Judge says Dayton, MN sexual offender housing restrictions must go

By Chris Serres . . . A Hennepin County judge has struck down a far-reaching ordinance in Dayton, Minn., that restricts where sex offenders can live, ruling that the measure is trumped by state law. The decision concerns a city ordinance that effectively barred convicted sex offenders from living anywhere in the city of Dayton, a semirural community of about 5,000 residents…

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First Step Act passes Senate; Cotton amendments rejected

By Nicholas Fandos . . . The Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the most substantial changes in a generation to the tough-on-crime prison and sentencing laws that ballooned the federal prison population and created a criminal justice system that many conservatives and liberals view as costly and unfair. The First Step Act would expand job training and other programming aimed at reducing…

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Registry Matters Episode 54: Why bi-partisian legislation is a blankety-blank

In this latest episode of Registry Matters, Andy posits how the registry’s isolating people may cause them to do less than desirable things; Our criminal justice system removes parents from their kids permanently; Is bail reform going well and is it a good thing?; Who exactly is holding up the vote on CJ reform?; Are we draining the swamp in…

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