Reminder: Report International Travel

January 13, 2021, 6:20 pm You are required, under both Florida and federal law (International Megan’s Law) to report international travel 21 DAYS IN ADVANCE. XXXXXXX,45, of Perry failed to report he was on the cruise ship “Carnival

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Lauren Book’s children’s pediatrician arrested for CP.

January 13, 2021, 12:10 pm Let’s preface this post by saying we strongly condemn the actions this pediatrician is accused of. We hope Senator Book’s children, and all the former patients of this doctor, are safe and were

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Member Submission: Information asked during address verification.

January 12, 2021, 8:54 am Members have been writing in letting us know that officers are asking interrogating questions during the address verification, including information that is not even registrable (see below). Remember to only identify yourself by

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4th Circuit Strikes Bans on Internet, Legal Pornography For Sex Offender (Federal)

January 11, 2021, 2:08 pm Defendant’s underlying sex offense convictions related to the possession of child pornography. He also admitted to watching adult pornography on the internet. On that basis, the government argued for special conditions of release

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Another Double Jeopardy victory.

January 11, 2021, 1:07 pm Last week we had our monthly member call and the topic was online stings. Even though it does not appear as though these bait and switch stings will stop anytime soon, it’s good

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Public Perceptions Of Youth Who Commit Sexual Offense

January 11, 2021, 12:52 pm Few crimes stimulate such visceral reactions and deep-seated fears as sexual offenses. Accordingly, societal responses to sexual offending such as registration and notification laws tend to be quite punitive and highly stigmatizing for

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Weekly Update 2021-01-07 Ref#131

January 8, 2021, 1:58 pm Dear Members and Advocates: Happy New Year!!! So much has changed between this time last year and today that I’m more surprised by what didn’t change because of COVID than what did. I’m

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Banishing ‘Sex Offenders’: How Meaningless Language Makes Bad Law

January 7, 2021, 5:50 am Read the essay by Guy Hamilton-Smith on how the term “sex offender” is functionally meaningless, and invites policy responses that are out of step with the reality of sexual harm. These policy responses,

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ACSOL: Book Offers Insight, Identifies Trends in Registrant Community

January 7, 2021, 5:45 am From ACSOL: The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Law (ACSOL) and the registrant community is the focus of a newly published book by ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  The book, Show Up –

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IN: Victory… People not required to register just because they move to Indiana.

January 7, 2021, 5:39 am A WIN for people in the state of Indiana yesterday, as the 7th Circuit Upholds a lower court decision in favor of a group of persons with past sexual offense convictions who move

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NY: Sex offender risk assessments said to have little predictive value

January 7, 2021, 5:27 am Convicted sex offenders under New York law must have their risk of reoffense assessed by courts under the Sex Offender Registration Act (“SORA” or “Megan’s Law”) with courts determining whether offenders are at

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MN: Third COVID death at Moose Lake Civil Commitment Center

January 5, 2021, 7:03 am Minnesota’s Civil Commitment center at Moose Lake, where certain persons required to register as sex offenders are indefinitely detained for “treatment” after the expiration of their sentence, reported their third death from COVID-19.

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CA: Tiered Registry Law Now Effective

January 4, 2021, 11:11 am If you are on the California registry and would like more information, visit ACSOL The Tiered Registry Law (formerly Senate Bill 384), passed by the California state legislature four years ago, is now

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Taiwan: Civil Commitment “Mostly Constitutional”

January 4, 2021, 10:51 am Taiwan’s Constitutional Court on Thursday declared that current laws allowing convicted sex offenders to be held in a designated facility for therapy after completing their sentence are “mostly constitutional.” However, the court ruled

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AZ: ARIZONA’S SEX OFFENDER LAWS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REFORM

January 4, 2021, 10:37 am The following is a Law Review Article that appeared in the Arizona State Law Journal. Thanks to Prof. Tamara Rice Lave (Co-Counsel on the Ex Post Facto Plus Challenge) for writing it. INTRODUCTION

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How Thousands of American Laws Keep People ‘Imprisoned’ Long After They’re Released

December 31, 2020, 8:22 am From Politico Across the country, people with felony convictions face a daunting web of small obstacles to rebuilding normal lives. What will it take to fix? Nationwide, 45,000 “collateral consequences” regulate the lives

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CA: Sex Offenders Can Qualify for Early Parole

December 29, 2020, 7:08 am The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that inmates who have been convicted of nonviolent sex crimes may be eligible for early parole consideration as part of a ballot measure that nearly two-thirds of

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EDITED: Bill REQUIRES registration for those with Fines or Fees

December 28, 2020, 8:00 am Our apologies: a member pointed out the following bill was intended to circumvent a Florida Appellate District Court opinion that someone’s obligation to register does not begin until they have paid off all

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NY: Governor Signs Moratorium on Facial Recognition in State Schools

December 24, 2020, 10:33 am This is something we wrote about earlier and has been a concern. The Lockport Central School District of NY had installed an “AEGIS facial recognition system” consisting of cameras placed throughout schools in

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Claims of sexual assault at Lowell (FL) Correctional Institution

December 24, 2020, 10:15 am The women’s prison in Ocala – the Lowell Correctional Institution – has a long standing accusation of abuse of the women incarcerated there and a recent report by the United State Department of

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