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In the News- 2017 Articles - Updates Daily!

June thru December 2017
Notice: For archived news articles from the first half of 2017, go here.

What Rape Reform Needs: More Convictions, Less Punishment, November 23, 2017
https://thecrimereport.org/2017/11/23/what-rape-reform-needs-more-convictions-less-punishment/
 
Personal rights and stigma: when and where can sex offenders participate in the community? (AK) November 22, 2017
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/11/22/personal-rights-and-stigma-when-and-where-can-sex-offenders-participate-in-the-community/
Why so many sexual harassment cases in US, not UK? November 21, 2017
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42070575
 

Joseph M. Giarratano, controversial former death row inmate, granted parole (Virginia), November 20, 2017
http://www.richmond.com/news/national-world/ap/former-virginia-death-row-inmate-granted-parole/article_9efeda3e-f2bf-557b-949e-4556dc258abb.html

Ruth Ann Dailey: Overextending the definition of sexual assault is also harmful, November 20, 2017
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/ruth-ann-dailey/2017/11/20/The-biggest-crime-Overextending-the-definition-of-assault/stories/201711200080
 

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.
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2017/11/20/indiana-prisons-tablets-offenders-inmates-department-correction/858322001/

Sex offenders get branded passports under International Megan's Law, November 18, 2017
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2017/11/megans_law_sex_offender_notification_cause_rolls_o.html

This Vermont program might reduce sex offender recidivism. Could it work in Philly? November 16, 2017
http://generocity.org/philly/2017/11/16/sex-offender-reentry-circles-support-accountability-vermont-philadelphia/

The promise and importance of apology: The need for apologies to be heard and not dismissed. November 16, 2017
https://sajrt.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/the-promise-and-importance-of-apology.html
 

The Losing Politics of Fear (Virginia), November 14, 2017
Gillespie's defeat in Virginia shows voters are wising up to 'tough-on-crime' grandstanding.
https://www.usnews.com/opinion/civil-wars/articles/2017-11-14/hope-for-criminal-justice-reform-after-northams-win-gillespies-loss

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.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-11-14/ex-cons-trying-to-be-lawyers-find-law-school-bar-exam-off-limits

Petition claims DNA proves innocence of Virginia man sentenced to 100 years for 1990 rape of 10-year-old girl (Virginia), November 14, 2017
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/crime/petition-claims-dna-proves-innocence-of-virginia-man-sentenced-to/article_6d420e8d-2761-5e20-b0d6-81d2bd90b393.html

The Nebraska Sex Offender Registry
Part 1 of 3:
An inside look at the people on it. http://www.ketv.com/article/understanding-sex-offenders-the-untold-story/13144523
Part 2 of 3: Is it actually helpful? http://www.ketv.com/article/the-registry/13626118
Part 3 of 3: Support group reaches out to other offenders
http://www.ketv.com/article/sex-offender-support-group-reaches-out-to-former-offenders/13665156


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
http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_31451271/housing-restrictions-not-answer-sexually-violent-predators-boulder



Can’t pay for a lie detector test? For one man that could mean jail, November 9, 2017
https://www.myajc.com/news/local/can-pay-for-lie-detector-test-for-one-man-that-could-mean-jail/nSvXkMd5k3QteAUBd3T1jP/

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.”
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/9/16625556/gop-virginia-lawmaker-tom-garrett-resistance-wave-2018

Rocky Holcomb is pursuing an unlikely recount. He says Cheryl Turpin ran a “race-baiting” campaign. (Virginia), November 9, 2017
https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/local/rocky-holcomb-is-pursuing-an-unlikely-recount-he-says-cheryl/article_b8272726-97e9-55ea-ad3a-d945db2a393f.html

Cynthia Dunbar, Ben Cline to seek Republican nod for 6th District seat (Virginia), November 9, 2017
http://www.roanoke.com/news/politics/cynthia-dunbar-ben-cline-to-seek-republican-nod-for-th/article_ef3bd2ff-050d-5038-abad-6fd33f620c26.html

