This time “No sex offenders allowed” could equal a death sentence

What a wonderful thing the city of Tampa, in conjunction with Catholic Charities, is doing. Concern for the homeless during these days of stay-at-home orders and advisories from the medical community to wash frequently and use hand sanitizer is in many people’s minds, but they are actually doing something about it. A homeless camp has been funded and erected consisting…

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Governmental responses to health crisis for registrants: some good; some bad

3/31 UPDATE VA: Virginia appears to have joined Oregon and Pennsylvania with the stoppage of in-person reporting statewide, at least for most situations. http://vspimages.vsp.virginia.gov/pages/sorpublic/C-19MEMO.pdf Several reports have come in from individuals for which we have no independent verification; these are, as of today: Johnson Co. KS: In-person suspended for April and May; call 913-715-5476 instead. Montgomery Co. OH: In-person still…

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Why NARSOL chose Halloween litigation

  By Larry . . . In the last few days NARSOL has received comments regarding our decision to litigate the Halloween signs required by some sheriffs in the state of Georgia. The writer raised some legitimate questions even though he could have conveyed them with a bit more tact and politeness. NARSOL chose to litigate the Halloween signs for…

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Georgia lawmakers push bad bill in response to Halloween sign lawsuit

By Fred . . . Last October, in a lawsuit that was initiated and financed by NARSOL, Federal Judge Marc T. Treadwell ruled against Sheriff Long and other officials of Butts County, Georgia, by granting a preliminary injunction to stop the placement of warning signs each Halloween on the property of those required to be on the sex offender registry.…

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Michigan State Police Turning Away Pre-2011 Registrants

By Fred . . . Last week it came to NARSOL’s attention that there had been a sudden new development in the Does v. Snyder case. Michigan State Police have decided that at this time they will not be registering anyone whose sexual offense conviction occurred prior to the April 2011 changes in the statute. A copy of the memorandum…

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Sexual offense registries need to go

Published 3/5/2020 at the Portsmouth Daily Times By Sandy Rozek Melissa Martin (2/28/20) makes an eloquent but often erroneous case in favor of sexual offense registries. These registries have been in place in every state for twenty to thirty years. Many studies have been done evaluating the effectiveness of them and their contribution to public safety. The results are overwhelmingly…

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Update on legislation in Tennessee that would force families to separate

By Sandy . . . We first reported on this in June of last year. The Tennessee legislature had just passed a bill, due to take effect July 1, 2019, with a single provision added to an already existing statute: It would disallow the right of parents to be alone with or live in the same home with their own…

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NARSOL condemns Southern Baptist Convention as un-Christian

A press release By Robin Expulsion of Ranchland Heights Baptist Church contrary to gospel Raleigh, North Carolina—The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) strongly condemns the recent decision of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to “disfellowship” a Midland, Texas church for having a registered sex offender as its pastor. The SBC’s Executive Committee voted on Tuesday to expel…

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Sexual offender residency restrictions: unscientific, wasteful, useless

By Sandy . . . The Missouri legislature is in the process of considering HB2142, a bill that would prohibit anyone on the sexual offense registry from entering or being within 500 feet of any of the nature or education centers controlled by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The stated purpose is for the protection of children who are frequent visitors,…

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