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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Super Bowl sex trafficking: Right up there with Halloween hysteria and residency restrictions

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown . . . Is the Super Bowl a magnet for sex traffickers? Nope, and it never has been. But no matter how many times this wretched rumor gets debunked, some gullible members of the media insist on trotting it out anew every year. This year, it’s the Associated Press and Time doing their part to poison the discourse, with…

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“It’s an anti-discrimination bill that discriminates,” says NARSOL’s Connecticut advocate

By Kelan Lyons . . . Rogsbert King was shaking as she held the letter in her hand. Ever since the Board of Pardons and Parole had provisionally approved her application a few months earlier, she’d checked the mail three times each day, desperate to know for sure her criminal record had been wiped away. King was petrified to open…

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Once again: Registries do not reduce or prevent sexual crime; NARSOL’s PA advocate quoted

By Joshua Vaughn . . . The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to rule on five cases this year that could change how the state treats people convicted of sex offenses, and could ease the state’s sex offense registry restrictions, commonly referred to as Megan’s Law. But in a December opinion piece, State Attorney General Josh Shapiro warned that if the court were to…

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With sexual crime, current system is often “vengeful but ineffective”

By Mardi Link . . . Kristen Burgess used to think of herself as a homebody. She never imagined she’d need a MacPass, give public testimony to state lawmakers, or compile 12 years worth of data on sex crimes in Grand Traverse County. Her domestic life was irrevocably changed April 11, 2018. That was the day her husband, Victor “Scott”…

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When will Michigan do the right thing?

From our Michigan affiliate: It appears we are in for more waiting. The state of Michigan is not working as fast or in the direction we had hoped. Because of that, we are moving forward with our class action lawsuit. The state and the ACLU have filed the necessary documents outlining their respective positions. The state’s position is that they…

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Registry facing test in PA Supreme Court

By Angela Couloumbis The landmark Pennsylvania law that for nearly a quarter of a century has required a public registry of sex offenders and community notification about their whereabouts is facing a life-or-death challenge before the state’s highest court. Enacted nearly 25 years ago, Megan’s Law was hailed as a pivotal step toward making communities safer by empowering the public…

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