New York man’s death investigated as a murder in New York psychiatric center

By Matt . . . A New York man who was a patient in the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center was found dead with injuries around his neck on the night of September 20. The 28-year-old man had been convicted in 2019 after being accused of a sex crime. He had finished his incarceration and was on supervised release. It is unclear…

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“No empirical support for the effectiveness of residence restrictions”

By Jacob Sullum . . . Since 2005, New York has prohibited people on “level three” of the state’s sex offender registry from living within 1,000 feet of a school. In New York City, as the above map shows, those “buffer zones” cover nearly all residential areas. Because the state requires registrants to find legally compliant housing before they leave prison,…

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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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Settlement of NY case restores use of social media to some registrants

By Sara Rizzo . . . People on the sex offender registry in New York State can now access the internet and social media platforms without restrictions, except in some cases. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), Rutgers Law School Constitutional Rights Clinic, and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York secured a settlement on January 24 ending the ban.…

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Time to decide: Will we settle for “feel-good” laws?

Originally published at the Times-Union, Albany, New York 11/30/21 Reprinted in full with permission. By Sandy . . . Approximately 180,000 individuals are incarcerated in the United States for a sexual crime. The offenses range from violent rape to exhibitionism. The vast majority will be released into the community to complete the sentence under probation or parole with some having…

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Second Circuit: Private company home visits constitutional for registrants

By Amanda Ottaway . . . A Long Island sex offender who faced home visits from a private nonprofit contracted by his county did not endure an unconstitutional search, the Second Circuit affirmed Wednesday. Writing for a three-judge panel, U.S. Circuit Judge Christopher Droney noted in the ruling that in this case, public-safety interests outweigh the offenders’ rights. “In sum, the program advances…

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