Can we banish our way to public safety?

By Kyle C. Barry This month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to curb public lewdness, groping, and other unwanted touching on New York City’s public transit: a three-year ban on “repeat and high-risk sexual offenders” from the city’s subways, buses, and trains. “MTA riders deserve to feel safe, and we have an obligation to ensure they will…

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Michigan judge declares part of state’s SORA to be unconstitutional

From the ACLU of Michigan . . . The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) applauds today’s decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland to provide relief for registrants on the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA). In today’s ruling, Judge Cleland ordered that if the legislature does not bring the law into compliance with constitutional requirements, the state will no…

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Lawsuit filed over ordinance in Apple Valley, Minnesota

By Chris Serres In a federal class action lawsuit filed Wednesday, three sex offenders seek an injunction preventing the city of Apple Valley from enforcing the ordinance, which prohibits people convicted of certain sex offenses from living within 1,500 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, churches and child care centers. The ordinance is so extensive that more than 90% of the…

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NARSOL’S press release still gaining attention

By Lou Varricchio . . . When we consider Vermont’s sex offender registry, let’s not forget that it’s designed as a civil regulatory scheme and not a vindictive means to further punish and censure fellow citizens for their past crimes. Recently, the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) sent official correspondence to Georgia’s Cobb County Sheriff’s Office calling…

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Federal Judge to hear new arguments on unconstitutional Michigan Sex Offender Registry

By Justin Dwyer Lawyers will make their case in front of a federal judge on Wednesday over what to do about the state’s sex offender registry. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled nearly four years ago that many of the requirements of Michigan’s registry are unconstitutional. But the law hasn’t been changed, and people continue to be on the list.…

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Georgia media reacts to NARSOL’s press release re Cobb County sheriff

As of today, two Georgia media outlets have done stories about NARSOL’s cease-and-desist letter to Georgia sheriff Neil Warren and our related press release. One of them also taped a video interview with our E.D. Brenda Jones. We hope to post that video here soon. In the meantime, here are the stories. Group confronts Cobb County sheriff over ‘invented requirements’…

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NARSOL speaks out against town sex offender ordinances

By Benjamin Pierce . . . Officials in two Rock County [WI] towns want more control over where sex offenders live, but a national organization said such restrictions hinder offender rehabilitation. The town of Johnstown and the town of Harmony have drafted ordinances regarding sex offenders. “Those people have to stay someplace, but it would just be nice if we…

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The women involved in sexual offense registry opposition: NARSOL, ACSOL, WAR, CAUTION CLICK

By Hallie Lieberman . . . Sandy Rozek is the polar opposite of what comes to mind when you hear the word activist. A 78-year-old great-grandmother and retired high school English teacher who lives in Houston, Rozek is not woke, doesn’t post on Twitter, and is involved in a movement you’ve probably never heard of. Rozek works with the National Association…

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7th Circuit Court hears arguments on interstate travel for sex offenders

By Lorraine Bailey CHICAGO (CN) – The Seventh Circuit appeared likely Tuesday to overturn Indiana’s sex offender registration requirement, as it applies to people only required to register because they moved away from the state then moved back. “This registration requirement imposes a significant burden on those who move to Indiana, and not on people who live in Indiana continuously,”…

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Gov. Cuomo’s Social Media Proposal Does Not Make Those Sites Safer

By Guy Hamilton Smith . . . Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a legislative proposal billed as a way to “prevent convicted sex offenders from using social media accounts, dating apps and video game chat functions to exploit children.” But Cuomo’s proposal would do little to stop sexual harm on these platforms—and would most likely undermine public safety…

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