Judge Hears Fight To Sex Offenders’ Facebook Ban, May 31, 2012:
Female Sex Offenders Protected by the Criminal Justice System, May 31, 2012:
Life On the List, May 31, 2012:
A single mistake when he was 12 landed Josh Gravens on Texas’ sex offender list. He’s been paying for it ever since.
(A MUST Read!)
Benson: Policy Makers Need to Examine Sex Offender Program (MN), May 30, 2012:
America’s Corporate Immigrant Detention Racket, May 30, 2012:
Who benefits from immigrants awaiting hearings being locked up in worse conditions than criminal convicts? Only private prisons
Correction Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group
Sex Offenders Fight for Right to Use Facebook, May 30, 2012:
For Sex Offenders, Public Spaces Dwindle, May 30, 2012:
House Lawmakers Plan to Revisit Sex Offender Registry Changes in 2013 (MO) , May 30, 2012:
Democrat Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) says he will bring it back up next year. “I hope that we’ll be able to make progress on that both in terms of fairness to some of the people that are on there charged with very minor offenses and in terms of saving the state a lot of money.”
“There’s everything on the list, you’ve got to remember, from people how are charged with sex trafficking to the 17-year-old kid and the 15-year-old kid … it’s wrong for those kids to have sex, but it’s not a sex crime and they don’t need to be on the register for the rest of their lives.”
How Many Innocent People Have We Sent To Prison? May 30, 2012:
ALEC is Shunned by Some Virginia Lawmakers, May 30, 2012:
American Legislative Exchange Council
Published Mug Shots: A Constant Reminder of One Man’s Past, May 29, 2012:
Change Takes Offenders’ Work Addresses off (PUBLIC) Registry (KS), May 27, 2012:
State Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, said she was hearing concerns from employers and the Kansas Department of Corrections that listing workplace addresses could scare away customers and make it less likely for people to hire offenders and keep them on. Having a job is considered crucial to an offender’s chance of not committing new crimes.
Colloton said federal officials approved of the address change, and other states have taken similar steps.
To the employers, having their address on the offender registry was bad publicity.
Wichita police Deputy Chief Tom Stolz said, “I can understand business concerns with this type of matter,” and said the change appears to be good policy. “We want offenders to be able to go back to work” after serving their time in prison, he said. And if the change makes it easier to hire offenders, “I don’t disagree with the legislation,” he said.
Taxing Strip Clubs for Rape, May 26, 2012:
Politicians are holding adult entertainment venues responsible for funding sexual assault services
Plantations, Prisons and Profits, May 25, 2012:
Incarceration as Job Creation
Louisiana is the world’s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran’s, seven times China’s and 10 times Germany’s.
Girl, 10, Arrested on Rape Charges Involving 3 Minors (OH), May 25, 2012:
Bunker Hill Ordinance Limits Residency of Child Sex Offenders (TX), May 25, 2012:
Council member Jay Williams said the ordinance could be enforced until its challenged, and that it was unlikely a child sex offender would make that challenge.
(Laws that are questionably unconstitutionally are passed in every state with the claim, let someone challenge it and if they win we’ll repeal the law. Our Government is willing to pass and enforce unconstitutional laws which lead to convictions, fines, prison time, loss of employment, home and family and on top of that a citizen must come up with the money and time to prove the bad policy should have never been passed in the first place. What has happened to our country when it comes to over-criminalizing everything and everyone? Forget innocent until proven guilty being thrown out the window years ago now it’s Constitutional because we said so, until you can personally prove it’s not)
Virginia Department of Corrections Hosts First Statewide Offender Re-Entry Conference in Williamsburg, May 25, 2012:
Former Top Calif. Football Prospect Exonerated, May 25, 2012:
Brian Banks — exonerated of a rape conviction that cost him five years in prison — walked outside the courthouse and seized the moment of freedom he had dreamed of for so long.
Even after he was released from prison, he could not get work because he was a registered sex offender and had a felony record.
Before the charges, Banks was a star middle linebacker at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and was attracting interest from college football powerhouses as the University of Southern California, Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, according to the website Rivals.com, which tracks the recruiting of high school football and basketball players.
(In Virginia an accuser/liar has 21 days to recant their false claim. On the 22nd day the conviction and the label sex offender along with all the restrictions and regulations stands in the Commonwealth with no options to challenge it.)
