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Connecticut considers substantial cut to state’s sex offender registry

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s sex offender registry could get a lot smaller under a new plan. Under the plan, a Sex Offender Registry Board would decide who has to register and for how long.  Registered sex offenders could also petition to be removed or placed on a non-public list. The Connecticut Sentencing Commission heard hours of testimony on it today. The Center…

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Podcasts strengthen legal and registry knowledge

By Andy S. . . .  We are in the era of the podcast! It is a very exciting time. It’s like a DVR for audio (and video) programs. The days of waiting until the exact day and time for the program to begin are no longer. This is a gold mine of educational opportunities. While you’re riding the bus…

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NARSOL files amicus brief in premises case before Illinois Sup Ct

By Robin . . . The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL), in collaboration with its foundation and legal fund, Vivante Espero, has filed an amicus brief on behalf of the defendant-appellee, Marc A. Pepitone, in an important case before the Illinois Supreme Court concerning parks and premises restrictions against “child sex offenders” (720 ILCS 5/11-9.3 (f)). NARSOL…

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Snyder outcome beginning to show its effects in Michigan

By John Agar . . . Three Grand Rapids men on Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry have settled a federal lawsuit against the state over housing requirements that restrict where they can live. They had been told they could not live in homes that were within 1,000 feet of a school zone. Attorney Sarah Riley Howard challenged the school-zone law as…

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Texas towns remain committed to useless restrictions

By Eric Dexheimer . . . KJ grew up in Meadows Place, a 1-square-mile Houston bedroom community of modest 1970s and ’80s tree-shaded homes. In late 2007, she returned as a 33-year-old seeking to settle in a community she recalled warmly. “I have great memories of this place,” she said. KJ — she asked that her name not be used…

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Marathon efforts bolster NARSOL’s profile, strengthens movement

By Sandy . . . updated 2:30 eastern time 11/2/17 From NARSOL’s point of view, there has never been a Halloween like this one! I scarcely know where to begin. The Patch campaign was amazing in and of itself. Final analysis shows that the Patch organization posted one or more of the “Halloween Safety Maps” showing the homes of those…

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Colorado ruling sparks deeper debate over sex offender registries

By Kaitlin Durbin . . . When David sifted through the mail the morning of his 18th birthday, he hoped to find cards with money. Instead, he received a warrant for his arrest. The charge: statutory rape. It was 2007, and the 17-year-old junior basketball star had recently moved to a small Missouri town, population less than 500, and almost immediately started…

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CA will soon end lifetime registration for some SOs under bill signed by Gov. Brown

By Patrick McGreevy . . . Thousands of Californians will be allowed to take their names off the state’s registry of sex offenders as a result of action Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown signed legislation that, when it takes effect Jan. 1, will end lifetime listings for lower-level offenders judged to be at little risk of committing new crimes. The…

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In denying Snyder petition, Supreme Court upholds Sixth Circuit ruling

By Melissa Nann Burke . . . The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that “sweeping” conditions imposed retroactively under Michigan’s sex offender registry law were unconstitutionally punitive. Michigan had appealed a 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision in 2016 that said retroactively applying changes to people already on the list would unconstitutionally increase…

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Does anyone really understand recidivism?

By Sandy…. The recent post about incorrect information put forth as fact on “The View” has prompted some lively discussion about the term “recidivism” and the difficulty — and even sometimes the wisdom — of engaging in accurate discussions about it. This has prompted me to recall a blog post I wrote several years ago on this subject, and I…

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