Resources- "Background Friendly"

All resources listed on this page have been verified and confrmed as "background and/or registry friendly".

 

* Any notes regarding restrictions on types of charges, age of conviction, etc. have been highlighted or identified as such.

                Statewide Resources for GA & AL

Georgia Reentry Resource Guide (rev. 2/15/22)
This resource guide was compiled by the Southern Center for Human Right’s Reentry division to better empower SCHR clients and others in Georgia by identifying statewide community resources that will effectively assist them in accessing the services needed to be successful in their reentry.
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Alabama Reentry Resource Guide (rev. 2/12/22)
This resource guide was compiled by the Southern Center for Human Right’s Reentry division to better empower SCHR clients and others in Alabama, specifically in and near Birmingham and Montgomery, with identifying statewide community resources that will effectively assist them in accessing the services needed to be successful in their reentry.
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                       National Reentry Resources

How to Justice- On this website, you’ll find detailed information about reentry programs, health, legal services, job placement organizations and other resources for justice-impacted people and their loved ones. Through this resource, you can find help with issues related to every step of the justice system experience, including legal assistance, help adjusting to life after incarceration and help finding work after going through the justice system.

                                  Registry Specific Resources                                                      (for individuals on the sex offender registry state by state)

GEORGIARestore Georgia hosts monthly virtual support groups for people on the registry and their families to connect and share resources. These meetings are NOT recorded and ONLY those on the registry and their families are able to attend. If you need resources and support in locating employment, housing, navigating the processes associated with being on the registry or want to know updates on new Georgia laws that will hurt or harm people on the registry, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REGISTER AND ATTEND THESE GROUPS. Fearless support groups are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30. Register at https://secure.restore-georgia.org/fearless-thursday-signup/

 

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  • The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) is a national civil rights and justice reform organization headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina with operations based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and with affiliated organizations, advocates, and contacts in the vast majority of states whose goal is to restore dignity and constitutional rights to millions of individuals required to be on their state's sex offender registry. 

 

NARSOL's list of state by state resources is an invaluable A-Z tool for those on the resgistry to access "registry friendly" resources from everything from employers to housing to legal to podcasts to support groups to webinars.

 

Locate a NARSOL affiliate, associated group, individual or small group near you. NARSOL affiliates are established, incorporated state organizations which have expressly agreed to affiliate with NARSOL in their efforts to reform sexual offense laws within their states. 

 

  1. ​Restore Georgia's Fearless Support Groups are held the 3rd  Thursday of each month at 6:30pm EST. These support groups are specifically for registered citizens and their adult family members and closest friends who are also impacted by Georgia's sex offense laws and the registry.  Register here.
  2. Visit their Resources tab on their website for state and national resources for individuals on the registry, including SORNA infoPlease contact Restore Georgia for the zoom link or email them.

 

Registering with Dignity Handbook- This handbook helps those on the registry, their loved ones and allies understand the rights of those on the registry. It was designed specifically to empower those required to register with navigating the registry once released. It discusses in what to exect when registering, your constitutional protections and what to do if you feel your rights are being violated. There is an additional section for women and juveniles on the registry as well a section that helps those with loved ones on the registry what to expect as well. 

 

NARSOL Articles and Studies Here you can access a ful list of recommended articles and guides to read. Below are just a few.

 

  • Registration of Children and Adolescents This guide reviews the emergence and development of sexual offender registration and community notification (SORN) laws, identify how these laws have been applied to children and adolescents adjudicated for a sexual crime, and consider recommendations for evidence-based reform.
  • Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Impede Safety Goals JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Levenson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Lynn University says that sex offender residency restrictions often do little to prevent repeat offenses because they are based on stereotypical notions of recidivism among sex offenders. Read more
  • Black and Hispanic Americans Receive Disproportionately Harsher Sentences by Andrea Cipriano.  In a recent study published in the journal Sexual Abuse, the researchers explored what they said was a trend in more severe punishment over the past decade since Congress has enacted several pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the punishment in federal sex offender and child pornography cases. Studies showed that despite 86% of those convicted of child pornography related charges being white, male and minority defendants receive harsher punishments than their female and white counterparts convicted of similar offenses. Read more