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Illinois appeals court finds sex offender registration requirement too harsh

By Scott . . . For the second time this year, an Illinois state appellate court has overturned sex offender registration conditions placed on a defendant. The unanimous decision was issued by a panel of Illinois’ 3rd District Appellate Court on 8/20/18. The court found that Illinois’ Sex Offender Registration Act and related restrictions, as applied to Devin M. Kochevar,…

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2 years later, still no action on Michigan’s Sex Offense Registry

By Sophie Sherry . . . The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the state of Michigan over its handling of the state’s sex offender registry. In 2016, the 6th Circuit Court ruled that aspects of Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act, SORA, were unconstitutional. The court’s opinion specifically noted portions of the act which allowed the state to retroactively impose…

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SCOTUS declines to hear Muniz *UPDATED INFO 1/27*

*On January 22, 2018 SCOTUS denied hearing Muniz. The advocates in PA and NARSOL are working to develop a strategy to support those impacted by Muniz. The Pennsylvania Prison Society and the Pennsylvania Defenders Association are both recommending to all of their clients that they sit tight in terms of getting off the registry unless they are in prison for…

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RSOL, RTAG in Washington to dialogue with legislators, staffers, journalists about International Megan’s Law

Brenda Jones, ED of National RSOL, and Paul Rigney, director of Registrant Travel Action Group (RTAG), are in Washington, D.C. this week to meet with legislative staffers and others to present our joint position on the passage of IML. Our focus will be making our opposition clear on the basis of certain constitutional rights. The legislation violates the 14th amendment…

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