Mandatory GPS monitoring of some sex offenders violates privacy rights, SJC rules

By John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF  MARCH 26, 2019 Convicted sex offenders retain a constitutional right to privacy, and those rights are being violated by a state law mandating that everyone convicted of some sex crimes wear a GPS monitoring bracelet as part of their sentence, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. In a 7-0 ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court decided that privacy protections found in both the state and federal constitutions apply to sex offenders, who...
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Sex Offenders Are Not Second-Class Citizens,’ Says Judge While Nixing Alabama Rules on First Amendment Grounds

The decision rejects driver's licenses labeled "CRIMINAL SEX OFFENDER" and a broad demand for reports on internet use. Jacob Sullum|Feb. 13, 2019 1:15 pm, Reason "Sex offenders are not second-class citizens," writes U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins in a recent decision overturning two provisions of the Alabama Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act (ASORCNA) on First Amendment grounds. "The Constitution protects their liberty and dignity just as it protects everyone ...
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Attorney General Nessel Weighs in On Sex Offender Registration Cases Before MI Supreme Court

February 8, 2019 LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed amicus briefs in the Michigan Supreme Court today in Michigan v Snyder (Case number 153696) and People v Betts (Case number 148981), arguing that Michigan’s sex offender registration and notification requirements are punishment because they are so burdensome and fail to distinguish between dangerous offenders and those who are not a threat to the community. “When originally put into...
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Why Sex Offender Registries Keep Growing Even as Sexual Violence Rates Fall

 “These policies don’t work—let’s focus on something that does work.” Loaded on AUG. 17, 2018 by Steven Yoder published in Criminal Legal News September, 2018, page 24 Filed under: Sex Offender Registration, Sex Offenders (Discrimination), Sex Offender Residence, Statistics/Trends. Location: United States of America. Lists that include out-of-state visitors are inflating the numbers and keeping fear at a boil. by Steven Yoder, theappeal.org Quentin (not his real name) was convicted ei...
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State Law Wiki Pages

NARSOL is proud to announce that their state law Wiki page is now available! You can find it on the SOPRI website. Many volunteers worked countless hours for over a year researching, posting, checking, re-checking, re-posting, validating, correcting, and finalizing pertinent information for all 50 states and D.C. And it is still an on-going project that requires your input. NARSOL chose to primarily give links to statutes. Laws are constantly changing around the country, and this assures t...
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