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NARSOL AR affiliate testifies at House committee; Halloween restrictions bill stopped – at least for now

By Jeannie Roberts . . . A bill that would prohibit sex offenders from participating in certain Halloween-related activities had a setback Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 10 — sponsored by Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, and Rep. Rebecca Petty, R-Rogers — was knocked down by the committee after a lengthy discussion, but the vote was expunged,…

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Hawaii’s homeless registrants

By Michael McKay . . . Hawaii is one of 20 U.S. states that does not currently have residency restrictions of any kind for people on the sexual offense registry. That, however, may be about to change. Legislators in Hawaii are considering a bill that would make it illegal for any person on the sexual offense registry to reside within…

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Arkansas joins Halloween hysteria myths

Dealing with Halloween issues in January seems a bit bizarre, but when legislatures insist on pushing through bills based on sex offender/Halloween hysteria, it must be dealt with. That is what Arkansas is doing, and NARSOL and our Arkansas affiliate organization Time After Time want to know why. Sold as necessary to protect children, this bill prohibits a portion of…

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UNTOUCHABLE available January 15, 2019

Untouchable, the award-winning documentary that takes an unflinching look at sex offenders, the laws used to punish them, and the people behind the making of those laws, will be available for personal streaming January 15th, on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Look for it also at your public or institutional library that subscribes to Kanopy. This award-winning documentary (Tribeca Film Festival – Albert Maysles New Documentary…

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RIT study is Butner Redux deja vu

Michael M . . . A recent study conducted by researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, or RIT, is already being cited in Federal Court cases to support the false presumption of a high rate of unreported child molestations by those convicted of child pornography offenses. This is despite the fact that it suffers from exactly the same serious flaws…

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Ghost advocates

By Michael M . . .  You see them all over social media, activists sporting names like “Registry Reform Warrior” or “Abolish the Registry!” As a registrant yourself, your first impulse may be to follow or friend them because their thinking parallels your own, you want to stay informed on registry matters, and it’s really nice to know that you’re…

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What’s up with the Florida sex offender registry?

By Sandy . . . Florida has, according to research information just compiled, slightly over 73,000 individuals on its state sex offender registry. This makes it the state with the second highest number, coming in behind only California, which has well over 100,000 registered sexual offenders. But this isn’t what earns Florida its unique distinction. It earns that because, of…

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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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