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Successful SO re-entry program in Texas in jeopardy from TX Parole Board

By Sandy . . . New Name Ministries, a faith-based organization, is headquartered in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The past fifteen years have seen the community safe residential re-entry program for sex offenders grow from a fledgling pioneer in sex offender re-entry to a well-respected organization recognized as experts in sex offender residential re-entry. Having served hundreds of former sexual…

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The denial of redemption

By Rich A . . . What exactly is redemption?  Many are familiar with the religious concept of redemption:  the payment of a price, or ransom, to secure release.  In criminology, redemption often is defined as the point in time when a person with a criminal record, having had no further contact with the criminal justice system, is of no greater…

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Sex offenders need not apply

By Mike W . . . At our core we cherish opportunity and equality as key American values. They define us. They make us who we are.  Any obstacle that inhibits opportunity and equality is not only a major barrier; it is discrimination when it limits people unnecessarily. When discrimination is a barrier to opportunity, we have a responsibility to…

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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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It’s time to be FEARLESS

By Harold Rector . . . The Fearless Project was launched by RSOL, Inc – now NARSOL — in the fall of 2016 in an effort to address a serious need in the advocacy community. Most registered persons and family members feel isolated and have no “safe” community or supportive environment. This project seeks to address this need in our…

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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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Helping Florida’s sex offenders: “Somebody has to do it.”

  By Steve Yoder . . . Baptist minister Glenn Burns calls the evening of April 7, 2016, the “crucifixion.” It was the toughest test of his 40-year career. Burns leads a Christian social services ministry in northern Florida called the Good Samaritan Network. Until last April, the nonprofit was headquartered in the town of Woodville, just outside Tallahassee. Its…

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Minnesota sex offenders challenge residency restrictions

  By Chris Serres . . . Three convicted rapists awaiting release from state custody are suing the city of Dayton, Minn., over an ordinance that virtually bans them from living in the city, arguing that the measure violates their Constitutional rights and is trumped by state law. The men are challenging a far-reaching 2016 ordinance that bars convicted sex offenders from…

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Once a sex offender always a sex offender — even beyond death?

  By Sandy . . . Who was Benjamin Gran? Registered sex offender sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release after he was caught with a massive amount of child pornography; Autistic young man caught in a “witch hunt” after being duped by an unrepentant pedophile; Third fatality in the deadly Amtrak derailment; Member of the Special Olympics team; Member of…

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What is anti-registry activism?

By Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com . . . I have been an activist fighting so-called “sex offender laws” for over a decade; however, I’ve come to the realization a long time ago that most folks do not even know what I mean by “anti-registry activism.” This piece has been long overdue, but I’m going to explain just what anti-registry activist…

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