Cleared Of Rape Conviction, California Man Remains ‘Unbroken’, May 25, 2012:
Brian Banks’ story, which he’s scheduled to talk about later today with All Things Considered, raises a new questions about the U.S. legal system. After his arrest, as KPCC reports, Banks’ lawyer “urged him to plead no contest rather than risk a sentence of 41 years to life in prison if convicted.”
Justin Brooks of the California Innocence Project, who handled Banks’ case after the accuser recanted, told Patt Morrison that racism surely played a part in what happened. Banks’ original lawyer, he said, basically told the then-teenager that because he was a large, black, young man it would be his word against hers and that he should take the deal
High School Football Star Cleared of Rape – 10 Years Later, May 25, 2012:
Asked if there are any consequences his accuser – who declined to appear or comment – should face for her lying and the damage it caused him, Banks seemed to surprise host Matt Lauer when he replied, “You know, I haven’t given it much thought. I do believe that everyone should be responsible for their actions. If that action warrants some type of consequence, then I feel that … it’s justified.”
No thoughts of revenge, he was asked. (Gibson, it is reported, collected $1.5 million after suing their high school over a lack of safety on campus.)
“No,” said Banks. “It’s easy to have those feelings initially when you first hear the story. I’ve been dealing with this now for 10 years, and I’ve had my moments where I was very angry, and very vengeful. But I know it was best for me to try and move forward in a positive manner, and for the betterment of me. It hurts no one but myself to hang onto that type of negative energy, and it will only keep me in a stagnant position.”
Rape Conviction of Onetime LB Poly Football Star Thrown Out, May 24, 2012:
Jesse Friedman, Resolutely Maintains Innocence, May 24, 2012:
FBI Web Surveillance: Bureau Creates Unit To Eavesdrop On Internet Communications, May 24, 2012:
The DCAC is a brick-and-mortar product of the FBI’s “Going Dark” Internet wiretapping program. As more calls are taking place online through voice over IP (VoIP) services like Skype, the FBI, in particular, has made it quite clear that it is not happy with the difficulty of monitoring these types of conversations.
In order to bypass this obstacle, the FBI is asking Internet companies to go along with legislation that would require web companies like Facebook, Google and Skype to make their platforms “wiretapping-friendly.” The proposed legislation is an amendment to a 1994 law, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which only applies to telecommunications companies.
Virginia Inmates Stage Hunger Strike to Protest ‘Torturous’ Solitary Confinement, May 24, 2012:
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Minimum Sentencing Laws Tough on Justice, May 24, 2012:
Federal Inmate Riot Stirs Focus on the Rise of State’s Private Prisons, May 23, 2012:
The Scandal of Phone Call Price-Gauging by Prisons, May 23, 2012:
Prisoners with strong family ties are much less likely to re-offend, but why let that get in the way of a tidy overcharging scam?
Teacher Sex-Abuse Cases Lead to Extra Vigilance (Virginia), May 22, 2012:
Santa Ana Expands Limits on Sex Offenders (CA), May 22, 2012:
Group Alleges Sexual Abuse in Ala. Prison, May 22, 2012:
Virginia Inmates Embark on Hunger Strike to Protest Prison Conditions, May 22, 2012:
Red Onion Prison
Man Accused of Public Urination Flees Police, Allegedly Claims He Was Afraid of Being Deemed a Sex Offender (IA), May 21, 2012:
Frederick Backs Sex Offender Registry Reform (MO), May 21, 2012:
Judge: Parole Officials Can be Held Liable Over Sex Offender Restrictions (TX), May 21, 2012:
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin, in an order issued late Friday, blasted the state’s continuing refusal to provide due process hearings before imposing restrictive sex-offender conditions on felons never convicted of a sex crime.
Lawmakers To Decide On Oklahoma Sex Offender Bill, May 21, 2012:
Parents Charged for Allowing Daughter, 15, to have Sex with 21-year-old (TN), May 21, 2012:
Washington and Lee University Class Project: Rockbridge County Sex Offenders (Virginia)
(We’ve found errors, mis-quotes and incorrect data in 4-5 sections. Plus, most juveniles in VA are required to register and the civil commitment section is just info copied from the VCBR’s website, so it’s missing a ton of information on commitment of SVP’s in VA. But this was just a class project so we don’t see a need to send them corrections.)
