NARSOL chair urges, “Support Moose Lake protesters and civil commitment protests.”

By Paul Shannon . . . How can NARSOL support the courageous men on hunger strike at the draconian Moose Lake civil commitment facility in Minnesota? How can we show solidarity with their 70 supporters, some of whom made a car caravan around the facility several weeks ago, and who on July 18 held an amazing public rally at the…

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Group fights the “prison hell-hole” that is the Texas Civil Commitment Center

By Mary Sue . . . Chances are that almost no one reading this has ever heard of TACC, Texans Against Civil Commitment.  This is a spin-off of Texas Voices, NARSOL’s Texas affiliate. Begun by two of their members early this year, they are now a small group whose dedicated members are doing great things to help the men who…

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Colorado court of appeals says internet prohibition is constitutional

By Larry . . . It is constitutional to prohibit internet access according to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Christopher Landis appealed his probationary sentence for attempted sexual assault on a child. He argued that the conditions of his probation restricting his use of the internet and social media violate (1) the governing Colorado statutory scheme and (2) his rights…

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Fantastic win in South Carolina

By Larry . . . The case of Dennis J. Powell Jr. v. Mark Keel, Chief, and The State of South Carolina was an awesome victory for our cause. This appeal was the result of the circuit court’s granting summary judgment in favor of Dennis Powell, Jr. on his claims challenging the internet publication and lifetime duration of his mandated…

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Cancel Culture Nothing New to Those on Sexual Offense Registries

Also published in the July edition of Criminal Legal News. By Sandy . . . For those not tuned in to current trends or social media, cancel culture is most likely new, even unheard of, although according to Merriam-Webster, its first known usage was in 2016. The basic definition is “the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as…

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What would we ask the President?

NARSOL frequently gets letters with questions in response to Digest pieces. Larry chooses some for the Legal Corner, and we answer as we are able those that adhere to the letter-writing guidelines. This letter-writer asks two questions in response to “NARSOL asks administration to use them as resource,” which also appeared in the Digest. This is our answer, written by…

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A plea to Justice Armstead: Please use correct, scientific information

By Sandy and Michael S . . . Nobody today references the daily price of whale oil. Why? Because given the presence of modern-day petroleum, whale oil is not relevant to everyday life. So why do some judges continue to refer to outdated and debunked information that distorts the realities of everyday life for those on a public registry? From…

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New Florida statute will strip registered parents of parental rights

By Sandy . . . FAC, NARSOL’s Florida affiliate, has called this legislation a parent’s worst nightmare. The reference is to Florida HB 141 that Governor Ron DeSantis signed June 21. It is entitled, “Parenting and Time-Sharing of a Minor Child for a Convicted Parent,” and it addresses the granting of full or shared custody of minor children to two…

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Civil Commitment — another Hotel California?

By Dwayne . . . When I initially overheard the registry community speak about the term “civil commitment,” I thought people were discussing gay marriage. However, I quickly realized that civil commitment was something in many ways worse than the sexual offense registry and a “ceremony” that nobody would ever want to attend. As it relates to those who have…

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NARSOL’s Juneteenth Advocacy Webcast Was an Unqualified Hit

On our nation’s very first federally recognized Juneteenth holiday, NARSOL successfully managed to get several producers, 11 presenters, and 139 viewers together in one virtual space for our “Building Your Advocacy Tool Kit” live webcast. In the first of four sessions, David Garlock moderated a lively panel of three reentry advocates who discussed the many challenges and useful strategies employed…

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