Deputies to Distribute Photos of Sex Offenders (GA), May 31, 2011:
Senate Committee Approves Bill Banning Some Sex Offenders from Social Networking Sites (LA), May 31, 2011:
Feds to Go Door to Door to Check in on Each and Every Sex Offender (KY), May 31, 2011:
Neighborhood Under Watchful Eye of Sex Offender (OH), May 31, 2011:
Woman Charged After Damaging Security Cams at Sex Offender’s House (OH), May 31, 2011:
Fairfax Officials Applaud New Va Human Trafficking Law (Virginia), May 31, 2011:
Three bills signed by Governor at Dulles Airport
McDonnell Signs Law to Fight Human Trafficking (Virginia), May 31, 2011:
Raises penalties, drops victim testimony requirement
Sex Offenders Often Struggle to Find Place to Call Home (TX), May 29, 2011:
Is Illinois Reaching the Tipping Point on its Sex-Offender Registration Rules? May 28, 2011:
The bill that passed this morning (SB1040) would expand the range of crimes that will land a person on the list, to include a series of attempted crimes and conspiracy. And it would expand the minimum time on the list for misdemeanor offenders from 10 to 15 years.
The usual response to these types of bills in Springfield is one tough-talking floor speech in favor after another. And there was certainly some of that. “If it was your son or your daughter walking to school, you’d want to know who was trying to lure them,” said Dennis Reboletti, R-Addison.
But with increasing concern lately that the requirements are going from tough to impossible, some lawmakers piped up in ways that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
“We’re making it impossible for them to live anywhere, we’re making it impossible for them to work anywhere, we’re making it impossible for them to go anywhere,” said Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines. “We need to take a step back.”
Nekritz is a liberal Democrat, but concern about this latest expansion wasn’t limited to that wing.
“You’re making this more and more onerous for people to comply” with the registration list, warned Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Sycamore, a conservative stalwart.
Another, Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, R-Park Ridge, acknowledged that ”most of us will vote for it because it looks bad if you don’t,” but she expressed concern about the annual proliferation of “layers” of new laws regarding the list.
Pritchard and Mulligan both ended up voting “yes,” and the bill is now on its way back to the Senate for a concurrence vote. It will almost certainly pass, but the issue is clearly becoming less cut-and-dried than it used to be.
Va. Could Privatize Costly Sex-Offender Program; Residents Threaten to Sue if Double Bunked (Virginia), May 27, 2011:
Needed Discussion About Sex Offenders: Part 2, May 27, 2011:
Men and women of faith must talk together about sex offenders, even though we cringe. It doesn’t make society safer to deny someone a place to live or an opportunity to earn a living.
If we who believe in God’s forgiveness cannot reach out to the sex offender, then how can we build the realm of God?
We Must Combat Child Pornography Without Abandoning Online Privacy, May 26, 2011:
(HR1981 – Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011)
This Man Is Innocent (Virginia), May 26, 2011:
Falsely convicted of rape and exonerated after 20 years, Marvin Anderson carries his burdens with grace
Pa High Court: Sex Offender Law Invalid, May 26, 2011:
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says an Allegheny County ordinance barring sex offenders from living in certain areas is invalid.
Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations Amendments Challenge Insurers (Virginia), May 26, 2011:
Kansas Beefs Up Offender Registry, May 26, 2011:
(Kansas says they will be SORNA compliant by July 27, 2011 deadline)
Sex Offenders Struggle To Find Places To Live In Missoula (MT), May 26, 2011:
One of every ten people under the Montana Department of Corrections supervision is a sex offender. When they leave prison most of them end up in the state’s two largest cities, Billings or Missoula.
House Passes Sex Offender Notification Bill (AL), May 25, 2011:
Juvenile Sex Offender Registry Goes Into Effect July 1 (TN), May 25, 2011:
Sexting, Popular Vote Bills Before House Committee Today (RI), May 25, 2011:
Animal Abuse Registry Passes Senate, May 24, 2011:
A bill to create an animal abuse database in Texas passed the Senate Tuesday night 25-5. However, a last-minute amendment to HB 1103 made sure the database – similar to the state’s sex offender registry – only be available to police.
