Nebraska Groups on Family’s Side, February 28, 2011:
Alford v. Greene: Are We Really Mere Creatures of the State? , February 28, 2011:
Lawmakers Reject McDonnell Plan for Sex Offenders (Virginia), February 28, 2011:
Sex Offenders Kicked Out of Homeless Camp (FL), February 28, 2011:
Illinois Bill Would Pare Sex Offender List, February 28, 2011:
Raxter is center stage in Illinois’ debate over so-called “Romeo and Juliet” sex offenses.
At age 18, Raxter began dating a 15-year-old girl. After more than a year, things went south and the young couple split. Then Raxter’s former girlfriend went to the police.
The Loves Park, Ill., native was convicted under an Illinois law that criminalizes consensual sex between an adult and a partner under 17. Now Raxter’s mug shot appears on the Illinois sex offender registry alongside child sex offenders, rapists and others.
“I kind of feel like I really don’t have a life anymore,” Raxter, 22, told an Illinois House committee last week. “It doesn’t feel good at all to be compared to somebody who’s out there raping little children.”
Some activists are calling for a change to the law so nonviolent offenders who are within four years of age of their sexual partner, like Raxter, could petition a judge to remove their name from the state’s sex offender registry.
“The original intent of the registry was to protect children, and I believe we’ve gone far beyond that,” said Tonia Maloney, founder of Illinois Voices for Reform, a group based in Fairview Heights that says the law unfairly stigmatizes low-risk teenage sex offenders.
Currently, the law requires that all sex offenders’ names and mug shots be posted on the sex offender registry for 10 years. Under legislation by state Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Sycamore, the crime itself wouldn’t change, but offenders whose victims were at least 14 and who weren’t more than 4 years older than the victim could petition for early removal from the list.
Florida Sex Offender Camp Closes; Alternatives Scarce, February 28, 2011:
Opinion: Take Romeo Off Sex Offender List (IL), February 28, 2011:
Ark. Legislators To Consider Tighter Sex Offender Restrictions, February 28, 2011:
Ark. House Looks at Tougher Sex Offender Rules, February 28, 2011:
Ga. House Passes Change to Sex Offender Law, February 28, 2011:
Protestors Want VOA Facility Closed (OH), February 28, 2011:
Justices Weigh Dispute Over Child-Abuse Cases, February 26, 2011:
Eight years ago, a child protection investigator and a deputy sheriff removed a 9-year-old Oregon girl from her classroom and questioned her at length as to whether her father had sexually abused her. According to the girl, they wouldn’t take “no” for an answer, and she falsely incriminated her father.
On Tuesday, that incident will be the focus of arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a divisive case that has roused intense interest among those with a stake in child welfare issues.
The central question: Did the two men violate the Fourth Amendment’s ban on “unreasonable search and seizure” when they questioned the girl in that manner without a warrant, without her mother’s consent, and in the absence of emergency circumstances?
21 States Say Including Juveniles Is a Barrier on Walsh Act Compliance, February 24, 2011:
Bills Would Revamp Sex Offender List (MI), February 23, 2011:
Plymouth Committee Says no Reason for Local Sexual Offender Regulation (MA), February 23, 2011:
They find no evidence of connection between recidivism and residency
Opinion: Sound Compromise on Sex Offenders (Virginia), February 23, 2011:
Sex Offenders ‘Cannot be Labelled for Life’ (UK), February 22, 2011:
Supreme Court ruling that it is a breach of human rights to label someone a sex offender for life.
School Says Sex Offender Mother Can’t Participate on Trips (FL), February 22, 2011:
Men Who Claim Innocence Want Victim to Tell Truth (TX), February 22, 2011:
Cost to Keep Sexual Offenders in Check is Escalating for Virginia, February 21, 2011:
Lack of Housing Forcing High Volume of Sex Offenders into Metro Neighborhoods (MN), February 21, 2011:
State Sen. Linda Berglin, chair of the Health and Human Services Budget committee, said lawmakers should focus on creating more affordable housing and employment opportunities for sex offenders.
“I don’t think trying to create more restrictions on what people can do or whether they can get out or not; I don’t think those would be a good idea,” Berglin said. “That likely would trigger a lawsuit and we could end up having bigger problems.”
Meanwhile, there’s little evidence that concentrating many sex offenders in one community places a greater danger on its residents. A study by the Minnesota Department of Corrections found no correlation between where sex offenders live and whether they reoffend.