We’re Putting Sex Offender Stamps on Passports. Here’s Why It Won’t Curb Sex Tourism & Trafficking. November 9, 2017
https://injusticetoday.com/were-putting-sex-offender-stamps-on-passports-here-s-why-it-won-t-curb-sex-tourism-trafficking-d127fa87a55c
 

After nearly quarter century in D.C., Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke County will not seek re-election (Virginia), November 9, 2017
http://www.roanoke.com/news/politics/after-nearly-quarter-century-in-d-c-rep-bob-goodlatte/article_db27f36f-5357-5f23-8cbb-284ac2878bca.html 


The 2017 Elections Show Criminal Justice Reform Can Be a Winning Issue, November 8, 2017
https://www.aclu.org/blog/mass-incarceration/smart-justice/2017-elections-show-criminal-justice-reform-can-be-winning


After first big electoral test of the Trump era, Virginia Republicans try to sort out a bloodbath (Virginia), November 8, 2017
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/after-first-big-electoral-test-of-the-trump-era-virginia/article_d589d217-b453-507b-98c1-79fcddf3f3f4.html
 


It's 12 — no, 13 — for Yancey as vote certification begins (Virginia), November 8, 2017
http://www.dailypress.com/news/newport-news/dp-nws-politics-recount-94-yancey-simonds-20171108-story.html


Democrats erase 32-seat GOP advantage in House; recounts likely to determine control (Virginia), November 8, 2017
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/democrats-erase--seat-gop-advantage-in-house-recounts-likely/article_8699339d-e241-579a-984b-c86c5111588a.html
 



Sex offenders calling Central Florida shopping centers home, November 7, 2017
http://www.wesh.com/article/sex-offenders-calling-central-florida-shopping-centers-home/13444692

Miami-Dade Commissioners Want Cops to Arrest Homeless Sex Offenders on Sight, November 7, 2017
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-dade-commissioners-propose-arrest-of-homeless-sex-offenders-on-sight-9807032
 

ACSOL to Challenge Passport Identifier (International Megan’s Law) in Federal Court, November 6, 2017
http://all4consolaws.org/2017/11/acsol-to-challenge-passport-identifier-in-federal-court/

Ruling halts proceedings related to defendants facing sexually violent predator designations (PA), November 6, 2017
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/ruling-halts-proceedings-related-to-defendants-facing-sexually-violent-predator-designations 



Scarlet-Letter Passports Are Unjust and Irrational, November 1, 2017
The new "unique identifier" for sex offenders stigmatizes people who pose no threat.
http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/01/scarlet-letter-passports-are-unjust-and
 



October 2017


Passports and International Megan's Law, October 27, 2017
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/news/passports-international-megans-law.html
 

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
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/27/the-flaws-in-colorados-sex-offender-registry/



Ohio judges can dismiss sex charges against kids under 13, justices rule, October 25, 2017
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171025/ohio-judges-can-dismiss-sex-charges-against-kids-under-13-justices-rule

Sex offender registries endanger the lives they’re meant to protect, October 25, 2017
http://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/357096-sex-offender-registries-endanger-the-lives-theyre-meant-to-protect


Court of Appeals: Churches aren’t school property; sex offenders can attend (IN), October 24, 2017
https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/45198-coa-churches-arent-school-property-sex-offenders-can-attend 

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.
http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/24/warrantless-surveillance-reauthorization?utm_content=bufferb5e81&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
 

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?"
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vb75m9/the-sex-offender-registry-leaves-female-sex-offenders-open-to-abuse

Gillespie ad blasting McAuliffe rights restoration policy as soft on sex offenders draws outrage from Democrats (Virginia), October 23, 2017
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/gillespie-ad-blasting-mcauliffe-rights-restoration-policy-as-soft-on/article_3534923b-31d4-5217-97e9-8271ee93ac48.html 

