Knowing about “sex offender” rules: “Do residency restrictions make us safer?” NARSOL says no

By Sarah Jaffe . . . If you grew up in the ‘80’s, you probably heard a lot about “stranger danger.” Now, as a parent yourself, you may find yourself caught in between the desire to be a a free-range parent and making parenting decisions that stem from anxiety. It can be hard to get the balance right, and our isolated…

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NARSOL announces creation of the NARSOL Advisory Council

NARSOL is pleased to announce our new advisory council and its inaugural members. From its beginnings in the late 90’s in Boston by a group of civil libertarians, educators, and other professionals, through the formation of RSOL led by an administrative team, to the transition to NARSOL with a board of directors, our commitment has consistently been to better equip…

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Seeking candidates for NARSOL board members

March, 2022 The nominating committee of the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) is seeking candidates for board of director members who will serve a minimum three (3) year term and assist NARSOL in achieving its vision of having “a society free from public shaming, dehumanizing registries, discrimination, and unconstitutional laws.” The board meets monthly to govern and…

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Halloween signs declared unconstitutional: Butts County Sheriff Gary Long appears to have conceded

By Larry . . . Last week NARSOL reported on a case in Georgia we sponsored challenging Butts County Sheriff Gary Long’s requirement that all registrants in Butts County must post signs on Halloween or face criminal prosecution. We undertook this case because we believe that law enforcement must not be permitted to invent their own requirements as Sheriff Long and…

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Eleventh Circuit supports NARSOL case: Halloween signs are unconstitutional

By Larry . . . NARSOL is excited to announce that the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed Butts County Sheriff Gary Long a stinging defeat today. The case is Cory McClendon v. Gary Long, No. 21-10092. This is a long-running case based on events that occurred on Halloween, 2018. At that time, two deputies from the Butts County Sheriff’s Office…

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For 2021, Patch’s “red-dot” maps were (almost) gone; thank you, Patch!

By Sandy . . . It started around 2010, this conflation of Halloween and danger to children from those on the sexual offense registry. Based on a simple Google search in an informal study, there were zero articles on that subject up to 2002, when there was one. There was also one in 2004. Each year more were added; by…

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NARSOL E.D. Brenda Jones interviews on MO’s Halloween restrictions for registrants

By Liam Garrity . . . Across the nation and the Ozarks, police departments are checking in on sex offenders to make sure they are compliant with Missouri’s Halloween law. Buffalo’s police chief, Chris Twitchell, said the Halloween law in Missouri was put in place in 2008 to limit sex offenders from contact when a large amount of children are outside.…

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NARSOL quoted in reference to umbrella internet policy for those on probation in CO

By Michaek Karlik . . . It does not violate the First Amendment for a court to impose broad restrictions on a sex offender’s use of the Internet and social media during his sentence, the Court of Appeals decided on Thursday. A three-judge appellate panel rejected the claims of Christopher David Landis that such limitations violated Colorado law, as well…

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Brenda Jones answers questions about NARSOL and the sexual offense registry

This interview was done between J.D. MacBean, editor of Livin’ the Dream blog (at the intersection of mass incarceration and society) where it was published, and Brenda. By JD MacBean Brenda Jones is the Executive Director of the National Association for Rational Sex Offense Laws, or NARSOL. We spoke with her regarding the stigma persons convicted of sexual offenses face in…

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NARSOL asks administration to use them as resource in criminal justice reform issues

In late February, 2021, the NARSOL board members decided to appeal to key members of the new administration regarding sexual offense issues as they impact overall criminal justice reform. The resultant letter was mailed by U.S. certified mail on March 17 and then sent also by email to three individuals: Mr. Mike Donilon, Senior Advisor to the President; Mr. Steven J.…

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