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PARSOL joins others in signing letter against Patch “red dot” maps.

PARSOL joined other national and state reform organizations, researchers, treatment providers, and sexual abuse prevention experts in signing a letter calling for news organizations, particularly Patch, to stop publishing “red dot” maps that identify the homes of persons on public registries.  News outlets such as Patch claim they are doing a public service, when in fact the publication of this…

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Unwilling Advocates

Reprinted with permission from David Garlock: Monster. Pedophile. Predator. These are the words society uses to define people who have been convicted of a sex offense – words that create their own life sentence, intended to permanently isolate and condemn, and imply an inability to change. But I have found these words to be inaccurate descriptors and damaging to our…

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Fearless Support Meetings

Fearless support meetings are free and take place on the second Sat of each month. They run from 4:00-5:30 and are open to anyone who is affected by PA’s registry (this includes registrants, family, and friends). We aim to create a safe environment free from law enforcement or treatment professionals. This is a place to vent and connect with people…

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PA Supreme Court’s Backwards Ruling in Lacombe and Witmayer

By: Josiah . . . The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (SCOPA) heard oral arguments in a consolidated case of Mr. Claude Lacombe and Mr. Michael Witmayer in November of 2019 challenging the constitutionality of Subchapter I of PA’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SCOPA ruled Subchapter I is “non-punitive and does not violate the constitutional prohibition against ex post…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects SORNA challenge

By Larry of NARSOL. . . In these consolidated appeals, Commonwealth v. Lacombe and Commonwealth v. Witmayer, the Commonwealth (state) challenged orders of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas relieving appellees Claude Lacombe and Michael Witmayer of their duties to comply with Subchapter I of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. To achieve its dual goals of ensuring public safety…

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Letter to your legislator template

The recent decision by the PA Supreme Court that sent a Constitutional challenge to public sex offender registries back to square one is a setback for those who know that sex offense registries are ineffective. Reactive measures like the registry divert resources away from policy which has the potential to prevent sexual crimes. While we will likely not see the…

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Commonwealth of Pa. v. Torsilieri: SORNA Scientific Evidentiary Showdown

By: Josiah The PA Supreme Court (SCOPA) filed their opinions on Com. v. George Torsilieri on June 16 regarding the constitutionality of PA’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Revised Subchapter H. Mr. Torsilieri and his attorneys argued that SORNA is based on outdated legislative findings and presented current scientific evidence refuting the accuracy of those findings. The majority…

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State Police post new guidelines concerning registrants

The Pennsylvania State Police have posted new guidelines concerning Pennsylvania Registrants. Below is the following criteria that will be followed. Please read over this carefully as the status of your county changes from red, to yellow, to green. Verification Appearance When an individual’s scheduled appearance date nears, correspondence with additional instructions and a paper verification form will be mailed to…

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