The verdict is in: Sex offender registries don’t work

By Maggie Hall . . . Calls for public access to information about convicted child sex offenders occur often in Australia. It may seem like common sense that allowing the public to know the whereabouts of dangerous people should increase community safety. As in many areas of criminal justice, the real story is more complicated. . . . Child sex offenders are…

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The denial of redemption

By Rich A . . . What exactly is redemption?  Many are familiar with the religious concept of redemption:  the payment of a price, or ransom, to secure release.  In criminology, redemption often is defined as the point in time when a person with a criminal record, having had no further contact with the criminal justice system, is of no greater…

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Voting restoration amendment in Florida excludes registered sex offenders

Amendment 4, which will be on Florida’s ballot in the upcoming November elections, is a voting rights restoration for felons initiative. A “yes” vote supports this amendment to automatically restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or — you guessed it — a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences, including prison,…

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For some Halloween all trick, no treat

Used with permission By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg . . . Before the police apprehended Steve, he tried to kill himself by cutting his wrists, he told The Appeal. Then 20 years old, he had attempted to sexually assault a 12-year-old girl in California. “I couldn’t believe I had done that,” said Steve, whose name has been changed to protect his identity. “I…

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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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Looking for insurance? Don’t go here

UPDATE: Since printing this, we have heard from a significant number of people who are registrants and do business with USAA with no problems at all. I called a company rep with them, and she, however, verified that they would not accept as clients anyone on the registry; it would be considered moral turpitude. There are clearly discrepancies. I’m thinking…

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America’s Civil Death Penalty: The Sexual Offense Registry

Used with permission By Guy Hamilton-Smith . . . Oscar Wilde, writing from his cell in the Reading Gaol where he was imprisoned for homosexuality at the end of the nineteenth century, observed that “society reserves for itself the right to inflict appalling punishments on the individual, but it also has the supreme vice of shallowness, and fails to realise what…

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To Jackson, MS: No reason to exclude registered sexual offenders from program

By Sandy . . . In response to this article, this was emailed 8/10/18 to each of the four addressees: Dear Jackson Free Press, Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba, chief administrative officer Robert Blaine, and Larry Perry, president and CEO of New Way Mississippi: As an organization that deals with and advocates for returning citizens, NARSOL has tremendous respect for…

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