Sex Offenders Say They Are Harassed, Others Not Sympathetic (AR) , May 24, 2011:
Slaton Police Officer Arrested for Child Porn was in Charge of Registering Sex Offenders (TX), May 24, 2011:
California Can Relieve Packed Prisons Without Eroding Safety, May 24, 2011:
The Supreme Court ruled that overcrowded prisons in California amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Reducing the prison population does not have to pit human dignity against public safety.
Supreme Court Upholds Order Requiring California to Reduce Prison Population, May 24, 2011:
After decades of legal and political inertia, California now must immediately get down to the tough business of clearing tens of thousands of inmates from its overcrowded prison system.
That was the bottom line in Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling endorsing an unprecedented federal court order forcing state prison officials to slash as many as 34,000 inmates from prisons within the next two years. In a 5-4 decision, the sharply divided high court concluded the order was justified to remedy an overcrowding problem that has plagued the nation’s largest prison system since the 1980s.
Match.com Alleged Rape Victim, Carole Markin, Sues Dating Website, Comes Up Short, May 24, 2011:
Match.com Sex Lawsuit Sent Back To State Court, May 23, 2011:
Prison Chief Matt Cate on How to Rreduce the Inmate Population (CA) May 23, 2011:
Status of All Offenders on Sex Offender and Child Kidnapper Registry Verified, May 23, 2011:
The Alaska State Troopers (AST) and United States Marshals Service (USMS) have concluded a five-month program aimed at contacting and verifying the registration status of every registered sex offender in Alaska
Illinois General Assembly Passes ‘Murderer Registry’, May 23, 2011:
Match.com Lawsuit: Trial Monday In Los Angeles, May 23, 2011:
Alleged Victim Wants Internet Dating Site to Screen for Sexual Predators, May 23, 2011:
Match.com Sex Offender Lawsuit Moves to Federal Court, May 23, 2011:
States Seeking New Registries for Criminals, May 20, 2011:
Lawmakers around the country are pushing for online registries, like those used for sex offenders, to track the whereabouts of people convicted of a wide variety of crimes, from arson and drunken driving to methamphetamine manufacturing and animal abuse.
State senators in Illinois are considering a law to create the nation’s first registry for first-degree murderers. In Maine, legislators are debating an online registry of drunken drivers. And proposals to register animal abusers have been put forward in several states; one such registry, in Suffolk County on Long Island, will become operational next week
But as the registries proliferate, so do questions about their value. Critics say that while the registries are attractive to politicians who want to appear tough on crime, they often do little more than spread fear and encourage vigilantism.
The monitoring systems cost money at a time when recession-strapped states can ill afford the extra expense, the critics say, and their effectiveness is dubious: Sex offender registries, for example, have had little success in reducing repeat crimes, studies suggest.
Wayne Logan, a professor at Florida State University College of Law and the author of a recent book on registration and notification laws, likens the registries to “legislative catnip.”
“You’d be hard pressed to find a more politically popular movement in recent years,” he said. “Whether it’s actually good public policy is a distinct and independent question from whether it’s politically popular and makes us feel good.”
Mr. Logan noted that once passed, the laws were difficult to remove because politicians did not want to seem to diminish the suffering of victims. Instead, they are added “like Christmas ornaments on a tree, year after year.”
Illinois Could Soon Require DNA from Suspected Criminals, May 20, 2011:
Senate Passes Bill to Tighten Living Restrictions for Sex Offenders (OK), May 20, 2011:
Senate Bill 852 targets Hand Up Ministries, which houses about 270 registered sex offenders at its mobile home park at 2130 SE 59. The measure provides that mobile homes or trailers cannot be defined as multiunit structures to meet current sex offender living restrictions. The bill initially failed 21-25, but was reconsidered and passed 34-12.
The Rev. David Nichols, founder and director of Hand Up Ministries, said a hatred for sex offenders will always be around, and politicians will continue to use it to increase their popularity among voters.
Tiered System for Sex Offenders Remains Elusive for Lawmakers (ME), May 20, 2011:
Thursday Is Amnesty Deadline For Deletion of Eisenhower School Sexting Images (NJ), May 20, 2011:
Argument involving girlfriends of the boys that received the image alerted school authorities.
Sex Offender Registry Not Retroactive, Kentucky High Court Rules, May 19, 2011:
In a 5-2 decision, the high court found that anyone convicted of a sex offense before 1994 cannot be forced to give their address to law enforcement officials.
