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NO! We don’t need another sex offender law to fight

By Sandy…. A woman in Oklahoma has gotten the attention of state legislators after creating a Facebook page protesting that the uncle who was convicted for abusing her as a child was allowed to live next door to her. After his recent release from prison, Harold English of Bristow, Oklahoma, moved into his mother’s home. The mother of English and…

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NARSOL fighting strict liability case in Ninth Circuit

By Larry and Sandy . . . NARSOL is joining the fight against strict liability offense schemes. An important case from Arizona, May v. Ryan, is pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case has the rare distinction of having already been successful in a lower court for the plaintiff, May, who was convicted in Arizona state court of…

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Residency restrictions cut back in Wisconsin city

By Patrick Leary . . . Because of recent legal challenges to similar ordinances, Racine is making adjustments to how restrictive it is about where sex offenders can reside. According to City Attorney Scott Letteney, just 3.7 percent of the city’s housing stock is available to sex offenders under the city’s current ordinance. Under the new ordinance, which was approved…

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Re-codification committee says dump residency restrictions

By Courtney Yuen…. A proposed change to Ohio’s Criminal Code could eliminate residency restrictions for sex offenders. The Criminal Justice Recodification Committee has finished reviewing Ohio’s extensive criminal code after two years. However, not everyone agrees with some of its recommendations. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) opposes this specific recommended change, saying it’s meant to keep children safe. Right now, sex offenders…

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“Choose between homelessness and reoffending”

By NBC 12 On Your Side…. Thousands of your tax dollars are being spent to help sex-offenders keep a roof over their heads. On Tuesday, a man called 12 On Your Side, saying he’s upset he’s being kicked out of the program just as he’s working to rebuild his life. For purpose of this story, we called him Mike. “I’m trying…

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Dead and buried — at least for now

By Sandy . . . This article, found in the Washington Post August 13, tells of the exhumation of the bodies of two U.S. military veterans because they had committed murder after their military service. The article then speaks of the laws that allow this to happen and makes clear that not only those who have killed but also those who…

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Megan’s Law waste of time, money, report shows

By CBS News This study and this article were done in 2009 but are as true, timely, and essential today as then. A study examining sex offenses in the state where Megan’s Law was created says it hasn’t deterred repeat offenses. The report released Thursday finds that registering sex offenders in New Jersey does make it easier to find offenders…

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New cottage industry developing — cashing in on sex offender registration

By Sandy . . . In 2015, a post was published on an advocacy blog detailing the many ways that various entities benefited from what the bloggist calls the sex offender industry. Those who benefited financially lead the list. Wyoming, in need of funds to support its registry, has cleverly found a way to add to the list of those benefiting.…

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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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S.O. policies driven by public misperceptions, not fact

By Lonnie Burton…. Public opinion toward crime is complex. Research shows that Americans strongly favor punitive measures to address criminal behavior while also demanding the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders. When it comes to sex offenses, it gets even more complicated. A 2015 study authored by Christina Mancini, an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Kristen Budd of MiamiUniversity…

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