Some to be removed from sex offender registry in South Carolina

By Rochelle Dean . . . In a settlement agreement with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson along with State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel those wrongly convicted of sodomy in the state of South Carolina will now be taken off of the Sex Offender Registry in the Palmetto State. The announcement comes after arguments in Mary Geiger Lewis’s courtroom…

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Good news coming for South Carolina

By Don . . .This looks like it may be a good year for registrants in South Carolina.  The legislature is busy and determined to pass legislation in response to last year’s Supreme Court decision that our lifetime registration without benefit of a way off is unconstitutional. According to WSPA.com, “Right now, the only way for someone to be removed…

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Changes in Model Penal Code accepted by ALI Council

By Sandy . . . March 2 the Council of the American Law Institute approved the recommendations for changes to its Model Penal Code as pertains to the management of sexual crimes and the sex offender registry. The recommendations which were approved were modified from the committee’s final draft due to pressure from various entities. The recommendations have been years…

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Supreme Ct. Justice Sotomayor tells it “like it is” about people on the registry

Justice Sotomayor’s quotes are taken from here. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert in the case of Angel Ortiz, a man with a sexual crime conviction who has been fighting what he believes was unlawful detention by the state of New York, Justice Sonia Sotomayor had some very harsh things to say about New York’s residency restriction laws…

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U.S. judge in Tennessee orders men removed from sex offense registry citing “retroactive punishment”

By Ayumi Davis . . . U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ordered the removal of eight men from the sex offender registry to end their retroactive punishments. “Tennessee officials continue to flout the Constitution’s guarantees,” Trauger wrote in her ruling Friday. “The federal district courts of this state have repeatedly concluded that the same analysis applies … to Tennessee’s own,…

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Connecticut Supreme Court delivers hopeful verdict

Anthony A. v. Department of Correction By Larry . . . This is a lingering case that has gone on for several years. NARSOL has decided to use fewer quotes from the court’s opinion than we normally do because some of the language is very graphic in terms of the sexual acts alleged. In 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed…

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Person-first language takes hold in CO

By Colette Bordelon . . . A board created by Colorado’s state legislature, which develops standards for the treatment and supervision of convicted sex offenders, is changing the language surrounding the term “sex offender.” The Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) was created in 1992 and works with around 500 treatment providers within the state, which serve approximately 2,000-3,000 sex offenders. The Program…

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For 2021, Patch’s “red-dot” maps were (almost) gone; thank you, Patch!

By Sandy . . . It started around 2010, this conflation of Halloween and danger to children from those on the sexual offense registry. Based on a simple Google search in an informal study, there were zero articles on that subject up to 2002, when there was one. There was also one in 2004. Each year more were added; by…

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SCOTUS won’t weigh in regarding defacement of Louisiana “sex offender” ID

By Ken Stickney . . . The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a Louisiana case that involved a man who defaced his state-issued identification badge by removing the designation “sex offender” from it. A petition to the high court from the Louisiana solicitor general for a writ of certiorari was denied, according to the court’s order list revealed…

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Michigan Supreme Court says registry is punishment.

By John Agar . . . MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court said requirements of the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act are an unconstitutional punishment for a man convicted years before the registry took effect. The man’s attorney said the ruling in the Muskegon County case would impact others who were convicted before registry rules were amended in…

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