Matthew T. Mangino: High Court has chance to set the record straight

NARSOL’s Vice Chair; Robin Vander Wall intertviewed by CBS17 News.
August, 09, 2018 - RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling this could week is a win for advocates of changing some of the sex offender registry laws.

David Pakman Comes Out Against Sex Offender Registry

David Pakman's has a progressive news and political talk program, featuring biting social commentary, controversial interviews with liberal and conservative politicians, activists, and religious extremists.

Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman offers a new perspective on restorative justice and how it can help those who suffered from sexual assault. With her personal experience, she shares with everyone the true importance of engaging in difficult conversations to heal from intimate harm. Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton, where she specializes in the study of sexual violence. For almost 15 years, Dr. Ackerman has devoted her career to better understanding how to prevent sexual misconduct of all kinds. Her research and advocacy work are nationally and internationally recognized and she writes extensively on topics related to gender-based violence and restorative justice. Her newest books include The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement: Internet Activist and Social Justice and Sex and Gender in the 2016 Election. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

The ACLU video “In Internal Exile - Miami Dade County

Residency restrictions often also reflect the entrenched belief that those convicted of sex crimes will reoffend. The Miami-Dade county ordinance, for instance, declares that those impacted by the ordinance “present an extreme threat to the public safety,” and “are extremely likely to use physical violence and to repeat their offenses.”

Lower Recidivism Rates

“There has been (plenty of) research that shows recidivism rates for individuals who have committed sexual offenses are lower than those of other crimes,” explained Laura Palumbo, Communications Director for National Sexual Violence Resource Center, a victims’ advocacy organization.

“But that’s not something that is understood by the general public; instead there is a mentality that it’s inevitable that people will reoffend.”

Residency restrictions can actually undermine public safety by depriving people of the very connections that help reduce recidivism—family support, stable housing, employment, and access to treatment, according to victims’ advocate Alison Feigh.

“Residency restrictions don’t help keep children safe.”

Rather than isolating people who have committed sexual harm, she said, “we want to surround them by their supports, we want to surround them with their services.

Most people do not take into consideration that behind every sex crime (or any crime) there is a back-story that’s more complex than can be read on the registry. Good people do bad things and make poor decisions, but that doesn’t necessarily make them bad people. The following video stories were produced by various groups seeking to educate the public about the many misconceptions and stereotyping that surrounds people on the sex offender registry.  We challenge you to take a few moments and watch these moving stories.

Banished! - Florida's Paedophile Village

Husband is an Ex-offender

My Dad is a Registered Citizen

Raised on the Sex Offender Registry

I Love a Sex Offender

Mother of a Registrant

Attorney Janice Bellucci: The Tipping Point

My Son is a Ex-Offender

My Fiance' is a Registrant

Catherine Carpenter: "Sexual Offense Laws and Constitutionality."

Collateral Damage - Children of Sex Offenders

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Attorney Janice Bellucci - Registration = Punishment

Janice is President of California Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL)

Janice Bellucci - I Have a Dream

Janice Bellucci - Tells the Truth about Sex Offender Registries

Lenore Skenazy – You may be a sex offender if…


Understanding sex offenders: the untold story