York City Council drops residence restriction proposal

Some good news from Thursday’s York City Council meeting.YORK – An ordinance that would have banned convicted/registered sex offenders from living within 500 feet of a school or child care facility in York was given a second public reading and then dropped for good.More heartening were comments by various council members as to why they decided […]

York City Council considering residency restriction ordinance

The Omaha World-Herald article does not say how many of the 31 non-incarcerated registrants in York would be subject to the residency restriction ordinance.YORK, Neb. — The York City Council is considering the creation of residency restrictions for convicted/registered sex offenders and has already held the first of three readings of an ordinance that would […]

7th Circuit ruling will force registrants from their homes

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a challenge to Illinois’ sex offender residency restriction law. As NARSOL reports, the decision means at least two men, and likely more people will be forced from their homes.By Larry . . . NARSOL is disappointed to report that the United States Court of […]

Sex offender residency restrictions waste money, create havoc

In an essay at the Criminal Legal News website, NARSOL communication director Sandy Rozek provides a compelling argument why sex offender residency and presence restrictions are bad public policy and should be abolished. These arguments are well-known, but it’s good to be reminded of them occasionally.Compelling logical, factual reasons to totally abolish distance restrictions in […]

Homeless sex offenders lose court fight to remain at tent camp

Homeless registrants who have been staying at an encampment in Hialeah, Florida, lost a court decision Thursday. Miami-Dade County can now proceed with plans to either evict or arrest the residents.A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday cleared the way for the county to dismantle a tent village of homeless sex offenders outside Hialeah, and a lawyer for […]

ACLU sues to stop Miami homeless sex offender camp evictions

The situation with the shameful humanitarian crisis that is the encampent of homeless registered sex offenders in Miami continues, as a lawsuit has been filed to try and prevent officials from dismantling the camp. The Miami New Times has a report on the lawsuit.In 2007, New Times broke national news with a story about how a group of […]

Complex residency restrictions difficult to enforce; essentially useless

Here’s an article from Columbia, Missouri, that begins by explaining how difficult it is for law enforcement to enforce Missouri’s complex sex offender residency restrictions and ends up, perhaps inadvertently, proving the uselessness of residency restrictions. Certainly, many of the experts quoted in the article don’t seem to think much of the restrictions.Although Missouri law […]

Some good news from the state of Florida

From the Florida Action Committee comes word that a judge has declared Fr. Lauderdale’s draconian and oppressive sex offender residency restriction ordinance unconstitutional.The Ft Lauderdale Sex Offender Residency Restriction was declared unconstitutional. Wait… what?!?! A Florida SORR was declared unconstitutional? YES! The municipal ordinance in the City of Ft. Lauderdale that prohibited registered sex offenders from […]

Sex offenders sue Minnesota city over restrictions

Cities that pass Draconian sex offender ordinances that amount to banishment should expect to be challenged, as is the case with the city of Dayton, Minnesota, which is being sued by three registered sex offenders who say the city’s ordinance is unconstitutional.The men are challenging a far-reaching 2016 ordinance that bars convicted sex offenders from living within […]

Florida ministry deals with sex offender registry

Steven Yoder writes an article for the Christian Century about a residential ministry in Florida that helps sex offenders transitioning out of prison. One would think these kinds of programs would be well supported as a way to help people get back on their feet.Baptist minister Glenn Burns calls the evening of April 7, 2016, […]