Surprise ruling from Louisiana Supreme Court ends “Scarlet Letter” ID

By King Alexander . . . This week the Louisiana Supreme Court handed the forces of onerous registration an unexpected defeat on federal First Amendment grounds. The court in a six-to-one ruling struck down two statutes requiring registrants to carry state identification bearing at bottom center the words “SEX OFFENDER” in orange block letters, on grounds that the statutes impermissibly…

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CALL TO ACTION: Patch continues printing names of persons on sex offense registries

Notation: I would normally provide a link to the headlines and publications I reference, but to do so would continue displaying the abhorrent lists of registrants’ names and addresses on Patch, and so I am not providing links. By Sandy . . . It was 2017 when NARSOL launched a formal protest against Patch for their practice of printing “red-dot”…

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Fact-checking registered sex offender information

By Sandy . . . WFMJ21 has reported on how the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department has conducted a random, county-wide check on its residents who are on Ohio’s sex offense registry. Perhaps inspired by the current political climate, I would like to respond to this piece in the way of fact-checking. “Hundreds of sex offenders live among us across the valley.”…

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ENOUGH with the hate, already

By Brenda . . . We’ve all seen the ads, the memes, the commentaries bashing “those people.” No matter what your particular persuasion is, there’s some group out there telling you that you’re all washed up, totally wrong, and that all of “your people” are haters of the worst kind and are destroying life as we know it. Yes, it’s…

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California SB145 — an anti-discrimination bill

By Sandy . . . NARSOL’s response to California’s SB 145, drafted by Sen. Scott Wiener, passed by a majority of both houses, and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, is that the bill is not a sexual offense bill but an anti-discrimination bill. It puts the available legal options for criminal oral and anal sex equal to what they have…

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Proposed AWA amended regulations more significant after new Sixth Circuit court decsision

Revised and reposted 8/31/20 By Larry, Brenda, and Sandy . . . The new Adam Walsh Act amended regulations are out for comment for 60 days, and after the comment period will likely be adopted, finalized, and published in the Federal Register. NARSOL had posted an article stating there is reason for concern but not reason for panic. We removed that…

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Another letter to NPR about its erroneously written sex offender piece

Cheryl, My name is Christopher E. Pelloski, MD. I have written two books that chronicle my experience within and research about the current U.S. criminal justice system and sex offender registry, Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love, and A Torturous Path. I listened to your recent piece about the sex offender registry on NPR, and I believe some key…

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ONCE AGAIN: Media, please use facts when writing about registered sexual offenders

By Sandy . . . On August 25, National Public Radio – NPR — aired and printed this lengthy story about persons who are registered but are non-compliant. It immediately aroused the ire of advocates across the country due to the way these persons are described and presented. I wrote and sent the following to the journalist who wrote the…

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Registration not cruel and unusual punishment, says Tenth Circuit

By Larry . . . NARSOL is extremely disappointed to announce this long-awaited decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. To refresh your memory, in August 2017 U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch found that Colorado’s sex offender registration scheme was unconstitutional. The state appealed Judge Matsch’s decision to the Court of Appeals. Both NARSOL and a…

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What do judges and persons on sex offense registries have in common?

By Sandy . . . In mid-July of this year, the son and the husband of a New Jersey federal judge were gunned down when they opened the door to a man wearing a FedEx delivery uniform. Daniel, Judge Esther Salas’ son, was killed instantly. Her husband was seriously wounded but is recovering. The shooter, who ultimately took his own…

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