FL sheriff posts “blue & red house” map on Facebook, ignores threats to registrants

By Sandy . . . “I’m worried for my family,” he wrote. “Today the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office decided to put a picture of a map of all the houses where registered citizens live on its Facebook page. The comments that were allowed are absolutely disgusting.” As I read the email, I could feel the fear that the writer was expressing.…

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Organization in Illinois helps persons with sexual crime convictions with housing, draws wrath of vigilante neighbors

By Sandy . .  Joliet, Illinois has been making the news lately because several individuals with previous sexual crime convictions are living in an apartment building in a family-oriented neighborhood. What a shame. One source quotes a mother describing her daughter as coming from school “in tears because she was afraid that she was going to be snatched.” What a…

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Time to decide: Will we settle for “feel-good” laws?

Originally published at the Times-Union, Albany, New York 11/30/21 Reprinted in full with permission. By Sandy . . . Approximately 180,000 individuals are incarcerated in the United States for a sexual crime. The offenses range from violent rape to exhibitionism. The vast majority will be released into the community to complete the sentence under probation or parole with some having…

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NARSOL’s Vander Wall quoted in aftermath of Omaha registrant murder

By  Sydnie Holzfaster . . . A shooting in North Omaha has sparked concerns over the state sex offender registry. Following the death of Mattieo Condoluci, members of the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) are calling for the state to remove the public state sex offender registry. “If he was not on the registry I have no doubt…

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NARSOL demands the end to state-sponsored facilitation of vigilante murders

On May 16, in Omaha, Nebraska, James Fairbanks went to the home of Mattieo Condoluci, an individual on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry, and shot him to death. Fairbanks had identified Condoluci from the registry. He turned himself in and is awaiting charges. This is a pattern we have seen played out over the years, registrants murdered by vigilantes using…

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Sexual offense registries need to go

Published 3/5/2020 at the Portsmouth Daily Times By Sandy Rozek Melissa Martin (2/28/20) makes an eloquent but often erroneous case in favor of sexual offense registries. These registries have been in place in every state for twenty to thirty years. Many studies have been done evaluating the effectiveness of them and their contribution to public safety. The results are overwhelmingly…

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Judge rules on “No Trick or Treat Signs” – Registrants have rights

By Hayley Fowler Three registered sex offenders in Georgia clutched a victory on the brink of Halloween when a federal judge ordered lawn signs deterring trick-or-treaters be removed from their homes. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long argued last week the signs should remain while the lawsuit — brought by the three named plaintiffs seeking to represent a class of sex offenders who…

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