Pennsylvania Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (PARSOL)
Fighting for the Rights and Dignity of Registered Pennsylvanians
VISION: A Pennsylvania, safe and just for all.
MISSION: PARSOL supports individuals and their families who have been impacted by current Pennsylvania laws regarding sexual offenses. Guided by empirical research, we advocate for public safety measures that work for all Pennsylvanians.
PARSOL is a grass-roots, all volunteer, non-profit organization committed to educating the public, our state legislators, attorneys and judges about the ineffectiveness of Pennsylvania’s public sex offender registry system. We seek to promote laws that are supported by robust empirical evidence to be effective in promoting public safety and that are grounded in both the
Pennsylvania and U.S. Constitutions.
PARSOL believes that public registration policies are failing in their stated goal of keeping people safe from sexual victimization. The resulting ostracizing and stigmatizing of registrants negatively impacts not only the registrants, but also their families, including their children, while, at the same time, creating in the minds of the public a false sense of security that studies show
is neither warranted nor contributory to the goal of increasing public safety. It is the position of PARSOL that public registries are punitive in nature, bear close resemblance to historical shaming practices and thereby violate the United States constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment as well as the Pennsylvania constitutional right to
reputation. It is further the position of PARSOL that the laws passed by our state legislature have typically been either in retributive response to a particularly heinous single crime or for the purpose of allowing legislators, prosecutors, and judges to portray themselves as “tough on crime” for political purposes.
It is important to note that PARSOL does not condone any form of sexual violence or victimization. People who commit sexual crimes should be prosecuted, but that prosecution must be constitutional, reasonable, proportional, ethical, fundamentally fair and consistent with the legitimate best interests of all Pennsylvania citizens.