Archived News Articles - June through December 2017

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December 2017
Child pornography minimum sentencing laws under review (CT), December 31, 2017

This 11-year-old got wrongly caught up in Pervnado, December 30, 2017

Lawsuit seeks to block R.I. law limiting number of sex offenders in homeless shelters, December 29, 2017

Virginia's Parole System Under the Microscope, (Virginia), December 29, 2017
The 1995 Truth in Sentencing Law

Child porn law goes nuts: 14-year-old girl charged for nude selfie, December 29, 2017
The ACLU of Minnesota calls the charges absurd and unconstitutional.

House GOP plans to pick new speaker with a key seat empty (Virginia), December 29, 2017

Memorable story: Why I felt compelled to write about pedophilia, December 23, 2017

CA: Federal Court Limits Residency Restrictions to Parolees, December 23, 2017

A 14-year-old girl sexted her crush. She may have to register as a sex offender, December 23, 2017 

Naperville family starts foundation in memory of son who killed himself after school discipline, December 23, 2017
Corey Walgren

Did recount judge have a conflict of interest? (Virginia), December 22, 2017

Minnesota teen faces child pornography charges for sexting, December 21, 2017 

State elections board to meet next Wednesday to hold random drawing to pick winner in tied House race (Virginia), December 21, 2017

Virginia officials will randomly pick winner of tied House of Delegates race on Dec. 27 (Virginia), December 21, 2017

Cuomo wants revenge porn posters to register as sex offenders (NY), December 21, 2017

Mom says son killed in Amtrak crash had 'turned his life completely around', December 20, 2017

CBS News Deletes Tweet After Identifying Amtrak Derailment Victim as a ‘Convicted Sex Offender’ in Headline, December 21, 2017

"It really does matter”: Virginia voters regret staying home after House tie over 1 ballot (Virginia), December 20, 2017

Judges Erase One-Vote Lead In Virginia, Throwing State Politics Into Disarray (Virginia), December 20, 2017

Judges award Republican 1 vote, causing a tie in House race that will decide balance of power (Virginia), December 20, 2017

Starting in 2018, Life in Prison for Oregon Sex Crimes, December 20, 2017
Locking people up in perpetuity "may satisfy our sense of moral outrage, but it does not make good policy," opponents warn.

City won’t fight sex offender ruling (VT), December 20, 2017

Virginia’s House is split 50-50. Here’s how they can break the gridlock (Virginia), December 19, 2017

A teen sexting case revealed how judges let police invade children's privacy (Virginia), December 18, 2017
The overcriminalization of personal behavior and qualified immunity for officers is a dangerous mix.

Sex Offenders Sue Over Indiana Registry Requirement, December 17, 2017
Three men have filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Correction alleging that the state's requirement to register as sex offenders violates their constitutional rights.

Lenore Skenazy: Who’s scarier, the sex offender or the judge? December 15, 2017
The Zach Anderson case

There Are Very Few Places for Mentally Disabled Sex Offenders in America, December 14, 2017
Prison is not a mental health facility. 

New school program helps first-time offenders (FL) December 14, 2017
Students engaged in consensual sexual activity
Each school year, about three dozen Marion County students on average get kicked out of school after being caught groping or engaged in a consensual sex act on a school bus or on campus.

A home after prison, December 14, 2017
Home for rapists and murderers serves as ‘safety valve’ for Billings, MT community

Virginia is holding recounts in four key races, starting Dec. 13. Here’s how they work. (Virginia), December 13, 2017

California: Federal Judge Grants Injunction in Favor of Registrant, December 13, 2017

Sex Registries as Modern-Day Witch Pyres: Why Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Need to Address the Treatment of People on the Sex Offender Registry, December 12, 2017

Elizabeth Letourneau: Judge Roy Moore’s Child Sexual Abuse Was an “Open Secret”, December 11, 2017
Child sexual abuse is most likely to be committed by people we know and trust.

Why the #MeToo Movement Should Be Ready for a Backlash, December 10, 2017
As a much-needed reckoning happens in the workplace, look to college campuses for a note of caution.

Judith Levine: Will Feminism’s Past Mistakes Haunt #MeToo? December 8, 2017

Psychology Today: Children on Sex Offender Registries at Risk for Suicide, December 6, 2017
Other risks include sexual assault and being approached by an adult for sex.

