In the News- 2017 Articles - Updates Daily!

June thru December 2017
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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.

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