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U.S. Olympic swimmers’ lies unravel under scrutiny : The danger of simply believing

By Barbara Gale & Larry Neely…. Victims’ advocates, particularly those who advocate for victims of sexual assault, argue that we should always believe the victim’s story. Simply believing a person who claims to be a victim of a criminal offense is extremely dangerous. A good case to support this is the story of Ryan Lochte and the three other American…

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Film about sex offenders wins best new documentary director award at Tribeca Film Festival

By Jonathan Leaf . . . Why would a law mandate that ex-convicts be homeless and virtually unemployable? And what sort of government imposes such rules? That’s the question of David Feige’s startling new documentary “Untouchable,” a Tribeca Film Festival award winner. I must note here that I am not completely objective about this film. I have known Feige for…

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Stop the sex offender registry panic

By Tracy Clark-Flory . . . Lenore Skenazy came to fame for letting her 9-year-old son ride the New York subway home by himself. Or rather, she came to fame by letting him ride the subway home alone and then writing about it for the New York Sun. The piece led to an outcry — she was dubbed “America’s worst…

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE CONSPIRES AGAINST VETERAN Dying man suffers public humiliation as direct consequence of overzealous operative determined to prevent his final wishes

For immediate release: January 20, 2015—Dayton, Ohio—Military veteran Greg Poston and his brother are dying of cancer. Their physician, Dr. Emily Vannorsdall, contacted the Dream Foundation about their dying wish, to see the Grand Canyon. At first the foundation was on board, and, with the help of the Veterans Service Commission, offered the trip to the brothers and their siblings….

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ACTION ALERT: Dying man denied dream due to RSO status

RSOL ACTION ALERT: Most of you know the story; a dying veteran, Greg Poston. and his family were granted his lifetime dream of seeing the Grand Canyon by the Dream Foundation. When the Foundation discovered he had a sex offense in his past, they revoked his portion of the dream. He had paid in full for his crime, but community…

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Civil rights organization strongly protests treatment of former sex offender

Greg Poston, 62, of Dayton, Ohio, is dying of cancer, and his condition is worsening daily. One of his four siblings, a brother, Roger, also has cancer. Both Greg and Roger have long dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon, but it is a dream they had given up on until recently. Their physician, Dr. Emily Vannorsdall, contacted the Dream Foundation,…

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Registries cost millions; Accomplish nothing

By Steve Blow . . . If the goal is more stigma and shame, the operation succeeds spectacularly. For starters, the entrance is hidden around back of Dallas police headquarters, behind a rusting door, next to a small sign: “Sex Offender Registration Entrance Only.” Inside, the atmosphere only gets worse. The dreary waiting room is almost always filled to capacity…

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A new study–a new question

–by Lisa Sample & Danielle Bailey; University of Nebraska….”Sexual re-offending remains a media, public, and legislative concern, so it is important to not only ask why some reoffend, but also to ask why most sex offenders do not, which is this study’s purpose.” http://nebfacts.blogspot.com/p/uno-study-documents-nebraska-laws-harm.html  

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Superb article series at Slate

Slate has published two in a series of excellent articles showing the facts and the truth about many of the issues on which the Draconian sex offender registry and accompanying restrictions are based. These articles strip away the myths and the falsehoods and show the plain, unvarnished truth. One of the pieces includes a quote by RSOL ED Brenda Jones. RSOL…

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They’re killing sex offenders

By Chris Dornin . . . I was pleased to see a recent Sentinel editorial declaring the Internet sex offender roster punitive. My nonprofit group Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform filed an amicus brief in December supporting John Doe, a former sex offender challenging the New Hampshire sex offender shaming list as an unconstitutional ex-post-facto punishment. At the oral arguments…

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