State must provide due process, says NARSOL’S N.M affiliate LJC

By Robert Nott . . . The question of whether sex offenders must register in New Mexico for crimes they committed in other states is making its way through the courts again. Eight plaintiffs, each listed as “John Doe,” have filed a petition in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, alleging the state Department of Public Safety and five county…

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“Sex offender registries do not make communities safer”

Reprinted with permission By Kristina Knittel . . . As an advocate for survivors of abuse and as someone who has personally been impacted by sexual violence, I care deeply about true accountability for offenders, prevention of new harm and the safety and healing of our communities. Because of those priorities and values, I was alarmed at The Register Guard’s editorial…

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NARSOL helps dispel harmful Halloween myths

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB)- With every Halloween comes a parent’s concern for their child’s safety. Parents worry about the health and safety of their children year-round, but the Halloween holiday certainly throws a little more concern than usual into the mix. Over the years, you read horror stories online about what was found in a child’s candy or about a…

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Judge rules on “No Trick or Treat Signs” – Registrants have rights

By Hayley Fowler Three registered sex offenders in Georgia clutched a victory on the brink of Halloween when a federal judge ordered lawn signs deterring trick-or-treaters be removed from their homes. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long argued last week the signs should remain while the lawsuit — brought by the three named plaintiffs seeking to represent a class of sex offenders who…

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NARSOL quoted extensively in Cincinnati Enquirer Halloween piece

By Sandy . . . This time of the year presents many opportunities for advocates to educate the public about facts pertaining to any connection between those on the registry, children, and Halloween. And actually there is only one fact: there is no connection. It is a totally made up issue. As NARSOL’s communications director, I am often the first…

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Halloween myths? NARSOL, researchers say too many to count

Used with permission By Earl Yarington . . . I often wonder why we don’t dress our kids up as sex offenders. We dress them up as serial killers, witches, goblins, and other horrible monsters. We let our little girls dress up in fishnet stockings, short skirts, and heavy makeup. My own child wants to be a fallen angel. What…

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Virginia’s problems with its civil commitment program: too many to count

By Patrick Hope . . . The “lock ’em up and throw away the key” era of criminal justice is over. Virginians have reassessed their views on criminal justice to better address mass incarceration weighed against costs and the likelihood to reoffend. Policies ripe for reform include: resentencing prisoners who were convicted as youth; repealing mandatory minimums; legalizing marijuana; abolishing…

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Parents of disabled adults on sex offender registries along with their children

By Chiara Eisner . . . Carol Nesteikis, 66, has never committed a crime. But for two years, from six in the evening to six in the morning the next day, she lived under de facto house arrest with her 32-year-old son, Adam. It wasn’t because she wanted to. The home itself was a kind of punishment, she says. Adam…

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Those on the registry at increased risk during natural disasters

By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg . . . For some people convicted of sex crimes in Florida, the only shelter open to them during Hurricane Dorian was the county jail. In some counties, people on the registry were barred from shelters set up for those evacuating, and told to go to separate locations, away from children and other community members. If they attempted to…

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“Sex offenders’ prison deaths often are ‘choreographed’ “

Used with permission By Chandra Bozelko and Ryan Lo . . . Many people aren’t buying the official “suicide” story from the Manhattan Correctional Complex that housed financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on suicide watch until late July. Theories that Epstein was murdered to protect any number of political cabals are widespread on social media. President Trump has…

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