“As he was not required to register, he cannot be guilty of the crime of failing to register, and any sentence imposed on him would be manifestly infirm,” Justice Wil Schroeder wrote for the majority.
Our Bloated National Sex Registry, May 18, 2011:
(A Must Read!)
The Shameful Case of Sean Lanigan and the Presumption of Guilt Culture Nightmare’ (Virginia), May 18, 2011:
Faceless Sex Offenders (Virginia), May 18, 2011:
Report on Catholic Priests’ Sex Abuse of Minors Finds No Single Cause, May 18, 2011:
“No single ’cause’ of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests” was identified in a wide-ranging report released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday.
The report was presented by a group of researchers from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and was commissioned by the bishops group after determining the need for an outside group to review not only the scope of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis in the United States but to try to determine the cause.
As the researchers prepared to speak to the press at U.S. Conference of Bishops headquarters in Washington, Becky Ianni stood outside, holding a picture of herself as a young girl. A victim herself, and Virginia and Washington director of the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), she criticized the report and said she felt it minimized her suffering.
To Pee or Not to Pee: That is the Question (SC), May 18, 2011:
Teacher: False Molestation Charge has ‘Been a Nightmare’ (Virginia), May 17, 2011: Sean Lanigan
Oak Park Police Charge Boy Who Allegedly Made Sex-Ranking List, May 17, 2011:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Ladies’ Man or Sexual Predator? May 17, 2011:
Policy Penalizes State’s Ex-Offenders (FL), May 17, 2011:
(Restoration of Rights)
Indiana Supreme Court Threatened Following Controversial Ruling, May 16, 2011:
On Thursday, the state’s high court ruled that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes – eliminating a common law right dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215.
In a 3-2 decision written by Justice Steven David, appointed to the bench last year by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, the Supreme Court said a person confronted with an illegal police entry into his home should not physically resist. Instead, the person should later sue for damages in the court system.
Oklahoma’s Violent Offenders Registry Growing Quickly, May 16, 2011:
The law was passed in 2004 with the intent of creating registries that would be open for public inspection.
Anyone who is convicted or receives a deferred or suspended sentence for a violent crime is required to register with the Department of Corrections and the local law enforcement agency. The crimes specified in the law include murder, manslaughter, shooting with intent to kill, assault with intent to kill, assault, battery and bombing.
At its current size, the Violent Crime Offender Registry does not cause much more work for police. One reason may be because there are no residency restrictions for the violent offenders like there are for the sex offenders.
‘America’s Most Wanted’ Host Calls for New State Laws During Westfield Speech (NJ), May 16, 2011:
Who are the People in your Neighborhood? May 15, 2011:
A Descriptive Analysis of Individuals on Public Sex Offender Registries
A new study has been released this week which provides a snapshot of the nation’s registered sex offender population. The study, published in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, analyzed data downloaded directly from online sex offender registries and included 445,127 individual sex offenders. Approximately 275,000 additional sex offenders are not listed on public registries because they have been assessed by their state to pose a low risk for reoffending.
The most notable finding is that despite claims by the US Marshals Service that 100,000 sex offenders are missing, the authors were able to identify only 17,688 whose whereabouts were unknown. A total of 5,349 offenders were officially listed as absconded, 1,264 were listed as missing or unable to be located, and 4,152 were listed as having failed to comply with registration requirements. An additional 6,923 were reported to be homeless or transient. “We discovered that approximately 4% of the sample might not have a valid address,” said Jill Levenson, a psychology professor at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. “We found no evidence to support the frequently repeated statistic that 100,000 (or about 14%) of the nation’s sex offenders are missing or unaccounted for.”
Levenson conducted the study with Criminologists Alissa Ackerman from University of Washington Tacoma, Andrew Harris from University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Kristen Zgoba from the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Rackauckas Wants Huntington Beach to Ban Sex Offenders from Recreational Sites (CA), May 15, 2011:
Nonprofit Run by Lobbyist Ron Book’s Daughter Nets $1.5 million, but Not for What they Asked for, May 15, 2011:
Fairfax Teacher Sean Lanigan Still Suffering from False Molestation Allegations (Virginia), May 14, 2011:
Within two weeks of the accuser’s report — without ever speaking to the girl — Fairfax detectives arrested Lanigan and charged him with aggravated sexual battery and abduction.