Senate passes Schumer-backed bill to open FBI sex offender database, October 23, 2017
http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/senate_passes_schumer-backed_bill_to_open_fbi_sex_offender_database.html

Panel mulls changes to sex offender registry (CT), October 21, 2017
http://www.theday.com/policefirecourts/20171021/panel-mulls-changes-to-sex-offender-registry

Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offenders, October 20, 2017
http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article179967661.html 

A Month After Irma, Miami-Dade's Sex Offender Camp Is Still There (FL), October 20, 2017
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/month-after-irma-sex-offenders-havent-left-9756280

This Virginia House candidate says her opponent's mailers hurt her. But not in the political way. (Virginia), October 19, 2017
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/this-virginia-house-candidate-says-her-opponent-s-mailers-hurt/article_3f6a7b8f-f41e-5ed0-968f-ccf5dc0d48bc.html
 


How Sex Offender Registries Impact Youth, October 18, 2017
Many believe that including children on registries does much more harm than good.
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-sex-offender-registries-impact-youth
 


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.
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/10/17/sex-offender-class-prisoners-violates-u-s-constitution-federal-judge-rules/743593001/
 

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.
http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-will-ohio-voters-enshrine-crime-victims-rights-in-state-constitution-.html

Sex Offender Halloween Law Repealed In Simi Valley (CA), October 16, 2017
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/10/16/sex-offender-law-repealed/

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
http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/15/young-man-arrested-for-underage-sex-was
 

Questions raised over statutory rape provision in senate criminal justice bill (MA), October 15, 2017
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20171015/questions-raised-over-statutory-rape-provision-in-senate-criminal-justice-bill
 


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.
https://patch.com/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/heyl-some-sex-offender-names-soon-could-vanish-online-state-registry

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 https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/spotlight-still-shining-on-underage-sex-case/article_b8686680-4d45-5f46-afd0-fde8b924a195.html
 


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.
https://patch.com/us/across-america/then-i-see-delight-your-eyes-turn-fear

Sex Offender Advocates Object To Local Mapping Of Registered Sex Criminals, October 12, 2017
LETTER TO PATCH.com: 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. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-10-10/california-is-right-to-curb-the-sex-offender-registry 

Is de-listing sex offenders even possible? Lawsuit claims it is, October 10, 2017
John Bordelon owner of TX based Clearmycase.com 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.
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7zxa/the-autistic-children-who-are-labeled-as-sex-offenders
 

The legal fight over Minnesota's sex offender program could have ramifications throughout the country, September 28, 2017
https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2017/09/legal-fight-over-minnesotas-sex-offender-program-could-have-ramifications-th

A Life of Grief: An Exploration of Disenfranchised Grief in Sex Offender Significant Others, September 28, 2017
By Danielle J. S. Bailey
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12103-017-9416-4

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.
http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/27/scotus-shouldnt-let-fear-of-sex-offender


Underage teenager faces life as registered sex offender for having sex with underage girlfriend (TX) , September 27, 2017
https://injusticetoday.com/underage-teenager-faces-life-as-registered-sex-offender-for-having-sex-with-underage-girlfriend-55c377ea9729

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.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-26/plea-bargains-are-a-travesty-there-s-another-way


Catherine Carpenter: The Unconstitutionality of Sex Offense Laws, September 26, 2017
https://www.sfc.edu/news-feed/~post/the-unconstitutionality-of-sex-offense-laws-20171006
 

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.
http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/25/is-minnesotas-indefinite-detention-of-se
 
 


New Texas law keeps sex offenders out of college dorms, September 25, 2017
http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/main-news/new-texas-law-keeps-sex-offenders-out-of-college-dorms/818091135
 

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.
https://www.courthousenews.com/anthony-weiner-faces-sentencing-sexting-teen/

What To Do With Violent Sex Offenders, September 24, 2017
The Supreme Court considers whether “civil commitment” is just prison by another name.
https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/09/24/what-to-do-with-violent-sex-offenders



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.

