Group Sues Over Passport Marker for Sex Offenders

A group representing California sex offenders is trying again to block a law that requires a marker to be placed in the passports of people convicted of sex offenses against children. Go to this US News report here By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group representing sex offenders sued again Thursday to challenge a law that requires a marker to be placed in the...

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. The court is questioning the constitutionality of sex offender laws as it pertains to dates of conviction as well as other considerations. The key ruling, Long explained, that...

Sex offender laws – Journalist Resources

Check out these resources used by journalist on the topic of sex offender laws, registries, and policy questions. Click the following link for an example of the resources available: “Sex Offender Laws in the United States: Smart Policy or Disproportionate Sanctions?”   [caption id="attachment_645" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Sex offender laws, registries and policy questions: Research roundup[/caption] Sex offender laws, registries and policy questions: Research roundup

Constitutional Challenge in Indiana

Sex offenders sue over Indiana registry requirement 12/17/17 11:57 AM INDIANAPOLIS — Three men have filed a lawsuit over an Indiana requirement that they register as sex offenders when moving to the state, saying they’re being treated differently than other residents in similar situations. By: The Republic newspaper, 2980 N. National Road, Suite A, Columbus, IN 47201

Sex offenders settle lawsuit over living in ‘school zones’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - As reported in this Michigan Live report, Three Grand Rapids men on Michigan's Sex Offender Registry have settled a federal lawsuit against the state over housing requirements that restrict where they can live. The settlement follows a wider ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland in Detroit that found, in part, that "geographic exclusion zones," such as the 1,000 feet provision, to be unconstitutional....

US Supreme Court Makes Mistakes

In this New York Public Radio podcast, THE TAKEAWAY for November 09, 2017, host Todd Zwillich talks with ProPublica reporter Ryan Gabrielson. In it he describes the mistaken information that gets injected into court cases that later turns out to be totally false. And worse, there is no mechanism to correct these instances of the court relying on information that turns out to be false at a future date. It is as if...

Ending Mass Incarceration

[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignnone" width="640"] Prison[/caption] Vera Institute of Justice has a wealth of information through their project, Ending Mass Incarceration. It is divided into four action areas, as follows. Reducing the Use of Jails Treatment not Jail Bail and Pretrial Stories and Data Promoting Racial Equality in Prosecution Local Models Bringing Dignity to Life Behind Bars Higher Education Reimagining Prison Solitary Confinement Lessons from Abroad Sexual Assault Young Adults...

Reforming Criminal Justice

Academy of Justice - Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Criminal Justice Reform in the United States. [caption id="attachment_514" align="alignleft" width="282"] Justice[/caption] VOLUME 1: INTRODUCTION AND CRIMINALIZATION VOLUME 2: POLICING VOLUME 3: PRETRIAL AND TRIAL PROCESSES VOLUME 4: PUNISHMENT, INCARCERATION, AND RELEASE Reforming Criminal Justice is a four-volume report meant to enlighten reform efforts in the United States with the research and analysis of leading academics. Broken down...

Law and Society Association’s Annual Meeting Screening of “Not for Rent”

[caption id="attachment_505" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rental Crisis for Ex-felons[/caption] Many ex-felons experience rental discrimination because of their past convictions. "Not For Rent" looks at this problem for many reentering our society after prison. It will be screen next year on the international arena during the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, an interdisciplinary scholarly organization committed to social scientific, interpretive, and historical analyses of law across multiple social...

FBI Raid, WAR & Conference

A story that rarely gets published, even rarer to have so much detail about Vicki Henry, Women Against Registry, law enforcement, unconstitutionality of sex offender laws, and more. Read this article by reporter Danny Wicentowski published by Saint Louis Riverfront Times [caption id="attachment_492" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by: DANNY WICENTOWSKIDuring Women Against Registry's first national conference, Vicki Henry ​urges ​attendees to "find their voice" as activists.[/caption] Vicki Henry Is...

Sex offender class for prisoners violates U.S. Constitution, federal judge rules

Sex offender class for prisoners violates U.S. Constitution, federal judge rules [caption id="attachment_488" align="alignleft" width="300"] Balance the Scales of Justice[/caption] According to the complaint, the SOMM program is mandatory even for inmates who pleaded not guilty to a sexual crime. The program requires participants to describe in detail any past sexual misconduct, including events not previously reported to police. Inmates are also required to sign a consent form...

Sex Trafficking Sting in Florida

[embed]http://wfla.com/2017/10/17/277-arrested-in-undercover-human-trafficking-online-prostitution-sting-in-polk-county/[/embed] I guess that our laws are working. That's why we need sting operations to control human behavior, forbidding real mental health for citizens. Controlling human behavior by shame and public persecution has never worked. Trying to teach healthy perspectives on human sexuality gets set aside as taking away a parents right to choose. I think it is time that we explore better options for teaching about human...

National law reform proposal on collateral consequences

COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES RESOURCE CENTER The American Law Institute (ALI), the nation’s oldest and most respected law reform organization, will meet in Washington on May 22-24 to approve a revision of the sentencing articles of the Model Penal Code, the first such revision in 60 years. The revised MPC: Sentencing includes an ambitious and comprehensive scheme for managing and limiting collateral consequences. The American Law Institute is meeting this...

50 State Comparison

Relief from Sex Offender Registration Obligation [caption id="attachment_442" align="alignleft" width="300"] Medieval Dungeons[/caption] Collateral Consequence Resource Center has published this state by state reference of Registered Citizens gaining relief from the registry. Please visit and support this great resource. Click image or here to go to Collateral Consequences site.

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