That’s because those who do reoffend, do so most often with people they know, including family.
Group Working on Behalf of Sex Offenders (CO), February 21, 2011:
Bill Extending Sex Abuse Suit Limit Clears Hurdle (Virginia), February 21, 2011:
Va. Bills Agree on 20-year Limit for Suits on Sexual Abuse, February 21, 2011:
Former NFL Player Talks of Childhood Sexual Assault in Pushing Virginia Victims Bill, February 21, 2011:
Sex-Offender Program Heavily Scrutinized in General Assembly under Tight Budget (Virginia), February 21, 2011:
Campsite Where Dozens Of Sex Offenders Live To Be Closed Down (FL), February 20, 2011:
Offender Unhappy About Mapping Website (WI), February 20, 2011:
Brenda McIntyre wasn’t happy when she saw her name and picture on a Janesville police website listing felony drunken-driving offenders.
“I just thought it was kind of bizarre and crazy,” she said. “We’re not sex offenders.”
McIntyre is one of 55 Janesville residents on an online map revealing information about people with at least five drunken-driving convictions.
McIntyre, 44, said the Janesville police mapping program, Project Sober Streets, is a violation of her privacy.
She acknowledges that her eight drunken-driving convictions are serious, but she said the map goes too far.
“Do they really have to go to the extreme of putting all of our information on it?” she said. “Why don’t they do one for drug dealers or crackheads?”
State Law Would Prohibit ‘Sexting’ Between Teens (OH) , February 19, 2011:
Panel Scraps Bill on Sexually Violent Predators (Virginia), February 19, 2011:
Council Sex Offender Legislation Vote Delayed on Heels of Pending Suits (OH), February 19, 2011:
Deleting Key Sex Offender Facts Won’t Keep us Safer (MN), February 19, 2011:
San Diego Judge Rejects Some Sex Offender Rules, February 18, 2011:
Judge Rules Jessica’s Law is Unconstitutional, February 18, 2011:
Sex Crimes, Cell Phones and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, February 18, 2011:
Castration of Sex Offenders Remains Study Option (Virginia), February 18, 2011:
Lawyers May Find Way Around Megan’s Law for Old Sex Offenses, February 17, 2011:
‘Romeo-Juliet’ off Sex Offender List? (MI), February 17, 2011:
Sex Offenders Living In Woods To Be Evicted (FL), February 17, 2011:
Louisiana’s ‘Crime Against Nature’ Sex Law Draws Legal Fire, February 16, 2011:
Louisiana, like most states, bars prostitution. But the state also has a 206-year-old law that carries special penalties for those charged with soliciting oral or anal sex — the so-called Crime Against Nature statute.
Those convicted under the C.A.N. law can be required to register as sex offenders.
Yesterday, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit in New Orleans, claiming the law unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and others who engage in the targeted acts.
In New Orleans, according to the paper, nearly 40 percent of the people registered as sex offenders are on the registry because of a crime against nature conviction.
Sex Offender Sues County Over Laws that Limit his Options on Where he Can Live in the Community (NY) , February 16, 2011:
Are the Kids Alright in 2011? Not if You Buy into the Hype, February 16, 2011:
Picking out Predators? Sex List No Help (MI), February 16, 2011:
Sex Offender Registration Appeals to Go Ahead, February 16, 2011:
Thousands of sex offenders in England and Wales are set to be given the right to appeal against having to register with the police for life.
Challenge Launched Against Sex Offender Register, February 16, 2011:
Rapists and paedophiles in the UK are about to be given the right to appeal against having to register with police sex for life.
A ruling by Britain’s Supreme Court has found that denying offenders the right to appeal is incompatible with human rights.
With up to 24,000 convicted sex offenders registered in the UK, police currently decide when an offender no longer has to register.
Prime minister David Cameron has expressed an objection to the ruling and British home secretary Theresa May has said she is appalled by the decision
Cuccinelli Legislation Raises Question if Sex Offenders are Patients or Prisoners, February 16, 2011:
(SB1275 and HB1698)
Exposing Michigan’s Sex Offender List, February 15, 2011:
One-Size-Fits-All Laws for Sex Offenders Miss the Mark, February 15, 2011:
(A Must Read!)
