Federal Court dismisses latest challenge to International Megan’s Law

The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws reports on another disappointing court ruling. A federal judge in California has upheld the latest challenge to the constitutionality of International Megan’s Law.A federal district court dismissed the recent IML challenge yesterday when it granted the government’s Motion to Dismiss a legal challenge to the International Megan’s Law […]

Passport revoked

The federal government is revoking the passports of registrants under the International Megan’s Law. Here is the experience of one Illinois registrant, courtesy of NARSOL.By Scott . . . I’m on the board of Illinois Voices for Reform and have been actively involved with the organization since 2012. I am on the registry for life […]

Study: When a Sex Offender Comes to Visit

A new study, by University of Louisville doctoral student Shawn M. Rolfe, looks at registration requirements in each state for non-resident sex offenders. Not surprisingly, the requirements vary state to state.From the abstract:The findings indicate that registration requirements and residence restrictions vary significantly by state for nonresident registrants. While not surprising given that numerous studies […]

Why marking sex offender passports won’t curb sex trafficking

In an essay for In Justice Today, Guy Hamilton-Smith explains why the “unique identifier” the U.S. government will be putting on the passports of certain registered sex offenders will do nothing to stop sex trafficking.The State Department announced the identifier, required by the International Megan’s Law, last month.Ostensibly, the rationale underlying IML and policies like […]

Scarlet-letter passports unjust and irrational

Jacob Sullum writes for Reason that the unique identifier to be added to sex offender passports is lousy policy and merely stigmatizes people who are not dangerous.The notice, which will appear on the second-to-last page of U.S. passports, is officially known as an “endorsement,” but it is more like a badge of shame. “The bearer […]

Passports and International Megan’s Law

The State Department has released more information about the unique identifiers that will be affixed to the passports of covered sex offenders.The IML prohibits the Department of State from issuing a passport to a covered sex offender without a unique identifier, and it allows for the revocation of passports previously issued to these individuals that […]

Really, what are traveling pedophiles?

A response to New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, who released a statement marking the one year anniversary of the passage of International Megan’s Law.According to Smith who met with a delegation from Thailand which included Ambassador Pisan Manawapal and representatives for the Royal Thai Police, gratitude for the law was expressed. Purportedly 160 convicted sex […]

Putting Trump’s Travel Ban and IML into Perspective

Online commentary at Fight AWA linking President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban to International Megan’s Law.Trump’s Travel Ban was eerily similar to the IML passed in February 2016 by the use of the wrong tools to address the stated problem and thereby expending political capital in exchange for real human lives. The President authorized the […]

The government made me a sex offender

How easy is it to become a sex offender, at least in the eyes of the government? An essay in the San Diego Reader – by a man who is not a registered sex offender – explains.I stood silently as the customs official swiped my passport through the card reader at his station. He swiped […]

Holiday Travel Tips for Sex Offenders

Before going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house for the holidays, registrants may need to notify the authorities of their travel plans.One of the numerous requirements of the Sex Offender Registration Act is that every Nebraska registrant must notify authorities before he or she embarks on a trip longer than three […]