FAMM Applauds Senate Passage of the First Step Act

WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of the First Step Act (S. 3747) by a vote of 87 to 12: “This is not simply a matter of policymaking to us. This is about people – specifically, the people we have gotten to know in the last 27 years while promoting these reforms. This bill is...

Nevada Legislature 1st With Women Leadership

Nevada becomes first state with a majority of law makers being women. In a new first for Nevada, two vacated Assembly seats were filled by the appointment of two women. This makes the total women in both legislative branches 32 out of the total 63 seats. Women will now hold 23 of 42 seats in the state Assembly and nine of the state Senate's 21 spots, giving them...

First Step Act

McConnell Says He Will Bring Criminal Justice Bill to Senate Floor for Vote Under pressure from the White House and a number of his fellow Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said today he will bring a major criminal justice bill, the FIRST STEP Act, to the Senate floor for a vote as early as the end of the week. Hit and Run Blog - Reason -...

Connecticut to Consider Sex-Offender Rule Changes

Commission Considers Changes to State Sex-Offender Registry Click image to go to this article. Among several proposed changes are three headliners. The first focuses on revamping the system by focusing on an offender’s risk versus the offender’s conviction. In other words, how likely that person is to re-offend. “We’ve got over 5,000 people on the sex-offender registry now in Connecticut,” Delvin said. “By focusing on the really high-risk...

Challenging Views on Sex Offender Laws

Master Thesis by Fresno State student Studied California Sex Offender Laws and Student Attitudes He surveyed more than 400 students on campus in spring 2018 to test whether their attitude on sex offender laws could be changed by providing expert information on current law and what experts view as better solutions than the lifetime registry, such as prevention and rehabilitation. "It was three different things that we tried...

North Carolina Procedure Ruled Unconstitutional

United States District Court Rules in Favor of Plantiff in Due Process Case Registered sex offenders face significant restrictions in their daily lives. See, e.g., N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-208.18(a)(3) (preventing registered sex offenders from going to libraries, arcades, amusement parks, recreation parks, and swimming pools). Failure to register when required to by law is a felony, and there is no procedure enabling sex offenders to challenge the...

1 in 5 Adults on Probation or Parole in the U.S.

[caption id="attachment_976" align="alignleft" width="195"] Click image to go to this article.[/caption] Better strategies can cut that rate while protecting public safety, decreasing drug misuse, and reducing incarceration More than a decade ago, policymakers around the country seeking to protect public safety, improve accountability, and save taxpayer dollars initiated a wave of bipartisan reforms that has reduced the number of people behind bars in many states. Because of their...

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