MI: Michigan State sex offender registry can’t be enforced in pandemic

April 6, 2020, 11:38 pm A federal judge is commanding state authorities to stop enforcing rules under the Michigan Sex Offender Registry Act during the coronavirus pandemic. According to an interim order U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland issued

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FDLE Responds to FAC Letter RE: Coronavirus and Registration

April 8, 2020, 9:16 pm The following was received from the FDLE From: Sexual Predator Unit <SexPredator@fdle.state.fl.us> Date: April 8, 2020 at 1:52:05 PM EDT To: gail colletta Subject: RE:  Letter To FDLE re coronavirus 03122020.pdf Good afternoon,

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Florida Registrant Jailed for Failure to Report Address Change DIED of Coronavirus

April 8, 2020, 9:59 pm A Broward jail inmate who was being treated for coronavirus has died, underscoring concern over how the pandemic will pose problems for detention facilities across South Florida. Broward County’s jails, which house more

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Tampa sets up tent city for protection of homeless… except sex offenders.

March 30, 2020, 6:28 pm Even in states of emergency, governments take any opportunity to kick persons required to register as sex offenders. With a county-wide order for people to stay indoors now in effect, the city of

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Lawsuit: Release Sex Offenders Who Have Served Their Time

April 10, 2020, 12:32 pm Sex offenders who have completed their sentences but are still being held in Illinois prisons should be released as part of the effort to reduce the state’s prison population during the COVID-19 crisis,

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Inmate diagnosed with coronavirus had emergency motion filed for release prior to his death

April 10, 2020, 12:36 pm NOTE: Please post comments on the original article A Broward County inmate who died this week after testing positive for the new corona virus had an emergency motion filed for his release prior

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Person dies from Coronavirus in Florida’s Civil Commitment Center

April 10, 2020, 10:32 pm A resident at the Florida Civil Commitment Center in Arcadia – a “treatment facility” where persons who have already been convicted, sentenced and served their full punishment are sent for involuntary and indefinite

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Member Submission: Tampa and Easter Week

April 11, 2020, 12:20 pm Recently the city of Tampa, in partnership with Catholic Charities, has built a camp for homeless people. The concern is that the homeless people may not have access to a facility where they

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Once Fallen: Apply for benefits

April 11, 2020, 10:40 pm Since many of us work in groups that assist registered persons, it is important to pass along information about the COVID-19 stimulus checks. The only requirements for getting a check is a valid social

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No Mediation Required in Does v. Swearingen (Ex Post Facto Plus)

April 14, 2020, 10:53 pm This afternoon, Judge Williams entered an order granting the parties’ Unopposed Motion to Dispense with Mediation. Both sides agreed that Mediation would be futile and it is now not required. The post No

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11th Circuit: Text message not “notice or advertisement” for CP

April 15, 2020, 12:40 pm The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (the appellate court for Florida, Georgia and Alabama federal courts) found that private text messages cannot support a conviction for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(d)(1).

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2nd DCA: Penthouse magazine does not warrant violation of probation.

April 15, 2020, 12:56 pm Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a the probation violation of a man who was caught with a Penthouse magazine. George Bryan was charged with violating his probation and lying

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Thoughts on the remote courtroom

April 15, 2020, 8:26 pm This week the Supreme Court of the United States announced that for the first time in history, they will hear oral arguments remotely. The decision, prompted by the Coronavirus epidemic, introduces a new

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Great case: No duty to register if not “released from the sanction for conviction”

April 18, 2020, 11:15 am An excellent case came out of Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeals last week! An individual who had been charged with a Failure to Register (FTR) had his charges thrown out by the

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Proof, proof, proof required for probation violation.

April 20, 2020, 12:05 pm It’s not a “sex offender case” but another appellate court decision out of Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeals found that a probation officer must PROVE that a probationer moved without permission in

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Audit: Privatizing Florida’s Prison Health Care Was Costly and Deadly Mistake

April 22, 2020, 11:41 am When former Florida Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011, he pushed to privatize health care for Florida prisoners. He promised the move would save taxpayers millions of dollars and it did, at

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Highly Decorated D.A.R.E. Cop Arrested for Running an Enormous Child Porn Ring

April 22, 2020, 9:25 pm Another story from the “it’s not the people on the list you need to watch: The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program should better be called an hilarious exercise in how not to

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CO: Governor suspends certain requirements under registration in light of Covid-19

April 23, 2020, 7:16 pm The Governor of Colorado has issued an executive order (Executive Order D 2020 029) Among other suspensions, he “temporarily suspend the requirement in C.R.S. § 16-22-108(6) that any person required to register as

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Lawsuits challenging continued confinement amid Covid-19 continue to be filed.

April 23, 2020, 8:34 pm Courtesy of law firm Carlton Fields, the following is a compiled list of lawsuits filed on behalf of inmates for conditions of confinement in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. Among those featured is

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GREAT DECISION: Nassau County (FL) SORR violated Ex Post Facto provisions.

April 26, 2020, 1:59 pm An excellent decision came out of Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit (Nassau County) Friday afternoon finding their Sex Offender Residency Restriction (SORR) Unconstitutional as applied to the Defendant (who was charged with violating the

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