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”

Pennsylvania Megan’s Law "legislative fix" no fix at all

Pennsylvania lawmakers thought they fixed problems with their state’s sex offender registry that led the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to declare portions of the law unconstitutional. Not surprisingly, they likely didn’t fix anything. Pennsylvania lawmakers insist they have fixed problems with Megan’s Law that threatened to allow thousands of sex offenders to avoid having to registerContinue reading “Pennsylvania Megan’s Law "legislative fix" no fix at all”

Omnibus prison reform bill advances

The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that seeks to address overcrowding of the state’s prisons.  Under LB 841 advanced on Tuesday, corrections and the State Board of Parole would be required to devise a plan, by Dec. 1, on how to deal with, or avoid, such an emergency…  The bill advanced on TuesdayContinue reading “Omnibus prison reform bill advances”