Researchers: More than 2,000 False Convictions in Past 23 Years, May 21, 2012:
Prisoners at Federal Complex in N.C. Challenge Extended Confinement for Sex Crimes, May 21, 2012:
Sex-crime convicts are held beyond their release dates after the government determines they could still be dangerous
Va. Police Shoot, Kill Child Porn Suspect, May 20, 2012:
Man refused to surrender, threatened police with a sword
(He had a sword and the police had guns. He wasn’t holding anyone hostage, the police could have used tear-gas to get him out or a taser. But they used live ammo and bean bags. Shooting a citizen who is inside their home/apartment when they do not have a gun or explosives or are threatening to set the building on fire is excessive/extreme force.)
Legislature Targets Sex Offenders (LA), May 20, 2012:
Exoneration Lists Expose Causes for Wrong Convictions in Jefferson County and Across Nation, May 20, 2012:
Five men from Jefferson County and 12 others convicted but later cleared in Alabama courts are listed on a new national exoneration registry designed to highlight the issue of wrongful convictions and explain why they happen.
The registry, compiled by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, profiles 873 cases from January 1989 through February 2012. The registry will be made available to the public online starting Monday.
Justice Dept. Says it is Clearing Sex Predator Case Backlog, May 18, 2012:
Chesapeake Inmates Restore WWII-Era Liberty Bus (Virginia), May 18, 2012:
(Every VA Prison should have an automobile repair course so once released the offenders have a trade to earn a living as VA Probation requires an offender to be employed. A/C-Heating, Electrical or Plumbing Classes aren’t an option for RSO’s because of residential locations.)
Alzheimer’s Patients Can’t be Involuntarily Confined, Supreme Court Says (WI), May 18, 2012:
Sexting Scandal Victim Speaks Out, May 18, 2012:
US: New Prison Rape Standards Offer Landmark Protection, May 17, 2012:
One in 10 Prisoners Reports Sexual Assault
Kansas House Approves Sex and Drug Bills, May 15, 2012:
Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood carried the bill, the House approved the bill to delete employers’ names and addresses from a state sex-offender web site.
Colloton said including work addresses created a problem for businesses that hire ex offenders who have served their time in prison. She said the business people told her they were reluctant to hire those who had committed sexually related crimes, because they did not want their companies and/or addresses listed on the offender database.
The work addresses of sex offenders would still be public information and available on request, she said.
In addition, the bill also removes hospitals from a list of treatment facilities that must report to the state when they admit a registered sex offender.
Colloton said the Via Christi health system in Wichita was among those who requested the change, because as written, the law would require hospitals to background-check all incoming patients for prior sex offenses.
(2 different years the RSOL of VA had a bill to remove the employer/company name from public view. In 2010 the bill passed the VA Senate 40-0 only to be killed by a House sub-committee of 5. In 2012 it first went to the House where the Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee attempted to tell the patron listing the company name was mandated by the Federal Adam Walsh Act/SORNA. When the patron presented them with the SORNA guidelines to prove that was false and that Virginia was one of the few states that currently posted the employer name the Sub-Committee members came up with ridiculous oppositions to the bill and then killed it. See Bulletin Board Posting #454 for more info on the 2012 bill. Great job Kansas!)
Can a Sex-Offender Ever Have a Fresh Start? May 15, 2012:
Virginia Fights to Keep Low IQ Inmate on Death Row, May 15, 2012:
A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent Winston’s case back to the federal district court in Roanoke two years ago to examine claims that Winston had scored a 66 on an IQ test as a teenager, which would put him below the score of 70 that is Virginia’s threshold for mental retardation. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that executing the mentally retarded amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and is unconstitutional.
Lawmakers Push for Stronger Reporting on Child Abuse (LA), May 15, 2012:
NY Bill Quickly Follows Court Ruling on Child Porn, May 14, 2012:
West Virginia Balks at Federal Sex Offender Rule, May 14, 2012:
West Virginia is one of 35 states not complying with a federal sex offender registration act (Adam Walsh Act/SORNA). And state officials said there are no plans to do so because it would be more costly and less effective than the process now used by state police.
