Homeless registrants who have been staying at an encampment in Hialeah, Florida, lost a court decision Thursday. Miami-Dade County can now proceed with plans to either evict or arrest the residents.A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday cleared the way for the county to dismantle a tent village of homeless sex offenders outside Hialeah, and a lawyer for […]
The situation with the shameful humanitarian crisis that is the encampent of homeless registered sex offenders in Miami continues, as a lawsuit has been filed to try and prevent officials from dismantling the camp. The Miami New Times has a report on the lawsuit.In 2007, New Times broke national news with a story about how a group of […]
From the Florida Action Committee comes word that a judge has declared Fr. Lauderdale’s draconian and oppressive sex offender residency restriction ordinance unconstitutional.The Ft Lauderdale Sex Offender Residency Restriction was declared unconstitutional. Wait… what?!?! A Florida SORR was declared unconstitutional? YES! The municipal ordinance in the City of Ft. Lauderdale that prohibited registered sex offenders from […]
If you are on the Florida Sex Offender Registry but no longer living in Florida, FAC is organizing a potential legal action to seek removal of those no longer in our state.There are currently over seventy thousand (70,000) individuals on the Florida registry. In fact; less than half are actually physically present in the community. […]
Steven Yoder writes an article for the Christian Century about a residential ministry in Florida that helps sex offenders transitioning out of prison. One would think these kinds of programs would be well supported as a way to help people get back on their feet.Baptist minister Glenn Burns calls the evening of April 7, 2016, […]
More sad reminders than even in the face of devastating natural disasters, discrimination persists against people on sex offender registries.Read more here, here, and here.
A Florida television station inadvertently uncovers the real reason for our nation’s harsh sex offender registry laws. In March, WFTS-TV in Tampa reported on a dust-up between the Tampa Police Department and residents in one neighborhood who complain that the TPD isn’t enforcing a county ordinance prohibiting registered sex offenders from clustering in one area.Police […]
A Florida man, with no prior criminal record, is looking at spending the rest of his life in prison, after a judge sentenced him to 100 years for possession of child pornography. The story is reported in the St. Augustine Record.The sentencing came nearly two months after a jury found Jesse Graham Berben guilty on 20 […]
As registered sex offenders grow older, many find it difficult to find adequate assisted living or nursing home care in states with strict residency restrictions. Reporter Nicki Gorny reports in the Ocala (Florida) Star-Banner about the challenges many of these people face.By the time deputies arrested Thomas Bernard Brown for failing to register as a sexual […]
A new play, set to be staged in the spring of 2017, tells the story of Miracle Village, a community of registered sex offenders near Pahokee, Florida.”America is Hard to See” is based on interviews with residents of residents of Miracle Village and Pahokee.Read about the show here and here.