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The official yearly Halloween report

By Sandy… Why advocate for not monitoring registered offenders on Halloween? What’s the harm? Most Halloween restrictions apply to everyone on the registry or everyone under supervision, whether or not their offense had anything to do with a child. This broad-brush application is bumping up against constitutional protections. Many registrants are forced to gather in one place for special “therapy…

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Do public parks belong to all the public? Not in Oklahoma

By Sandy . . . “What is the point in doing everything right for years when it counts for nothing? Where is the incentive? What I did was wrong, but that was 15 years ago. I’m not the same person I was when I was 19….My oldest is 9, and I’ve had to explain it to her – why we can’t…

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“Sex Offender” Halloween hysteria huge waste of time, money

By Sandy . . . I will give Louisiana credit for one thing: They don’t leave anyone guessing as to their cruelty and their ridiculousness. They codify it right into their laws. As we saw during the hurricane crises, a section of their law, RS29:726(i), states, “That a registered sexual offender shall not knowingly be housed or sheltered in shelters, hotels,…

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Reasonable shelter denied to registrants facing horrific storms

By Sandy . . . With hurricane season upon us, and some especially dangerous ones already sweeping through Texas, Louisiana, and now Florida, we are beginning to hear of bad situations and civil rights violations. From Texas, the reports are fairly consistent that registrant evacuees on parole or probation were required to report to police or sheriff headquarters and be sheltered…

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Lenore agrees: registry is ineffective

By Lenore Skenazy…. A federal judge in Colorado, Richard Matsch, has agreed with what we have been saying for a while here at Free-Range Kids: The public sex offender registry is not making kids any safer. At the same time, it is cruel and unconstitutional. The judge ruled in a case filed by three men on the registry. All have…

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Simple exposure brings lifetime of cruel and unusual treatment for disabled son, family

By Lenore Skenazy…. The woman who looked to be about 60 walked up to the podium and spoke in a quiet voice. She was at a St. Louis synagogue that was hosting an evening of presentations about the sex offender registry. I spoke, too. But this mom’s story has haunted me in the weeks since. I asked for a copy…

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Illinois columnist butchers Gospel, panders to baseless fear

By Sandy . . . The editorial “We all must provide protection from sex offenders” (Daily Journal, 8/26/17) contains many of the elements commonly found in much media coverage on sexual offense issues. It opens with the expected fear-mongering: “The mere mention of a child sex offender can conjure up uncontrollable emotions. The reality of a child sex offender frequenting your…

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Positive, hopeful prognosis for children with sexual behavior problems

By Gail Rosenblum…. It’s common to feel many emotions when faced with the prospect of children as victims, or perpetrators, of sexual violence: Horror. Grief. Anger. Shame. One emotion we rarely dare to feel is hope. But findings from a new, myth-busting study by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) give us hope in abundance for these children, their…

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Former sex offender makes positive difference in others’ lives

By Sandy…. In the wake of the release of long-time incarcerated convicted sexual offender and former priest Paul Shanley, journalists are rushing to find a different angle to present the situation. Elaine Thompson found an excellent one.  The focus is on another convicted offender, former attorney Joel Pentlarge who, since he has been released, has done everything he could to…

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How many things are wrong about the sex offender registry?

By Sandy . . . What’s wrong with the registry? Trick question, right? I mean, what ISN’T wrong with the registry? We could make lists all day long. However, some things seem more wrong than others, and I have come up with a doozy. In Pennsylvania, citizens are on that state’s sex offender registry for committing “custodial interference.” In other…

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