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The Man Arrested for Praising Jesus by 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 Point is ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Article • September 6, 2016
New York Local Governments’ Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Invalid by Matthew Clarke On February 17, 2015, the New York Court of Appeals held that sex offender residency restrictions enacted by local governments were invalid because the state had already created a comprehensive and detailed regulatory scheme. Michael Diack was convicted ...
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 ...
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 ...
Article • August 11, 2016
Blanket Enforcement of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions against San Diego Parolees Unconstitutional by Matthew Clarke On March 2, 2015, a California Court of Appeal held that the blanket enforcement of California’s residency restrictions against all registered sex offender parolees (RSOPs) in San Diego County was unconstitutional. This case involves four ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Avalon Demands Texas Remove Civilly Committed From Halfway Houses by In the latest controversy surrounding the beleaguered Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management (OVSOM), the agency that oversees the approximately 300 civilly committed sex offenders in Texas, Avalon Correctional Services sent OVSOM a letter telling it to remove the ...
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 ...
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, ...
Article • August 4, 2016
New York Based Ex-Offender Assistance Program Sues Landlord for Discrimination by Gary Hunter On October 30, 2014 the Fortune Society filed suit in United States District Court for the Eastern District in Brooklyn alleging that a New York City apartment complex’s refusal to rent to ex-offenders amounts to racial discrimination ...
California Parole Agents Often Have Dangerously High Caseloads by When Jaycee Dugard escaped from captivity in Oakland, California sex offender Phillip Garrido's backyard, it became apparent that both state and federal parole officers had missed multiple opportunities to discover and rescue her during the 18 years she was held captive. ...
New York Holds Sex Offenders past Their Release Dates Because of 2005 Law by Joe Watson New York's Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is reinterpreting statutes governing where sex offenders can live post incarceration to keep scores of them behind bars past their release dates. Since February 2014, ...
Article • August 3, 2016
Florida Community Posts Sexual Predator Warning Signs Outside Homes by David Reutter One Florida community has initiated the newest indignity against sex offenders: the placement of signs outside homes warning an occupant is a sexual predator. The move is one another community is hoping to make law. In April 2013, ...
No Second Chance – People with Criminal Records Denied Access to Public Housing, HRW, 2004 NO SECOND CHANCE People with Criminal Records Denied Access to Public Housing Human Rights Watch Copyright © 2004 by Human Rights Watch. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America ISBN: 1564323285 Cover ...
Green v. Sullivan Correctional Facility, NY, Order, sex offender release housing, 2016 State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department Decided and Entered: January 21, 2016 ________________________________ THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK ex rel. WILLIAM GREEN, Appellant, v 521148 OPINION AND ORDER SUPERINTENDENT OF ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Duarte v. City of Lewisville, TX, Complaint, sex offender residence restrictions, 2012 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS SHERMAN DIVISION AURELIO DUARTE; WYNJEAN DUARTE; BRANDI DUARTE; and SAVANA DUARTE, a Minor, By and through Wynjean Duarte, acting as her Next Friend; No. __________________ Plaintiffs V. THE CITY OF ...
Washington’s McNeil Island Prison Workers Pose Unique Problem by Gary Hunter Washington state legislators face a unique problem with the prison workers it uses to maintain McNeil Island economy. Juveniles from the Oakridge Community group home work in groups of two to six as dockworkers. The youths are paid $7.16 ...
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