Indiana bill would restrict sex offenders’ time at church

It’s the silly season for Indiana lawmakers. A state senator there is responding to an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling allowing three registered citizens to attend church services with a bill that would restrict the time registrants could be at a church.Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, has authored legislation that would allow a serious sex offender […]

Lawsuit says Indiana sex offender law is harsher on new residents

A lawsuit filed against the Indiana Department of Corrections claims the state’s sex offender laws are harsher for people who move into the state than for Indiana residents. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of three men, claiming the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, according to the Indianapolis Star.The […]

Indiana SO treatment class ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that Indiana’s sex offender class violates the constitutional rights of inmates who did not admit guilt, as reported in the Indianapolis Star.The plaintiffs, all convicted of sex crimes, argued that since they pleaded not guilty to the crimes they were convicted of, they should not be forced to attend the SOMM […]

Indiana court to decide legality of sex offender church ban

An Indiana appeals court will decide whether a ruling preventing three registered sex offenders from attending church violates the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.The case is reported online at the Indiana Lawyer.That legal dilemma came before the appellate court Thursday morning in the case of John Doe, et al. v. The Boone County Prosecutor, et al., 06A01-1612-PL-02741, […]