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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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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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WIN in Wisconsin – federal judge strikes down banishment law

(From the Dobbs Wire) Win in Wisconsin:  A federal judge struck down a Pleasant Prairie ordinance restricting where individuals forced to sign the sex offense registry can live, ruling the ordinance unconstitutional.  Laws like this are euphemistically known as ‘residency restrictions,’ but their purpose is banishment.  Officials in Pleasant Prairie, short on humanity, had made just about the entire town…

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Putting IML into perspective

By Sandy . . . International Megan’s Law is without a doubt a waste of time and money and will cause harm in lives. Just as with regular Megan’s Law, research shows that its ability to offer any actual protection to children at risk of sexual harm is a few fractions of a percent above zero. The concerns are real, and…

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Christmas in a tent in the woods

  Day after tomorrow is Christmas. Families, even the poorest, will gather together in their homes, share a meal, and exchange gifts. Steve Folster’s home, however, is still a tent in the woods in Chester County, South Carolina. He has been living there ever since the sex offender registration office at the sheriff’s department told him he had to leave his…

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Christmas in the tent in the woods

  Day after tomorrow is Christmas. Families, even the poorest, will gather together in their homes, share a meal, and exchange gifts. Steve Folster’s home, however, is still a tent in the woods in Chester County, South Carolina. He has been living there ever since the sex offender registration office at the sheriff’s department told him he had to leave his…

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*NEW UPDATES*–In the rain, in the cold, tent in woods still stands

NEW UPDATES in comments… We have lots of news and updates about “Jerry” and “Susi” and their struggle with the South Carolina residency restrictions laws. First, total transparency: Jerry and Susi are Steve and Lila, and we will be using their real names going forward. They have agreed to go public in order to bring attention to this situation which…

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7th Circuit: “Hartford City sex offender ordinance unconstitutionally vague”

First the 6th; then the 4th; now the 7th!… Source: http://bit.ly/2gYlcXy… A 2008 Hartford City ordinance that restricted registered sex offenders from entering or loitering within 300 feet of broadly defined “child safety zones” is unconstitutionally vague, a federal judge has ruled. Brian Valenti challenged a 2008 ordinance after he moved to the Blackford County community in 2014 with his wife…

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Feature Blog: A leper colony for one

Monday, 11/28, 4:15 p.m. This will be a different sort of blog post. There is an ongoing situation that exemplifies the destructiveness of the public sex offender registry. I will be posting additions to this as new developments occur. It started with a comment on a piece Lenore Skenazy – a wonderful lady! — wrote about an Alzheimer’s patient, also a…

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Veteran fought for their rights, loses his

By Georgina Schaff… Published in the Argus Leader November 21, 2016… On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, I had the honor and privilege of spending the night with a medically discharged Vietnam vet and his wife residing in Arizona. I have never personally known a totally disabled vet, so this was to be a first experience and opportunity…

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