Registration not cruel and unusual punishment, says Tenth Circuit

By Larry . . . NARSOL is extremely disappointed to announce this long-awaited decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. To refresh your memory, in August 2017 U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch found that Colorado’s sex offender registration scheme was unconstitutional. The state appealed Judge Matsch’s decision to the Court of Appeals. Both NARSOL and a…

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Long awaited news from Colorado is disappointing

By Larry . . . NARSOL is extremely disappointed to announce the long-awaited decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. To refresh your memory since this case has been pending for several years, U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch found that Colorado’s sex offender registration scheme was unconstitutional back in August, 2017. The state appealed Judge…

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Colorado Supreme Court allows man to stop registering

By Michael Karlik . . .  In a 4-3 decision, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a criminal defendant was entitled to his request to de-register as a sex offender because he completed the terms of his probationary sentence and therefore no longer had a conviction under the law. A district court agreed with the prosecution, claiming that the…

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NARSOL in Action wrap-up: Colorado deregistration

By Grant Miller . . . Attorney Colleen Kelley was our special guest on our most recent NARSOL In Action held August 15th. We focused on the section of Colorado law that permits a person to petition for deregistration and the case of Millard v. Rankin which is pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Deregistration…

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Colorado’s CSOR involved in multiple advocacy initiatives

By Susan Walker . . . In Colorado the Coalition for Sexual Offense Restoration continues to work with men and women in prison and coming out of prison.  We offer assistance in finding housing and in mentoring men and their families regarding the pitfalls that can be present in the community as they parole out. We educate the same men…

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Boulder, CO city staff: “Housing restrictions not the answer”

UPDATE 11/15: Boulder City Council Tuesday night (11/14) voted not to implement housing restrictions for those on the registry:   http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_31455117/boulder-city-council-decides-not-restrict-housing-options By Alex Burness . . . Boulder’s City Council should not adopt any laws limiting housing options for “sexually violent predators,” and should instead form a working group and try to improve inter-governmental cooperation on the issue, city staff recommends. This…

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Colorado ruling sparks deeper debate over sex offender registries

By Kaitlin Durbin . . . When David sifted through the mail the morning of his 18th birthday, he hoped to find cards with money. Instead, he received a warrant for his arrest. The charge: statutory rape. It was 2007, and the 17-year-old junior basketball star had recently moved to a small Missouri town, population less than 500, and almost immediately started…

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Lenore agrees: registry is ineffective

By Lenore Skenazy…. A federal judge in Colorado, Richard Matsch, has agreed with what we have been saying for a while here at Free-Range Kids: The public sex offender registry is not making kids any safer. At the same time, it is cruel and unconstitutional. The judge ruled in a case filed by three men on the registry. All have…

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Federal judge holds Colorado registry is punishment; violates Eighth Amendment

By Robin . . . In a far reaching opinion that is sure to send Colorado’s Attorney General scrambling to salvage that state’s registration and notification scheme, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Matsch (a Nixon appointee who presided over the trial of Oklahoma City bombing defendant Timothy McVeigh) has held the entire Colorado Sex Offender Registration Act (C.R.S. §§…

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Five million dollars for voodoo science? Colorado?

By Christopher N. Osher . . . Colorado has spent more than $5 million to administer polygraphs on convicted sex offenders over the last seven years despite concerns that the tests are so unreliable they can’t be used as evidence during civil or criminal trials. Polygraphs help officials decide which prisoners convicted of sex offenses are suited for release from…

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