American Law Institute Adopts Revisions to Model Penal Code That Include Major Changes to Sex Offender Registries

Posted: June 16, 2021 By Professor Ira Ellman On June 8, 2021 the membership of the American Law Institute gave its final approval to a revision of the Model Penal Code’s chapter on Sexual Assault and Related Offenses. The American Law Institute, established in 1923, is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The current Council of the ALI includes 7 members of the United States Courts of...
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COMMONWEALTH vs. FRANCIS X. HARDING, JR.

The defendant raises two issues on appeal. The first is whether he was required, as a self-employed homeimprovement contractor, to identify the temporary work sites where he performed his work as his "work address" under the SORB registration statute, G. L. c. 6, § 178E. The second is whether the defendant's condition of probation -- that he was "not to 6 work, volunteer, [or] reside with children under [sixteen] years old" -- prohibited him from performing home-improvement services at a house w...
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NARSOL Calls Out Patch: STOP the Red Dots!

NARSOL’s Halloween project this year is an open letter in the form of a press release asking for the end to “red-dotting” the homes or listing the names and addresses of those listed on sexual offense registries. This is an insidious practice that has developed over the past ten or so years, a practice that is totally contradicted by research. The open letter is signed by NARSOL, by all of NARSOL affiliate organizations, and by a great many notable organizations and individuals. The Patc...
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The New Proposed AWA Regulations: What, Exactly, Should We Be Worried About?

National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL), September 9, 2020 To put these proposed regulations in perspective, we would say that the new regulations would give states a much easier path to become AWA compliant. With only a few exceptions, most non-compliant states and territories are non-compliant not because they have rejected the AWA’s standards, but because they have been unable to meet those standards through legislation. The Federal Sex Offender Registration Apprehe...
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