Subcommittee Approves Bill to Restrict Limits on Photographing Children (GA), February 15, 2011:
Wyoming Teen Sex Registry Bill Moves Forward, February 15, 2011:
Some Say Proposal Could Threaten Constitutionality of Va’s Program to Detain Sex Offenders (Virginia), February 13, 2011:
(HB1698 and SB1275)
Senate OKs Bill on Detaining Sex Offenders (Virginia), February 13, 2011:
“When this breaks, it won’t be one person,” Delegate Robert Bell, R-Albemarle, told Sargent. “As you know, the system will break, and at that point the entire system will be declared unconstitutional.”
A subcommittee chaired by Bell stripped similar language from the House’s version of the civil committee bill, opting instead to allow the reviews to be done via video conferencing in areas where that’s available.
Sargent said segregating offenders when they’re held for the hearings, which could be up to a week at a time, is too expensive and impractical for sheriffs, who support the law change.
She said she was confident the practice was legal and constitutional “because it’s for a very short time period.”
Some legislators questioned if offenders should be in jail at all if they are being rehabilitated.
“Logic would tell me that if I’m not being punished for a crime, what the heck are you putting me in a prison or a jail with a bunch of criminals?” said Delegate David Albo, R-Fairfax. “That’s not fair.”
Offenders and some attorneys who defend them agree.
“Jail is punitive! For five seconds or two hours or three weeks, it’s punitive and way worse than any prison,” committed sex offender Mike Holzmiller wrote in a letter to The Associated Press.
(HB1698 and SB1275)
Teen Sexts (TX), February 13, 2011:
Sexting is stupid. But it shouldn’t send kids to prison
Sex Offenders Lose Options in S.C. , February 13, 2011:
Stoddard County Sex Offender May have Been Incorrectly Charged (MO), February 13, 2011: http://www.semissourian.com/story/1702637.html
Webb Wants to Push for Criminal-Justice Reform, February 13, 2011:
Bill Passed in State House to Toughen Megan’s Law (PA) , February 12, 2011:
Vt. Weighs New Rule for Online Sex Offenders, February 11, 2011:
Va. Lawmakers Seek to Shrink Cost of Confining Sex Offenders, February 11, 2011:
Exclusive: Feds Eyeing Lobbyist Ron Book, Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority, February 11, 2011:
Opinion: Lawmakers Should Fix Child Abuse Registry (IA), February 11, 2011:
Nearly 52,000 people are listed on Iowa’s child abuse registry. Gather them together, and they would almost rival the population of Ames. It’s a lot of names – more than many other states have on their registries.
Few of the people on the database of “abusers” have been charged, let alone convicted, of a crime. Social workers- not judges or juries – add names to the list. These people are not sex offenders.
There are numerous problems with the list maintained by the state. These problems should scare the heck out of anyone who lives or works with children. They should prompt lawmakers to finally address problems with the state list.
If you are investigated for abuse by the Iowa Department of Human Services, you have few due-process rights before you can be placed on the registry. If you are added, you have six months to appeal and it could take more than a year to have your case resolved or your name removed. If you miss the appeal window, you’ll remain on the blacklist for 10 years.
Sex Offender Registry Challenge Gets Federal Court Date, February 10, 2011:
Senator Jim Webb Reintroduces National Criminal Justice Commission Act, February 10, 2011:
Utah Prison Offers Therapy for Sex Offenders, February 10, 2011:
Conn. Lawmakers to Consider Gun Offender Registry, February 10, 2011:
Proposed ‘Sexting’ Bill Welcomed by Authorities (TX) , February 10, 2011:
Kansas to Consider Marking Sex Offenders’ License Plates and Enforcing Residency Regulations, February 10, 2011:
No Facebook for Inmates Under S.C. Bill, February 9, 2011:
Kansas Considers Barring Sex Offenders from Living Near Schools, February 9, 2011:
Time To Revisit Ex Post Facto Clause For Sex Offenders, February 7, 2011:
Weighing Wisdom of Law Forcing Sex Offenders into Homelessness, February 8, 2011:
Altered Sex Offender Report Irritates Area Legislators (MN), February 8, 2011:
Bill Would Ease Punishment For Teens Caught ‘Sexting’ (TX), February 8, 2011:
Proposal Would Punish PARENTS of ‘Sexting’ Teens (TX), , February 7, 2011:
Measure May Cut Sting of ‘Sexting’ Penalty (TX), February 7, 2011:
Making crime a misdemeanor would keep kids off offender list
Details on Sex Offender Program Deleted (MN), February 7, 2011:
Cal Ludeman, a Tim Pawlenty confidant and his commissioner of Human Services, edited a report on Minnesota’s sex offender treatment to reflect Pawlenty’s views.
