Archived In the News - 2017 January - June

Archived News - January thru June 2017
Notice: For all news articles from the second half of 2017, go here.

June 2017
Constitutional controversy: Why sex offenders suing southeast Wisconsin cities, June 29, 2017
14-year-old boy faces charges for having sex with 12-year-old girl (TX), June 29, 2017
UK Police relax monitoring of sex offenders to focus on high-risk criminals , June 29, 2017
Police chiefs say hundreds of offenders considered low-risk may no longer be subject to measures such as annual home visits
Sex-offender notification bill passes RI Senate, June 28, 2017

Honorable Dennis Maes (Ret.): All uses of polygraphs in the legal system should be abolished, June 25, 2017

The Sex Offender: the 21st Century Witch, June 23, 2017

Editorial: Finally, some clearer thinking on sex offenders, June 23, 2017

When Cops Lie, June 22, 2017
After being falsely labeled a sexual predator, a man gets justice. But why is the officer still working?

Even Sex Offenders Have Constitutional Rights, June 22, 2017

A misdirected attack on two notable sentences in Justice Alito's Packingham concurrence, June 21, 2017

Fact Checker: Justice Alito’s misleading claim about sex offender rearrests, June 21, 2017
Conclusion: 3 Pinocchio’s

Lawsuit: Fee-Based Debit Cards for Ex-Inmates ‘Unlawful’, June 19, 2017

Supreme Court Strikes Down Sex Offender Social Media Ban, June 19, 2017
Packingham v. North Carolina

Supreme Court rules NC law banning sex offenders from social networking sites unconstitutional, June 19, 2017
Packingham v. North Carolina

Opinion analysis: Court invalidates ban on social media for sex offenders, June 19, 2017
Packingham v. North Carolina

SCOTUS Unanimously Rejects Law Banning Sex Offenders From Social Media, June 19, 2017
The justices say the law's "unprecedented" and "staggering" scope violates the First Amendment.
Packingham v. North Carolina

Supreme Court strikes down law banning use of Facebook by registered sex offenders, June 19, 2017
Packingham v. North Carolina

Supreme Court says even sex offenders get to use Facebook, June 19, 2017
Packingham v. North Carolina

Communities reviewing sexual offender ordinances in wake of federal ruling (WI), June 18, 2017
“The ‘bare …desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot constitute a legitimate governmental interest’” - U.S. District Judge J. P. Stadtmueller

Criminal justice leaders seek to end lifetime registry for low-risk sex offenders in California, June 18, 2017

Polygraph Therapy Faces Scrutiny in Child Porn Case, June 12, 2017

Elizabeth Letourneau: Will More Kids Be Branded Sex Offenders for Life? June 12, 2017
Thoughts on the SC Supreme Court ruling and Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act.

Child porn producers should be "shot," federal judge suggests in a Norfolk courtroom (Virginia), June 9, 2017

More men named in college sex assault cases are taking their accusers to court, June 9, 2017

After 27 years, judge overturns rape conviction, cites flawed FBI hair analysis, June 9, 2017
Richard Beranek was serving a 243-year sentence for a sexual assault; his case is the latest in which flawed hair analysis by the FBI led to a wrongful conviction

ATSA has issued a position statement about HR1761, recently passed by the US House of Representatives, June 5, 2017

House Passes Bill That Could Have Teens Facing 15 Years For Trying To Sext, June 2, 2017

Opinion: Overhaul of sexual offender registry is on right track, June 2, 2017

May 2017

Downloading a Nightmare, May 31, 2017
When autism, child pornography and the courts collide.

Is it Good Policy to Regulate the Passports of Sex Offenders?  May 31, 2017
As the U.S. and Australia regulate the passports of child sex offenders, critics say the measures violate rights.

House Overwhelmingly Supports Bill Subjecting Teen Sexters to 15-Years in Federal Prison, May 31, 2017
The bill was requested by the Department of Justice after federal prosecutors bungled a child exploitation case

Civil commitment: The cost of locking up sex offenders, May 31, 2017

Australia Plans to Revoke Child Sex Offenders’ Passports to Combat Sex Tourism, May 30, 2017 

"What Happened to the American Jury? Proposals for Revamping Plea Bargaining and Summary Judgment", May 30, 2017

Why Are These Men Downloading Child Pornography? May 30, 2017
… And how much risk do they pose to a fearful public?