Detective violated law when searching teen in ‘sexting’ case, federal appeals court rules (Virginia), December 6, 2017

Pool can’t ban sex offender (NH), December 5, 2017

Crime Commission backs expansion of DNA databank, does not vote on decriminalization of marijuana possession (Virginia), December 4, 2017 

November 2017 

Town of Palisade lowers fee sex offenders are required to pay to register (CO), November 29, 2017
The Palisade Police Department asked the board to lower the fee (from $75 to $25) on behalf of offenders, who may be dissuaded to register because of the financial burden.

Mother of slain UVA student Hannah Graham testifies as Virginia crime commission considers expanding DNA offender database (Virginia), November 30, 2017
Virginia DNA databank already holds profiles of more than 1 in 20 Virginians, yet as the databank expands, the number of “hits” has been dropping, from 933 in 2010 to 531 thus far this year

Has Plea Bargaining Destroyed the Jury Trial?  November 28, 2017

What Rape Reform Needs: More Convictions, Less Punishment, November 23, 2017
Personal rights and stigma: when and where can sex offenders participate in the community? (AK) November 22, 2017

Why so many sexual harassment cases in US, not UK? November 21, 2017

Joseph M. Giarratano, controversial former death row inmate, granted parole (Virginia), November 20, 2017

Ruth Ann Dailey: Overextending the definition of sexual assault is also harmful, November 20, 2017

Tablets for Indiana inmates might be free, but there's a catch, November 20, 2017
Reston Virginia based Global Tel Link expects to generate $6.5 million each year from Indiana prisoners, Indiana-DOC, would collect $750,000 for its cut.

Sex offenders get branded passports under International Megan's Law, November 18, 2017

This Vermont program might reduce sex offender recidivism. Could it work in Philly? November 16, 2017

The promise and importance of apology: The need for apologies to be heard and not dismissed. November 16, 2017

The Losing Politics of Fear (Virginia), November 14, 2017
Gillespie's defeat in Virginia shows voters are wising up to 'tough-on-crime' grandstanding.

Should Ex-Convicts Be Lawyers? November 14, 2017
Inmates who study for years are often barred from law, medicine and other fields when they get out. With 700,000 released annually, the distaste for ex-cons poses a problem.

Petition claims DNA proves innocence of Virginia man sentenced to 100 years for 1990 rape of 10-year-old girl (Virginia), November 14, 2017

The Nebraska Sex Offender Registry
Part 1 of 3:
An inside look at the people on it.
Part 2 of 3: Is it actually helpful?
Part 3 of 3: Support group reaches out to other offenders

Housing restrictions not answer on 'sexually violent predators,' Boulder staff tells council, November 13, 2017
Instead, staff recommends, Boulder should increase regional cooperation and form a working group

Can’t pay for a lie detector test? For one man that could mean jail, November 9, 2017

A GOP Virginia lawmaker on why he sees a resistance wave coming in 2018 (Virginia), November 9, 2017
A conversation with Rep. Tom Garrett: “Democrats have rightly determined that separating us turns out voters.”

Rocky Holcomb is pursuing an unlikely recount. He says Cheryl Turpin ran a “race-baiting” campaign. (Virginia), November 9, 2017

Cynthia Dunbar, Ben Cline to seek Republican nod for 6th District seat (Virginia), November 9, 2017

We’re Putting Sex Offender Stamps on Passports. Here’s Why It Won’t Curb Sex Tourism & Trafficking. November 9, 2017

After nearly quarter century in D.C., Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke County will not seek re-election (Virginia), November 9, 2017 

The 2017 Elections Show Criminal Justice Reform Can Be a Winning Issue, November 8, 2017

After first big electoral test of the Trump era, Virginia Republicans try to sort out a bloodbath (Virginia), November 8, 2017

It's 12 — no, 13 — for Yancey as vote certification begins (Virginia), November 8, 2017

Democrats erase 32-seat GOP advantage in House; recounts likely to determine control (Virginia), November 8, 2017

Sex offenders calling Central Florida shopping centers home, November 7, 2017

Miami-Dade Commissioners Want Cops to Arrest Homeless Sex Offenders on Sight, November 7, 2017

ACSOL to Challenge Passport Identifier (International Megan’s Law) in Federal Court, November 6, 2017

Ruling halts proceedings related to defendants facing sexually violent predator designations (PA), November 6, 2017 

Scarlet-Letter Passports Are Unjust and Irrational, November 1, 2017
The new "unique identifier" for sex offenders stigmatizes people who pose no threat.

