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.”

Federal courts examining constitutionality of sex offender registries

A look at how several recent court decisions against sex offender registries in several states, and the predictable backlash from elected officials in response to those decisions.  Colorado’s sex offender registry still hangs in limbo seven months after a judge said it violated the constitutional rights of former offenders, subjecting them to an extended punishmentContinue reading “Federal courts examining constitutionality of sex offender registries”