TN Middle Court affirms earlier decision, orders two registrants removed from registry

By Travis Loller . . . A federal judge ruled Monday that Tennessee’s sex offender registration act is unconstitutional, at least as it was applied retroactively to two offenders. The ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee affects only the two men who sued, identified in court documents as John Doe #1 and John Doe…

Read More

Residency restrictions lawsuit settled in favor of three registrants

By Patty Dexter . . . The city of Apple Valley has agreed to settle a class action federal lawsuit filed in 2020 that challenges the constitutionality of a 2017 city ordinance that limits where some sex offenders can live in the community. The Apple Valley City Council, without discussion, approved a settlement agreement as part of the consent agenda…

Read More

Civil commitment: Treatment or extended punishment?

By J.D. Tuccille . . . Sold as a means of giving potentially dangerous sex offenders treatment for their conditions while indefinitely confining them, civil commitment programs invite skepticism about their motivation and effectiveness. While courts have signed off on the practice, keeping people locked up after they’ve served their prison sentences raises sticky legal and ethical questions. Now a…

Read More

Study validates alternatives to prison more effective for some offenses

By Milton J. Valencia . . . The progressive movement to divert nonviolent offenders to treatment rather than charging them with a crime has faced a drumbeat of criticism over the years focused on the same central theme: Criminals who don’t pay for their offenses are more likely to commit a crime again. Now, a first-of-its-kind independent research study conducted…

Read More

Sex offense registries create blame and harm for spouses and children of registrants

By Drs. Kristen Russell and Daniel Pollack . . . Committing a sex offense can ruin two lives — the victim’s and the offender’s. For the offender, the result can be significant incarceration time and financial penalties. In all states, persons convicted of certain crimes are required to register on a sex offender registry. The registry is viewable by the general…

Read More

Jacob Wetterling’s mother urges reforming the registry

The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. Patty Wetterling lost a son to the actions of a sex offender. But she now has misgivings about a sex offender registry she helped create. Wetterling’s son Jacob was abducted and killed in 1989 in central Minnesota by an area man. After Jacob’s disappearance, Wetterling worked to establish a sex offender registry that would help…

Read More

Just like a mother’s love, a “sex offender” is forever

By Sandy . . . Kirk Nesset. Luke Heimlich. Wes Heyden. Brandon Hester. Michael Cain. Alexander Collins. John Zamarripa. Peter Yarrow. Roman Polanski. Steven Striegal. Bruce Habowski. Jensen Seifert. Daniel Silverman. Roger Gilbert. Do you know the names? If you know even one, you know them all. They are all men who have had a career derailed, an honor stripped away,…

Read More

The story of Jon C

Lives On The Registry is working hard to tell the stories of those required to register. “The Story of Jon C” is a new posting on the website.  You may already know Jon as the leader of New Name Ministries in Texas. Jon and his wife Cynthia are working hard at living a beautiful life, as well as creating a pathway for others to do the same.…

Read More

NARSOL demands that standard of innocent until proven guilty be enforced in case pending before Supreme Court

We wrote recently of the Arizona case where the burden of proof has shifted from the state proving guilt to the defendant proving innocence. NARSOL has submitted an amicus brief in this case that now sits before the U.S. Supreme Court asking for review. Knowing how few cases the Court hears each year, we know the odds are not in…

Read More

NARSOL’s Texas affiliate quoted in residency restrictions issue

By Warren Brown . . . Kyle City Council will consider passing a new ordinance which would restrict where some individuals on the Texas sex offender registry can reside, regardless of whether or not the offender is on probation or parole. The ordinance, brought to council by Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett, specifically targets offenders convicted of crimes involving minors.…

Read More