USAToday favors restrictions on felons’ access to federal contracts

By Robin . . . So, let me be sure I have this solid, Josh Salman of USAToday: IF anyone is EVER convicted of a sexual offense against a teenager, he or she is eternally unfit for janitorial work? Is this right? Is this your credal position as a journalist? Or maybe what you’re really hoping to convey by your crusading…

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New Mississippi sexual offense legislation will do more harm than good

Based on comments by our wonderful readers, I have edited this piece by adding an additional paragraph. S. By Sandy . . . The Mississippi Legislature July 1 passed a bill that may be well-intentioned but is ill-conceived and potentially destructive. Senate Bill 2009 stipulates: . . . . it is unlawful for a person required to register as a…

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The sex offender registry — a blight on justice and freedom

By Sandy . . . We are well accustomed to those on sex offender registries making the headlines. A registrant in Washington State named Wes Heyden recently dominated the news cycle for several days in a most unexpected way. The founder and owner of a popular coffee shop which, under his leadership, expanded to a chain with more to come, came…

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What keeps us safe? It’s sure not the sexual offense registry

Published 4/16 at Life on the List By Sandy Rozek Sex offenders have always been with us. Those who are convicted of committing rape and sexual assault and child molestation have always been punished and then released into the community. They were not registered. They did not have to “check in” with law enforcement once they were no longer on…

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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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Is refusing registered former sexual offenders shelter and support our best choice?

Originally published at the Exponent Telegram. Except for a limited local area, it is behind a paywall. By Sandy . . . Gary Keith, city councilman and real estate agent of Clarksburg, West Virginia, has propelled himself into the spotlight by protesting against the policy of the Clarksburg Mission to extend their services to those in need indiscriminately, specifically to…

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Judge rules on “No Trick or Treat Signs” – Registrants have rights

By Hayley Fowler Three registered sex offenders in Georgia clutched a victory on the brink of Halloween when a federal judge ordered lawn signs deterring trick-or-treaters be removed from their homes. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long argued last week the signs should remain while the lawsuit — brought by the three named plaintiffs seeking to represent a class of sex offenders who…

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Redemption, forgiveness, restorative justice: Whatever it’s called, it must be for ALL

By Sandy . . . There’s a new phrase in town, and it’s catching on like wildfire. April 29th is the start date for a new CNN program based on this phrase. It is called The Redemption Project, and you don’t have to read very far before – there it is: restorative justice. It is based on the reality that…

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