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/crime/weld-officials-discuss-constitutional-questions-surrounding-sex-offender-registry/ 

Lawmaker Says Sex Offender Registry Is About ‘Public Shaming’, September 22, 2017
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/09/22/colorado-sex-offender-registry-shaming/

 
Ohio House bill seeks to help young 'sexting' offenders, September 20, 2017
http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/09/ohio_house_bill_seeks_to_help.html#incart_river_home

Should Sexting Under Age Be Considered A Crime? (with Lesson Plan), September 20, 2017
https://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2017/09/20/is-underage-sexting-a-crime-with-lesson-plan/

 
Why One Colorado County Took Its Sex-Offender List Offline, September 20, 2017
http://www.westword.com/news/montrose-county-takes-sex-offender-registry-offline-after-court-ruling-9505452

Does barring sex offenders from church violate RFRA? (IN) September 20, 2017
http://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/44849-does-barring-sex-offenders-from-church-violate-rfra 

 
Corrections officials note improvements to state sex offender treatment (UT), September 19, 2017
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865689183/Corrections-officials-note-improvements-to-state-sex-offender-treatment.html

Opinion: The sex-offender panic is destroying lives, September 19, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2017/09/19/the-sex-offender-panic-is-destroying-lives/?utm_term=.122a2e5dcefc


Federal lawsuit challenges Simi Valley Halloween sex offender law for second time (CA), September 18, 2017
http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/simi-valley/2017/09/18/federal-lawsuit-challenges-simi-valley-halloween-sex-offender-law-second-time/677265001/

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.
http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/18/dick-pic-makes-teenager-guilty-of-sexual

Shawna: A Life on the Sex Offender Registry, September 17, 2017
A young mother struggles with life on the sex offender registry.
Documentary Untouchable
https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/09/17/shawna-a-life-on-the-sex-offender-registry

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”.
http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/15/trafficking

Gov. Brown supports bill sent to him that would end lifetime listing of many sex offenders on public registry, September 15, 2017
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gov-brown-supports-bill-sent-to-him-1505539776-htmlstory.html

Calif. lawmakers revamp sex offender registry, throw out lifetime rule, September 15, 2017
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Calif-lawmakers-revamp-sex-offender-registry-12202611.php

Efforts to shrink California's lifetime registry sparks debate on real danger of sex offenders, September 14, 2017
http://kalw.org/post/efforts-shrink-californias-lifetime-registry-sparks-debate-real-danger-sex-offenders#stream/0

'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.
http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/14/im-appalled-says-source-of-pseudo-statis

The Injustice of the ‘Rape-Culture’ Theory, September 13, 2017
For those in the grips of hysteria, proof is the enemy
https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/campus-sex-crime-tribunals-losing-2/

New evidence in 27-year-old child rape case could help Virginia Beach man prove his innocence (Virginia), September 13, 2017
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/new-evidence-in--year-old-child-rape-case-could/article_704538ca-f23a-5bc1-b09a-0a7fd22706e7.html

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
https://www.acslaw.org/acsblog/the-real-test-arrives-will-the-supreme-court-abdicate-constitutional-oversight-for-sex


Where Florida counties sheltered sex offenders during Irma, September 13, 2017
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/florida-counties-sheltered-sex-offenders-irma/


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
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/13/colorado-sex-offender-registration-appeal/


Suicide of teen who made sex video shows dilemma for schools, September 12, 2017
https://apnews.com/c12027bf63604fa4968cd24df9afe58d


A ‘Frightening’ Myth About Sex Offenders, September 12, 2017
Documentary Untouchable
https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000005415081/a-frightening-myth-about-sex-offenders.html


Only 4 states make all sex offenders register for life. California may no longer be one. September 11, 2017
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article172159212.html


