NC court: No proof public safer when sex offenders tracked

A North Carolina court has ruled that long-term GPS monitoring of registered sex offenders is unconstitutional because there is no evidence such tracking protects the public. As per an Associated Press report about the decision:A divided three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that because officials presented no evidence that satellite-based monitoring […]

NC lawsuit moves forward in twice delayed hearing on motion to dismiss

From the NARSOL website, Robin Vander Wall gives an update on a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sex offender registry law.At a hearing in federal court (Middle District, NC) on Monday, April 16, 2018, NARSOL,NCRSOL, and two John Doe plaintiffs were represented by Attorney Paul Dubbeling to defend against the state of North Carolina’s Motion to Dismiss a […]

NY Times questions "frightening and high" sex offender recidivism rates

Writing in the New York Times, Adam Liptak calls the long-standing, and discredited, popular myth of “frightening and high” sex offender recidivism rates “dubious.” That myth was used by a lawyer for North Carolina in an argument before the U.S. Supreme Court supporting that state’s law banning registered citizens from many popular social media sites.The […]

Analysis: Justices skeptical of social media restrictions for sex offenders

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Packingham v. North Carolina, a challenge to a North Carolina law that prohibits registered sex offenders from accessing social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.Amy Howe, at, writes that many of the Justices appeared skeptical of the law.Justice Elena Kagan suggested that social media […]

Supreme Court to hear Packingham case next week

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week that could impact the First Amendment rights of registered sex offenders nationwide.The Marshall Project’s Andrew Cohen takes a closer look at the Packingham case.Lester Gerard Packingham was having a really good day back on April 27, 2010. The North Carolina man had just learned that […]

Lawsuit says NC registry has gone too far

Another lawsuit has been filed challenging a state’s sex offender registration laws, this time in North Carolina. Two registrants are named in the lawsuit.The offenders contend that North Carolina’s law violates the U.S. Constitution by imposing added penalties after conviction and sentencing, for example by extending the years an offender must register. The lawsuit says […]

Court strikes down NC presence restrictions

A three-judge panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that portions of North Carolina’s law restricting where registered sex offenders can be is unconstitutional.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued its decision on Wednesday.In this case, the statute in question made it a Class H felony (punishable by “a presumptive term of […]

Nebraska case cited in decision against NC presence restrictions

A federal judge has ruled that parts of North Carolina’s law restricting where registered sex offenders may be is unconstitutional.The judge relied on several precedents – including the 2012 Doe v. Nebraska decision – to find that those restrictions violate the First Amendment by preventing people from doing things like going to polling places or attending […]