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Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Virginia Governor Grants Full Pardons to the “Norfolk Four” by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Four former U.S. Navy veterans wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman have been granted full pardons by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Eric Wilson, Danial Williams, Derek Tice and Joseph Dick, ...
First Circuit Orders Clarification of Conditions of Release for Sex Offender by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ordered a lower court to clarify several conditions imposed upon a sex offender as part of his supervised release following a term ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Juvenile Sex Offender from Michigan Required to Register in Kentucky; Court Holds Adjudication Counts as Conviction for Registration Purposes by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Kentucky upheld the conviction of a former Michigan man for failing to register as a sex offender ...
Illinois High Court Upholds Sex Offender Requirements Struck Down in Other States by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 20, 2016, the Illinios Supreme Court declared constitutional a law that requires convicted sex offenders to report their email addresses, Internet identities and related online data to law enforcement officials. ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Three State Supreme Courts Rule on Post-release Issues for Sex Offenders by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke In six separate opinions, the Supreme Courts of Kansas, Ohio and Colorado ruled on issues related to sex offender registration and probation requirements. In a trio of decisions handed down on April 22, ...
Registration, Tracking of Sex Offenders Drives Mass Incarceration Numbers and Costs by Rick Anderson by Rick Anderson The September 1988 rape and murder of 29-year-old Diane Ballasiotes in Seattle, Washington, followed by the 1989 rape and sexual mutilation of a 7-year-old Tacoma boy, were the seedlings of today’s nationwide sex ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Vigilantes Assault, Rob and Murder Registered Sex Offenders by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke As repeatedly reported in Prison Legal News, for over a decade registered sex offenders have been targeted by vigilantes and assaulted, robbed and murdered due to their past crimes. And as noted in this issue’s cover ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright This issue marks the 27th anniversary of Prison Legal News and our parent organization, the Human Rights Defense Center. When I first started publishing PLN from my prison cell in Clallam Bay, Washington in 1990, I didn’t think I would still be doing so ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Washington Sex Offender Records Not Exempt from PRA Disclosure by On April 7, 2016, the en banc Washington Supreme Court held that sex offender registration information is not exempt from blanket disclosure through requests filed under the state’s Public Records Act (PRA). Washington resident Donna Zink submitted several PRA requests ...
One Survivor's Crusade Reveals a Plague of Errors in Nation's Sex Offender Registries by Steve Friess Estimates of the number of entries with crucial mistakes run into the tens of thousands. One man—and pretty much only one man—is trying to fix them. by Steve Friess, Take Part Tim Fisher steps slowly ...
The Man Arrested for Praising Jesus by Andrew Cohen Lester Packingham’s Facebook post is headed for the Supreme Court By Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project In “Case in Point,” Andrew Cohen examines a single case or character that sheds light on the criminal justice system. An audio version of Case in ...
Florida’s Civil Commitment Center a “Living Death Sentence” by David Reutter According to state officials, the Florida Civil Commitment Center (FCCC), which holds up to 720 residents billed as the worst sexual predators in the state, is necessary to ensure public safety. For Correct Care Recovery Solutions, a spin-off company ...
Article • January 3, 2017
D.C. Circuit Orders Accidental Requirement for Sex Offender Registration Deleted from Sentence by In an October 27, 2015 decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the deletion of a requirement for sex offender registration a federal judge added to a sentence by accidentally checking the wrong box on a ...
Challenge to Sex Offender Passport Identifier Dismissed by California Federal Court by Christopher Zoukis A challenge to the newly passed "International Megan's Law" has been tossed out of court by Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs alleged that ...
Ninth Circuit Finds Arizona's Sex Offender Registration Law Not Ex Post Facto Violation by Matthew Clarke On September 2, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that Arizona's sex offender registration law may be constitutionally applied to persons who committed their offense prior to ...
First Unconditional Release from Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program by U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank ruled in June 2015 that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) was unconstitutional for indefinitely confining offenders who had completed their prison terms. In August 2016, a state Supreme Court panel ordered sex offender Eric ...
Appeals Court Strikes Down Stringent Sex-Offender Probation Conditions by Derek Gilna Charles Murray was sentenced to 95 months' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, and as part of that sentence was required to fulfill "various special conditions of supervised release that, for example, require(d) him to ...
Sex Offender Registration Requirement of Louisiana Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation Statute Unconstitutional by Matthew Clarke On March 29, 2012, a Louisiana federal court held that the sex offender registration requirement of the Louisiana Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) statute, La.R.S. 14:89(B), was an unconstitutional violation of the Equal ...
State Audit Finds Problems at Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management by Matthew Clarke The Texas State Auditor's Office released an audit report on the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management (Office) in January 2015. The report listed many problems, including a lack of controls over the management of ...
Registered Sex Offenders Fall Victim to “Vigilante Justice” by According to prosecutors, an Anchorage man assaulted and robbed three men on Alaska’s sex offender registry, keeping a notebook that listed the names of his victims and the items he stole from them. Jason Christian Vukovich, 41, allegedly plotted the attacks ...
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