Why Sex Offender Registries Keep Growing Even as Sexual Violence Rates Fall

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 “These policies don’t work—let’s focus on something that does work.” Loaded on AUG. 17, 2018 by Steven Yoder published in Criminal Legal News September, 2018, page 24 Filed under: Sex Offender Registration, Sex Offenders (Discrimination), Sex Offender Residence, Statistics/Trends. Location: United States of America. Lists that include out-of-state visitors are inflating the numbers and keeping fear at a boil. by Steven Yoder, theappeal.org Quentin (not his real name) was convicted ei...
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State Law Wiki Pages

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NARSOL is proud to announce that their state law Wiki page is now available! You can find it on the SOPRI website. Many volunteers worked countless hours for over a year researching, posting, checking, re-checking, re-posting, validating, correcting, and finalizing pertinent information for all 50 states and D.C. And it is still an on-going project that requires your input. NARSOL chose to primarily give links to statutes. Laws are constantly changing around the country, and this assures t...
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NACDL – A Good Day in Massachusetts

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Noe v. Sex Offender Registry Board  (MA , August 1, 2018) Doe v. Sex Offender registry Board (MA, August 1, 2018) The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today issued two important rulings rulings. In Massachusetts the initial classification of a sex offender must be proved by clear and convincing evidence. Today, in Noe, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held the that the offender is entitled to court appointed counsel in reclassification hearings.  The Court also held that  t...
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An Act Relative to Child Predators

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SOPRI is strongly opposed to this knee-jerk legislation. ********** June 6, 2018 To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives, Wayne Chapman has been behind bars since the late 1970s. Part of that time was spent serving a series of criminal sentences for raping children. When he finished serving his criminal sentences, the Commonwealth was able to continue to hold him in custody through a civil commitment process for sexually dangerous persons. He is on the verge of being ...
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The truth about Civil Comittment

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Attorney Eric Tennen and Dr. Plaud discuss basic facts regarding recidivism and civil commitment in Massachusetts with regard to Governor Baker's reaction to the release of one individual from civil commitment. https://www.facebook.com/Boston25News/videos/10156014050213122/?hc_ref=ARSoXB8tV5eozItcMgBZ-2Yfct_ty7D0R_hnI75rbDfvGePS6U0jSIoA9zBsK4fAcfE
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Omnibus Criminal Justice Bill

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HARVARD PRISON LEGAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT 6 EVERETT STREET, SUITE 5107 HARVARD LAW SCHOOL CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 A CONDENSED PLAP GUIDE TO THE 2018 MASSACHUSETTS BILL S.2371 “AN ACT RELATIVE TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM” (ALSO POPULARLY CALLED THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT)-ABRIDGED TO INCLUDE SECTIONS RELEVANT TO CURRENTLY INCARCERATED ADULTS Read the Summary
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