During Hurricane Irma, Registered Sex Offenders Struggle To Find Shelter, September 10, 2017
http://wlrn.org/post/during-hurricane-irma-registered-sex-offenders-struggle-find-shelter


Florida Sex Offenders Told to Seek Shelter in Jails and Prisons, or Leave State During Hurricane Irma
, September 10, 2017
http://www.newsweek.com/florida-sex-offenders-told-seek-shelter-jails-and-prisons-or-leave-state-662559


Weathering a Hurricane in Prison, September 9, 2017
https://www.newyorker.com/sections/news/weathering-a-hurricane-in-prison


Lawmaker revives bill that would scale back sex offender registry in California, September 8, 2017
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-lawmaker-revives-bill-that-would-pare-1504890682-htmlstory.html


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
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-08/when-do-you-move-prisoners-out-of-a-hurricane-s-path


CO Ruling Is Seventh Against Sex Offender Registries, September 8, 2017
https://thecrimereport.org/2017/09/08/co-ruling-is-seventh-against-sex-offender-registries/


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.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/florida-sheriff-irma-warrant/539127/


Sex Offenders in Emergency Shelters, September 7, 2017
https://nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu/sex-offenders-emergency-shelters/


COA considers whether ban on sex offenders attending church violates RFRA (IN) , September 7, 2017
http://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/44755-coa-consider-whether-ban-on-sex-offenders-attending-church-violates-rfra


Questions remain about judge's ruling on Colorado's sex offender registry, September 6, 2017
Denver federal judge ruled list unconstitutional
http://www.krdo.com/news/top-stories/questions-remain-about-judges-ruling-on-colorados-sex-offender-registry/617206870


Polk sheriff says criminals, sex offenders not welcome at hurricane shelters, September 6, 2017
LEOs will be checking IDs at shelters
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/polk-deputies-warn-criminals-sex-offenders-not-welcome-at-hurricane-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.
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/09/the-uncomfortable-truth-about-campus-rape-policy/538974/


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
http://www.wafb.com/story/5357901/residents-concerned-about-proposed-sex-offender-hurricane-shelter

Spurred by rape victim, bill targets parental custody rights of sex offenders, September 6, 2017
http://www.app.com/story/news/local/public-safety/2017/09/06/spurred-rape-victim-bill-targets-parental-custody-rights-sex-offenders/628636001/


For Sex Offenders, Registration Is Punishment, September 6, 2017
A federal judge rules that Colorado’s online database violates the Eighth Amendment.
http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/06/for-sex-offenders-registration-is-punish

Vacancies prompt state police to offer abbreviated academy (Virginia), September 3, 2017
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/ap/vacancies-prompt-state-police-to-offer-abbreviated-academy/article_7186c1ea-2af7-5854-82c3-4566f979fbb6.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Professor's new book explores deviations from society's norms, laws, September 1, 2017
https://www.oswego.edu/news/story/professors-new-book-explores-deviations-societys-norms-laws 


Attempt to end lifetime sex-offender registration in California fails, September 1, 2017
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Attempt-to-end-lifetime-sex-offender-registration-12168313.php




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
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/01/colorado-sex-offender-registration-act-unconstitutional/

August 2017
'Cop in a Box' helping Tazewell Co. Sheriff Dept. catch internet predators (Virginia), August 31, 2017
http://www.wvva.com/story/36265896/cop-in-a-box-helping-tazewell-co-sheriff-dept-catch-internet-predators

Judge Finds Colorado Sex Offender Registry Unconstitutional, August 31, 2017
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/08/31/sex-offender-registry-constitution/
 


Judges find 2015 law unconstitutional as applied to registered sex offender (IN), August 31, 2017
http://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/44684-judges-find-2015-law-unconstitutional-as-applied-to-registered-sex-offender