Justices Block Deportation of Mexican for Sex With Teen, May 30, 2017
Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions

Supreme Court sides with immigrant in case challenging sex laws, May 30, 2017
Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions
U.S. Supreme Court Justices said in the context of statutory rape offenses that criminalize sexual intercourse based solely on the ages of the participants the generic federal definition of “sexual abuse of a minor” requires the age of the victim to be less than 16.

Salt Lake’s HomeInn Hotel provides an escape from the street, a chance for ex-cons, May 29, 2017

Va. crime commission to study expansion of DNA databank to include more people convicted of misdemeanors (Virginia), May 28, 2017

America’s prisons are failing. Here’s how to make them work, May 27, 2017
A lot is known about how to reform prisoners. Far too little is done

Greg Kelley’s sex abuse trial, like many, hinged on one child’s word, May 27, 2017

How a possible suspect was ignored in Greg Kelley sex assault case, May 26, 2017

Commentary: Today's scarlet letter — the sex offender registry — is risky justice for youth, May 26, 2017

Jacob Wetterling Resource Center: We Spend Too Much Money Watching Sex Offenders, May 25, 2017 

Sex offender group sues the city of Milwaukee for discrimination, May 25, 2017
Group says laws against them are unconstitutional

Sex offenders will not be banned without exception from school grounds after state bill is shelved (CA), May 25, 2017

State Senator Wants to Stop Incarcerated Sex Offenders from Seeing Pictures of Children (NY), May 25, 2017
Pointless grandstanding

Opinion: Polygraphs play too prominently in sex offender treatment (CO), May 25, 2017

Parent says Albert Hill MS students arrested over student sex video (Virginia), May 24, 2017

Child sexual abusers: Can they be fixed?  May 23, 2017
There's no consensus on whether offenders who commit sex crimes against children can be rehabilitated.

Different outcomes for child rapists, child pornographers, May 23, 2017
A child pornography conviction often brings a longer prison sentence than rape of a child. Among the reasons: child rape cases are difficult to prosecute.

'They scared him to death': Boy, 16, killed himself hours after police 'confronted him about audio on his phone of a sexual encounter and warned he could be a sex offender', May 23, 2017

School disciplinary incident ends with a Naperville teen's suicide: 'They scared him to death', May 23, 2017

Debate over sex offenders moves to court as California undertakes prison parole overhaul, May 22, 2017

The Accusation, May 22, 2017
Katie's father went to prison for raping her and her brothers. It was an unthinkable crime that broke her family apart. So why couldn't she remember it?

Why are these men downloading child pornography? May 21, 2017
… And how much risk do they pose to a fearful public?

Anthony Weiner, you helped make sex offender registration laws more complicated and now you will suffer under them, May 19, 2017

14-year-old could face life as sex offender for sex with 12-year-old girlfriend (TX), May 17, 2017

Utah’s flawed sex offender treatment program facing drastic reforms, officials say, May 17, 2017

Skulczyck: Sex offender castration bill a priority for 2018, May 16, 2017

Colorado’s pricey polygraph testing of sex offenders under fire as critics target accuracy, expense, May 14, 2017
Psychologist calls state’s $5 million polygraph program “grossly excessive” as state legislature examines cost

Professional polygrapher holds position of power on state’s sex-offender treatment board, May 14, 2017
Jeff Jenks’ firm will receive $1.9 million to test sex offenders in Colorado prisons as he sits on the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board

MT man receives pardon for 1995 rape conviction against his now wife, May 12, 2017

NARSOL joins Tenth Circuit Case Challenging Oklahoma RSO Driver’s License Law/Requirement, May 10, 2017

Should minors convicted of certain sex crimes be required to register as offenders for life? S.C. Supreme Court rules yes as attorneys, researchers cast doubts, May 8, 2017

New Jersey Upholds Lie Detector Tests for Sex Offenders, May 8, 2017
A unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld the administering of lie detector tests to paroled sex offenders.

