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Michigan’s SORA is punishment, says MI Attorney General in amicus briefs

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.

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Miami Herald: They dated since he was 17. He turned 18 and now faces 15 years behind bars.

February 6, 2019, 12:27 pm A Coral Shores High School student in the Florida Keys is facing 15 years in prison and life as a registered sex offender for continuing to date his 15-year-old girlfriend after he turned

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Former Florida DCF spokesman Thomas Barnes sentenced for child porn

February 1, 2019, 6:48 pm The former district spokesperson for the Department of Children and Families (yes, the same DCF that Sen. Lauren Book wants to train every law enforcement officer on Human Trafficking and that runs our

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Legislators getting clued in on sex offender BS

February 1, 2019, 7:10 pm Arkansas Senator Trent Garner and Representative Rebecca Petty tried to pass a Halloween bill that would prohibit certain persons required to register from distributing candy on Halloween, dressing in costume, etc. A violation

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Man Sentenced to Death for Killing Sex Offender Inmate

January 30, 2019, 10:16 pm On Monday, Rocky Ali Beamon was sentenced to death in Jackson County, Florida, for First Degree Premeditated Murder of Bruce Hunsicker at the Apalachee Correctional Institution in 2012. Beamon’s confessions shed light on

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A Father’s day Hope Becomes a Birthday Promise

On June 24, 2001 I received my very first Father’s Day card. I wasn’t yet a father, but I was engaged to marry someone who had two children, so I was soon going to be a father. I

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Should We Seek Healing or Closure?

When someone has been victimized by crime, we often hear how important a trial and conviction are to provide closure for the victim, or the victim’s family if the victim died. This trite word, closure, treats what has

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For These I Toll the Bell

November 1st was All Saints Day, and for the first time since I’ve been in prison our Protestant service celebrated the holiday. During the service, a time was set aside for congregants to come forward and name the

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CA Court: Rule Barring Sex Offenders From Early Parole Invalid

January 30, 2019, 1:25 pm A California appeals court threw out a Dept. of Corrections policy that barred sex offenders from being released on early parole. This ban had been enforced – even if the sex offender was

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Probation violations must be proven to be ‘willful’

January 28, 2019, 10:29 pm In Archie v. State, a case decided last week in Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeals, we are reminded that probation violations (unlike registration violations) need to be willful and substantial. Archie, who

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PACER Fees Harm Judiciary’s Credibility, Posner Says in Class Action Brief

Seven retired federal judges, including former Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, filed an amicus brief in a class action over PACER fees now on appeal. Charging user fees for court records harms the credibility of the federal judiciary, according

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The Detroit News: Editorial: Sex Offender Registry afoul of constitution

January 25, 2019, 4:37 pm Michigan lawmakers seem keen on making important reforms to the state’s criminal justice system, which should expand protections for civil liberties. Another item they should add to the list: Revamping the state’s Sex

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AR: Legislator not afraid to speak out against nonsense Halloween sex offender ban.

January 24, 2019, 6:46 pm Sen. Trent Garner, of Arkansas, sponsored Senate Bill 10, which would make it a class D felony, punishable by up to six years in prison, for a level 3 or 4 sex offender

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Stanley’s story as an Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled individual

Background on Stanley: Stan was born Jul 1990, there was difficulty during birth, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and cut of oxygen to the brain. Suffered from “seizures” from age one to age four, sometimes

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Effectively Advocating for the Client with Developmental Disabilities who has been charged with a sex offense. WEBINAR: 1-17-2019

WEBINAR: January 17, 2019 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST Team:  I will be putting out more updates later but wanted to get this out to the group .  I think this is a worthwhile webinar put on by

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Some great news about UNTOUCHABLE, David Feige’s award-winning documentary

UNTOUCHABLE – Festival Trailer from Meerkat Media on Vimeo. When the most powerful lobbyist in Florida discovers that the nanny has sexually abused his daughter, he harnesses his extraordinary political power to pass the toughest sex offender laws

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A Story of Extraordinary Strength and Grace

Practicing restorative justice is hard. When someone hurts us or harms us in any way, the natural human response is anger, and often revenge. It doesn’t surprise me to hear parents who have just lost a child to

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Will Corrections Officers Ever Support Rehabilitating Prisoners?

I can’t imagine; it must be easy being a corrections officer. I mean, the job itself looks pretty easy most of the time–lots of sitting around, making regular rounds, writing tickets from time to time–really glorified babysitting. But

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Prison–A Petri Dish of Prejudice

A year ago this week, hatred and bigotry made its mark on history in Charlottesville, Virginia. At a white nationalist rally, Heather Heyer was in the crowd decrying the vile rhetoric of the white nationalists and was murdered

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