Eleventh Circuit agrees with NARSOL: Halloween signs are unconstitutional

By Larry . . . NARSOL is excited to announce that the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed Butts County Sheriff Gary Long a stinging defeat today. The case is Cory McClendon v. Gary Long, No. 21-10092. This is a long-running case based on events that occurred on Halloween, 2018. At that time, two deputies from the Butts County Sheriff’s Office…

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Nation’s top cops curry favor with voters over safe policies for children

Published 1/10/22 in The Tennessean with a first paragraph adapted to Tennessee.  By Sandy . . . The attorneys general of 35 of the United States and two territories have signed a letter condemning recent revisions to the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Model Penal Code on sexual crimes. This is contrary to what evidence shows would improve public safety. Early…

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NARSOL’s CT affiliate hosts restorative justice webinar

Connecticut’s One Standard of Justice is hosting a webinar on the topic of restorative justice. Titled “A Different Approach to Sex Crimes: The Case for Survivor-Centered Restorative Justice,” the webinar will air January 25 starting at 7 p.m. eastern time until 8:30 p.m. Webinar presenters are Alissa Ackerman, Ph.D., Lara Bazelon, Seema Gajwani, and Nuri Nusrat. The program is moderated …

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How the media fans the flames of hatred for people on sex offense registries

By Sandy . . . Fox News, a self-proclaimed conservative media outlet, had distributed this story out of Austin, Texas. While its overt message is that “defunding the police” puts the public in danger, the very strong subtext is that anyone with a sexual crime conviction is evil, dangerous, and only held in check from constant reoffense by a strong,…

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In TN woman wrongly convicted and imprisoned in 1988 for rape, murder of child set free

By Mariah Timms . . . A Nashville judge has overturned the convictions of two Nashvillians convicted in the late 1980s death of a child. They were innocent, she said. Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton on Thursday morning filed an order vacating the murder and child rape convictions against Joyce Watkins and Charles Dunn. “In short, the evidence in…

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Why person-first language is right for those with sexual crime convictions

By Sandy . . . Earlier this year the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board made the decision to adopt person-first language and change the nomenclature with which their clients are identified from “sex-offender” to “adults who commit sexual offenses.” Person-first language has value. It does away with the long-known dangerous practice of labeling people, and especially labeling them with what…

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Equality should be for everyone in New Jersey

By Joe . . . In a speech right after his razor-thin victory in last year’s election, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said that he and his administration would now move forward with a “deeper sense of fairness and equality.” However, the equality and fairness the Governor spoke of does not appear to apply to everyone in the state. Those…

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Current sexual offense registration and notification policies are nothing but “window-dressing”

By Meghan M. Mitchell, Kristen M. Zgoba, Alex R. Piquero . . . There are roughly half a million sexual assault incidents in the United States every year — and more than 11,000 in Florida alone. These numbers are troubling. So it’s no surprise that people search the sex offender registration website to make sure that no one convicted of a sexual…

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What will the new federal SORNA regulations mean?

By Larry and Sandy . . . Not since the initiation of International Megan’s Law (IML) has anything raised such a level of anxiety, confusion, and questions as have the new federal SORNA/AWA guidelines that will become effective January 7, 2022. The only consensus seems to be that whatever happens, it won’t be good. These recent amendments are not anything…

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Why Person-First Language?

By Sandy . . . The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board has instituted a policy that will replace the words “sex offender” when referring to their clients with “adults who commit sexual offenses.” This has met with a negative reaction from many. The editorial board of the Denver Gazette exhibits this negativity in an extremely well written and persuasive piece…

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