“The ‘sex offense legal regime’ ” pronounced a failure

By Paul M. Renfro . . . The “sex offense legal regime,” which has developed alongside mass incarceration over the last forty years, has failed. US sex offender registries now list nearly one million people. Federal, state, and local ordinances prohibit convicted sex offenders from living within a certain distance of schools, parks, day care centers, and other spaces where children…

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NCRSOL E. D. wants to educate public about sex offense registry

By Anton L. Delgado . . . When Dwayne Daughtry meets someone for the first time, it rarely starts with an introduction. “Every day I feel like I’m reliving my crime all over again,” Daughtry said. “When people talk to me, the first thing they want to hear about is what I did — not what I do or who…

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Residency restrictions challenge continues in Miami-Dade County, FL

By Alex Pickett . . . An attorney for two Florida sex offenders asked an 11th Circuit panel Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit challenging residency restrictions in Miami-Dade County that effectively rendered them homeless. The unnamed offenders, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a lawsuit in 2014 against Miami-Dade County, claiming an ordinance that prevented certain sex offenders from living…

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An encouraging win in Pennsylvania

By Larry . . . T.S. v. Pennsylvania State Police was just decided by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth Court is the intermediate court of appeals which leaves open the door for the state to seek review in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This case has the potential to remove a significant number of people from the state’s sex…

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Who Can We Believe?

By Sandy . . . A democracy works as it should only when the people trust their elected officials. Trust is not a given; it is earned, and the key to earning it is truthfulness, honesty, and candor. In this age of fake news, claims of fake news, and social media pundits who can spread both at the speed of…

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What keeps us safe? It’s sure not the sexual offense registry

Published 4/16 at Life on the List By Sandy Rozek Sex offenders have always been with us. Those who are convicted of committing rape and sexual assault and child molestation have always been punished and then released into the community. They were not registered. They did not have to “check in” with law enforcement once they were no longer on…

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This time “No sex offenders allowed” could equal a death sentence

What a wonderful thing the city of Tampa, in conjunction with Catholic Charities, is doing. Concern for the homeless during these days of stay-at-home orders and advisories from the medical community to wash frequently and use hand sanitizer is in many people’s minds, but they are actually doing something about it. A homeless camp has been funded and erected consisting…

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Governmental responses to health crisis for registrants: some good; some bad

There have been no updates since 4/8 because there have been on news items or information sent to me on the topic since then. What does this mean? I am not sure. 4/8 UPDATE NV: Appears to be for the entire state. “ ‘Any registrant needing to update or change their information can visit the Offender Watch database at www.offenderwatchexpress.com. Changes…

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NARSOL demands stoppage of in-person check-ins for those on the registry

We live in unprecedented times. Never before have semi-quarantine conditions been imposed across the entire country. Registrants especially, having a history of not knowing what to expect from law enforcement, are unsettled. Going into sheriff’s offices or other places where registration verification is done is risky business these days, risky in ways never experienced before. Many registrants are senior citizens,…

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Blanket internet bans for registered sex offenders unconstitutional argues New York CLU

By Jane Wester . . . In a suit filed Thursday in the Eastern District of New York, advocates argued that blanket bans on internet access for registered sex offenders under parole and post-release supervision in New York are unconstitutional. “As a result of being unable to use the internet and social media, the plaintiffs struggle with the heavy burden of…

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