“Romeo and Juliet” offenders wouldn’t be listed on Wisconsin’s sex offender registry under legislation, May 6, 2017

After two years of debate, Colorado teen sexting bill heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper, May 6, 2017
House Bill 1302 was approved the state Senate on Thursday after unanimously passing the House

Registration, Tracking of Sex Offenders Drives Mass Incarceration Numbers and Costs, May 5, 2017

Prosecutors dropping 2 teens’ charges in school rape case, May 5, 2017

Lecturers critique child sexual abuse prevention policies, May 4, 2017

Female College Students Say They Live in Constant Fear of Being Raped, May 4, 2017

Rhode Island Debates Sex Offender Housing, May 4, 2017
Legislation to prevent sex offenders from concentrating in one Rhode Island city is angering politicians in another.

Lauren’s Kids racks up six-figure donations via auto tag registration renewals, May 4, 2017

Sex Offender Registration: Why Fear Isn’t Smart Policy, May 4, 2017

Why U.S. Criminal Courts Are So Dependent on Plea Bargaining, May 2, 2017
Side effects include inordinately powerful prosecutors and infrequent access to jury trials.

Shakespeare And Sexting: Reconsidering Penalties For Teen Sexual Activity,  May 1, 2017 

California Inmates Decry Changes to Voter-Backed Early Release Plan, May 1, 2017

April 2017

Navy transitions to new base-access security card system for contractors, vendors and suppliers (Virginia), April 27, 2017

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Bill Protecting Teen Sexters From Felony Charges, April 27, 2017
The new misdemeanor in Mass. might NOT require registration as Sex Offender, but if the teen moves to another State the new State could! Then once they’ve been placed on one States Registry they required to be on ANY States Registry, including if they moved BACK to Mass. No crime for Teen Sexting!

Signs will warn sex offenders to stay off school grounds (FL), April 25, 2017

Child Safety at Sea: Freed and Stuart Talk Cruise Policies to Protect Kids, April 24, 2017
Royal Caribbean initiates a process 30 days prior to sailing to help assure no registered sex offenders sail on the line

More questions arise amid state police probe of Rockbridge jail (Virginia), April 23, 2017

At Least 61,000 Nationwide Are in Prison for Minor Parole Violations, April 23, 2017
But the number is probably far higher, Marshall Project survey shows.

Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secret, April 22, 2017

Lawmakers pushing legislation to strengthen punishment for child sexual abusers, April 21, 2017
HR1842 a “One-size fits-all” mandate that takes away States decision making and forces Federal rule

Sex offender residency laws: There are no easy answers (PA), April 19, 2017,8761
Burgum signs law prohibiting high-risk sex offenders from living near ND schools, April 19, 2017
Sex offenders win federal lawsuit against Village of Pleasant Prairie: “It’s going to open a lot of doors” (WI), April 18, 2017

Appeals Court Rejects 'Shockingly High' 19-Year Sentence for Child Porn Collection, April 18, 2017
The 2nd Circuit says the recommended prison term was "substantively unreasonable."

Should NC sex offenders pay to be on registry? April 17, 2017
GUEST COLUMN: Kids playing doctor aren't felony sex offenders (CO), April 17, 2017
Study: Public Misperceptions About Sex Offenders Skew Policy-Making, April 13, 2017

Men won't volunteer to help the Scouts for one depressing reason: they'll be labelled paedophiles, April 11, 2017
Two Colorado bills about teen sexting are likely to fail. Will lawmakers be able to sort it out before the session ends? April 11, 2017
Should Colorado sexting laws bar teens from ever sharing nude images of each other?

A Crossword as a Second Chance Troubles Many Readers, April 11, 2017 NY Times Crossword Editor Will Shorts in his 23 yrs he’s reviewed many crosswords from prisoners, until Burton’s none worthwhile. What Shortz didn’t tell readers is……. Burton’s a Sex Offender then they found out.

How to End a Campus Injustice With the Stroke of a Pen, April 10, 2017
The Obama-era Title IX sex-crime regime should give way to real regulations that respect due process.