Montco senator's bill would remove sex offender registration requirement for custody crimes (PA), August 31, 2017
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/local/montco-senator-s-bill-would-remove-sex-offender-registration-requirement/article_07e86dc2-8684-11e7-af6c-4741d65007ea.html

A Mother’s Story of her Mentally Disabled Son on The Sex Offender Registry, August 27, 2017
http://www.freerangekids.com/a-mothers-story-of-her-mentally-disabled-son-on-the-sex-offender-registry/

Two Weeks After New Times Story, Ron Book Wants to Close Sex Offender Camp Near Hialeah(FL), August 24, 2017
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-dade-homeless-trust-wants-to-close-hialeah-sex-offender-camp-9611195
 

End Juvenile Sex-Offender Registration: It’s Ineffective and Based on Rare Cases, August 23, 2017
https://jjie.org/2017/08/23/end-juvenile-sex-offender-registration-its-ineffective-and-based-on-rare-cases/

Tent camp of homeless sex offenders near Hialeah ‘has got to close,’ county says (FL), August 22, 2017
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article168569977.html
 



TN Supreme Court backs A.J. Johnson's bid to see alleged victim's social media, August 16, 2017
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2017/08/16/supreme-court-backs-a-j-johnsons-bid-see-alleged-victims-social-media/573332001/

Committee recommends eliminating residency restrictions for sex offenders (OH), August 16, 2017
http://nbc4i.com/2017/08/16/committee-recommends-eliminating-residency-restrictions-for-sex-offenders/
 

Ex-con feels he's being forced to re-offend, asks state to step in (Virginia), August 15, 2017
http://www.nbc12.com/story/36144480/ex-con-feels-hes-being-forced-to-re-offend-asks-state-to-step-in

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.
https://reason.com/blog/2017/08/10/cops-dig-desperately-for-a-picture-that
 

Threats to arrest convicted sex offenders at City Union Mission prompt federal lawsuit (MO), August 10, 2017
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article166456942.html
 

SCOTUS to mull accepting sex offender lawsuit, August 9, 2017
http://minnlawyer.com/2017/08/09/scotus-to-mull-accepting-sex-offender-lawsuit/
 

Cruel and Unusual: the Case Against Registering Kids as Sex Offenders, August 8, 2017
https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/criminal_justice_magazine/v32/SHAH.authcheckdam.pdf

Colorado Cops Say Sex With Teens OK So Long as There's No Sexting, What? August 8, 2017
https://reason.com/blog/2017/08/08/colorado-cops-say-sex-with-teens-ok

Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality? August 8, 2017
https://theconversation.com/are-sex-offender-registries-reinforcing-inequality-79818

Hundreds of Miami Sex Offenders Live in a Squalid Tent City Near Hialeah (FL), August 8, 2017
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-dade-laws-force-sex-offenders-into-homelessness-and-squalor-9559894
 

The Practical Case for Parole for Violent Offenders, August 8, 2017
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/opinion/violent-offender-parole-sentencing-reform.html
 

San Diego sued over refusal to repeal sex-offender laws (CA), August 7, 2017
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/

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.
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/innocence-is-irrelevant/534171/
 

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.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/nyregion/defendants-kept-in-the-dark-about-evidence-until-its-too-late.html?_r=0#site-index-navigation
 

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
https://www.wsj.com/articles/jeff-sessions-scuttles-forensics-partnership-with-scientists-1502148688


Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts risk, August 6, 2017
http://www.telegram.com/news/20170806/landlord-to-sex-offenders-in-ware-on-registry-himself-says-safe-home-cuts-risk  
 

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.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bogus-war-on-internet-sex-work

Life as a Registered Sex Offender: What Is It Really Like? August 4, 2017
Q&A, Part One of Three
https://blogs.psychcentral.com/blog/2017/08/life-as-a-registered-sex-offender-what-is-it-really-like%E2%80%A8/
 

A Bill Intended to Stop Sex Trafficking Could Significantly Curtail Internet Freedom, August 4, 2017
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/08/04/a_bill_to_stop_sex_trafficking_could_curtail_internet_freedom.html