October 2017

Passports and International Megan's Law, October 27, 2017

Opinion: The flaws in Colorado’s sex offender registry, October 27, 2017
Without risk assessments, the public has no way of knowing who poses real danger

Ohio judges can dismiss sex charges against kids under 13, justices rule, October 25, 2017

Sex offender registries endanger the lives they’re meant to protect, October 25, 2017

Court of Appeals: Churches aren’t school property; sex offenders can attend (IN), October 24, 2017 

Senate Could Make It Easy for FBI to Spy on Teen Sexters, Black Lives Matter, and Other U.S. 'Criminals', October 24, 2017
FISA reauthorization would majorly expand use of warrantless digital surveillance data against Americans.

The Sex Offender Registry Leaves Female Sex Offenders Open to Abuse, October 24, 2017
"It's harder to say, 'Well, I don't want to do this with you,' or 'I want to wait to have sex.' How do you assert a boundary when you have broken a law?"

Gillespie ad blasting McAuliffe rights restoration policy as soft on sex offenders draws outrage from Democrats (Virginia), October 23, 2017 

Senate passes Schumer-backed bill to open FBI sex offender database, October 23, 2017

Panel mulls changes to sex offender registry (CT), October 21, 2017

Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offenders, October 20, 2017 

A Month After Irma, Miami-Dade's Sex Offender Camp Is Still There (FL), October 20, 2017

This Virginia House candidate says her opponent's mailers hurt her. But not in the political way. (Virginia), October 19, 2017

How Sex Offender Registries Impact Youth, October 18, 2017
Many believe that including children on registries does much more harm than good.

Sex offender class for prisoners violates U.S. Constitution, federal judge rules, October 17, 2017
A federal judge has ruled that Indiana's mandated sex offender classes for prisoners who oppose them violates the constitutional right to be free from self-incrimination.

Will Ohio Voters Enshrine Crime Victims' Rights in State Constitution? October 16, 2017
Voters in three states approved similar ballot measures last year, but critics say it's unnecessary and could gum up the criminal justice system.

Sex Offender Halloween Law Repealed In Simi Valley (CA), October 16, 2017

Young Man Arrested for Underage Sex Was Re-Arrested for Sharing a Pizza with a 17-Year-Old, October 15, 2017
The witch hunt against Zach Anderson continues

Questions raised over statutory rape provision in senate criminal justice bill (MA), October 15, 2017

Some Sex Offender Names Soon Could Vanish From Online State Registry, October 15, 2017
A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision likely means the Megan's Law list will be trimmed.

Spotlight still shining on underage sex case, October 14, 2017
Zachery Anderson is still feeling the consequence of having sex with a girl who lied about her age

Nicole Pittman: Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registry, October 13, 2017

'Then I See The Delight In Your Eyes Turn To Fear', October 13, 2017
This is why Patch publishes local sex offender maps.

Sex Offender Advocates Object To Local Mapping Of Registered Sex Criminals, October 12, 2017
LETTER TO Mapping addresses of registered sex offenders is "fear mongering" at Halloween and "unnecessary," says NARSOL.

There Aren't Enough Beds in This Virginia Jail for All the Women Caught in Heroin and 'Human Trafficking' Dragnets (Virginia), October 12, 2017
"We don't have enough space for them," said sheriff.

CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling Sunday October 15, 2017 Episode ‘Age of Consent’

Indiana man says DNA proves innocence in 1975 Fairfax County rape (Virginia), October 11, 2017

Opinion: California Is Right to Curb the Sex Offender Registry, October 10, 2017
It's overly applied, unintentionally harsh and ultimately self-defeating. 

Is de-listing sex offenders even possible? Lawsuit claims it is, October 10, 2017
John Bordelon owner of TX based charges $4,500 - $9,800 for out-of-state Sex Offenders removal from Registries is suing Florida Action Committee for calling his company a scam.

How ‘Recovered Memory’ of Rape and Torture Tore a Family—and Australia—Apart, October 9, 2017
Those who sat in on the 12-week trial have described it as the worst case of child abuse they have heard. Or is it?