To fight drugs, Virginia prison inmates will change underwear before visits and get photocopied mail (Virginia), April 10, 2017

Limit sought on numbers of sex offenders at R.I. homeless shelters, April 9, 2017
Hunting Child Predators With Canada's Freelance Vigilantes, April 9, 2017
Rival Canadian groups team up to publicly shame adults seeking dates with underage teenagers. But is it possible to be an ethical avenger?

Execs at troubled federal prisons received bonuses totaling in the millions, April 9, 2017

There’s a Hysterical, Paranoid War on Fatherhood – and It Hurts All Of Us, April 7, 2017

Eight House of Delegates Members Won't Seek Re-Election; Seven Republicans and One Democrat (Virginia), April 6, 2017

Del. Dave Albo, head of House courts, won't seek re-election (Virginia), April 5, 2017

Some say new Mo. law tracking sex offenders is unconstitutional, April 5, 2017

Six Years Ago Today, Obama’s Education Department Made All Sex Unsafe on Campus, April 4, 2017
The Office for Civil Rights' 'Dear Colleague' letter changed everything.

Audit slams Utah’s sex-offender treatment program in prison, April 3, 2017

NCMEC Hypocrisy on “Stranger Danger”, April 1, 2017

March 2017

Lawyers Want Supreme Court To Take Minnesota Sex Offenders Case, March 31, 2017

Enough Stranger Danger! Children Rarely Abducted by Those They Don't Know, March 31, 2017
U.S. kids are no more likely to be abducted today than they were decades ago, and much more likely to be returned safely when they are.

Court overturns probation condition limiting use of devices that contain ‘any encryption … software’, March 31, 2017

Despite research, ND lawmakers OK bill keeping high-risk sex offenders from living near schools, March 30, 2017

Wasatch prosecutor warns Utah senators he’s coming after them for sex-offender vote, March 30, 2017

US prosecutors’ top trick for convicting the innocent, March 28, 2017

Papillion, Sarpy County sued over man's 2015 arrest on child porn charges, which were later dismissed (NE), March 28, 2017

Bill would allow judge to decide on sex offender registry for Nevada youth, March 27, 2017

Heir presumptive: With Virginia's House speakership waiting, M. Kirkland Cox preps GOP playbook for 2017 and beyond (Virginia), March 26, 2017

Melissa Hamilton Briefing the Supreme Court: Promoting Science or Myth? March 25, 2017

Lawmakers consider requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders (CT), March 25, 2017
CT is 1 of only 5 State that don’t require juveniles to register as Sex Offenders

SCOTUS to consider MI’s Snyder v. Doe 6th Circuit decision, March 24, 2017
Are Sex Offender Laws Punishment?

Why We Still Need Statutes of Limitations for Rape, March 24, 2017 Momentum is gaining to end criminal statutes of limitations for sex crimes. But this betrays both victims and those accused

Extended Stay for Sex Offenders Angers Court (NY), March 23, 2017

Congressman Sensenbrenner Statement at Markup of the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act, March 22, 2017
The bill authorizes not less than $60 million annually through fiscal year 2021
The bill changes the period of time after which juveniles adjudicated delinquent can petition to be removed from the sex offender registry for a clean record from 25 years to 15 years, and provides that juveniles do not need to be included on publicly-viewed sex offender registries.
The bill amends the statute of limitations to allow individuals who were victims of exploitation or trafficking as juveniles to have 10 years after becoming an adult to file suit for a civil remedy

McAuliffe signs sex offender bill (Virginia), March 22, 2017
New law expands qualifying offenses

N.J. Supreme Court tosses 'total' internet ban for sex offender, March 21, 2017

NJ Court: Sex offender can challenge internet restrictions, March 21, 2017

20 Years After Being Bullied Into Confessing, ‘Norfolk 4’ Are Pardoned (Virginia), March 21, 2017

Out-of-state sex offenders get tighter Va. Regulation (Virginia), March 20, 2017

Governor McAuliffe Signs Sex Offender Bill Patroned by Dickie Bell (Virginia), March 20, 2017

Lawmakers seek changes to California juvenile justice system, March 20, 2017
SB695 would end California's requirement that most sex offenders register with police for life, with the information posted on the public Megan's Law website. Offenders would register for 10 years, 20 years or life, depending on the nature of the crime.

