Louisiana legislative committee rejects marking registrants’ driver’s licenses

By Will Sentell . . . A bill that would require the driver’s license or identification card of sex offenders to carry a special designation was narrowly rejected Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee. State Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, said his proposal was aimed at protecting citizens while also complying with a recent ruling by the state Supreme Court. The court…

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NARSOL’s Texas affiliate quoted in residency restrictions issue

By Warren Brown . . . Kyle City Council will consider passing a new ordinance which would restrict where some individuals on the Texas sex offender registry can reside, regardless of whether or not the offender is on probation or parole. The ordinance, brought to council by Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett, specifically targets offenders convicted of crimes involving minors.…

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Seventh Circuit orders names of six Indiana registrants removed from registry

By Olivia Covington . . . Six men required to register as sex offenders after moving to Indiana can have their names removed from the sex offender registry, the 7th Circuit has held, finding that the state’s registration law discriminates between offenders who have consistently lived in Indiana and those who more recently moved into the state. A dissenting judge, however,…

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Patch’s mapping of registrants, at Halloween or any time, is UNACCEPTABLE

After weeks of dealing with Patch Publications about the maps they publish close to Halloween purporting to be “safety maps” but actually focusing totally on persons required to register on sexual offense registries, new maps appear almost daily. At last count, the maps appeared in 17 states, which, to give them credit, is less than in previous years. Nine of…

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CT attorney agrees with NARSOL, condemns Patch’s “annual, indefensible, fear-mongering practice”

By Timothy Moynahan . . . Patch, a local electronic news outlet, has continued its annual, indefensible, fear-mongering practice of publishing the names and addresses of people in the communities they cover who are on the sexual offender registry. Ostensibly pushed as a public safety courtesy in preparation for Halloween, after being called on the inadequacies in their promotion by the National…

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CALL TO ACTION: Patch continues printing names of persons on sex offense registries

Notation: I would normally provide a link to the headlines and publications I reference, but to do so would continue displaying the abhorrent lists of registrants’ names and addresses on Patch, and so I am not providing links. By Sandy . . . It was 2017 when NARSOL launched a formal protest against Patch for their practice of printing “red-dot”…

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Fact-checking registered sex offender information

By Sandy . . . WFMJ21 has reported on how the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department has conducted a random, county-wide check on its residents who are on Ohio’s sex offense registry. Perhaps inspired by the current political climate, I would like to respond to this piece in the way of fact-checking. “Hundreds of sex offenders live among us across the valley.”…

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Reason agrees: No red dots marking those on sex offense registry at Halloween

Originally published 10/1/2020 at Reason; reprinted in full here with permission. By Jacob Sullum . . . Every year in the run-up to Halloween, Patch publishes maps showing the homes of “registered sex offenders” in various cities. Ostensibly, this information is aimed at helping parents who worry that their children might be molested while trick-or-treating. But research shows that such fears have no basis in…

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A father’s response to the “sex offender big red dots”

By Charlie . . . Every year around Halloween, we start hearing the stories about the dangers lurking for our children. From razor blades hidden in candy, to people handing out candy laced with THC; it seems there’s always some “urban legend” that makes us think twice about trick-or-treating. I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at a “red-dot” map…

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