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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves SB 448

In a vote of 7 to 0, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 448 (SB 448) on August 27 by releasing it from the committee’s suspense file. The next step for the bill is a vote on the floor of the Senate next week (Monday, August… Read More >>

CA RSOL Meeting August 29 in Berkeley

The last California RSOL meeting of the summer will take place in Berkeley on August 29, 2015. Please join us for networking, support and an update about CA RSOL’s effort to restore the Civil Rights for those required to register pursuant… Read More >>

New CDCR Report Reduces Rate of Re-Offense to Less than 1 Percent

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has issued a new report that reflects a significantly lower rate of re-offense for registered citizens on parole. The name of the report is “2014 Outcome Evaluation… Read More >>

A Senseless Policy – Take kids off the sex-offender registries.

At age 10, Maya R. did something that would disturb just about anyone: “Me and my step-brothers, who were ages 8 and 5, ‘flashed’ each other and play-acted sex while fully clothed,” she told Human Rights Watch researcher Nicole Pittman.… Read More >>

NV: Sex offenders challenge Nevada supervision law

More than a dozen sex offenders are challenging the Nevada Parole Board’s authority to impose conditions on their lifetime supervision. The offenders, identified only as Does 1-16, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against several… Read More >>

MA: High court shoots down city’s residency restrictions on sex offenders

BOSTON – In a ruling that could affect dozens of Massachusetts communities, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court on Friday agreed an ordinance limiting where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn cannot stand.

Several registered sex… Read More >>

DC: Court Denies Challenge to Sex Offender’s Website on Registry Officials

A website that “registers” and posts photos of government employees who work in the District of Columbia’s sex offender registration office is protected by the First Amendment, a D.C. Superior Court held in a February 14, 2014 memorandum… Read More >>

Don’t confuse sex addicts, offenders

Recent local stories – of a financial aid director abusing his power against women, of a serial child molester, of an alleged rapist – have the disturbing sex offender in mind. We’re told such behavior generally repeats… Read More >>

Collateral damage: Harsh sex offender laws may put whole families at risk

Research says that registries and residency bans leave children of sex offenders vulnerable to bullying, homelessness.

When ____ ____, 38, bolts from his desk around 5:30 most weeknights, he’s up against his most important deadline of… Read More >>

SB 448 scheduled for hearing August 24

The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider Senate Bill 448 (SB 448) during a hearing on August 24. If passed, the bill would require registered citizens to disclose internet identifiers to law enforcement officials.

The Senate Public… Read More >>

AL: Sex Offender Law Challenged

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CN) – Sex offenders in Alabama must comply with debilitating restrictions that encompass “virtually every facet of their lives,” eight men claim in a class action.

Eight John Doe plaintiffs sued General… Read More >>

How a dubious statistic convinced U.S. courts to approve of indefinite detention [Opinion]

In the 2002 case McKune v. Lile, the Supreme Court upheld a Kansas law that imposed harsher sentences on sex offenders who declined to participate in a prison rehab program. The substance of the Kansas law the court upheld isn’t as important… Read More >>

National RSOL: International Travel Group

If you or someone you know was denied entry into another country as a consequence of registration, we want to hear from you. A new group, supported by RSOL National, is examining the issues related to registered citizens traveling, including… Read More >>

Courts are giving reduced terms to many child-porn defendants

U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin of the Northern District of Ohio polled a jury in February about what jurors thought a suitable sentence would be for ____ ____, a child pornography defendant who was found guilty of having 19 videos and 93 still… Read More >>

MI: Anderson sentencing hits home with other parents

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – The Anderson family of Elkhart are back to waiting, after an uneventful court appearance Wednesday afternoon. The judge delayed a decision on resentencing  19-year-old Zach Anderson who must register as … Read More >>

Judge Denies TRO, Schedules New Hearing on October 1 [updated with media]

An Orange County Superior Court judge denied a temporary restraining order (TRO) requested by Richard Linington, a registered citizen, and Michelle Moreno, his fiancée, during a hearing on August 19 that would have prevented the enforcement… Read More >>

Vigilant Solutions and Watch Systems team to deliver solution for improved registered sex offender compliance

LIVERMORE, Calif., Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Vigilant Solutions and Watch Systems announce today that they have worked together, and in close collaboration with mutual customers, to provide improved abilities to manage registered… Read More >>

REGISTERED CITIZEN SUES CITY OF CYPRESS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE LIVING WITH FIANCEE [updated with media]

A lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court on August 13 challenges a new sex offender (“registrant”) ordinance in the City of Cypress that would force registrant Richard Linington to leave the home of his fiancée where he has been… Read More >>

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