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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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Victim: SO parents shouldn’t be alone with their own children

By Sandy . . . “Rape victim pushes for stronger child protection” (Asbury Park Press, 6/22/17) makes the case, through the eyes of a victim of familial sexual assault, for legislation that would require any person required to register on New Jersey’s sex offender registry to be supervised when he or she is with his or her own child. I totally…

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Mr. Weiner, THIS is what life as a registered sex offender is like

By Josh Gravens and Jennifer Long…. Mr. Weiner, … While you could teach me about being a politician, I can teach you about being a conscious citizen. You know all about being a policy maker; I can tell you the part that you don’t know: what it is like to be on the receiving end of bad policy, policy only looking…

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“Court says Michigan sex offender registry laws creating ‘moral lepers'”

Excerpts from “Constitutional Law and the Role of Scientific Evidence: The Transformative Potential of Doe v. Snyder,” Boston College Law Review | Feb. 22, 2017 By Melissa Hamilton……. Abstract: In late 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s concluded in Does #1–5 v. Snyder that Michigan’s sex offender registry and residency restriction law constituted an ex post facto punishment in…

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Like death and taxes, some things never change

I came across an interesting report today. It is an analysis of sexual crimes committed in New York City over a ten-year period. I want to share some of the highlights with you. Although sex crimes receive more public attention than other types of crime, they represent only a small fraction of the sum total coming to the attention of…

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RSOL Conference 2016 “The Child Scarlet Letter” by Prof. Carpenter

At RSOL’s 2016 national conference in Atlanta, GA, Ms. Carpenter focused on children who are involved in sexual misconduct being forced to register as sex offenders, often for the remainder of their lives. This is contradictory to what research shows about best practice with juveniles. Additionally, she showed that not only is their registration an injustice that deserves greater national attention but also that…

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Justice in the balance as Trump faces Supreme Court picks

By Larry . . . Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, what does that mean in terms of ongoing efforts to reform the criminal justice system and the Supreme Court? Will a Trump appointment to the Supreme Court vote to overturn Smith v Doe? The honest answer is that none of us know nor can the future be predicted…

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Vanderwall puts state on notice over new sex offender laws

By Rex Hodge . . . A new sex offender ban is now in effect in North Carolina. The new law bans offenders whose victims were under 18, or anyone legally deemed a threat to children, from many places kids may gather. It replaces a previous law a judge deemed too vague in 2009. Haywood County leaders say the new…

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NCRSOL: Sex offender restrictions the new Jim Crow

By Greg Barnes . . . On Sept. 1, a registered sex offender will be breaking the law if he continues to work at a car repair shop that sits within 300 feet of the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland County and a day-care center. A state law takes effect that day prohibiting sex offenders from being near places…

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Judicial courage in the face of Colorado’s Lifetime Act

Susan Walker . . . As the mother of a son convicted of sexual assault and sentenced under Colorado’s 1998 Lifetime Act, it is clear to me why Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler chose two years of jail with work release and 20 years’ probation instead of prison for Austin James Wilkerson. Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado student, was…

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