Part 2- Diane Dimond: A Pornography Addict’s Journey Toward Redemption, March 18, 2017
"Good, Bad and Wrongful Juvenile Sex: Rethinking the Use of Statutory Rape Laws Against the Protected Class", March 17, 2017
Former Convicts Could Soon Apply For Public Housing (RI), March 17, 2017
Unless They’re “Sex Offenders”!

Sex and Kids, March 15, 2017
The unjust, irrational, and unconstitutional consequences of pedophilia panic

American Sex Police, March 15, 2017
With sweeping trafficking stings, the FBI returns to its roots as the nation's vice squad.

Part 1- Diane Dimond: Addicted to the Worst Kind of Pornography — One Man’s Story, March 11, 2017

Marshall Frank: ‘There must be a better way' to look at sex offenses, March 10, 2017

Radley Balko: The big lie about sex offender, March 9, 2017

The Supreme Court’s Sex-Offender Jurisprudence Is Based on a Lie, March 7, 2017
The Supreme Court believes most sex offenders will keep committing sex crimes. The data suggests otherwise.

How the Supreme Court Spread a False Statistic About Sex Offenders, March 6, 2017

Dubious Data Belies Supreme Court’s Stance on Repeat Sex Offenders, March 6, 2017

Sex offenders see stringent parenting rules relaxed in Colorado, prompting debate over child safety, March 5, 2017
Appeals court ruling rejected Colorado’s approach to treatment

To keep Tor hack source code secret, DOJ dismisses child porn case, March 5, 2017
DOJ: "Disclosure is not currently an option."

She was portrayed as soft on sex offenders. Now the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to back her up, March 3, 2017

First They Came for the Sex Offenders … March 2, 2017
We must speak up for the rights of those on the fringes of society. The Supreme Court’s ruling on sex offenders’ First Amendment rights will signal how much protection we can all expect.

Editorial: The Supreme Court is skeptical about an Internet ban for sex offenders, March 1, 2017

Why Emotional Snap Judgments Are Often Wrong, March 1, 2017
When reading people's emotions, careful thinking may pay off

February 2017

Supreme Court Explores Whether Sex Offenders Have Free Speech Rights on Social Media, February 28, 2017
Illinois Appeals Court Says Banning Sex Offenders From Parks Is Unconstitutional, February 27, 2017
The court says the law "bears no reasonable relationship to protecting the public."

Can Sex Offenders Be Barred From Social Media? Justices Lean Toward No, February 27, 2017
Fate of Minnesota Sex Offender (SVP) Program Now Rests With the Supreme Court, February 27, 2017

Majority of Va. lawmakers request video of committee hearings (Virginia), February 27, 2017
85 out of 140 is technically “majority”, but that’s ONLY 60.71% of VA Legislators agree on Open Govt!

Argument analysis: Justices divided on meaning of “sexual abuse of a minor” for removal purposes, February 27, 2017
Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions

Should sex offenders be allowed to use Facebook? Supreme Court will decide, February 27, 2017
A Constitutional Right to Facebook and Twitter? Supreme Court Weighs In, February 27, 2017
Social Media Ban for Sex Offenders Questioned at U.S. Supreme Court, February 27, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court argument centers on free-speech rights
Facebook, Twitter ‘incredibly important,’ Justice Kagan says

Argument analysis: Justices skeptical about social media restrictions for sex offenders, February 27, 2017
Court may strike law barring sex offenders from social media, February 27, 2017

Why Ending Mass Incarceration Means Locking Up Fewer Violent Criminals: A Conversation with John Pfaff, February 25, 2017
Author of Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration—and How to Achieve Real Reform talks about why ending the drug war isn't enough.

