A good idea gone bad: How the PA Senate sabotaged the sexual abuse prevention plan

By Randall Hayes In September 2019, the increasingly prevalent and in-demand problem of online images of child sexual abuse (CSA) or “child pornography” rocked the Senate of Pennsylvania in a big way. The influential Chairman of the State Government Committee, Senator Mike Folmer, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after uploading an image of an underage female…

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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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The Costs of Maintaining PA’s Sex Offender Registry

It may be impossible to tally the true costs of PA’s sex offender registry.   Please see our letter to the Legislature about the monetary and personpower costs associated with compliance with federal standards for sex offender notification and registration.   PDF of our outreach to Members.   The letter is formatted for the general public to utilize. If you…

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Overview of PARSOL’s Legialative Efforts

The Legislative Committee of PARSOL is based in Harrisburg. It is dedicated to forming relationships with our elected officials and tracking bills that affect sexual offense policy. Sexual offense policy includes Proactive measures such as education and identifying effective interventions aimed at preventing abuse. Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) efforts that might impact conditions of parole/probation, access to programming and rehabilitation…

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