Their Time Served, Sex Offenders Are Kept in Prison in ‘Cruel Catch-22’

New York prisons will not release people convicted of some sex offenses until they find housing far from schools. But that is hard to do, especially from behind bars.   “In effect,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, “New York’s policy requires indefinite incarceration for some indigent people judged to be sex offenders.”Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York Times By Adam Liptak March 7, 2022, 5:00 a.m. ET WASHINGTON — A...
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11th Circuit Says a Sheriff Violated the First Amendment by Posting Warning Signs on the Lawns of Registered Sex Offenders

Butts County, Georgia, Sheriff Gary Long cited no evidence to support his pre-Halloween stunt. JACOB SULLUM | 2.1.2022 6:25 PM (Butts County Sheriff's Office) A Georgia sheriff violated the First Amendment when he posted signs on the lawns of registered sex offenders to warn away trick-or-treaters, a federal appeals court said in a recent ruling. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit unanimously concluded that the signs amounted to unconstitut...
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Sex offender registry laws don’t work. Here’s what might. | Column

OPINION | Guest Column Meghan M. Mitchell, Kristen M. Zgoba, Alex R. Piquero The uncomfortable truth? Those who commit sexual offenses are usually not strangers.   There are roughly half a million sexual assault incidents in the United States every year — and more than 11,000 in Florida alone. These numbers are troubling. Kristen M. Zgoba [ Provided ] So it’s no surprise that people search the sex offender registration website to make sure that no one convicted o...
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American Law Institute Adopts Revisions to Model Penal Code That Include Major Changes to Sex Offender Registries

Posted: June 16, 2021 By Professor Ira Ellman On June 8, 2021 the membership of the American Law Institute gave its final approval to a revision of the Model Penal Code’s chapter on Sexual Assault and Related Offenses. The American Law Institute, established in 1923, is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The current Council of the ALI includes 7 members of the United States Courts of...
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COMMONWEALTH vs. FRANCIS X. HARDING, JR.

The defendant raises two issues on appeal. The first is whether he was required, as a self-employed homeimprovement contractor, to identify the temporary work sites where he performed his work as his "work address" under the SORB registration statute, G. L. c. 6, § 178E. The second is whether the defendant's condition of probation -- that he was "not to 6 work, volunteer, [or] reside with children under [sixteen] years old" -- prohibited him from performing home-improvement services at a house w...
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