Salem delegate Habeeb brings his sharp wit to the fore, whether roasting politicians or arguing for rights restoration (Virginia), February 25, 2017

Revenge Porn Could Land Teens on Sex Offender Registry (NC), February 25, 2017

Constitutional Law and the Role of Scientific Evidence: The Transformative Potential of Doe v. Snyder
by Melissa Hamilton

In late 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s concluded in Does #1–5 v. Snyder that Michigan’s sex offender registry and residency restriction law constituted an ex post facto punishment in violation of the constitution. In its decision, the Sixth Circuit engaged with scientific evidence that refutes moralized judgments about sex offenders, specifically that they pose a unique and substantial risk of recidivism. This Essay is intended to highlight the importance of Snyder as an example of the appropriate use of scientific studies in constitutional law.

Argument preview: Court to consider social media access for sex offenders, February 22, 2017

Following lawsuit, state says it’s ‘getting better’ treating sex offenders (WA), February 22, 2017

As Virginia lawmakers prepare to move, yard sale gets rid of the knickknacks accumulated over the years (Virginia), February 22, 2017

Gilbert elected as majority leader (Virginia), February 22, 2017

Delegate Kirk Cox elected as the next Speaker of the House (Virginia), February 22, 2017

Schapiro: The House that Cox built (Virginia), February 22, 2017

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds, February 22, 2017
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.

SCOTUS Argument preview: Removal of an immigrant for “sexual abuse of a minor”, February 21, 2017

After a light sentence draws outrage, Sen. Irene Aguilar wants to change how sex offenders are sentenced in Colorado, February 21, 2017

Should sex offenders have access to social media sites where minors can post?  February 20, 2017

The Man Arrested for Praising Jesus, February 20, 2017
Lester Packingham’s Facebook post is headed for the Supreme Court

Letter from the Father of the Teen Sentenced to Life as a “Violent Sexual Offender” for Online Relationship (Virginia), February 20, 2017

Ohio State student slaying an anomaly; few sex offenders repeat crime, February 19, 2017

Slain inmate's conviction reversed 4 days after his death (MD), February 16, 2017
Beaten to death in prison because he was a Registered Sex Offender

House kills criminal justice reforms (Virginia), February 16, 2017
No Discovery and no Writs of Actual Innocence reforms!

How to curb violence, and mass incarceration, by focusing on crime victims, February 16, 2017

Bill passes Senate, House to mandate lesson on consent in high-school sex ed classes (Virginia), February 15, 2017

Teen who hid nude photos of classmates on phone app gets 50 hours of community service. (Va. Beach, Virginia), February 14, 2017

Teen Girl Sent Teen Boy 5 Inappropriate Pictures. He Faced Lifetime Registry as a 'Violent Sex Offender' or 350 Years in Jail
. (Stafford, Virginia), February 14, 2017
Welcome to the world of teens, computers, and prosecutors who want to look tough on sex offenders.

Illinois Court Strikes Sex Offender Park Ban
, February 14, 2017

Maryland ponders dangerous ‘affirmative consent’ proposal, February 14, 2017

House wants state control over Bank Street when General Assembly moves down Capitol Hill (Virginia), February 14, 2017

2016 Crime Review: A look at the effectiveness of sex offender registries (PA), February 13, 2017 
Of the 75 charged sex crime cases in Cumberland County in 2016, only two were committed by a person listed on the sex offender registry

Bills over child care provider background checks draw ire from Va. religious groups (Virginia), February 12, 2017

Opinion: Why college guys should be terrified of campus hookups, February 11, 2017

AZ Supreme Court: Bail denial for child sex offenses is unconstitutional, February 9, 2017 

Georgia takes a step in the right direction on campus due process, February 9, 2017

Caustic debate unfolds in Va. Senate as GOP moves to slow down felon voting restoration (Virginia), February 8, 2017

Bourne wins landslide victory in special election for Richmond-area House seat (Virginia), February 8, 2017

New proposal would limit more where sex offenders may be (MO), February 7, 2017

Bill aimed at protecting children of sex offenders could be problematic (NE), February 7, 2017

Capitol Police undermanned in face of record crowds, looming change (Virginia), February 7, 2017

With session near midpoint, special election Tuesday will fill Richmond-area House seat (Virginia), February 7, 2017

Englewood may overhaul sex offender residency rules after law makes nearly the entire city off limits (CO), February 6, 2017
Proposed measure would reduce buffers from schools, daycare centers from 2,000 feet to 1,000 feet

