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SMART Office

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S.M.A.R.T. Office Case Law Update Click the DOJ Logo image below to review the updated court rulings used in the administration of the U.S. Department of Justice’s SMART Office (Office of sex offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registration, and Tracking)

Indefinite Detainment Unconstitutional

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U.S District Court judge has ruled that ” At the very heart of the liberty secured by the separation of powers is freedom from indefinite imprisonment by executive decree. “ MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER Paul Murphy is indigent and homeless.…

GPS Tracking & Privacy

The Boston Globe Reports – “The government does not have an ‘unlimited’ ability to infringe upon a probationer’s still-existing, albeit diminished, expectations of privacy,’’ Justice Frank M. Gaziano wrote for the court. “GPS monitoring is not a minimally invasive search.”…

Nevada Legislature

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Considering 17 “Sex Offense” bills U.S. News and World Report published this article on sexual offenses to bolster victims rights. CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are considering at least 17 bills on sexual assault, sex trafficking and sexual…

Rational Conclusion

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A U.S District Judge overturns two Alabama sex offender notification and registration provisions on first amendment rationale. Read the full article here in this Reason Magazine report by Jacob Sullum. Sex Offenders Are Not Second-Class Citizens” By Jacob Sullum.

Map of RSO in U.S.

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NCMEC releases updated map and explanation of data. Click the image to download the latest map of the United States and its territories showing population data with the number of registered sex offenders. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children…

Become More Resourceful

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We are very much emotional creatures; love/hate, happy/sad, energized/depressed and so on. Learning to keep our emotions in check can go a long way in leading a happier life. We may have many hurdles to jump over, many challenges thrown…

Repeal Adam Walsh Act

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Contact your state representative and ask them to repeal the Adam Walsh Act today. Politics is an emotion-driven human endeavor like many of our journeys through life. The current laws intent on preventing the next horrific act against a child…

Urgent Call To Action

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Recently, a reader posted the following response to a blog post: all I see is studies from the 1990’s till 2005? It’s 2019 where are the studies from recent years? I don’t get this at all? I am a mother…

Restore Your Vote

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According to this The Nevada Independent article, many ex-offenders can have their right to vote restored. Although not as severe as states including Florida, Nevada’s laws restricting ex-felons’ rights to vote are among the harsher rules in the country. As…

Defendants Always Win rule

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas decries the Court’s latest :defendant always wins” rule! As reported in this Appellate Squawk March 2, 2019 Post: Plenty, fumes Justice Thomas, dissenting in Garza v. Idaho (2019), where Justice Sotomayor floats the radical…

Judicial Vindictiveness

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Kansas Man to be sentenced 3rd time for the same crime. As reported in this March 1, 2019 US News & World Report post, the Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to try again (third-time!) in sentencing a…

BDR 14-515

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Former Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom has submitted a Bill Draft Request on 9/9/2018  which is listed as: BDR-515 “Repeals provisions governing sex offenders which were originally enacted for purposes of the federal Adam Walsh Act.” Example blank BDR form…

SCOTUS Blog

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Argument analysis: Court poised to rule for challenger in dispute over constitutionality of sex-offender law This morning the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a dispute over the constitutionality of a federal law that requires convicted sex offenders to return…

Settlement Over Mail

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The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and civil-rights groups close to settlement over prisoner’s mail. Click the link below to read this short ACLU of PA announcement.

Pell Grants for Prisoners

Should the decades old ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners be lifted? New study says yes. From the Vera Institute of Justice joint report on the benefits of educational opportunities for people while incarcerated in the U.S.: Increase employment rates…

W.A.R. Conference Call

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With advocate Guy Hamilton-Smith Feb. 13, 2019 Click to listen to the February 13, 2019 Women Against Registry Conference call. Includes guest speakers Hamilton-Smith and Janice Bellucci. Here is a link to an autobiographical article by Guy P. Hamilton-Smith.

What to say to the police

Don’t talk to the police. Why not? From this talk by Regent University School of Law Professor James Duane There is no way it will help. No benefit. Things will be taken out of context.

Michigan AG files SOR Brief

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed amicus briefs in the Michigan Supreme Court today in Press Release: Michigan v Snyder (Case number 153696) and People v Betts (Case number 148981), arguing that Michigan’s sex offender registration and notification requirements are punishment because they…