge of implementing the laws our government puts into place. The laws themselves must be changed by lawmakers, who introduce bills suggested by WE…

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NARSOL press release calls out NCMEC for false information

In its release against ALI, NCMEC not only makes false implications, they print actual lies. They imply that stranger danger is a serious threat to children, but they lie in saying that if there were no public sex offense registry, companies that hire people to work with youth would have no way of determining if a person had a sexual…

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ACTION ALERT appeal from NARSOL’s Paul Shannon

Another request for your help from supporters of the civil commits at Moose Lake New DOC threats against a leader of the non-violent protests against civil commitment facility at Moose Lake, Minnesota First Daniel Wilson and a dozen others civil commits were placed in the disciplinary unit at Moose Lake without any due process for their protests against Minnesota’s civil…

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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 Lake 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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