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Need shelter from a ferocious storm? May we see your papers, please?

By Elizabeth Flock . . . It was the day after Hurricane Irma, and two residents of a mobile home park in Lakeland, Florida, sat on their porch, on a street littered with debris. The wind had torn off the roof of a nearby trailer and flooded the adjoining streets. Their park had been under mandatory evacuation, but evacuating to…

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In the midst of Irma, one group of citizens gets no shelter

Steve Yoder, a reporter who writes frequently on sex offender issues, sends us this piece: A potentially catastrophic storm is headed straight at Florida’s mid-section, which includes Polk County south of Orlando. So on Wednesday, county sheriff Grady Judd tweeted a warning — but not about evacuating or finding higher ground. “If you go to a shelter for #Irma, be advised: sworn…

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NARSOL to law enforcement: Provide reasonable & free shelter to ALL people

NARSOL Communications . . . Frustrated and angry over continued reports in the media and from personal sources of registered citizens being denied reasonable shelter from hurricane-force winds and flooding in areas affected by recent hurricanes, NARSOL has issued a press release calling on state and local officials to act reasonably and humanely in their treatment of ALL people seeking…

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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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Truth in sex offender headlines? Really?

Reprinted with permission from http://with-justiceforall.blogspot.com/ By Shelly Stow According to this article posted March 22, 46 registered sex offenders in Florida cannot be located by law enforcement. The headline, “21 sex offenders unaccounted for in Palm Beach County,” is designed as click-bait with the point being that almost half of the “absconded” registrants in the state are in one county. I propose a…

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Life in a Florida ghetto — uh — a registered sex offender camp

Photograph courtesy of OnceFallen….   Derek Logue – OnceFallen – has followed the situation of homeless registrants in Florida ever since abhorrently stringent residency restrictions created the Julia Tuttle Causeway scandal in 2007. After being ousted from there, the homeless population bounced to other communities, forced to move time and time again, from Shorecrest, to Allapattah, and as of 2016,…

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Reintegration, not registration, key to safer communities

By Bob Munsey . . . No matter how a person may have corrected his or her actions and paid for failures, in the state of Florida, it’s “once a felon, always a felon.” What is such a policy as this supposed to solve? On a recent evening I listened in on a Reform Sex Offender Laws Inc. conference call…

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Ron Book’s guilt satiated by hatred for sex offenders

By Shelly Stow . . . I watched the film Untouchable through live streaming as it was shown at the RSOL National Conference that has just concluded in Atlanta, Georgia. This film could well have been named, “Portrait of a bitter, angry man.” Ron Book’s daughter Lauren was sexually assaulted by a nanny the family had hired for Lauren. The…

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Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — no sex offenders allowed

By Sandy Tuesday, May 10, the city of Jacksonville, Florida kicked off the Halloween season early and made some inroads into Thanksgiving and Christmas also. They approved changes in the language of the law that addresses where those designated as sexual offenders and sexual predators may not go and what decorations they cannot display. According to Action News, Jacksonville, “The…

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Florida Action Committee sues Seminole County, Florida

By Florida Action Committee…. It’s Official! The Florida Action Committee has filed suit against Seminole County, challenging their proximity ordinance! A second county is about to get sued over their proximity ordinance as well, and we will announce that one after it is filed. The ordinance prevents registrants from being present or traveling through an “exclusion zone,” making it practically…

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