Iowa lawmakers: Don't send aging sex offenders to nursing homes, February 6, 2017

Long legislative day, but status quo remains on controversial bills (Virginia), February 6, 2017

Making headlines: VCU journalism students are covering the General Assembly for 90 news outlets and feeding stories to the Associated Press (Virginia), February 6, 2017

Senate kills Norment child pornography bill after questions over effect, accusation over motive (Virginia), February 4, 2017

Nevada attorney general wants tougher lifetime rules for sex offenders, February 2, 2017

Existential debate of lawmaking: If it’s doomed anyway, why take it up? (Virginia), February 2, 2017

Candidates to succeed McClellan say they'd stand out in House of Delegates (Virginia), February 2, 2017

Porn isn't a "public health hazard," but it's a problem, Virginia lawmakers say (Virginia), February 1, 2017

January 2017

Constitutional amendment would strip governor of ability to restore voting rights (Virginia), January 31, 2017

In Suprise Twist, Virginia Lawmakers Revive Bill on 'Consent' in Sex Ed (Virginia), January 31, 2017

Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Misconduct Can’t Defend Himself—It Would ‘Impose Psychological Trauma’ on Accuser, January 31, 2017
John Doe says there's evidence his female accuser assaulted him. But a judge won't make her cooperate.

General Assembly bill would allow "revenge porn" victims to sue perpetrators in civil court (Virginia), January 30, 2017 

Federal lawsuit looks at state sex offender laws (NC) January 28, 2017

Around Capitol Square: Votes on constitutional amendments coming Monday, but few will make it (Virginia), January 28, 2017
A modest proposal: Each committee room needs a big scoreboard of bills that have been heard and those coming up. Sure, the docket is online, but bills are heard on a first-come, first-serve basis, not the order online. Sometimes you walk in and you don’t know who has been up, what bills have been passed by or struck down. Sat in a few meetings for hours only to realize the bills I was there for never were going to be talked about. If dingy karaoke dens can figure out a “next up” scoreboard, so can the General Assembly.

After bitter fight with McAuliffe over felon voting, General Assembly finds little consensus on reform (Virginia), January 28, 2017

Sex Offender Laws: Fair for Some, Draconian for Others, January 27, 2017
Why do people think that every sex offender should rot in prison?

Morris, awaiting trial, seeks change to court rules (Virginia), January 27, 2017

Senate majority leader under fire for bill that reduces punishment for child porn production (Virginia), January 26, 2017

Cline bill to require recorded votes dies on an unrecorded vote — again (Virginia), January 26, 2017

Wife defends Del. Richard L. Morris, says he is not guilty of domestic abuse (Virginia), January 25, 2017

State Del. Morris accuses prosecutor of political motivation (Virginia), January 24, 2017

Indictment of Virginia Del. Morris during legislative session distracts from GOP agenda (Virginia), January 24, 2017

Lawsuit Contends N Carolina Sex Offender Law Goes Too Far, January 24, 2017

Suffolk grand jury indicts state Del. Rick Morris on 3 additional charges in child cruelty case (Virginia), January 23, 2017

The Return of ‘To Catch a Predator’ , January 22, 2017
Talking to Chris Hansen as he revives his trademark stings.

A Stray Email Exposes a Prison Company's Rebranding Efforts, January 19, 2017
CoreCivic enlists help from a PR firm that boasts an "aggressive media strategy" for countering journalists.

Surprise on Dr. Phil: Not All Sex Offenders Guilty, January 19, 2017

Appeals court ruling on Minnesota's sex offender program means uncertainty for offenders — and a new political reality for lawmakers, January 19, 2017

Special election for Richmond-area House seat set for Feb. 7 (Virginia), January 18, 2017

Lawmakers say Virginia judges being too lenient on people possessing child porn (Virginia), January 17, 2017

Sex Offenders Challenge Constitutionality of Mandatory Lie Detector Tests (NJ), January 17, 2017

Sex offenders could pay for trooper school under new bill (MS), January 17, 2017

Nonprofit group doing what Virginia's General Assembly will not: live-streaming committee hearings (Virginia), January 17, 2017

