Category: News

News of general interest to the WAR community.

Hope In Michigan

ACLU pushes for removal of sex offender registry As reported in an earlier post, the Michigan SOR laws have been challenged and now the ACLU of Michigan is pushing for the removal of the current sex offender laws. ABC 57…

PA High Court to review SORNA case again

In this COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES RESOURCE CENTER April 9, 2019 article about a case in Pennsylvania that is questioning the due process violations for people affected by SORNA. As reported in this article the PA High Court will hear Due Process…

YouTube Video

Sex Offenders: Stop Believing the Lies No matter what your religious beliefs, world-view, or personal philosophies, this country is not being fair to ex-offenders of any cloth.

Motel 6 to Pay $12M

Motel 6 Motels in Washington state gave Immigration and Customs – ICE agents – hotel guest information without a court issued warrant or written permission.

U.S. Cities Reforming Criminal Justice

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From Philadelphia’s efforts to reduce jail population through pretrial reforms to community-based interventions in New York City, this PEW Charitable Trusts report show some efforts at reforming the use of jails in our society.

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.

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…

Case – Church v Missouri

The Right to Meaningful Representation verses State Sovereign Immunity This case before and the decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit can be read by clicking the link below. I would love to hear from…

ACLU Michigan Lawsuit

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ACLU suit seeks changes to Michigan sex offender registry By George Hunter, The Detroit NewsPublished 12:01 a.m. ET Jan. 21, 2019 | Updated 10:33 a.m. ET Jan. 21, 2019 William Hetherington says he’s still being punished after paying his debt for…