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CA RSOL Meeting in San Diego – September 20

On September 20th the monthly California RSOL meeting will be from 10 am to 1 pm in San Diego. The meeting will take place at California Western School of Law at 225 Cedar Street San Diego, CA 92101, Room LH2.

Registrants, family and friends,…

Sexual Offender Residence Restrictions

ATSA supports evidence-based public policy and practice. Research consistently shows that residence restrictions do not reduce sexual reoffending or increas community safety. In fact, these laws often create more problems than they … Read More >>

SC: Public university required students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action

Clemson University is requiring students to reveal how many times they’ve had sex in the past month and with how many partners.

 In screenshots obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, the South Carolina university is asking students invasive… Read More >>

Jurors Beware: State Crime Labs Incentivized to Help Falsely Convict

Many jurors are led to believe that evidence and results provided to them through state crime labs are objective data on which they can rely in determining the fate of the defendant. Earlier this year, we discussed the crime lab scandal at … Read More >>

UT: Sex offenders driving up prison population

Prison populations around the country have been in steady decline for the past 10 years. In Utah, it’s a different story.

The number of men and women in the state’s prison system has continued to rise, with the highest drivers being nonviolent… Read More >>

AK: How We See It – Sex Offender Laws Need Another Look

Is it assuming too much to believe any substantial changes to the state’s sex offender laws is dead on arrival at the state Legislature? Will they even arrive?

Arkansas lawmakers approved creation of a sex offender registry in 1997, … Read More >>

FBI launches a face recognition system

The FBI’s new facial recognition system lets local police easily identify you. It will one day spot you from your iris, voice and the way you walk.

It’s called the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, and the agency… Read More >>

TX: Deputy seeks sex offender dick pics

A Sheriff’s deputy in Wise County has been arrested in a bizarre incident. Sgt. Chad Hightower told sex offenders the state now required him to photograph them nude. He even told one fellow he must achieve an erection for the photo… Read More >>

The Supreme Court Renders Another Decision Interpreting the Ex Post Facto Clause

June 2013 – The national drive to identify and punish child predators took a step backward this week.  While on its surface, the Supreme Court’s decision this week in Peugh v. United States does not deal with sex offenders, its impactRead More >>

IL: Study – Home prices may suffer in areas near offenders

BLOOMINGTON — The legal limits on where convicted sex offenders can live have created an unintended financial consequence for McLean County property owners who may have a person considered an outcast by society living next door.

The selling…

Steep cost to house sex offenders

Sometime before Oct. 24, if all goes according to plan, ____ ____ will move into a rented three-bedroom home on five acres in the backcountry community of Campo — a move that will be unwelcome by neighbors, closely watched by a team of experts,… Read More >>

Bellflower eases ‘loitering’ rules for sex offenders

BELLFLOWER — The City Council Monday night gave final approval to an ordinance change halting the enforcement of “loitering” restrictions on registered sexual offenders as listed in a 2010 city law and instead aligns itself with state… Read More >>

VA: Justices – Judge erred in ordering lifetime waiver of probationer’s 4th Amendment rights

RICHMOND, Virginia — A judge went too far in requiring a sex offender to surrender his constitutional protection against unreasonable searches after leaving prison, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday. Full Article… Read More >>

AUS: Child sex abuse within families rampant

Victoria Police wants to open a new front in the fight against family violence as frightening new data reveals a 43 per cent jump in child sex abuse cases in the past five years.

Detective Superintendent Rod Jouning, head of the Victoria Police… Read More >>

Sex Offender Sues Westminster For Enacting “Unconstitutional” City Park Ban

An activist working to reform municipal and county sex-offender restriction laws in California is now targeting the City of Westminster, according to a federal lawsuit. Full Article… Read More >>

WA: Porn conviction tossed over military’s surveillance role

____ ____, who lives near Seattle, was convicted and sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2012 for possessing and distributing child pornography that police said they found on his computer. On Friday, a federal appeals court overturned his convictions… Read More >>

KS: Supreme Court hears arguments on constitutionality of state’s offender registry

TOPEKA, Kansas — The attorney for a convicted child molester on Thursday challenged the constitutionality of the Kansas offender registry before the state’s highest court, arguing social media has made the Internet the new town… Read More >>

The Promise (and Perils) of Predicting Sex Crimes

Attorney-General Eric Holder’s August 1 speech criticizing the use of risk assessment in sentencing decisions may not lever the issue to the top of the policy agenda. But a new paper could revive the debate about the effectiveness of risk… Read More >>

Canada: B.C. rights group says mandatory minimums cost billions but don’t reduce crime

VANCOUVER – Ottawa’s push to implement mandatory minimum sentences is potentially adding billions of dollars in costs to the criminal justice system without reducing crime or making the public safer, says a report released… Read More >>

Civil rights activist group sues South Pasadena over ‘arbitrary and discriminatory’ sex offender ordinance

SOUTH PASADENA >> A civil rights activist group filed a lawsuit against South Pasadena this week, alleging the city’s sex offender ordinance strips “a socially outcast minority” of their First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment… Read More >>

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