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.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450171/campus-rape-allegations-courts-not-schools-best-judge



Family Says City’s Sex Offender Law Goes Way Too Far (WI), August 2, 2017
https://www.courthousenews.com/family-says-citys-sex-offender-law-goes-way-far/
 

Virginia State Bar files ethics complaint against Joe Morrissey alleging cover-up of sex scandal (Virginia), August 2, 2017
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/virginia-state-bar-files-ethics-complaint-against-joe-morrissey-alleging/article_15384c5a-3a0f-576c-b15e-b36bdc2e3046.html

Editorial: Sex offenders who are homeless are the greater risk, August 1, 2017
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/7253874-181/pd-editorial-sex-offenders-who
 


July 2017 


Michigan files supplemental brief replying to solicitor general, July 31, 2017
https://narsol.org/2017/07/michigan-files-supplemental-brief-replying-to-solicitor-general/
 

San Diego repealing sex offender laws that haven't been enforced for years, July 31, 2017
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/



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.
http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/28/discredited-the-legend-of-mattress-girl
 


How states are working to reduce recidivism among ex-offenders, July 27, 2017
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/states-working-reduce-recidivism-among-ex-offenders/

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
https://www.wsj.com/articles/ex-convicts-help-companies-fill-need-for-skilled-labor-1501156800

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.
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/cops_courts/sex-offenders-now-pay-the-cost-of-supervision/article_67079980-6c69-5cbc-ad2a-5604c5f955d3.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share
 

To Protect Rights On Campus, We Have To Change The Culture (Virginia), July 25, 2017
JMU Case
https://www.forbes.com/sites/briankmiller/2017/07/25/to-protect-rights-on-campus-we-have-to-change-the-culture/amp/
 

New UVA Law Criminal Justice Project Seeks to Move the Needle on Reform (Virginia) July 24, 2017
https://news.virginia.edu/content/new-uva-law-criminal-justice-project-seeks-move-needle-reform
 

Court holds that retroactive extension of sex offender registration is punitive (PA), July 25, 2017
https://injustice-today.com/court-holds-that-retroactive-extension-of-sex-offender-registration-is-punitive-be1e8efad092
 

North Dakota’s Norway Experiment, July 24, 2017
Can humane prisons work in America? A red state aims to find out.
http://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2017/07/north-dakota-norway-prisons-experiment/?platform=hootsuite
 

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.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2017-07-23/ruling-raises-questions-about-sex-offender-registrys-future

Convictions for custody interference brand Pennsylvania parents as sex offenders, July 23, 2017
https://www.theintell.com/news/local/convictions-for-custody-interference-brand-pennsylvania-parents-as-sex-offenders/article_e3f340a8-ce03-56c4-96c8-c785a369e147.html


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
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/false-memory-syndrome-false-confessions-memories?utm_content=buffer56cf7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Opinion: Be wary of emotionally charged laws named after dead people, July 21, 2017
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/be-wary-of-emotionally-charged-laws-named-after-dead-people/article/2629346
 

Pennsylvania Wanted to Harshen the Rules for Sex Offenders With Closed Cases. The Courts Said No. , July 21, 2017
http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/tns-pennsylvania-sex-offender.html

Nevada implementing law on juvenile sex offenders, July 21, 2017
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/jul/21/nevada-implementing-law-on-juvenile-sex-offenders/
 

Betsy DeVos Is Right: Sexual Assault Policy Is Broken, July 21, 2017
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/opinion/betsy-devos-college-sexual-assault.html
 

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.
http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/20/pennsylvania-supreme-court-recognizes-se
 

The Supreme Court made it harder for states to ban sex offenders from social media. Here’s why, July 20, 2017
http://theconversation.com/the-supreme-court-made-it-harder-for-states-to-ban-sex-offenders-from-social-media-heres-why-80873
 