Let Them Live With the Other Large Reptiles: The Failure of Residency Restrictions, May 14, 2012:
Putt-Putt Golf Game Puts Sex Offender in Jail, May 14, 2012:
Mothers of Sex Offenders Share Responsibility, Burden of Label, May 12, 2012:
(Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which pushed for the Adam Walsh Act, says “Congress and virtually every state have taken very careful steps to ensure that all sex offenders are not treated alike,” he said. “There is a determination of level of risk and only the most serious offenders — based upon what they have been convicted of and the nature of their crimes and number of offenses and likelihood to re-offend — are subject to the most rigorous requirements.”.
Mr. Allen, that is NOT accurate. Almost every state has refused to implement a 3-Tiered Risk based system, the likely to re-offend. The AWA demands a 3-Tiered Conviction based system, not Risk and the states that had a risk based system and changed to a conviction system to be certified as AWA compliant and save the threatened 10% of their Byrne Grant, now regret it. Virginia’s classification system means nothing as the 2006 and 2008 Virginia General Assembly sessions retroactively re-classified thousands of Non-Violent offenders to Violent with no due process and no advanced notice. Doing this made them “lifers” on our registry and a perception to their neighbors, co-workers and friends that they must have re-offended when they did not. Citizens of Virginia can not decipher who is a treat and who has been arbitrarily swept up in poorly thought out legislation. The sex offender registry system is broken and those who claim its not and hold a political or public position and do not tell the truth to their constituents, donors and the public should be removed immediately for making false statements, including Mr. Allen.)
Convict’s Story Prompted Budget Amendment on DNA (Virginia), May 12, 2012:
Boca Firm that Makes Software Tracking Child Porn Lays Off Workers, May 11, 2012:
Justices: Courts Cannot Assume Sex Offender is Under a Duty to Register, May 10, 2012:
(A MUST Read!)
Officials Speak of Nuanced Approach to Monitoring Sex Offenders, May 11, 2012:
Sex Offender Law Repealed in Hook (PA), May 10, 2012:
After An Exoneration, A Rape Victim and An Innocent Man Still Bound By A Terrible Crime (TX), May 10, 2012:
A Small Room Crowded with Fear and Desperation (CA), May 10, 2012:
Lowndes Co. Sex Offender Roundup (AL), May 10, 2012:
Court: Upstate Sex Offender’s Monitoring Unconstitutional (SC), May 9, 2012:
‘Romeo’ Not Cleared, Gets Life on List, May 9, 2012:
He was a poster child for what was wrong with Michigan’s sex offender registry — a teen on the list for a one-night stand with an under-age girl.
Then, the state passed sweeping reforms to the sex offender list, and it appeared Rick McQuillin’s name would be erased, and his life would change.
A year later, Target 8 found his life has changed — for the worse.
Not only is McQuillin still on Michigan’s public sex offender registry, but he now is listed as a Tier 3 offender — the worst of the worst.
High School Student Accused of Sex Crimes Against 4 Classmates (CO), May 9, 2012:
Leonard Pitts Jr.: After Paying ‘Debt to Society,’ Then What? May 9, 2012:
Picking Predators Not Simply ‘Tier 3′ (MI), May 8, 2012:
Critics question new law, tier system
Viewing Child Pornography is Not Necessarily Possession-NY Top Court, May 8, 2012:
Viewing child pornography on the Internet without taking further action such as printing or saving files does not necessarily constitute possession, New York’s top court ruled on Tuesday.
When a Web page is viewed, a copy of the page is stored in a computer’s “cache,” which allows that page to load more quickly on future visits. The court found that while Kent had saved some of the files in question, he had only viewed others and was not aware of his computer’s cache function.
To “possess” cached images, “the defendant’s conduct must exceed mere viewing to encompass more affirmative acts of control such as printing, downloading or saving,” Judge Carmen Ciparick wrote for the court.
Prosecutors must show, “at a minimum, that the defendant was aware of the presence of those items in the cache,” Ciparick continued.
“A defendant cannot knowingly acquire or possess that which he or she does not know exists,” Ciparick wrote, joined by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Judges Susan Read and Theodore Jones.
Judge Robert Smith concurred in a separate opinion.
Judge Victoria Graffeo concurred in result, but wrote that the majority opinion was too broad and essentially legalized the viewing of child pornography in New York. That, she said, goes against the state legislature’s intent to punish consumers in order to eradicate the market for child pornography.
ALEC Exempted From Lobbyist Status in Three Separate States, May 8, 2012:
American Legislative Exchange Council
Lawsuit Faults Employer in Sexual Assault Incident at Roanoke Factory, May 8, 2012:
Penalty for Out-of-State Sex Offender’s Failure to Register in Ohio Based on ‘Substantially Equivalent’ Ohio Offense, May 8, 2012:
Police Say Violent Crime Declined in Virginia in 2011, May 7, 2012:
(See Bulletin Board Posting #492)
VSP Issues Annual Crime Report (Virginia), May 7, 2012:
(See Bulletin Board Posting #492)
Facebook Anti-Troll System Snagging Ordinary Users, May 7, 2012:
Cuccinelli: Va. Law Should Help Clear Names of Wrongly Convicted, May 7, 2012:
Opinion: The Court and the Fourth Amendment, May 7, 2012:
The Justices tend to find a violation if they can imagine the search applying to them personally.http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202551920029&The_Court_and_the_Fourth_Amendment&slreturn=1
Forgiving Felons? Something Fresh for GOP in Va. May 7, 2012:
Oakland County Blames Illinois Law Enforcement for Sex Offender Arrest (IL), May 5, 2012:
Greece Man Sentenced For Xbox Sexual Abuse Case, May 5, 2012:
(The New NY Law Would Not Have Prevented This Specific Abuse From Occurring, But Yet the State Used it As the Example to Push Through the Legislation. Another Law Proposed and Passed With No Opposition by Political Grandstanding and Fear Mongering)
Neighbors of Vets House Fear Man, a Serial Rapist (Virginia), May 4, 2012:
Sex Offender Registry and Termination of Parental Rights – New Statute (MI), May 4, 2012:
Oakland County Errors Make Least Egregious Sex Offenders Look Like Predators, Suit Says (IL), May 4, 2012:
Aurora First-Grader Suspended for Sexual Harassment, May 4, 2012:
MD Lawmakers Hope to Create Gun Offender Registry, May 4, 2012:
FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web sites – Now, May 4, 2012:
CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory.
High Court Changes Mind on Sex Offenders; State Relieved (WA), May 4, 2012:
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA): A Study in Predatory Capitalism and Cronyism, May 3, 2012:
(A MUST Read!)
Former Chair Accuses ALEC of Anti-Democrat Bias, May 3, 2012:
American Legislative Exchange Council
Sex Offender’s Suit Says Oakland County Labeled Him Predator, May 3, 2012:
More Funding Coming for Child Sex Crime Investigators (Virginia), May 3, 2012:
ALEC’s Secrets Revealed; Corporations Flee, May 3, 2012:
American Legislative Exchange Council
Va. Attorney General Backs Writ of Innocence for Barbour, May 2, 2012:
Democrat Brian Moran’s Employer has Ties to Conservative Group ALEC
American Legislative Exchange Council, May 1, 2012:
At least 115 current or former members of the Virginia General Assembly have ties to ALEC, either by sponsoring bills, attending conferences or paying membership dues, according to a study by ProgressVA. The state has spent $232,000 during the past decade to send legislators, primarily members of the Republican-controlled House of Delegates, to ALEC conferences and meetings.
Rewrite Actual Innocence Law, Cuccinelli Says (Virginia), May 1, 2012:
Online Impersonation Bill Making its Way Through Legislature (LA ), May 1, 2012 :
“My family was torn apart four years ago because of someone on the Internet who was impersonating someone else,” says Ethel Boudin.
Ethel Boudin is Mark Fruge’s mother. He is now a registered sex offender. This is because four years ago he met up with a juvenile he thought was an adult. He claims she lied about her age in an online dating website.
“I don’t know many fourteen-year olds that would be on a telephone at one o’clock in the morning with a best friend in the background describing sexual acts in the manner that this friend did,” says Fruge.
Sex Offenders Could Lose Parental Rights Under Law Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder (MI), May 1, 2012:
Lawmakers OK Bill Barring Sex Offenders From Dressing as Santa (IL), May 1, 2012: