New registry classification proposed in Iowa

An Iowa State Representative has proposed a new registry classification for the state — something called Tier IV registration. Rep. Dean Fisher explains his utterly misguided proposal in his newsletter.Tier IV Sex Offender Registry – House File 163. This is a bill that I introduced during the 2017 session which I am continuing to work […]

Wymore man gets 30 months probation for vehicle registration snafu

If you are a registered sex offender in Nebraska, you can be punished if someone mistakenly puts your name on a car registration, as a southeast Nebraska man learned.BEATRICE – A conviction for an attempted sex offender registry violation has resulted in a probation term for a Wymore man. 46-year-old ______ _______ will serve a 30-month […]

Residents concerned about hurricane shelter for sex offenders

Apparently residency restrictions apply in Louisiana, even following a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey.The word is spreading and folks are hearing about plans to provide an evacuation shelter for sex offenders in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish. A new state law requires that registered sex offenders are housed apart from everyone else […]

Teen Charged With Crime for Having a Picture of Himself on His Phone

A teen-ager is charged with a crime because he has a picture of himself on his phone.“It’s dysfunctional to be charged with possession of your own image,” said Justin Patchin, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin.We agree. Read the story.

How About a Registry of Harebrained Politicians?

If someone does not stop them, politicians some day will have managed to put everyone except themselves on shaming registries.Utah politicians are setting up a registry to shame and re-punish white-collar former offenders. Click here to read about it.

Protesters Highlight Stupid Carson, California Law That Protects No One

Registered Citizens and their loved ones march in Carson (Janice Bellucci photo)California RSOL led a peaceful protest in the City of Carson, California, on Saturday, March 7, to highlight the harm done by the city’s sex offender ordinance.  That ordinance bans Registered Citizens from being present in or within 300 feet of public places including […]

Politician Who Only Gets it Part Right is Still Just a Stupid, Stupid Politician

Here’s a politician who sadly only gets it part right. Paul Heroux, in a HuffPost piece, starts out with a perfectly rational explanation of why sex-offender registries do not work, cause more harm than anything else, and make no sense. Then — just like a politician — he says we should keep them around because […]

Some Indiana Politician Is Probably Writing a Law to Ban Sex Offenders From Cemeteries

Bizarre law-enforcement campaigns that leverage sex-offender hysteria are embarrassing and they demonstrate the unreliability of registries.When you decide to put everyone and their cousin on the registry and shame them, you might just shame yourself, like they did in Marion County, Indiana. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals and Crime Stoppers cooked up a […]

Law Enforcement, Motel Staff Outperform Homeless Shelter on Compassion Scale

The Salvation Army shelter turned away a homeless family on the coldest night of the year in Johnson City, Tennessee.A father, his wife, their 16-year-old daughter and two sons, 15 and 5 years old, were denied shelter even though the space was available.Why?Boys between 12 and 16 are not allowed in the shelter because folks […]