Weekly Update 2021-01-20 Ref#132

January 20, 2021, 5:12 pm Dear Members and Advocates: When something is vague, it’s imprecise. It has no clear definition or meaning. It can be understood by different people in different ways. Criminal laws are required to state

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Fearless Group Call Tonight

January 20, 2021, 10:05 am There is Fearless Group starting in Florida and you are invited to participate.  This is a peer-led support program that has been offered by NARSOL affiliates in other states.  With the leadership of a

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Sex offenders at Moose Lake protest harsh conditions after deaths from COVID-19

January 19, 2021, 7:33 pm A group of sex offenders at a northern Minnesota treatment center is refusing to attend therapy sessions, while others are wearing black clothing as a show of solidarity, amid growing unrest after three

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Virginia bill would end civil commitment of sex offenders

January 19, 2021, 12:02 pm Two Virginia Democratic lawmakers are spearheading a push to repeal a decades-old law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at psychiatric facilities indefinitely after their criminal sentences if they are

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REMINDER: SCAM ALERT

January 15, 2021, 8:04 am A member in Duval shared the below. Please remember, if you receive a call from someone claiming to be in law enforcement it’s likely a scam. The latest twist is they are asking

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Employment: Do you have a computer and a good internet connection? HomePro is hiring survey reps!

January 15, 2021, 5:48 am I have immediate openings for part-time Survey Representatives. I started HomePro Telecommunications because I’ve heard from so many people that they simply cannot find work because of their background. This is a great

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Reminder: Report International Travel

January 13, 2021, 6:20 pm You are required, under both Florida and federal law (International Megan’s Law) to report international travel 21 DAYS IN ADVANCE. XXXXXXX,45, of Perry failed to report he was on the cruise ship “Carnival

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Lauren Book’s children’s pediatrician arrested for CP.

January 13, 2021, 12:10 pm Let’s preface this post by saying we strongly condemn the actions this pediatrician is accused of. We hope Senator Book’s children, and all the former patients of this doctor, are safe and were

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Member Submission: Information asked during address verification.

January 12, 2021, 8:54 am Members have been writing in letting us know that officers are asking interrogating questions during the address verification, including information that is not even registrable (see below). Remember to only identify yourself by

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4th Circuit Strikes Bans on Internet, Legal Pornography For Sex Offender (Federal)

January 11, 2021, 2:08 pm Defendant’s underlying sex offense convictions related to the possession of child pornography. He also admitted to watching adult pornography on the internet. On that basis, the government argued for special conditions of release

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Another Double Jeopardy victory.

January 11, 2021, 1:07 pm Last week we had our monthly member call and the topic was online stings. Even though it does not appear as though these bait and switch stings will stop anytime soon, it’s good

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Public Perceptions Of Youth Who Commit Sexual Offense

January 11, 2021, 12:52 pm Few crimes stimulate such visceral reactions and deep-seated fears as sexual offenses. Accordingly, societal responses to sexual offending such as registration and notification laws tend to be quite punitive and highly stigmatizing for

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Weekly Update 2021-01-07 Ref#131

January 8, 2021, 1:58 pm Dear Members and Advocates: Happy New Year!!! So much has changed between this time last year and today that I’m more surprised by what didn’t change because of COVID than what did. I’m

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Banishing ‘Sex Offenders’: How Meaningless Language Makes Bad Law

January 7, 2021, 5:50 am Read the essay by Guy Hamilton-Smith on how the term “sex offender” is functionally meaningless, and invites policy responses that are out of step with the reality of sexual harm. These policy responses,

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ACSOL: Book Offers Insight, Identifies Trends in Registrant Community

January 7, 2021, 5:45 am From ACSOL: The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Law (ACSOL) and the registrant community is the focus of a newly published book by ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  The book, Show Up –

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IN: Victory… People not required to register just because they move to Indiana.

January 7, 2021, 5:39 am A WIN for people in the state of Indiana yesterday, as the 7th Circuit Upholds a lower court decision in favor of a group of persons with past sexual offense convictions who move

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NY: Sex offender risk assessments said to have little predictive value

January 7, 2021, 5:27 am Convicted sex offenders under New York law must have their risk of reoffense assessed by courts under the Sex Offender Registration Act (“SORA” or “Megan’s Law”) with courts determining whether offenders are at

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MN: Third COVID death at Moose Lake Civil Commitment Center

January 5, 2021, 7:03 am Minnesota’s Civil Commitment center at Moose Lake, where certain persons required to register as sex offenders are indefinitely detained for “treatment” after the expiration of their sentence, reported their third death from COVID-19.

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CA: Tiered Registry Law Now Effective

January 4, 2021, 11:11 am If you are on the California registry and would like more information, visit ACSOL The Tiered Registry Law (formerly Senate Bill 384), passed by the California state legislature four years ago, is now

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Taiwan: Civil Commitment “Mostly Constitutional”

January 4, 2021, 10:51 am Taiwan’s Constitutional Court on Thursday declared that current laws allowing convicted sex offenders to be held in a designated facility for therapy after completing their sentence are “mostly constitutional.” However, the court ruled

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