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Ghost advocates

By Michael M . . .  You see them all over social media, activists sporting names like “Registry Reform Warrior” or “Abolish the Registry!” As a registrant yourself, your first impulse may be to follow or friend them because their thinking parallels your own, you want to stay informed on registry matters, and it’s really nice to know that you’re…

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Victim shaming is not a winning strategy

By Fred . . . Research shows that between 2% and 10% of reported sexual assaults are false accusations. Even though the exact percentages cannot be known and could be higher – or lower – this is a fair estimate.  It is certainly very troubling that this happens, and there is no doubt that many innocent people have been wrongfully…

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Ohio RSOL, NARSOL advocate challenges sex offender residency restrictions expansion

By Beth Mlady . . . Advocate Barbara Wright opposes Brook Park City Council’s intention to further limit where registered offenders can live. The Brook Park ordinance under consideration adds parks to vicinity restrictions and also prohibits two sex offenders from living together in the same residential dwelling. A member of advocacy groups Ohio Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) and the National Association for Rational Sexual…

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Conference 2018 – Mock Legislative Committee Hearing

Advocacy in Action presents a bipartisan look behind the scenes of the state legislature, concluding in a mock judiciary committee hearing in front of two esteemed Ohio senators. Barb Wright offers testimony in favor of legislation to establish a petition for youthful offenders for removal from the register, and Wendy Tarr offers testimony in opposition to the violent offender registry…

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Conference 2018 – Recent Landmark Decisions – Attorneys Jeff Gamso and Lea Bickerton

The basis for litigation reform and the results of civil rights litigation vary widely from state to state and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. This presentation examines a number of challenges from the past couple of years and seeks to understand the key constitutional arguments that have been made, what has been successful, and the reason why there are such disparate results…

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Help us stop the telephone scammers

By Sandy . . . The use of the registry by vigilantes to target registered citizens is one of the more harmful and deplorable consequences of public sex offender registration. We all know that registrants have, for many years, been harassed, vandalized, assaulted, and murdered. A new threat started developing in early 2018 and is now sweeping the country. Registrants…

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Want to get involved? Advocate for registry reform!

By Michael M . . . My decision to become a full-time advocate for criminal justice and registry reform wasn’t an easy one. When I was arrested, the news media took whatever they could find online about me and ran with it, exercising complete disregard for its source or validity. At one point, they published the photos of over a…

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Sex offender residency restrictions: every source says wasteful, harmful

By Sandy . . . The Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government in Maine and Representative Danny Martin who heads that committee are pushing for legislation that will expand residency restrictions for those on the sex offender registry in the areas of the state that have them. Maine does not have statewide mandated residency restrictions, and a report published…

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Needed: sexual offense facts. Hype? not so much

By Sandy . . . News bulletin: Sex offender arrested for violating his conditions and going to a school. The original header for this — and what search engines “hit” on — is “Sex offender arrested after trying to pick up children at Heber School.” The facts: A guy on the sex offender registry in Utah went with his girlfriend and her…

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How one lawyer proves her faith in criminal rehabilitation

By Sandy . . . Any criminal justice system has two purposes. The first is to punish those who have broken the law. The second is to bring about rehabilitation in the lawbreaker so that he will turn his back on a life of crime and embrace a law-abiding life in society. The first is accomplished largely within the closed…

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