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Retrial for Innocence

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Iowa Supreme Court: Innocent people who plead guilty can challenge their convictions “We know people plead guilty for all sorts of reasons,” the opinion states. “Many of these reasons are unrelated to whether the defendant actually committed the crime.” Read…

Trump’s Gift to Private Prison Companies

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Prison companies that backed Donald Trump during the presidential campaign and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to his inaugural committee just got another boost from his administration. The Bureau of Prisons will now transfer more inmates from government-run lockups…

Not Always a Sex Offender

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Once a sexual offender, not always a sexual offender Whereas there is a common assumption that most individuals with a criminal record can be eventually reintegrated into the community, the public has different expectations for sexual offenders. In many countries,…

Illinois – People v. Teeter

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2018 IL App (3d) 150243 Opinion filed January 31, 2018 IN THE APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS THIRD DISTRICT 2018 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ) Appeal from the Circuit Court ILLINOIS, ) of the 21st Judicial Circuit, ) Kankakee…

No Easy Answers

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Sex Offender Laws in the US This comprehensive document speaks to the glaring shortcomings of US sex offender laws including but not limited to: The registration laws are overbroad in scope and overlong in duration, requiring people to register who…

US Supreme Court not to Hear PA. Sex Offender Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to a recent state court ruling that determined part of Pennsylvania’s sex offender registration law was unconstitutional. The high court denied a petition from the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office to…

Pa. courts put Megan’s Law in limbo

As reported in the Altona, PA newspaper, Altona Mirror on Jan 10, 2018 Under those opinions, questions arose as to the constitutionality of the state law requiring sexual offenders to register with state police and to periodically update their registration.…