Court decision on Minnesota's sex offender program shouldn't end reform efforts, October 8, 2017
Lifetime confinement isn't financially sustainable or morally defensible.

After Supreme Court Passes, What's Next for Sex Offenders? October 8, 2017
Now that the courts have upheld the Minnesota Sex Offender Program as constitutional, more than 700 people in the program are waiting to see if the pathway to release remains as difficult as it's been for over 20 years.

How $40 Can Land You in Prison for Seven Years and on the Sex Offender Registry for Life, October 8, 2017

U.S. court ruling sparks debate over Colorado's sex offender registry, October 7, 2017

California will soon end lifetime registration of some sex offenders under bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, October 6, 2017

State legislation would exempt teens from a felony for having consensual sex (WI), October 5, 2017

Editorial: Focus sex registry rewrite on risk (MI), October 5, 2017
Bill restricting sex offenders in homeless shelters passes Rhode Island House, Senate, October 5, 2017
Proposed bill says no more than 10 percent of beds can be occupied by registered sex offenders

Indiana Supreme Court: Sex with 16-year-olds is legal, but sending them nude photos is not, October 4, 2017

Is it rape to secretly take a condom off during sex? These lawmakers just said so, October 4, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Case About Sex Offenders' Treatment (MN), October 3, 2017
High court declines Michigan sex offender registry case, October 2, 2017

SCOTUS denies review of appeals court decision striking down Michigan's Sex Offender Law, October 2, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court lets Minnesota sex offender program stand, October 2, 2017

Supreme Court won't hear Minnesota sex offender case, October 2, 2017

American Policing Goes to the Supreme Court, October 1, 2017
In the new term, which starts Monday, the justices will hear cases on digital privacy, qualified immunity, and other major criminal-justice issues.

September 2017
The Autistic Children Who Are Labeled As Sex Offenders, September 29, 2017
According to social workers and activists, numerous young kids on the spectrum have ended up on the sexual offender registry for offenses that lacked sexual motivation.

The legal fight over Minnesota's sex offender program could have ramifications throughout the country, September 28, 2017

A Life of Grief: An Exploration of Disenfranchised Grief in Sex Offender Significant Others, September 28, 2017
By Danielle J. S. Bailey

Will SCOTUS Let Fear of Sex Offenders Trump Justice? September 27, 2017
Two cases give the Court a chance to reconsider its counterintuitive conclusions about commitment and registration.

Underage teenager faces life as registered sex offender for having sex with underage girlfriend (TX) , September 27, 2017

Plea Bargains Are a Travesty. There's Another Way. September 26, 2017
Better to apply fewer laws more consistently than to continue the U.S.’s current “randomized draconianism.”

Catherine Carpenter: The Unconstitutionality of Sex Offense Laws, September 26, 2017

Is Minnesota's Indefinite Detention of Sex Offenders Punitive or Therapeutic? September 25, 2017
An appeal asks SCOTUS to decide the question, noting that the program has released just one "patient" in 23 years.

New Texas law keeps sex offenders out of college dorms, September 25, 2017

Anthony Weiner Faces Sentencing for Sexting Teen, September 25, 2017
Weiner was representing New York in Congress when he co-sponsored the KIDS Act, short for Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators, which would require sex offenders to register their email and instant message addresses.

What To Do With Violent Sex Offenders, September 24, 2017
The Supreme Court considers whether “civil commitment” is just prison by another name.

Weld officials discuss constitutional questions surrounding sex offender registry (CO), September 23, 2017
The police came back about a week later, banging on Robert's door at 11:30 p.m., he said. They needed to verify he'd given them the correct address on his registration. When Robert complained to the department about officers coming to his house and getting him out of bed, police told him they could come by every day if they wanted to.
He is a registered sex offender after all. 

Lawmaker Says Sex Offender Registry Is About ‘Public Shaming’, September 22, 2017

Ohio House bill seeks to help young 'sexting' offenders, September 20, 2017

Should Sexting Under Age Be Considered A Crime? (with Lesson Plan), September 20, 2017

Why One Colorado County Took Its Sex-Offender List Offline, September 20, 2017

Does barring sex offenders from church violate RFRA? (IN) September 20, 2017 

Corrections officials note improvements to state sex offender treatment (UT), September 19, 2017

Opinion: The sex-offender panic is destroying lives, September 19, 2017

Federal lawsuit challenges Simi Valley Halloween sex offender law for second time (CA), September 18, 2017

Dick Pic Makes Teenager Guilty of Sexually Exploiting Himself, High Court Says, September 18, 2017
The Washington Supreme Court's ruling implies that adolescents who engage in consensual sexting are child pornographers.

