Wisconsin registrant sues hospital that won’t let him visit son

Hopefully, this will spur changes in the hospital’s policy and maybe spur hospitals elsewhere with similar policies to rethink those harmful and exclusionary rules. Such policies punish families and do nothing to keep anyone safe.MILWAUKEE (AP) — A registered sex offender forbidden from visiting his severely ill 9-year-old son filed a lawsuit Friday against Wisconsin […]

Losing Track: Series explores problems with Wisconsin GPS monitoring

A series of articles from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism explores problems with Wisconsin’s GPS monitoring program. GPS monitoring is increasingly popular across the country, despite questions about the technology.According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, 88,000 offenders were strapped with GPS bracelets in 2015 — 30 times more than the 2,900 offenders who were tracked […]

Family says city’s sex offender law goes way too far

From Courthouse News Service, another heartbreaking example of how residency restrictions harm families.MILWAUKEE (CN) — Prosecuted as an adult when he was 17 for having sex with another teenager, a married man with three children has been sleeping in his truck since a Milwaukee suburb forced him out of his house because he’s a sex […]

Wisconsin cities sued over residency restrictions

Several cities in southeast Wisconsin face lawsuits over harsh residency restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, for registered sex offenders to find a place to live.The plaintiffs’ attorneys, Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg, have already won one lawsuit against restrictions in one town, and hope to force others to change or repeal their […]

Wisconsin court says GPS monitor not punishment

A Wisconsin court has ruled that lifetime GPS monitoring is not punishment.Paul Strubas writes for the Green Bay Press-Gazette.Oh, I’m sure they suck. They might chafe. They could cause blisters. They will cramp your style, keep you out of swimming pools, cause a funny-looking bulge in your nylons, spoil your suntan, tether you to a […]

Judge rules Wisconsin residency restriction ordinance unconstitutional

A federal judge relied on facts in striking down an ordinance that made most of the town of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, off-limits to registered sex offenders.The ruling by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller is reported in the Kenosha News.In granting summary judgment to the nine plaintiffs, Stadtmueller found the village imposed restrictions on where the […]

Report highlights uselessness of residency restrictions

A report from a Fox television station in Wisconsin highlights the uselessness of sex offender residency restrictions.Reporter Brad Hicks explains how Wisconsin laws require registrants to live near places they’re supposed to stay away from, and he highlights the low recidivism rates for sex offenders.[A]n exhaustive study by the state here in Wisconsin reveals recidivism […]