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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Candidate for judgeship defends choice of SO assistant

By Sandy . . . This is good news of the very best kind, the kind that shows people actually living out what they profess to believe. For those who remember To Kill a Mockingbird, the character of attorney Atticus Finch embodies this characteristic. In the novel a family friend tells Atticus’ little daughter, when she complains that her father…

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Soho Forum: Horowitz, Hamilton face off over sex offender registries

By David Booth . . . Dr. Emily Horowitz, noted sex offense policy researcher, and Marci Hamilton, child safety advocate, went toe-to-toe in an engaging debate Monday night, which may be a first of its kind on the need for sex offender registries. On the resolution for whether the laws requiring those convicted of sex offenses to put their names…

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NARSOL wants charges dropped against teacher

NARSOL has issued a press release to Connecticut media as well as many other state officials in response to the recent arrest of Tayler Boncal, a 22-year-old track coach at a Connecticut public high school. Boncal has been charged with sexual assault for a relationship with an 18-year-old male student who is not a member of the track team. NARSOL is…

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Former sex offender can remain as town’s fire chief **Update**

**Roger resigned his position as fire chief after negative publicity about his status emerged. See https://narsol.org/2018/02/sex-offenders-decision-needed/** Associated Press . . . The mayor of a small Pennsylvania town is standing by its volunteer fire company’s re-election of a registered sex offender as its fire chief. Mayor Ann Louise Wagner says she and firefighters have been aware that Gilbert, an unpaid volunteer…

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Episode 10 – Is It Better To Do Something versus Nothing?

Episode 10 Is it better to do something versus nothing? Can you do more harm than good by a poorly thought out action than by sitting on the sidelines? That is the topic we’ll be covering tonight. Larry and Andy are discussing if there is some level of harm that can be done by taking action prematurely rather than waiting.…

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