VA: Patrick Hope column: Virginia’s sexually violent predator laws have gone too far

[richmond.com – 9/29/19] The “lock ’em up and throw away the key” era of criminal justice is over. Virginians have reassessed their views on criminal justice to better address mass incarceration weighed against costs and the likelihood to reoffend. Policies ripe for reform include: resentencing prisoners who were convicted as youth; repealing mandatory minimums; legalizing […] [Read More]

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Virginia’s problems with its civil commitment program: too many to count

By Patrick Hope . . . The “lock ’em up and throw away the key” era of criminal justice is over. Virginians have reassessed their views on criminal justice to better address mass incarceration weighed against costs and the likelihood to reoffend. Policies ripe for reform include: resentencing prisoners who were convicted as youth; repealing mandatory minimums; legalizing marijuana; abolishing…

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Nebraskans Unafraid, NARSOL, ask Nebraska Legislature for registry reform

By Sandy . . . On September 12, NARSOL was asked to submit written testimony regarding damages done by the sexual offense registry, with emphasis on recommended changes. We were asked to focus on two issues: the harm caused by retroactive application of registry requirements to those who had established stable lives and the importance of providing a clear path…

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Testimony for NE Judiciary Committee hearing

Negative Consequences of Public Registration  By Brenda and Sandy . . . In 2009, Nebraska adopted the tiering system of the Adam Walsh Act, overnight essentially doubling its public database by pulling previously non-public registrants onto its published sexual offender registry, individuals who had already paid their debts to society and were moving forward with their lives.[1] Many had married,…

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It’s why we have separation of powers.

After a former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor was released by Judge R. Michael Hutcheson on supersedeas bond, (allowing the defendant to be free while he appeals his case), Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood took it personally and sent some tweets critical of the judge and the defendant. Apparently it’s not the first time.Over the summer, Sheriff Chitwood criticized Circuit Judge…

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IL: Win – Federal Judge says internet case can proceed

A Federal Judge in the Northern District of Illinois has DENIED the IL Department of Correction’s Motion to Dismiss in a case challenging the DOC’s policy of restricting internet access to parolees. The plaintiffs, through their rock-star attorneys, Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg, are persons who are required to register as sex offenders who are challenging the IL DOC’s policy.…

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That has to be all

UPDATE: The school district has denied the details of the incident as reported in the article I linked and here. I am attempting to investigate further, but if I don’t get any further confirmation of the facts as they have been presented, I will remove the post. By Sandy . . . “That just has to be all.” One of…

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