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WI: Milwaukee Common Council votes to lift sex offender residency restrictions

Most residency restrictions for sex offenders would be lifted under a plan approved Wednesday by the Milwaukee Common Council. The city’s current ordinance bans many sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of places like schools, parks and day care centers. The measure, which was approved overwhelmingly, repeals such residency “buffers,” meaning that sex offenders . . . (Source)

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Reasonable shelter denied to registrants facing horrific storms

By Sandy . . . With hurricane season upon us, and some especially dangerous ones already sweeping through Texas, Louisiana, and now Florida, we are beginning to hear of bad situations and civil rights violations. From Texas, the reports are fairly consistent that registrant evacuees on parole or probation were required to report to police or sheriff headquarters and be sheltered…

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What you think you know about sex offenders is wrong, attorney says

As writer Alan Prendergast reported, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch has ruled that Colorado’s sex-offender registry violates the due-process rights of three plaintiffs, thereby amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. Boulder attorney Alison Ruttenberg, who filed the case in 2013, sees the opinion as the potential death knell for a law enforcement tool that, in her view, perpetuates factually…

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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd

As residents of Florida are bracing down to prepare for Hurricane Irma, what is expected to be the strongest natural disaster to hit the Atlantic coast this century, Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, takes the time to post the following message to his Twitter account: What’s wrong with this guy? Please feel free to exercise your First Amendment right to…

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Riders of the storm: Registrants in the wake of natural disasters

Tropical storms and hurricanes are a part of life living in coastal states. The US has been fortunate in recent years with few destructive storms making landfall, but we just endured Hurricane Harvey in Texas, while Hurricane Irma could make landfall in Florida or further up the Atlantic Coast. People are expected to make adequate preparations for these storms, but…

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