Michigan Supreme Court Agrees that 2011 Registration Cannot Be Applied Retroactively

By Larry . . . The case of The People of the State of Michigan v. Paul Betts is an awesome win for our cause. The Michigan Supreme Court was asked to decide whether the retroactive application of Michigan’s Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA), MCL 28.721 et seq., as amended by 2011 PA 17 and 18 (the 2011 SORA), violates…

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Brenda Jones answers questions about NARSOL and the sexual offense registry

This interview was done between J.D. MacBean, editor of Livin’ the Dream blog (at the intersection of mass incarceration and society) where it was published, and Brenda. By JD MacBean Brenda Jones is the Executive Director of the National Association for Rational Sex Offense Laws, or NARSOL. We spoke with her regarding the stigma persons convicted of sexual offenses face in…

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NARSOL criticizes Sheriff Billy Woods for questionable practices

This is an on-going situation, and updates will be posted when available. By Sandy . . . Alan Kaub has been arrested in Florida for what, to many, seems like a strange reason: he’s been charged with failing to update the Marion County Sheriff’s Office regarding an out-of-state trip he planned but never actually took. Sheriff Woods will pontificate that…

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NARSOL launches new, independent resources website

NARSOL is proud to announce the launching of a new resource website. This is a stand-alone site, separate from our main site but accessible from it as well as independently. For the techies out there, it is a wiki-powered website driven by a powerful set of relational databases on the back-end, which allows for easy updating, link-checking, and sorting/grouping of…

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Response of NARSOL’s Rozek quoted in the Frank Report

By Frank Parlato . . . In response to the Frank Report post, Children of Parents on Sex Offender Registry Are Collateral Damage of Registry, numerous people commented. Some were strongly in favor of keeping the sex registry in place to protect children and others. Several others oppose it and want the sex offender registry eliminated and they have given their…

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Wisconsin sheriff stresses facts about sexual offending and registry

DISPELLING SEX OFFENDER MYTHS By Tim Kowols . . . Kewaunee County is no different than other communities when it comes to welcoming back sex offenders. According to state statute, any person convicted of sexual assault or another related crime must register as a sex offender. Since 1997, law enforcement professionals have been required to alert the community when they…

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Sexual offense registries: “Somewhere along the line, we lost our way.”

By Diane Diamond . . . Those who fight for a more equitable way to keep track of sexual predators won a big victory in Michigan last week. That is a state with some 44,000 names on its sexual offenders registry. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland put his foot down and gave the Michigan legislature 60 days to rewrite…

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