Collateral Damage — Learning to Live Without Regret: A Story in Seven Parts

From the NARSOL blog — Part I: Introduction By Daisy I have been wanting to share my story for quite some time, but I could never muster the courage to do so. After keeping it locked inside for an exhausting and difficult 15 years, I finally—and cathartically—confided in a close friend whose empathy is surpassed […]

Group Seeks to Revive Idaho Registry Lawsuit

A group of former sex offenders has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court to revive their lawsuit against the State of Idaho because they say they were denied their constitutional rights when they were forced to register as sex offenders. The group, referred to only as John Does 1 through 134 in the lawsuit, notified […]

Legal Action to End Registry Begins in Michigan

The sex offender registry soon could be a thing of the past. The latest calmly reasoned step has been taken by the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan, which points out that the registry doesn’t work. Right now, there are two cases out of Michigan, including a class-action lawsuit, saying several parts of the registry are […]

Registry Laws Have Gone Horribly Wrong

There is a rising tide of voices against the use of sex-offender registries, especially public notification registries, that deserves attention in the wake of the latest abuse of the Nebraska sex-offender registry. A post in Criminal Legal News by Christopher Zoukis is a year old, but it is more relevant today than when it was […]

Phone Scammer Spoofs Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Phone Number

You get a call from (402) 444-6641 and the caller tells you “there is something wrong” with your registration. THIS IS A SCAM, A FRAUD, A SLIMEBAG. DO NOT BE TAKEN IN. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office does not call registrants to tell them there is something wrong with their registrations. If you get one […]

‘Sex Offenders Are Not Second-Class Citizens,’ Says Judge While Nixing Alabama Rules on First Amendment Grounds

“Sex offenders are not second-class citizens,” writes U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins in a recent decision overturning two provisions of the Alabama Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act (ASORCNA) on First Amendment grounds. “The Constitution protects their liberty and dignity just as it protects everyone else’s.” Those points, which should be obvious, are a sadly […]

Michigan AG Dana Nessel Does The Unthinkable: Argues The Truth About Registries

Reposted from Simple Justice: A Criminal Justice Blog by Guy Hamilton-Smith Michigan’s Attorney General has entered the cultural and legal conflagration of how we reckon with sexual violence in our society with a remarkable (and compelling) argument: Michigan’s sex offender registries are not effective at stopping sexual violence. It’s a remarkable argument. Safety and accountability have been […]