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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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Foul ball! Oregonian drags pitcher through the mud

By Sandy….part 1 of a 3-part series…. At 15, Luke Heimlich committed a crime; he inappropriately touched a young female relative, age 6. He pled guilty and was sentenced to two years, which was served in a probated term. He successfully completed the probation and a two-year course of sex offender therapy. He is ranked as level 1 – someone…

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Reckless threat of registration brings death to son, family

By Sandy….   “They scared him to death.” When Maureen Walgren of Naperville, Illinois, said this, referring to the conversation that school officials and law enforcement had with her 16-year-old honor student son Corey, she meant it literally. Corey was at lunch on a normal school day in his high school this past January when he was called into the…

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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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Is S.C. Supreme Court right? NO! says NARSOL’s E.D. Brenda Jones

By Gregory Yee…. Last week’s S.C. Supreme Court ruling that juveniles convicted of certain sex crimes must be registered for life on the state’s sex offender registry is drawing outcry from attorneys and researchers. The opinion, issued Wednesday, upheld a family court ruling on an April 2013 incident in Spartanburg County in which a 14-year-old sexually assaulted a 5-year-old. The…

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Public sex offender registries good for one thing: inhibiting rehabilitation

By Sandy….. The words on the email burned through my computer screen: “I’ve lost more conventions today. My business will not survive this and I don’t know if I will find a way to pay my bills. I have no choice but to try, though. To be honest, if it wasn’t for the fact that I have a woman that…

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*Updates* — Registrant forced to tent in the woods

Several days ago we broke the story about a South Carolina registrant –we’re calling him Jerry — who is ill and requires 8 hours of oxygen therapy at night and 4 nebulizer treatments, 20 minutes each, during the day. Recently, some oxygen during the day has been added. Jerry and his wife (we’re calling her Susi) recently moved into a…

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Federal judiciary finally sees light: Restrictions are punishment

By David Post . . . I wanted to add a few words to co-blogger Jonathan Adler’s posting about the recent 6th Circuit decision in Doe v. Snyder, in which the court voided application of the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) on the grounds that it imposes retroactive punishment on previously convicted sex offenders in violation of the constitutional…

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Megan’s Law a total failure; harms families, children

By Daniel Walmer . . . It was every parent’s worst nightmare. Seven-year-old Megan Kanka left her New Jersey home on July 29, 1994, for a summer afternoon bike ride around her neighborhood, but she never returned. Instead, neighbor Jesse Timmendequas lured her into his home by promising her a puppy. He then raped and murdered her, dumping her body…

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Brock Turner should be punished forever? Guess what? He will be.

“Brock, some of us will follow your time in prison and after. We will make sure that your 20 minutes of action are not forgotten, and that women will be warned where ever you take up residence…May you never have one moment of peace for the remainder of your miserable life.” This is one of thousands of comments posted online,…

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