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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 ...
Family of Dead Registered Sex Offender Still Receiving Registry Letters by Matthew Clarke When 17-year-old Justin Fawcett admitted to having consensual sex with a 14-year-old student at the same West Bloomfield, Michigan high school he attended he probably never thought that he would die for his crime, but he did. ...
Residency Restrictions Cause Homelessness to Increase Among Registered Sex Offenders in Arizona by Matthew Clarke It is well known that restrictions on where registered sex offenders (RSOs) are permitted to reside in Miami resulted in the creation of an RSO camp under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. PLN recently reported that ...
Chicago Men Arrested For Failing to Register As A Sex Offender After Being Turned Away By Chicago Police Department by Christopher Zoukis On at least 601 occasions in the first three months of 2014, men who appeared at the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to register as sex offenders were turned ...
Internet Publication of Massachusetts Sex Offender Information Enjoined by Mark Wilson On March 26, 2014, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court enjoined the retrospective application of a law requiring Internet publication of level two sex offender registry information. In 1999, Massachusetts established a sex offender registration law (SORL), which classified sex ...
Sex Offender Residence Restrictions Have Non-Existent Effect on Recidivism by The proximity of schools and daycares to where sex offenders live “explains none of the variation in sexual recidivism,” concludes a study by Levenson, Zandbergen & Hart. The study matched the 165 persons listed on Florida’s sex offender registry in ...
Seventh Circuit Holds Indiana Must Provide Process to Appeal Errors in Sex Offender Registry by Matthew Clarke On August 26, 2012, the Seventh Circuit court of appeals held that the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) must provide a procedure by which persons listed on the state's "Sex and Violent Offender ...
Residential Proximity to Schools and Daycare Centers - Influence on Sex Offense Recidivism, IACFP, 2010 RESIDENTIAL PROXIMITY TO SCHOOLS AND DAYCARES An Empirical Analysis of Sex Offense Recidivism PAUL A. ZANDBERGEN University of New Mexico, Albuquerque JILL S. LEVENSON Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida TIMOTHY C. HART University of Nevada, ...
Nebraska Law Limiting Sex Offender Internet Use “Guts” Constitutional Rights by David Reutter Driven by “rage” and “revulsion” of registered sex offenders, the 2009 Nebraska Legislature enacted LB 97, which allowed law enforcement to monitor and restrict Internet usage by those offenders. In an exhaustive order following a trial, U.S. ...
Federal Jury Awards $9 Million to Illinois Man Cleared of Rape He Was Convicted of as Teenager by Alejandro Dominguez, who spent four years in prison for a rape he did not commit, was awarded $9 million by a federal jury after DNA evidence cleared him of the charges. Dominguez, ...
Fictitious Name Proceeding Test Presents ‘Heavy Burden’ by A Michigan federal district court denied a motion to proceed under a fictitious name in a challenge to the residency restrictions in Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act. The Court noted that the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure each party must have his ...
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