NJ Supreme Court: some Megan’s Law amendments unconstitutional

By Michael Booth . . . The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday held 2014 amendments to Megan’s Law enhancing certain penalties for sex offenders who violate parole requirements unenforceable against four defendants based on the ex post facto clauses of both the state and federal constitutions. The court, in a unanimous ruling, vacated the convictions and sentences of four paroled sex offenders…

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Registry Matters Episode 26 – How Lea Bickerton Is Helping Registrants

We are graciously joined by Lea Bickerton,  a practicing attorney in the Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania area. Lea is with the firm  Bickerton & Bickerton, Attorneys at Law. @bickertonlaw on Twitter https://twitter.com/bickertonlaw These are the issues we discuss this session: https://www.cato.org/blog/convicted-violating-law-does-not-exist https://www.wpr.org/node/1277756 http://reason.com/blog/2018/05/23/lifetime-gps-tacking-is-not-punishment-s https://jenniferkamorowski.net/2018/05/19/polygraph-testing-and-treatment-of-sexual-offenders/ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/20/opinion/trump-prison-reform.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion https://www.registercitizen.com/news/crime/article/Court-Pardon-lifts-requirement-to-register-as-12930821.php https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/22/amazon-is-selling-facial-recognition-to-law-enforcement-for-a-fistful-of-dollars/ http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/prosecutors_say_use_of_condoms_made_outside_state_made_sex_crime_a_federal http://www.registrymatters.co/podcast/ep26-how-lea-bickerton-is-helping-registrants/

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Locked up for what you might do: the Good Lives Model perverted

By Michael M. . . . Imagine what it would be like to be Jason Schoenfeld, a disabled military veteran who was convicted of aggravated assault of a child, sent to prison for 18 years, and then released at the end of his term to a halfway house in Houston, Texas. At the halfway house, he stayed in relatively comfortable…

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AZ RSOL tries to dispel residency restrictions ignorance

By Bianca Buono . . . A loophole in Arizona law allows sex offenders to live near schools, in some cases just feet away from campus. Per state law, it’s only illegal for a sex offender to live within 1,000 feet of a school if that person has been convicted of a dangerous crime against children. According to the state…

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NARSOL to sheriff: Stop the fear-mongering

As have done politicians before him, Sheriff Manny Gonzales of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, is using the tactic of creating fear in the public in his bid for reelection. He has created a campaign ad showing individuals on the New Mexico sexual offense registry who are allegedly out of compliance and cautioning the public to beware of these potentially armed and…

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Argument in People v. Bingham

[floridaactioncommittee.org 5/22/18] The below video is from the recent argument before the Illinois Supreme Court in People v. Bingham. Jerome Bingham, who committed a sexual offense more than 30 years ago, was arrested for stealing pallets. As a consequence of his stealing these wooden pallets and a further consequence of a 2012 change in the Illinois law that required anyone…

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Registry Matters Episode 25 – Why GPS monitoring should be 1 of the 7 deadly sins

Larry and Andy talk about the week’s issues as well as listener questions and comments. Utah sex offender laws are draconian. https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/cobb_campaign_aide_resigns_aft.html http://www.sj-r.com/zz/news/20180513/why-sex-offenders-in-missouri-dont-stick-around-long http://www.abc27.com/investigators/investigations/sex-offender-i-am-not-a-monster-/1180788860 https://www.criminallegalnews.org/news/2018/may/15/ex-offender-registries-common-sense-or-nonsense/ https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/05/16/luke-heimlich-oregon-state https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2018/05/16/wisconsin-supreme-court-urged-push-lawmakers-defense-lawyer-pay/616110002/ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/us/politics/republicans-democrats-judicial-nominations.html https://www.vox.com/2016/7/5/12059448/sex-offender-registry Why GPS monitoring should be 1 of the 7 deadly sins A malfunction in the charging could land you in jail. No access to power? Could land you in jail. Poor…

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The sex offender registry: a non-punitive civil regulatory scheme

By Sandy . . . The sex offender registry is a non-punitive civil regulatory scheme. Keep that in mind. Keep repeating it. A non-punitive civil regulatory scheme. Civil, not criminal. The requirement to register is triggered by a criminal conviction, both felonies and misdemeanors, but the requirement to register is not part of punishment. It is non-punitive. So ruled the…

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American hero or manipulative monster?

By Sandy . . . This is the insidiousness of being on the sex offender registry: No matter what you have done before, no matter how noble or brave or selfless, everything done after is seen through the prism of that label. Sex offender. Monster. Destroyer of children. Who, really, is Michael Cain? In 2003, at age 22, he was a…

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$385 million is what it costs Florida every year

[tampabay.com 5/21/18] The Republican-leaning Washington Economics Group of Coral Gables says Florida loses millions by spending on extra court and prison costs while losing the opportunity to create new jobs for new offenders. By Mary Ellen Klas Seven years after Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted to end the state policy that automatically restored the civil rights of…

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