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
http://ccresourcecenter.org/2017/07/19/pa-high-court-holds-sex-offender-registration-unconstitutional/ 

Advocates say psych hospital (SVP’s) newsletters being blocked, July 18, 2017
Marked "Return to Sender"
http://www.timesunion.com/allnews/article/Advocates-say-psych-hospital-newsletters-being-11297712.php?cmpid=twitter-desktop
 

Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry (CA), July 18, 2017
http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20170718/bill-offers-needed-reform-for-sex-offender-registry

Man acquitted in Virginia Beach teen's cold case murder asks judge to clear his record (Virginia), July 18, 2017
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/man-acquitted-in-virginia-beach-teen-s-cold-case-murder/article_d84efc0c-cdf3-55b7-a0ac-436561afed40.html
 

Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry, July 18, 2017
http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20170718/bill-offers-needed-reform-for-sex-offender-registry

As some states reconsider sex-offender registries, an Alabama resident argues the state’s for-life requirements are too much, July 15, 2017
https://www.annistonstar.com/free/as-some-states-reconsider-sex-offender-registries-an-alabama-resident/article_d8f12a3c-699a-11e7-a777-d71fa6cbf90b.html 

McGovern: Statutory status called into question, July 15, 2017
SJC seeks opinions in juvenile rape case
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/bob_mcgovern/2017/07/mcgovern_statutory_status_called_into_question#.WWoOwkHMce4.twitter

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.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article161546878.html

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.
http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/14/iowa-prosecutor-who-threatened-to-treat
 

Bill Filed to Close Sex Offender Loophole (OK), July 14, 2017
http://www.kswo.com/story/35888405/bill-filed-to-close-sex-offender-loophole

Overhaul could drop thousands from sex offender registry (OH), July 14, 2017
Some argue putting label on sex offenders has little public benefit.
http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/overhaul-could-drop-thousands-from-sex-offender-registry/Vx8yW4iYcPGAdLqTqPvxxJ/

Virginia Republicans face the largest number of contested elections in over a decade (Virginia), July 13, 2017
https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/local/virginia-republicans-face-the-largest-number-of-contested-elections-in/article_466b949a-d7f2-5b00-b1c0-8a5fcc6f9bbc.html


New data: The rise of the “prosecutor politician”, July 13, 2017
https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2017/07/13/prosecutors/

Phone conferences curtailed for sex offenders (NY), July 13, 2017
Patients at state-run hospital under civil confinement can't join in national teleconferences
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Phone-conferences-curtailed-for-sex-offenders-11288002.php

It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems, July 13, 2017
https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/it-s-time-overhaul-america-s-broken-probation-and-parole-systems

Airbnb uses background checks to weed out sex offenders, July 13, 2017
http://wate.com/2017/07/13/airbnb-uses-background-checks-to-weed-out-sex-offenders/

New Oregon law means life sentences for second-strike sex offenders, July 12, 2017
http://www.kgw.com/news/crime/new-oregon-law-means-life-sentences-for-second-strike-sex-offenders/456108018



Newport News adopts interagency juvenile crime program (Virginia), July 11, 2017
http://www.dailypress.com/news/newport-news/dp-nws-newport-news-city-council-july-20170711-story.html

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.
http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/10/released-from-prison-locked-out-of-work
 


DOJ urges SCOTUS not to review Sixth Circuit panel decision finding retroactive application of Michigan sex offender law unconstitutional, July 8, 2017
http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2017/07/doj-urges-scotus-not-to-review-sixth-circuit-panel-decision-finding-parts-of-michigan-sex-offender-l.html

UK Prison inmates fear their blankets are made by sex offenders, July 7, 2017
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/prison-inmates-fear-blankets-made-13295765


State can't block ALL sex offenders (on Probation) from having smart phone (IA), July 6, 2017
http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/State-cant-block-sex-offender-from-having-smart-phone-432914493.html