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Alabama court upholds first amendment rights for registered sexual offenders

By Anna Beahm . . . A federal district judge has ruled parts of Alabama’s sex offender registration and notification laws are unconstitutional under the First Amendment, court records show. The order issued on Monday referenced a lawsuit filed in federal court in 2015 that claims Alabama’s sex offender laws, known as the Alabama Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act…

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NARSOL AR affiliate testifies at House committee; Halloween restrictions bill stopped – at least for now

By Jeannie Roberts . . . A bill that would prohibit sex offenders from participating in certain Halloween-related activities had a setback Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 10 — sponsored by Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, and Rep. Rebecca Petty, R-Rogers — was knocked down by the committee after a lengthy discussion, but the vote was expunged,…

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NARSOL 2019 conference in Houston, TX

The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) is pleased to announce that registration for the 11th national conference is officially open! In order to take advantage of the special early bird rate, be sure to register for the conference as soon as possible (this rate will definitely end soon and may not be extended). Members of NARSOL are…

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First Step Act passes Senate; Cotton amendments rejected

By Nicholas Fandos . . . The Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the most substantial changes in a generation to the tough-on-crime prison and sentencing laws that ballooned the federal prison population and created a criminal justice system that many conservatives and liberals view as costly and unfair. The First Step Act would expand job training and other programming aimed at reducing…

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RI shelter agrees not to limit number of registrants allowed

By Providence Journal staff . . . The ACLU of Rhode Island and the state have settled a lawsuit over a state law capping at 10 percent the occupancy of registered sex offenders at the Harrington Hall homeless shelter in Cranston. The law had been set to go into effect on Jan. 1 of this year, and resulted from displeasure among…

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NARSOL’s attorney wins important procedural due process case

By Robin . . . Jonathan Merideth moved to North Carolina in 2004 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor sexual offense in the state of Washington. Upon arriving, Merideth checked in with the sheriff’s office in his county of residence to find out if his out-of-state conviction would require him to register as a sex offender in North Carolina. After…

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Ringgold, GA: A town with compassion

By Tamara Wolk . . . It’s probably not often that a group of people ranging from pastors to city and county government, law enforcement, judges, social services, citizens and the homeless gather in one location to try to understand and solve a serious problem together. That’s what happened at Ringgold Baptist Church the cold afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 15.…

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Robin Vander Wall: A life not destroyed

Reprinted with permission from LifeTimes Magazine, Fall, 2018 By Brian Davidson . . . Robin had a choice to make. He could let his past dictate his future, or he could decide to use his past experiences to make a difference in the lives of other people. He chose the latter. Like many others, Robin lost everything after his conviction. After years of schooling, he was finally going to get his law…

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NARSOL in Vancouver at ATSA conference

NARSOL’s ED Brenda Jones and Cindy Prizio, the ED of our Connecticut affiliate group CT for One Standard of Justice, are in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for the Association for Treatment of Sexual Offenders’ 37th research and treatment conference. The conference kicked off  October 17th and will continue through Saturday, the 20th. The theme of the conference is “Better Together”…

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Illinois appeals court finds sex offender registration requirement too harsh

By Scott . . . For the second time this year, an Illinois state appellate court has overturned sex offender registration conditions placed on a defendant. The unanimous decision was issued by a panel of Illinois’ 3rd District Appellate Court on 8/20/18. The court found that Illinois’ Sex Offender Registration Act and related restrictions, as applied to Devin M. Kochevar,…

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