Surprise Witness: I Don’t Like Assange, but He’s Being Framed, February 7, 2011:
Texas in Final Stages to Allow Some Sex Offenders to Deregister from List February 5, 2011:
Bill Would Create Laws to Deal with Sexting, Teens (SD), February 5, 2011:
Child Porn Prosecutions Soaring, February 5, 2011:
Activists: Add Funds to Combat Predators (Virginia), February 4, 2011:
Court Rules Against Man Wrongly Convicted of Raping his Daughter (MI), February 4, 2011:
Bill Aims to Fix Mass. ‘Harmful Material’ Law, February 4, 2011:
D.C. Circuit Argument on Victim’s Right to Restitution in Child Pornography Cases, February 3, 2011:
Hotmail Launches Accounts you Can Throw Away, February 3, 2011:
‘Physical Castration’ Removed from Virginia Sex Offender Bill, February 3, 2011:
Sex-Offender Castration in Virginia Removed from Bill, February 3, 2011:
Without a home… (CA), February 2, 2011:
Sex offenders press judge for relief from Jessica’s Law
North Carolina Lawyers Say Sex Offenders Should Be Allowed on Facebook, February 2, 2011:
Camille Cooper, the National Association to Protect Children, February 2, 2011:
Man Imprisoned for 27 years Hopes that Some Evidence is Enough for Freedom (Virginia), February 2, 2011:
Thomas Haynesworth has been locked in a Virginia prison for 27 years for a string of rapes and other attacks. He always has proclaimed his innocence without hesitation.
DNA recently proved Haynesworth right in two cases and implicated a convicted rapist. But there is no DNA evidence from two other attacks.
Prosecutors Back Exoneration for Man Convicted in Rapes (Virginia), February 2, 2011:
Parents of Boy who Admitted Sex Abuse File Lawsuit (NY), February 2, 2011:
Psychiatrist: Fayette CYS Sex-predator Label ‘Capricious’ (PA), February 2, 2011:
“Sexually Dangerous” in Butner Test Law in Federal Court (NC), February 2, 2011:
Bill Considers Defendant’s Past in Sex Offenses (WY), February 2, 2011:
Tracking Iowa Sex Offenders to Cost Millions, February 1, 2011:
Virginia Advocates for Victims of Childhood Sexual Assault Blast Catholic Church for Opposing Bills, February 1, 2011:
This is a very sensitive issue, and few people have the guts to speak out,” Sen. J. Chapman “Chap” Petersen (D-Fairfax) said.
Advocates for childhood victims of sexual assault, including several who were victimized by clergy, have backed bills that would expand the existing statute of limitations for civil lawsuits, allowing a childhood victim of sexual assault to sue the abuser up to 25 years after the event, after the victim turns 18 years old, or after the discovery of the abuse, perhaps because of a recovered memory.
Those periods have been reduced to 20 years in a Senate bill and eight years in a House measure. Under current law, the statute of limitations allows victims to bring a lawsuit within two years after the event, after becoming an adult or after the discovery of prior abuse.
Petersen said he thinks 20 years is still too much time; he has concerns about eight years also.
“When you have a statute of limitations of 20 years, defendants are basically left defenseless,” Petersen said Monday. “You could be hit with a civil suit 30 years after the incident.”
Petersen, who as an attorney has represented both the victims and the accused, said allowing people such a long period of time opened the legal system to mistaken allegations because of lapsed memories or even fabrications.
Petersen said the bills could also have negative effects on the Boy Scouts, Little Leagues, nonprofits and other groups that conduct programs for children by driving up their liability insurance premiums.
“The whole thing is just very troubling to me, and I think the Assembly has spent zero time looking at the what this will cost small organizations in insurance,” Petersen said.
He also took a slap — not by name — at an advocate who had strongly criticized the Catholic church’s lobbying. “I didn’t feel it was appropriate to criticize a church group for participating because everybody can participate,” Petersen said.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2011/02/virginian_sex_assault_victims.html (HB1476 and SB1145)
Bill Blocks Some Sex Offenders from Living in N.D. State Parks, February 1, 2011: