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Sex Offender Registries: Common Sense or Nonsense?

In October 1989, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at gunpoint and never seen again. When the boy’s mother, Patty Wetterling, learned that her home state of Minnesota did not have a database of possible suspects—notably convicted sex offenders—she set out to make a change. Wetterling’s efforts led to the passage of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes

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67 Counts for Cop Who Had Sex With Underage Girl

Raul Olmeda, a three-and-a-half year veteran of the NYPD, has been arrested and charged with paying an underage girl for sex and recording the incidents. According to the New York Daily News, the 40-year-old Bronx cop engaged in the illegal sex acts five times between January and April 2017. Two of the trysts took place

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Broward County Deputy Jailed for Sexual Assault of a Minor

A police officer with the Broward County, Florida sheriff’s office has been arrested and charged with illegal sexual activity involving a teenage girl. Leon Campbell, a 37-year-old deputy sheriff, was jailed October 19, 2017, but was released the next day on a $15,000 bond. According to TheFreeThoughtProject.com (TFTP), he was charged with second degree felony

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What Will Larry Nassar’s Life Be Like in Federal Prison?

Now that all of Larry Nassar’s criminal cases have concluded, his life will transition from that of a jail detainee to that of a federal prisoner. In total, he was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for three federal child pornography offenses and 40 to 175 years in Michigan state prison for a number

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San Diego “Predator Free Zones” Struck Down by California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has ruled that a statute restricting all registered sex offenders on parole in California from residing in large swaths of the state is unconstitutional as applied to registered sex offenders on parole in San Diego. The challenge, brought by four registered sex offenders on parole in San Diego, alleged that Proposition

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Sex Offender Registries: An Easy Sell, But Do They Work?

Sex offender registries are the norm in all 50 states and are an easy sell, politically. But the actual value of these laws, in terms of public safety, is increasingly being questioned. Do these laws actually provide the protection that the public presumes? Registry laws are designed and sold to the public as a way

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First Circuit Vacates Supervised Release Conditions for Sex Offender

The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has vacated two onerous conditions of supervised release and reversed the imposition of a 20 year term of supervised release on a sex offender for violation of the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act (SORNA). Moisés Medina, a convicted sex offender, failed to register when he moved

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Court Ordered to Clarify Conditions of Release for Sex Offender

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ordered a lower court to clarify several conditions imposed upon a sex offender as part of his supervised release following a term of imprisonment. Fernando DaSilva pleaded guilty to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 18 U.S.C. § 2250, by failing

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Bureau of Prisons Announces New Civil Commitment Review Policy

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has announced a new policy concerning the certification and civil commitment process for federal inmates. While civil commitment is nothing new for federal prisoners, the new policy better outlines the process, stages and elements for review. This new policy is detailed in Program Statement 5394.01, Certification and Civil Commitment of

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How the Bureau of Prisons Manages Risk Relevant Behaviors by Sex Offenders

  A trend has emerged in recent years concerning the treatment and management of incarcerated sex offenders: prison administrators are conjuring up new and more restrictive means of managing the sex offenders housed in their prison systems. Over the years, a plethora of restrictive tools have been employed in this context. These have included banning

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