Shawna: A Life on the Sex Offender Registry, September 17, 2017
A young mother struggles with life on the sex offender registry.
Documentary Untouchable

Wiretapping Sex Workers, Punishing Pre-Crime, and National Strategy to Stop Sex-Buyers Approved by Senate, September 15, 2017
Congress moves to grant Trump administration vast new policing powers, because "sex trafficking."
S1312: “an invitation for the federal government to get involved in teen sexting cases”
S1311: “allows for first-time federal offenders with any state or local sex-offenses on their record, prison sentences three times the length of what would otherwise be allowed”.

Gov. Brown supports bill sent to him that would end lifetime listing of many sex offenders on public registry, September 15, 2017

Calif. lawmakers revamp sex offender registry, throw out lifetime rule, September 15, 2017

Efforts to shrink California's lifetime registry sparks debate on real danger of sex offenders, September 14, 2017

'I'm Appalled,' Says Source of Phony Number Used to Justify Harsh Sex Offender Laws, September 14, 2017
Claims of "frightening and high" recidivism rates, endorsed by the Supreme Court, have no basis in fact.

The Injustice of the ‘Rape-Culture’ Theory, September 13, 2017
For those in the grips of hysteria, proof is the enemy

New evidence in 27-year-old child rape case could help Virginia Beach man prove his innocence (Virginia), September 13, 2017

The Real Test Arrives: Will the Supreme Court Abdicate Constitutional Oversight for Sex Offender Civil Commitment Schemes? September 13, 2017
Karsjens v. Piper., MSOP program to be heard by SCOTUS on September 25th

Where Florida counties sheltered sex offenders during Irma, September 13, 2017

Colorado AG to appeal federal court decision declaring state’s sex offender registration unconstitutional, September 13, 2017
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch found that the Colorado Sex Offender Registration Act violates the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Suicide of teen who made sex video shows dilemma for schools, September 12, 2017

A ‘Frightening’ Myth About Sex Offenders, September 12, 2017
Documentary Untouchable

Only 4 states make all sex offenders register for life. California may no longer be one. September 11, 2017

During Hurricane Irma, Registered Sex Offenders Struggle To Find Shelter, September 10, 2017

Florida Sex Offenders Told to Seek Shelter in Jails and Prisons, or Leave State During Hurricane Irma
, September 10, 2017

Weathering a Hurricane in Prison, September 9, 2017

Lawmaker revives bill that would scale back sex offender registry in California, September 8, 2017

When Do You Move Prisoners Out of a Storm’s Path? September 8, 2017
Texas waited until after Harvey hit. Now it’s Florida’s turn

CO Ruling Is Seventh Against Sex Offender Registries, September 8, 2017

When Escaping a Hurricane Means Risking Jail, September 7, 2017
A Florida sheriff department's plan to check warrants at shelters could risk lives among evacuees and first responders alike.

Sex Offenders in Emergency Shelters, September 7, 2017

COA considers whether ban on sex offenders attending church violates RFRA (IN) , September 7, 2017

Questions remain about judge's ruling on Colorado's sex offender registry, September 6, 2017
Denver federal judge ruled list unconstitutional

Polk sheriff says criminals, sex offenders not welcome at hurricane shelters, September 6, 2017
LEOs will be checking IDs at shelters

The Uncomfortable Truth About Campus Rape Policy, September 6, 2017
At many schools, the rules intended to protect victims of sexual assault mean students have lost their right to due process—and an accusation of wrongdoing can derail a person’s entire college education.

Residents Concerned about Proposed Sex Offender Hurricane Shelter (LA), September 6, 2017
A new state law requires that registered sex offenders are housed apart from everyone else in evacuations

Spurred by rape victim, bill targets parental custody rights of sex offenders, September 6, 2017

For Sex Offenders, Registration Is Punishment, September 6, 2017
A federal judge rules that Colorado’s online database violates the Eighth Amendment.

Vacancies prompt state police to offer abbreviated academy (Virginia), September 3, 2017

Professor's new book explores deviations from society's norms, laws, September 1, 2017 

Attempt to end lifetime sex-offender registration in California fails, September 1, 2017

Colorado sex offender registration act is unconstitutional, federal judge declares, September 1, 2017
The judge’s ruling criticized Colorado legislators who claimed that the sex offender act is not punitive

August 2017
'Cop in a Box' helping Tazewell Co. Sheriff Dept. catch internet predators (Virginia), August 31, 2017

Judge Finds Colorado Sex Offender Registry Unconstitutional, August 31, 2017

Judges find 2015 law unconstitutional as applied to registered sex offender (IN), August 31, 2017

Montco senator's bill would remove sex offender registration requirement for custody crimes (PA), August 31, 2017

A Mother’s Story of her Mentally Disabled Son on The Sex Offender Registry, August 27, 2017

Two Weeks After New Times Story, Ron Book Wants to Close Sex Offender Camp Near Hialeah(FL), August 24, 2017

End Juvenile Sex-Offender Registration: It’s Ineffective and Based on Rare Cases, August 23, 2017

Tent camp of homeless sex offenders near Hialeah ‘has got to close,’ county says (FL), August 22, 2017

TN Supreme Court backs A.J. Johnson's bid to see alleged victim's social media, August 16, 2017

Committee recommends eliminating residency restrictions for sex offenders (OH), August 16, 2017

Ex-con feels he's being forced to re-offend, asks state to step in (Virginia), August 15, 2017

Cops Dig Desperately for a Picture That Can Send a Harmless Old Man to Jail (Virginia), August 10, 2017
Prosecutors say the former professor poses no threat but should be locked up anyway.

Threats to arrest convicted sex offenders at City Union Mission prompt federal lawsuit (MO), August 10, 2017

SCOTUS to mull accepting sex offender lawsuit, August 9, 2017

Cruel and Unusual: the Case Against Registering Kids as Sex Offenders, August 8, 2017

Colorado Cops Say Sex With Teens OK So Long as There's No Sexting, What? August 8, 2017

Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality? August 8, 2017

Hundreds of Miami Sex Offenders Live in a Squalid Tent City Near Hialeah (FL), August 8, 2017

The Practical Case for Parole for Violent Offenders, August 8, 2017

San Diego sued over refusal to repeal sex-offender laws (CA), August 7, 2017

Innocence Is Irrelevant, September 2017 Issue, August 7, 2017
This is the age of the plea bargain—and millions of Americans are suffering the consequences.

Defendants Kept in the Dark About Evidence, Until It’s Too Late, August 7, 2017
New York is one of 10 states where prosecutors can wait until just before trial to share evidence, which critics say is unfair. But a new bill could change the rules.

Jeff Sessions Scuttles Forensics Partnership With Scientists, August 7, 2017
Attorney general puts prosecutor in charge of guidelines for policies that were prone to abuses in past

Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts risk, August 6, 2017  

The Bogus War on Internet Sex Work, August 6, 2017
No one is arguing that companies have a right to knowingly profit off of sexual exploitation, but we already have a host of remedies for punishing those activities.

Life as a Registered Sex Offender: What Is It Really Like? August 4, 2017
Q&A, Part One of Three

A Bill Intended to Stop Sex Trafficking Could Significantly Curtail Internet Freedom, August 4, 2017

New York Times Publishes a Terrible Defense of Campus Kangaroo Courts, August 4, 2017
It would be better — and fairer — for all involved to take the adjudication of rape allegations out of schools’ hands.

Family Says City’s Sex Offender Law Goes Way Too Far (WI), August 2, 2017

Virginia State Bar files ethics complaint against Joe Morrissey alleging cover-up of sex scandal (Virginia), August 2, 2017

Editorial: Sex offenders who are homeless are the greater risk, August 1, 2017

July 2017 

Michigan files supplemental brief replying to solicitor general, July 31, 2017

San Diego repealing sex offender laws that haven't been enforced for years, July 31, 2017

Discredited, the Legend of Mattress Girl Just Won't Go Away, July 28, 2017
Despite a settlement essentially exonerating him, Paul Nungesser is still a rapist in a media narrative.

