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Article • December 7, 2017
Alabama Prisoner Convicted of Kidnapping Minor Can be Labeled as Sex Offender by David Reutter The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that an Alabama prisoner failed to state a claim against the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), when he alleged that its application of a 2011 sex offender (S.O.) ...
Eighth Circuit Reverses Finding of Due Process Violations in Minnesota Civil Commitment Program by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On January 3, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an opinion that reversed a district court’s finding of substantive due process violations in a civil rights complaint brought ...
Electronic Monitoring Becomes More Widespread, but Problems Persist by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna, Christopher Zoukis The use of wearable electronic tracking devices for defendants and people on community supervision has risen sharply over the past decade. Cash-strapped municipalities like the reduced cost, which is much lower than a prison ...
Article • September 12, 2017
Arizona's No-Bail Constitutional Provision for Certain Sex Crimes Violates Federal Constitution, State Supreme Court Says by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 9, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a state constitutional provision which barred bail in certain sex offense cases where the alleged victim was under 15 ...
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 ...
Millard v. Rankin, CO, Judgment, Sex Offendor Registration, 2017 Case 1:13-cv-02406-RPM Document 106 Filed 08/31/17 USDC Colorado Page 1 of 42 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Richard P. Matsch, Senior District Judge Civil Action No. 13-cv-02406-RPM DAVID MILLARD, EUGENE KNIGHT, ARTURO VEGA, Plaintiffs, v. ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Supreme Court Voids North Carolina Law Barring Sex Offenders from Facebook by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In a unanimous decision, on June 19, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina statute that prohibits convicted sex offenders from accessing “a commercial social networking Web site where the ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Local Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Challenged in Texas by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke In many U.S. cities, local ordinances prohibit registered sex offenders from living in certain areas – generally within 1,000 feet or more of schools, playgrounds and daycare centers. But when a city is just a few ...
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. ...
Lacy v. Butts, IN, Complaint, Sex Offender Classification, Complaint, 2017 Case 1:13-cv-00811-RLY-DML Document 122 Filed 07/10/17 Page 1 of 13 PageID #: 1211 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION DONALD LACY, LAWRENCE GREER-BEY, FREDERICK HOLMES-BEY, ALLAN KIRKLEY, Individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated, ...
J.M.M. v. County of Los Angeles, CA, Settlement, Assault on Juvenile, 2017 SETTLEMENT AND RELEASE AGREEMENT This SETILEMENT AND RELEASE AGREEMENT (hereinafter "AGREEMENT'') is made by and between Plaintiff (DOB: by and through his Guardian Ad Litem, Orlanda Cruz, an individual, and his agents, attorneys, parents, representatives, successors and assigns ...
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 • April 13, 2017
Study: Public Misperceptions About Sex Offenders Skew Policy-Making by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Public opinion toward crime is complex. Research shows that Americans strongly favor punitive measures to address criminal behavior while also demanding the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders. When it comes to sex offenses, it gets even ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
New Jersey Appellate Court Modifies Use of Polygraphs for Paroled Sex Offenders by On January 21, 2016, a New Jersey appellate court upheld the State Parole Board’s requirement that sex offenders take polygraph examinations but modified how the results could be used, prohibiting evidentiary use that could result in the ...
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 • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Fifth Circuit Holds Supervised Release Condition Restricting Dating Improper by On December 17, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a blanket supervised release condition prohibiting a former prisoner from dating any adult with minor children was improper because it was not supported by a factual finding or ...
Article • November 15, 2016
Utah's Sex Offender Population Filling Up Prisons by Christopher Zoukis The State of Utah is starting to feel the strain from harsh sentencing laws targeting sex offenders that it passed in recent years. While most states are enjoying a decline in prison populations in the last decade, Utah's counts are ...
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 ...
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