“Operation Turkey Sweep” — for those on the registry, what will be next?

By Sandy . . . As far as I can determine, prior to 2003 there were no articles linking persons on the registry with Halloween. Then, in 2003, from Bryan, Texas, Google finds this sole article: “Halloween can be a tempting time for sex offenders.” The headline comes from a quote by the county senior community supervision officer and is…

Read More

NARSOL’S NC affiliate brings lawsuit against Cherokee Co.

By Hayley Fowler . . . A group of registered sex offenders in Western North Carolina say the sheriff forced them to check in with local law enforcement or face arrest on Halloween night in 2019. Now they’re suing. At least 11 men and the nonprofit group North Carolinians for Rational Sex Offender Laws accused Cherokee County and Sheriff Derrick Palmer of…

Read More

Halloween sign challenge suffers setback

By Larry . . . On September 24, 2019, NARSOL engaged an attorney and filed a lawsuit a suit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia challenging the Butts County Sheriff’s Office’s practice of placing warning signs at the residences of registered persons before Halloween. The court granted a request for a preliminary injunction which prevented…

Read More

Patch’s mapping of registrants, at Halloween or any time, is UNACCEPTABLE

After weeks of dealing with Patch Publications about the maps they publish close to Halloween purporting to be “safety maps” but actually focusing totally on persons required to register on sexual offense registries, new maps appear almost daily. At last count, the maps appeared in 17 states, which, to give them credit, is less than in previous years. Nine of…

Read More

CT attorney agrees with NARSOL, condemns Patch’s “annual, indefensible, fear-mongering practice”

By Timothy Moynahan . . . Patch, a local electronic news outlet, has continued its annual, indefensible, fear-mongering practice of publishing the names and addresses of people in the communities they cover who are on the sexual offender registry. Ostensibly pushed as a public safety courtesy in preparation for Halloween, after being called on the inadequacies in their promotion by the National…

Read More

Reason agrees: No red dots marking those on sex offense registry at Halloween

Originally published 10/1/2020 at Reason; reprinted in full here with permission. By Jacob Sullum . . . Every year in the run-up to Halloween, Patch publishes maps showing the homes of “registered sex offenders” in various cities. Ostensibly, this information is aimed at helping parents who worry that their children might be molested while trick-or-treating. But research shows that such fears have no basis in…

Read More

A father’s response to the “sex offender big red dots”

By Charlie . . . Every year around Halloween, we start hearing the stories about the dangers lurking for our children. From razor blades hidden in candy, to people handing out candy laced with THC; it seems there’s always some “urban legend” that makes us think twice about trick-or-treating. I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at a “red-dot” map…

Read More

Halloween, “Sex Offenders,” and Big Red Dots

NARSOL’s Halloween project this year, developed and implemented by NARSOL and Connecticut’s One Standard of Justice, is an open letter in the form of a press release asking for the end to “red-dotting” the homes or listing the names and addresses of those listed on sexual offense registries. This is an insidious practice that has developed over the past ten…

Read More

NARSOL’S press release still gaining attention

By Lou Varricchio . . . When we consider Vermont’s sex offender registry, let’s not forget that it’s designed as a civil regulatory scheme and not a vindictive means to further punish and censure fellow citizens for their past crimes. Recently, the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) sent official correspondence to Georgia’s Cobb County Sheriff’s Office calling…

Read More

Let’s save more than one child

By Sandy Rozek . . . Across America this Halloween, and in the weeks preceding it, massive campaigns were underway to protect children from persons on sexual offense registries. Efforts ranged from “house arrest” jail detention for those on parole or probation during trick-or-treat hours to signs placed in yards and on homes and maps printed with dots showing where…

Read More