He had no warning that a 12-year-old girl at the Centreville school had accused him of groping and molesting her in the gym.
The girl, angry at Lanigan about something else entirely, had made the whole thing up. But her accusations launched a soul-sapping rollercoaster ride that still hasn’t ended.
A jury found him not guilty after just 47 minutes of deliberation — virtually unheard of in a child sex abuse case. Jurors were outraged by the lack of evidence, with one weeping in sympathy during closing arguments.
But still the nightmare continues, as Lanigan struggles to earn back his reputation and career.
(A MUST Read!)
Hawaii’s Sex Offenders Part 2: Predator Behavior, May 13, 2011:
Editorial: Orange County’s War on Sex Offenders (CA), May 13, 2011:
Orange County is forbidding sex offenders from visiting county parks and beaches, and it’s asking city leaders to do the same. But not all sex offenders are child molesters.
Cop Debunks Sex Offender Myths in San Mateo, May 13, 2011:
Justice Department Announces Four More Jurisdictions Implement Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA/AWA), May 12, 2011:
(Michigan, Nevada and Wyoming)
Thomas Haynesworth: Life on the Other Side of the Bars (Virginia), May 12, 2011:
Revised Version of Sex-Offender Bill Once Vetoed by Perry Wins Legislative OK (TX), May 11, 2011:
How Much is Spent on Housing Sex Offenders? (Virginia) , May 11, 2011:
Advocates Push Back Against New Mexico’s Sex-crime Laws, May 11, 2011:
Juvenile Sex Offenders (WA), May 10, 2011:
Ward’s Bill Could Bring More Stringent Sex Offender Laws, May 10, 2011:
Sexual Predator Program Study Updates (Virginia), May 10, 2011:
Teenage Sex Offenders May be Dropped from Texas Sexual Offender Registry, Under “Romeo and Juliet” Proposal, May 10, 2011:
Consumer Reports: Facebook has 7.5 Million Underage Users, May 10, 2011:
About 7.5 million active Facebook users are lying about their age — they’re younger than 13. And among those preteens, more than 5 million are under 10, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey.
That violates Facebook’s own policy, meant to avoid federal regulations that apply to websites with young members. Those regulations require people who sign up to be 13 or older, the report says.
The minors’ accounts “were largely unsupervised by their parents, exposing them to malware or serious threats such as predators and bullies,” according to a Consumer Reports statement.
Oak Park Police Charge Boy who Allegedly Made Sex-Ranking List (IL), May 10, 2011:
For Young Offenders, a Road Back From Sexual Abuse, May 10, 2011:
Questions Mount as Virginia’s Sexual Predator Population Grows, May 9, 2011:
Rising Numbers in VA Civil Commitment Program Sparks Investigation (Virginia), May 9, 2011:
University of Virginia Revises Sex-Misconduct Rules, Other Schools Examine Current Guidelines, May 9, 2011:
The ‘Other Side’ of Sexual Charges, May 8, 2011:
Public defender says he has to prove innocence
Are We Being Smart About Sex Offenders? May 8, 2011:
Pennsylvania to be Third State with Dedicated Sex Offender Court, May 6, 2011:
Bill Would Make Sex Offenders Pay for ID Cards (LA), May 6, 2011:
It’s good that the state provides free ID cards to citizens over age 60, says Rep. Bobby Badon, D-Carencro, but they shouldn’t be free for sex offenders.
Sex Crimes In New Orleans, Separate And Unequal, May 6, 2011:
House OKs Sex Offender Reporting Change (KS), May 6, 2011:
Reformers Blast Sex Offender Legislation (IL), May 5, 2011:
If SB1040 becomes law, it will bring Illinois closer to compliance with the 2006 federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which mandates the longer registration terms for sex offenders and requires that individual states adapt existing sex offender registries to a federal standard, among other requirements. At least one federal law enforcement grant is tied to compliance with the Adam Walsh Act, so states that don’t comply risk losing federal funds.
But advocates for reform of laws pertaining to sex offenders say the longer registration terms and increased update frequency are an unnecessary enhancement to an ineffective system with regard to juvenile offenders.
