Treatment of sex offenders depends on whether they’ve challenged rules

Here’s an interesting article from the Detroit Free Press about the confusion surrounding enforcement of Michigan’s sex offender registry laws following a federal court ruling that provisions of the law were unconstitutional. Apparently, no one knows exactly what the law requires or how it is supposed to be enforced. WASHINGTON — Eight months after the U.S.Continue reading “Treatment of sex offenders depends on whether they’ve challenged rules”

A flurry of bills followed Larry Nassar’s conviction. Here’s why that’s a problem.

Several new laws have been proposed in Michigan following the conviction of former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar. The bills have broad bipartisan support, but Natasha Lennard writes that the proposed legislation is typical of the knee-jerk sex offender legislation that typically has followed high-profile cases in recent years. The 1994 Jacob WetterlingContinue reading “A flurry of bills followed Larry Nassar’s conviction. Here’s why that’s a problem.”

Pennsylvania Senate considers overhaul of sex offender registration law

The Pennsylvania Senate will consider an overhaul of the state’s sex offender registration laws. The move is necessary after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled provisions of the Adam Walsh Act could not be applied retroactively.  The proposed legislation would turn back the clock for ex-offenders convicted before the 2012 law took effect, but still require they finishContinue reading “Pennsylvania Senate considers overhaul of sex offender registration law”