Police: Conn. politician said he no longer has to be ‘politically correct,’ pinched woman’s groin, January 17, 2017

After Williamsburg controversy, and a suicide, Va. senator wants limit on group home locations (Virginia), January 16, 2017

Bill: Make Virginia court cases searchable statewide (Virginia), January 16, 2017

Guest commentary: California hate crimes registry a bad idea, January 14, 2017

DNA Upon Arrest: Solving Cold Cases or Presuming Guilt? January 12, 2017

A Porn-Free America? Republicans Pledge Expurgation Of ‘Public Health Crisis’ That Is ‘Destroying The Lives Of Millions’, January 12, 2017
On July 16, 2016, Trump signed “The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge,” drafted by the anti-pornography organization (in Virginia) Enough is Enough.

Forced to watch child porn for their job, Microsoft employees developed PTSD, they say, January 11, 2017

Editorial: Be a force for openness in government (Virginia), January 10, 2017

Texas legislator aims to block sex offenders from getting pen pals, January 10, 2017

McClellan wins Senate election, but GOP appears poised to keep control of chamber (Virginia), January 10, 2017

McAuliffe replaces parole board chairwoman in effort to speed reforms (Virginia), January 10, 2017

Special elections today to fill legislative seats of Reps. McEachin, Garrett, Taylor (Virginia), January 10, 2017

Is a Hate Crime Registry Like a Sex Offender Database Coming to Cali? January 9, 2017

If a Best Buy technician is a paid FBI informant, are his computer searches legal? January 9, 2017

Requiem begins for unlamented General Assembly Building (Virginia), January 9, 2017

California court upholds child porn reporting law, January 9, 2017

“Yes Means Yes” Means “No Means No” Is Not Enough, January 8, 2017

Editorial: Two questions for the General Assembly (Virginia), January 7, 2017
It’s a good year for what are called “brochure bills” 

Advocacy group to provide video streaming of Virginia General Assembly committees (Virginia), January 7, 2017

Civil commitment ruling: A setback for civil rights, reforms, January 6, 2017
Ruling on sex offender program blows up political cover needed to rein in costs, modernize treatment. 

Let's use court ruling to look anew at MSOP, January 6, 2017
Although the program was upheld, sex offenders who are confined indefinitely aren't simply "thems" radically different from "us." 

State panel reviews young sex offender bills (MT), January 5, 2017

In campus rape cases, colleges to learn sexual advances go both ways, January 5, 2017

Colorado wasting as much as $44 million a year in sex-offender program, audit says, January 5, 2017
State Rep. Joe Salazar criticizes department over delays in getting treatment to prisoners

Sex offenders are among the most harshly punished criminals in the state, but how often does the punishment fit the crime? January 5, 2017

Testimony supports bill to lessen sentences for nonviolent, consensual sex between teens, January 5, 2017

Bill would change definition of consent in Montana rape laws, January 5, 2017

Sex Offender Lockup Should Trouble Court More, January 4, 2017

Jean Zeeb: Lauren Book’s Column Misleads About Sex Offenders, January 4, 2017

Sex Offender Ruling May 'Send a Signal to States', January 4, 2017

Best Buy Geek Squad Informant Use Has FBI on Defense in Child-Porn Case, January 4, 2017

Serial child molester loses on appeal, January 4, 2017
The unanimous decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit reverses an earlier ruling and means the former Maryland schoolteacher set to be released from prison this month will have to register as a federal sex offender.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Minnesota's Indefinite Detention of Sex Offenders, January 4, 2017
The program purports to treat people with statutorily defined mental illnesses but has not cured any.

A. Barton Hinkle column: Bob Marshall's progressive war on porn (Virginia), January 3, 2017

McAuliffe proposes criminal justice reforms (Virginia), January 3, 2017

8th Circuit: Minnesota Sex Offender Program is constitutional, January 3, 2017

The GOP race for lieutenant governor is getting ugly in Virginia (Virginia), January 1, 2017

Editorial: More sunshine at the Assembly (Virginia), January 1, 2017