Deadly collateral consequences of the “non-punitive” sex offender registry

By Michael M . . . It is easy for some people to feel that no matter how oppressive the hardships imposed upon former sex offenders may be, they probably deserved it. The most common refrain we see posted by unsympathetic social media commentators typically contains some variation of, “He (or she) should have thought of that before they committed…

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Proposed Kansas law conflates sexual offenses with murder

Topeka, Kansas . . . A Bill introduced in Topeka would change the way juvenile sex offenders are treated by the state. The bill would require juvenile offenders convicted of violent acts to register on the public registry. Representative John Whitmer supports the bill. He says offenders who are convicted of lesser crimes would not be subject to the new law.…

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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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Three-year study: No measurable recidivism of SOs at all

By Kyle Feldscher . . . Almost none of the Michigan homicide and sex offenders paroled during a 39-month period between 2007 and early 2010 returned to prison for a similar offense during a three-year span, according to a study released Monday. The report released by Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending was released as a part of CAPPS…

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Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc. demands full investigation of inmate beating and death

An innocent man was allowed to be beaten to death while in the custody of the TriCounty Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg. He was awaiting trial on the charges of sexual molestation of a child. Our constitution and our justice system assures an assumption of innocence until guilt is proven. Therefore, David Piersol, 39, died an innocent man on April 11…

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SC Call for Registry Reform

RSOL Executive Director Brenda Jones calls for registry reform in the wake of a double murder in South Carolina. GREENVILLE, SC FOX Carolina 21– At its heart, law enforcement agencies across the country say that the sex offender registry is a great resource when used. For example, when people are moving into a neighborhood, or perhaps if they have questions…

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