How states are working to reduce recidivism among ex-offenders, July 27, 2017

The Food Stamp info in this piece is wrong, I advised the author that in 2014 U.S. Congress banned Sex Offenders from SNAP benefits. Plus RSO's are banned from HUD AND Small Business Loans too. - Mary

Ex-Convicts Help Companies Fill Need for Skilled Labor, July 27, 2017
As jobless rate declines, employers increasingly find qualified workers among recently released prisoners

Sex offenders now pay the cost of supervision (WY), July 26, 2017
Previous source of cash has run dry, so the state charges registrants for every change of status.

To Protect Rights On Campus, We Have To Change The Culture (Virginia), July 25, 2017
JMU Case

New UVA Law Criminal Justice Project Seeks to Move the Needle on Reform (Virginia) July 24, 2017

Court holds that retroactive extension of sex offender registration is punitive (PA), July 25, 2017

North Dakota’s Norway Experiment, July 24, 2017
Can humane prisons work in America? A red state aims to find out.

Ruling Raises Questions About Sex Offender Registry's Future, July 23, 2017
Changes are coming to Pennsylvania's sex offender registry as a result of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision issued this week, but experts say it's unclear exactly how they will play out.

Convictions for custody interference brand Pennsylvania parents as sex offenders, July 23, 2017

False memories and false confessions: the psychology of imagined crimes, July 22, 2017
Julia Shaw uses science to prove that some memories are false. Now she's tackling criminal-justice failures

Opinion: Be wary of emotionally charged laws named after dead people, July 21, 2017

Pennsylvania Wanted to Harshen the Rules for Sex Offenders With Closed Cases. The Courts Said No. , July 21, 2017

Nevada implementing law on juvenile sex offenders, July 21, 2017

Betsy DeVos Is Right: Sexual Assault Policy Is Broken, July 21, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Recognizes Sex Offender Registration As Punitive, July 20, 2017
The court says retroactive application of the requirements violates the constitutional ban on ex post facto laws.

The Supreme Court made it harder for states to ban sex offenders from social media. Here’s why, July 20, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds retroactive state sex offender registration law is punitive, so unconstitutional, July 19, 2017
1) SORNA’s registration provisions constitute punishment notwithstanding the General Assembly’s identification of the provisions as nonpunitive;
2) retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions violates the federal ex post facto clause; and
3) retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions also violates the ex post facto clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution 

Advocates say psych hospital (SVP’s) newsletters being blocked, July 18, 2017
Marked "Return to Sender"

Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry (CA), July 18, 2017

Man acquitted in Virginia Beach teen's cold case murder asks judge to clear his record (Virginia), July 18, 2017

Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry, July 18, 2017

As some states reconsider sex-offender registries, an Alabama resident argues the state’s for-life requirements are too much, July 15, 2017 

McGovern: Statutory status called into question, July 15, 2017
SJC seeks opinions in juvenile rape case

He spent 9 years on McNeil Island without his day in court, July 14, 2017
The state spent more than $1.3 million to keep him there, all without a solid case, said his attorney, Rachel Forde.

Iowa Prosecutor Who Threatened to Treat Girl's Selfies As Child Porn Backs Down, July 14, 2017
Marion County Attorney Ed Bull promises not to prosecute a teenager who took pictures of herself in her underwear.

Bill Filed to Close Sex Offender Loophole (OK), July 14, 2017

Overhaul could drop thousands from sex offender registry (OH), July 14, 2017
Some argue putting label on sex offenders has little public benefit.

Virginia Republicans face the largest number of contested elections in over a decade (Virginia), July 13, 2017

New data: The rise of the “prosecutor politician”, July 13, 2017

Phone conferences curtailed for sex offenders (NY), July 13, 2017
Patients at state-run hospital under civil confinement can't join in national teleconferences

It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems, July 13, 2017

Airbnb uses background checks to weed out sex offenders, July 13, 2017

New Oregon law means life sentences for second-strike sex offenders, July 12, 2017

Newport News adopts interagency juvenile crime program (Virginia), July 11, 2017

Released From Prison But Locked Out of Work, July 10, 2017
How licensing laws that block people with criminal records harm the formerly incarcerated and the economy.

DOJ urges SCOTUS not to review Sixth Circuit panel decision finding retroactive application of Michigan sex offender law unconstitutional, July 8, 2017

UK Prison inmates fear their blankets are made by sex offenders, July 7, 2017

State can't block ALL sex offenders (on Probation) from having smart phone (IA), July 6, 2017