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America’s Civil Death Penalty: The Sexual Offense Registry

Used with permission By Guy Hamilton-Smith . . . Oscar Wilde, writing from his cell in the Reading Gaol where he was imprisoned for homosexuality at the end of the nineteenth century, observed that “society reserves for itself the right to inflict appalling punishments on the individual, but it also has the supreme vice of shallowness, and fails to realise what…

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For registered sex offenders, court victories slow, but they are coming

By James Neighbors . . . Back before the judicial system became a sprawling monster of inefficiency and inequity, justice was served in America. The punishment fit the crime, and once you got out of prison, ALL of your rights were returned, including gun ownership and voting rights. Not so much in America today. In the “kinder, gentler” America as…

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Barbaric consequences to “show me yours and I’ll show you mine” in a digital world

By Sandy. . . Imagine being fourteen years old today, in a world where technology is changing the rules faster than they are being written. John Grasso, a criminal defense attorney and a former police officer, has captured that situation with the brilliant and apt metaphor of stepping into quicksand. You don’t know it’s there until you are in it,…

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Lifetime sex offender registration: NOT “light punishment”

Author Dr. Marty Klein . . . There’s currently a campaign to recall a Superior Court judge in my county. Judge Aaron Persky presided over the 2016 trial of Stanford student Brock Turner, who was ultimately convicted of digitally penetrating an unconscious woman on campus. With Turner a young first-timer with no previous police record, the Probation Department recommended a…

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Sex offenders — decision needed

By Sandy . . . Some members of our society are shadow people, so marginalized that they are hanging on by their fingernails. Some have a slightly firmer grip, but they are perched precariously close to the edge, so close that they can be hurled into the abyss by a mere word, accusation, or click of a mouse. In Florida…

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Episode 10 – Is It Better To Do Something versus Nothing?

Episode 10 Is it better to do something versus nothing? Can you do more harm than good by a poorly thought out action than by sitting on the sidelines? That is the topic we’ll be covering tonight. Larry and Andy are discussing if there is some level of harm that can be done by taking action prematurely rather than waiting.…

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Registry Matters Podcast Episode 9 – Who represents the victims?

Who represents the victims? NARSOL, SOSEN, WAR and other organizations are fighting for those of us on the registry.  Why are we fighting for the rights of those that have committed crimes?   Our topic tonight is about protecting the victims. You have people who have committed heinous offenses. The victim may have to go through psychological treatment for years…

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Too young for sex, but old enough to murder

  By Sandy . . . He is 18. She is 14. The age of consent in New Mexico is 16. He was a cheerleading coach at Hatch Valley High School; most likely, at his age, an assistant or a volunteer. She is a cheerleader. They were caught in an automobile engaged in sexual activity. She said she participated in…

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Update on Zach Anderson: Judge shows no mercy at all

By Lenore Skenazy . . . Even Zach Anderson’s probation officer wanted him off probation, but the judge ruled no. Zach’s one night of consensual teen sex means he still cannot live at home, drink alcohol, leave his county, or walk by a pre-school. He had hoped to get off probation on the 8th, but an early Christmas was not to be.…

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