Two years after court ruling, no changes to Michigan registry

Two years after a federal court ruled parts of Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act unconstitutional, the state legislature has still made no changes to the law. Michigan Public Radio talked with an attorney for the ACLU of Michigan and a Michigan State Senator about what changes are needed and why they haven’t been made yet.Continue reading “Two years after court ruling, no changes to Michigan registry”

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.”

Kansas governor signs bill to compensate wrongfully convicted

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed a bill that will compensate people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime in Kansas. His signature on House Bill 2579 made Kansas the 33rd state to enact a wrongful conviction compensation statute. It was described by advocates as the “gold standard” for the nation. Individuals found by aContinue reading “Kansas governor signs bill to compensate wrongfully convicted”