Jacob Wetterling’s mother urges reforming the registry

The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. Patty Wetterling lost a son to the actions of a sex offender. But she now has misgivings about a sex offender registry she helped create. Wetterling’s son Jacob was abducted and killed in 1989 in central Minnesota by an area man. After Jacob’s disappearance, Wetterling worked to establish a sex offender registry that would help…

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Civil Commitment Pretends Prisoners Are Patients

By Jacob Sullum . . .  “It was my understanding that I was to do the treatment, then be released,” says Mike Whipple, who recently participated in a 14-day hunger strike at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program’s facility in Moose Lake. “Twelve years later, I’m still here, doing the same thing, over and over and over.” So far the civil…

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Federal Judge rules parts of Tennessee sex offender law punitive

By Travis Loller . . .  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that parts of Tennessee’s sex offender registration act should not be applied retroactively to two offenders who sued over the law. Monday’s ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee was narrowly written to apply only to the two plaintiffs. But…

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94.1 The Voice interviews NARSOL’s Robin Vander Wall

https://941thevoice.com/audio/victory_over_sin/2021/01_jan/vos013021_robin_vander_wall.mp3 This episode of Victory Over Sin features Robin Vander Wall, vice chair and director of development at NARSOL (National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws).  Robin speaks eloquently against the registry and for the importance of those with sexual offense convictions coming out of the shadows and standing up to be counted. Interview begins at 6:40

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Utah officials considering changes to the sex offender registry

By Mark Shenefelt SALT LAKE CITY — State officials are considering changes to the sex offender registry, starting with deeper data gathering to determine whether it is safe for more offenders to be removed from the system after long-term treatment and no repeat crimes. Monica Diaz, Utah Sentencing Commission executive director, said a lack of more precise analysis prevents such…

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7th Circuit Court reviews lifetime tracking

By Joe Kelly . . . CHICAGO (CN) — The Seventh Circuit on Friday weighed the intrusiveness of a Wisconsin statute that institutes lifetime GPS monitoring of certain convicted sex offenders against the necessity of preventing further offenses from that particular class of criminals. The underlying suit was first filed as a federal class action by eight registered sex offenders…

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Georgia lawmakers push bad bill in response to Halloween sign lawsuit

By Fred . . . Last October, in a lawsuit that was initiated and financed by NARSOL, Federal Judge Marc T. Treadwell ruled against Sheriff Long and other officials of Butts County, Georgia, by granting a preliminary injunction to stop the placement of warning signs each Halloween on the property of those required to be on the sex offender registry.…

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New “Special Edition” series beginning May 18

From a gifted writer named Daisy comes a story as intricate and complex as the sexual offense laws themselves. Married to a man arrested and convicted for an internet pornography crime, Daisy takes us with them on a roller coaster ride from the heights of what their lives had been to the depths that life on the registry brings and…

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Michigan ACLU: “The registry is broken”

By Clifton French . . . Could the sex offender registry soon be a thing of the past? The American Civil Liberties Union wants to possibly get rid of it, saying the registry doesn’t work. Right now, there are two cases out of Michigan, including a class action lawsuit, claiming several parts of the registry are unconstitutional. “In August 2016,…

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The verdict is in: Sex offender registries don’t work

By Maggie Hall . . . Calls for public access to information about convicted child sex offenders occur often in Australia. It may seem like common sense that allowing the public to know the whereabouts of dangerous people should increase community safety. As in many areas of criminal justice, the real story is more complicated. . . . Child sex offenders are…

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