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Once a sex offender always a sex offender — even beyond death?

  By Sandy . . . Who was Benjamin Gran? Registered sex offender sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release after he was caught with a massive amount of child pornography; Autistic young man caught in a “witch hunt” after being duped by an unrepentant pedophile; Third fatality in the deadly Amtrak derailment; Member of the Special Olympics team; Member of…

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CT Sentencing Commission recommends shortening registration period for some

By Jack Kramer . . . A proposal that would allow some on the sex offender registry to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the registry was unanimously approved Thursday by the Sentencing Commission. The Sentencing Commission also approved recommending reducing misdemeanor sentencing from 365 days to 364 days. That one day would give immigration…

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Connecticut considers substantial cut to state’s sex offender registry

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s sex offender registry could get a lot smaller under a new plan. Under the plan, a Sex Offender Registry Board would decide who has to register and for how long.  Registered sex offenders could also petition to be removed or placed on a non-public list. The Connecticut Sentencing Commission heard hours of testimony on it today. The Center…

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Pennsylvania Legislature attempts to “fix” unconstitutional law

By Paula Reed Ward . . . A bill introduced this week in Harrisburg attempts to fix flaws in the state’s sex-offender registration system identified in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in July and could affect more than 10,000 registrants. Bill sponsor Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin, called it “imperative” to amend the law. “We have worked hard to come up with a…

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NARSOL gears up to challenge Int’l Megan’s Law

By NARSOL . . . Congress’s enactment of legislation permitting the State Department to mark the passports of registered citizens and notify nations about their pending travel is reprehensible. It is beneath the dignity of the United States to brand its own citizens with a mark of derision and shame, a mark that will very likely close a great many…

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Tenth Circuit COA upholds Oklahoma driver’s license requirement

By Robin . . . Unpersuaded by the court-appointed counsel’s encouragement to read a prison inmate’s pro se lawsuit liberally enough to include a First Amendment complaint, the Tenth Circuit has affirmed a lower Court’s judgment dismissing a challenge to Oklahoma’s requirement that citizens convicted of an “aggravated sex offense” must have their driver’s licenses (and state-issued identification cards) stamped…

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Is prison abuse just part of a sex offender’s sentence?

By Shelly Stow . . . Closing our eyes to prisoner abuse must stop. Prisons are not supposed to be fun or pleasant. They are designed for restrictions and punishment intended to bring about rehabilitation. They are not intended to facilitate, even encourage, vigilante activities against those whom other prisoners choose to mistreat. Men in prison for convictions involving sexual…

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Snyder outcome beginning to show its effects in Michigan

By John Agar . . . Three Grand Rapids men on Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry have settled a federal lawsuit against the state over housing requirements that restrict where they can live. They had been told they could not live in homes that were within 1,000 feet of a school zone. Attorney Sarah Riley Howard challenged the school-zone law as…

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Florida Action Committee fights absurd Miami-Dade ordinance

By Isabella Vi Gomes . . . For 12 years, Miami-Dade’s registered sex offenders have been barred from living within 2,500 feet of any school, playground, or daycare. They’re effectively homeless by law, and today hundreds live in squalor in makeshift “tent cities” under bridges, near trailer parks, and on roadsides. After New Times reported on a camp near Hialeah, county officials called these encampments…

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Passport requirement casts wide net, imposes badge of shame

By Jacob Sullum . . . The notice, which will appear on the second-to-last page of U.S. passports, is officially known as an “endorsement,” but it is more like a badge of shame. “The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor,” it says, “and is a covered sex offender pursuant to 22 United States Code Section 212b(c)(l).”…

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