New study examines the effect of labels: The importance of “people-first” language

By Giulia Lowe and Gwenda Willis The present study examined the effect of offense-based labels on community members’ willingness to volunteer with people convicted for varying offenses and any priming effect of labeling language. Participants (N = 310) were randomly assigned to a label condition or a neutral condition and completed an anonymous online survey about their willingness to volunteer…

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Two upcoming events of significance to you

By Sandy . . . Two  unique opportunities are available within the upcoming weeks for gaining valuable insight into our advocacy and its intersection with the criminal justice system. The first of these is the Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public  Policy and Practice Symposium being held on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Auditorium in St.…

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It’s not too late!

Please help continue the fight against sex offender registries by making a generous contribution to NARSOL’s foundation and legal fund right now. With gifts from hundreds of registered citizens, their families, supporters and friends, your gift to Vivante Espero will sustain our efforts to educate the general public, challenge seriously bad laws, and continue growing the nation’s most important civil rights movement.…

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Give to NARSOL on #GivingTuesday

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th is #GivingTuesday We need you to help support our work to fight the scourge of sex offender registries by giving to NARSOL’s foundation and legal fund today. Together, with gifts from hundreds of other registered citizens, their families, supporters and friends, your gift to Vivante Espero on #GivingTuesday sustains our efforts to educate the general public, challenge…

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NARSOL’S annual Halloween marathon/”Cop-watch” hotline

Halloween Marathon October 31st, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT   Please join NARSOL for our second annual Halloween marathon/”Cop-watch” hot line session, beginning at 5 p.m. eastern time on October 31st. We will be live for five continuous hours dealing with various aspects of Halloween-related restrictions, International Megan’s Law, and the case of Gundy v United States. Attorneys King Alexander and Paul…

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The official Halloween blog

Originally printed 10/10/2013 By Sandy . . . Why advocate for not monitoring registered offenders on Halloween? What’s the harm? I’m so glad you asked. Most Halloween restrictions apply to everyone on the registry or everyone under supervision, whether or not their offenses had anything to do with a child. This broad-brush application is bumping up against constitutional protections. Many…

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