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NARSOL demands answers from parish officials

published here Washington, D.C. — The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws – NARSOL — demands answers from Tangipahoa Parish officials regarding the savage beating and death of Tommy Joe Smith while in custody for a technical probation violation. According to media accounts, parish officials have thus far declined to discuss their policies for the housing of those who…

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NARSOL in the news | NC lawsuit

The news of the suit filed by NARSOL and NC-RSOL along with two registrants in North Carolina spread fast. The AP picked up the story, and it went from there. This is a collection of some of the news stories. This will be a hard fought battle. We need your prayers and financial support. Please visit here to make a…

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NARSOL, NCRSOL file suit challenging North Carolina’s sex offender registry

Raleigh, North Carolina . . . The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) and its North Carolina affiliate, NCRSOL, have filed a federal civil rights action challenging the state’s amendments and enhancements to sex offender registration requirements going back more than a decade. Emboldened by a recent decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that set aside…

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N.C. RSOL affiliate to challenge premises statute, state fair ban

By Thomasi McDonald . . . The State Fair is on pace to draw more than a million people to the fairgrounds in Raleigh this year, but residents who are on the state’s sex offender registry risk arrest if they are among them. A new law that went into effect Sept. 1 bans the more than 17,000 registered sex offenders…

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“Egregious and outrageous” declares RSOL’s Vanderwall of new state fair ban

By CBS North Carolina . . . RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) —The North Carolina chapter of Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) is speaking out against the new law banning registered sex offenders from attending the North Carolina State Fair. The State Fair is now underway and will run through Oct. 23. The group said in a press release that “For the…

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Sex offender activists increasingly turn to federal courts for relief

By Maurice Chammah . . . Mary Sue Molnar estimates that she gets at least five calls a week from Texans on the sex offender registry who can’t find a place to live. Numerous towns around the state have passed ordinances prohibiting those on the list from residing within a certain distance — anywhere from 500 to 3,500 feet —…

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Vanderwall puts state on notice over new sex offender laws

By Rex Hodge . . . A new sex offender ban is now in effect in North Carolina. The new law bans offenders whose victims were under 18, or anyone legally deemed a threat to children, from many places kids may gather. It replaces a previous law a judge deemed too vague in 2009. Haywood County leaders say the new…

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West Virginia mayor hosts RSOL on talk show

By Sandy….. West Virginia lawmakers, upon discovering that a young man working as a legislative intern was on the sex offender registry, promptly fired him and are now revising the hiring process to prevent a registrant from being hired in the future. His crime was possession and distribution of child pornography. He was sentenced and satisfied his sentence, including his…

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URGENT: RSOL joins with ACLU to defend property rights of registrants

Registered citizens are in danger of being removed from their homes at a moment’s notice. That’s exactly the threat facing a significant number of registrants in Rhode Island right now. Why should you care? Because if Rhode Island succeeds in removing registered citizens from their homes retroactively and without any due process, this and similar legislation will quickly spread to…

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RSOL Board of Directors: public notification, harsher laws not the answer

On December 1, 2015, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in Massachusetts held a hearing on a number of proposed sex offender bills. Every proposal is one that will increase the difficulty of registrants to live peacefully with their families in the community. None of the proposals give any indication of following facts, evidence, or research. Paul Shannon, one of RSOL’s…

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