Florida: Significant ex post facto victory in Ft. Lauderdale case

By Robin . . . In a significant victory for registered citizens in Florida who have been hounded by the ever-increasing reach of residency restrictions enacted by local ordinances, Judge Mindy Solomon of Broward County has held Section 16-127 of the Fort Lauderdale Code of Ordinances unconstitutional both as applied and on its face. The effect of this ruling is…

Read More

Underage Sexual Activity better than Sexual Assault of Child — but still a crime

By The Registry Trap . . . Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker signed 2017 Assembly Bill 414 (now 2017 Wisconsin Act 174), creating the brand new crime of Underage Sexual Activity. In a saner world, a statute specifically criminalizing consensual sex between teenagers wouldn’t be good news, but that’s not the world we live in. As you already know if you’ve…

Read More

Blanket sex offender bans? Judge says no

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago says a corrections department ban on telephone contact between a mom with a sex-crime conviction and her 17-year-old daughter should be lifted. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin says Tuesday’s ruling is in a lawsuit filed for Robin Frazier and four others. It argues automatic, blanket bans on all contact by sex offenders…

Read More

Long time SO advocate speaks out: “Abolish the registry”

By Josh Sweigart . . . Derek Logue is a member of one of the few groups it is socially acceptable for people to openly hate. He knows online comments on this story will likely refer to him in the most vulgar terms, and no one will come to his defense. But Logue said people like him are being unfairly…

Read More

Registry Matters Episode 17 – Real Criminal Justice Reform

Episode 17 2018/03/24 Larry and Andy discuss what criminal justice reform looks like with the new district attorney in Philadelphia, the West Virginia Supreme Court decision regarding Internet usage, the shutdown of Craigslist personals, compassionate release from prison, and the cost of civil commitment. http://www.registrymatters.co/podcast/episode-17-real-criminal-justice-reform/  

Read More

Abusing his authority, NC Sheriff goes “above and beyond” what the law allows

By Robin Vander Wall . . . In June, 2017, a registered sex offender in Halifax County was visited by the sheriff’s office for his biannual verification check. Eight days later, and after successful verification of his address, the same registered sex offender was charged with kidnapping and attempting to rape a 1-year-old child. So much for the usefulness of…

Read More

CT nursing home can continue helping registered sexual offenders, court rules

By Kathleen McWilliams . . . A Superior Court judge has ruled that a private nursing home that provides care to prison parolees does not violate Rocky Hill’s zoning code. The town claims the 60 West St. nursing home violates the town’s zoning codes because it does not serve traditional nursing home patients. Officials say the facility should not be…

Read More

W.V. Supreme Court: Internet usage protected speech for convicted sexual offenders

By Kyla Asbury . . . The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that completely restricting a person’s access to the internet as a condition of their parole from prison is a violation of the First Amendment. The West Virginia Parole Board revoked Bobby Ross’s parole based, in part, on him violating a condition of parole prohibiting him…

Read More