Nicole Pittman, a juvenile justice policy attorney at the Juvenile Defenders Association of Philadelphia who studies state registration databases, says current registration requirements in Illinois unfairly stigmatize youth offenders. Her research indicates that 98 percent of all individuals who commit sexual offenses as juveniles do not commit further sex offenses, often because their crimes are only statutory violations rather than cases of sexual assault or abuse.
“What I’ve found is that registration for juveniles is not effective at all. It doesn’t have any effect on the level of public safety,” Pittman says, adding that Illinois sometimes requires sex offender registration for non-sexual offenses like urinating in public.
“It makes no sense to increase registration times to 15 or 25 years when a juvenile is not going to recidivate,” she says.
Tonia Maloney, director of Illinois Voices for Reform, says “many people required to register as sex offenders are teenagers having consensual sex with someone a few years younger.
“These young people are no threat to society, and especially children,” she says. “Having them register for longer periods of time does nothing to protect society, which was the original intent of the registry. Life as a registered sex offender is extremely difficult as it is. These young people just want a chance at a normal life.”
Woman Claims County Fired Her for Marrying a Sex Offender (TX), May 5, 2011:
Two Pa. Bills Target Sexting and Cyberbullying, May 5, 2011:
Sex Offenders Banned at Pool (WA), May 5, 2011:
County Plans to Launch Sex Offender Court (PA), May 5, 2011:
Teenage Sex Offenders and the Law (MO), May 4, 2011:
Bill Banning Sex Offenders’ Use of Internet Temporarily Stalled in House Committee (LA), May 4, 2011:
Court: All Texas Parolees Must Get Sex-Offender Hearings, May 4, 2011:
State officials lost another court case Wednesday over the way Texas imposes sex-offender status on parolees who were not convicted of sex-related crimes.
This time it was the state’s highest criminal court ruling that parole officials violated the due process rights of parolees labeled as sex offenders without being allowed to attend their parole hearings, present a defense or confront prosecution witnesses.
Travis Masse Case in Broomfield Prompts Scrutiny of Sex-Offender Sentencing (CO), May 4, 2011:
Critics say mandatory terms remove judge’s discretion, sentences have ‘gone too far’
Man Gets 13 years in Prison for Robbing Gas Station, Attacking Sex Offender, May 3, 2011:
Lindsay said leading up to the attack, one of his biggest fears was being targeted as a sex offender — a lewd act with a child under 14 that didn’t involve intercourse and which he committed more than 30 years ago.
But regardless of his efforts to keep his name off the Megan’s Law website, his fears became a reality.
“I stepped out of bounds, but I have completed my sentence conditions and probation to the court’s wishes,” Lindsay said. “I pleaded no contest with the understanding the case would be dismissed. I don’t think it’s right that I’m a potential target (on the Megan’s Law list).”
Senate Bill Reduces Sexting Penalties for Minors (FL), May 3, 2011:
Indiana Senator Pledges Legislation to Keep Sex Offenders Out of Schools, May 3, 2011:
(He is proposing barring registered offenders from voting at schools. Someone’s right to vote in person on primary or election day can not be suppressed by the State Legislature. He has three choices, Move the polling places, Close school for the day or Get Over it!)
Long Beach May Settle Sex Offender’s Legal Claim (CA), May 2, 2011:
New Private Prison in Milton Shows Florida Cost-Savings Challenge, May 2, 2011:
A private prison in central Florida serves as a cautionary flag to lawmakers looking to expand for-profit incarceration as a way to avoid future budget shortfalls.
GEO Group is under contract to run the prison at a cost of at least 7 percent less than a state prison and still must make money for the company. GEO does it through a combination of cost-cutting, cheaper labor, recycled water, new technology, and by managing some of the least challenging inmates in the nation’s third-largest prison system
(See Bulletin Board #358)
Sex Offenders Would Not Have to Register for Life Under New Bill (CA), May 3, 2011:
The new measure creates a tiered system where sex offenders would register for ten years, 20 years or life.
California is one of only four states that requires lifetime registration for all convicted sex offenders. The measure creating the tiered system has the support of the California Sex Offender Management Board.
The bill’s author said it will help focus limited resources on those most likely to re-offend.
“Since not all sex offenses are the same you not only get more bang for your buck, but you’ll also have more effective law enforcement around the perpetrators that are the most egregious and do the horrible things that keep us up at night,” Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said.
Case Asks: Can a 6-year-Old Commit Sexual Assault? May 1, 2011: