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The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) is dedicated to protecting the Constitution by restoring the civil rights of registrants and their families. In order to achieve that objective, ACSOL will educate and litigate as well as support or oppose legislation.  The ACSOL website and recordings are provided as a service to registrants, registrants’ families, and others for general information only.  The information on the website and in the recordings are not designed to provide legal or other advice or to create an attorney-client relationship.  You should not take, or refrain from taking, action based on their content.  Prior results and case studies do not guarantee a similar outcome in future representations.  ACSOL accepts no responsibility for any loss or damages that may result from accessing or reliance on content on the ACSOL website and recordings and disclaim, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any and all liability with respect to acts or omissions made by registrants, registrants’ families and others on the basis of content on the ACSOL website.

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Important News / Announcements

ACSOL Online Meeting June 15, 2024

CA: CDCR Agrees to Change Treatment Requirements for Registrants on Parole

ACSOL In-Person Meeting in West Sacramento on July 13, 2024

CA Dept. of Justice Agrees to Reduce Some Tier Assignments

D.C. Vigil Educates U. S. Supreme Court, Public – Smith v. Doe Must Go!

D.C. Vigil Educates U. S. Supreme Court, Public – Smith v. Doe Must Go!

MO: Trial Date Delayed for Missouri Halloween Sign Case

General News Feed

Read the responses from convicted police officers and their agencies

A Washington Post investigation found hundreds of police officers have sexually exploited kids. The Washington Post obtained thousands of court filings, police records and other documents to report on law enforcement officers accused of crimes involving child sexual abuse. Read the findings of our investigation, Abused by the Badge. Information about some of the officers, including whom they worked for, what they were convicted...

LA: Louisiana lawmakers approve surgical castration option for those guilty of sex crimes against kids

Source: apnews.com 6/3/24 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana judges could order surgical castration for people convicted of sex crimes against young children under legislation approved Monday, and if Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signs it into law, the state apparently would be the first with such a punishment. The GOP-controlled Legislature passed the bill giving judges the option to sentence someone to surgical castration...

NY: This Law Effectively Banishes People from New York City (podcast)

Source: nyclu.org 6/6/24 SARA is billed as a way to protect New Yorkers from people who could harm children. But research shows these types of geographical restrictions don’t increase public safety. The NYCLU recently filed a lawsuit challenging the misleadingly-named Sexual Assault Reform Act, or SARA. SARA is a New York law that prevents certain people required to register on the state’s sex offender...

Here Are the States That Allow Chemical Castration as Punishment

Source: newsweek.com 6/6/24 Louisiana lawmakers passed legislation this week that allows judges to sentence child sex offenders to surgical castration. Assuming the bill is signed into law, as is expected, Louisiana will become the latest member of a growing list of states to have a castration law on the books. ... Several states have laws allowing chemical castration. Alabama passed a bill in 2019,...

Action Alert for CA: Stop Face Surveillance/Recognition AB 1814

Source: CA ACLU [ACSOL is passing on this action alert because facial recognition can also be used against registrants. CA registrants and supporters, please take this fast and easy way to fight against this!] AB 1814 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Do not be fooled. This bill emboldens police to expand dangerous face surveillance, while writing into law the same failed rules that...

WI: Washington Co. challenging placement of violent sex offender in Town of Trenton

Source: washingtoncountyinsider.com 6/8/24 The chairman in the Town of Trenton is speaking out about steps being taken to proactively protect the people in his community as Washington County officials have been notified about the possible placement of a violent sex offender. Mike Lipscomb was notified by the Washington County Sheriff prior to the news being released that Outagamie County was looking to place a...

Seventh Circuit: Heck Bars Civil Rights Challenges to Civil Commitment

Source: prisonlegalnews.org 6/1/24 On December 20, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an Illinois prisoner’s challenge to civil commitment as a sexually violent person after release cannot be raised under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, unless the underlying civil commitment is first terminated in his favor or shown to be invalid “through another outlet.” The ruling extended application of...

Nationwide Action Alert: Tell the US Sentencing Commission how to create a fairer, more just sentencing system

Source: Judge Carlton W. Reeves, Chair, U.S. Sentencing Commission 6/5/24 I’m writing to ask you for a small favor. Most summers, the Sentencing Commission announces the work we plan to prioritize over the coming year. This summer, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Commission’s creation (and twenty years post Booker), we’re doing something different. We’re asking people – including you – to tell...

Federal Supervised Release Is a Wasteful Mess. A Bipartisan Bill in Congress Is Trying To Fix That.

Source: reason.com 6/4/24 When Daniel Brown was released early from federal prison in 2020, 15 years into a 42-year sentence for drug and firearm possession offenses, he was determined not to squander the chance he had been given. By most outward measures, he's accomplished that. He's stayed out of trouble. He's a project manager at a construction company and married with children. But like...

CO: How Did a Local From a Prominent American Indian Tribe Get Stuck in a Sex Offender System That Could Keep Him Behind Bars for Life?

Source: 5280.com June 2024 Most mornings last year, John Red Cloud would rise before daybreak in his home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in southwest South Dakota. He’d walk to the porch of his house and peer out at the shadows of undulating, grassy hills in the distance. Eventually, dawn would spread across the reservation, illuminating the ancestral land where Red Cloud had...

LA: Louisiana Passes Surgical Castration Bill for Child Molesters, waiting for Governor’s signature

Source: nytimes.com 6/4/24 Judges in Louisiana could order people who are convicted of sex crimes against children to undergo surgical castration under a bill that state lawmakers passed overwhelmingly on Monday. While Louisiana and a few other states, including California, Texas and Florida, have long allowed chemical castration, the option to punish sex offenders via surgical castration — which is far more intrusive —...

Court Grants ACSOL Motion to Intervene in CA SVP Case

Source: ACSOL A judge in California Placer County Superior Court has granted a motion filed by the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) to intervene in the case of William Stephenson who has been designated a sexually violent predator (SVP).  Intervention allows ACSOL to assist Mr. Stephenson in his quest to be placed in a residence in Placer County, his county of domicile,...

ACSOL Online Meeting June 15, 2024

You are invited to join ACSOL Executive Director and civil rights attorney Janice Bellucci and an ACSOL board member for our next meeting.  The meeting will be held on Saturday June 15 online on Zoom beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time, 1:00 PM Eastern, and will last at least two hours. You can use the Zoom app or you can call in using a Zoom...

Trump’s case casts a spotlight on movement to restore voting rights to those convicted of felonies

Source: apnews.com 5/31/24 [ACSOL is posting this non-partisan article about voting rights because it affects registrants] WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican-led states have historically made it difficult for those convicted of a felony to vote or barred it altogether. Now the Republicans’ presumptive nominee for president, who lives in one of those states, is among them. Donald Trump’s conviction in the New York hush money...

General Comments June 2024

Comments that are not specific to a certain post should go here, for the month of June 2024. Contributions should relate to the cause and goals of this organization and please, keep it courteous and civil. This section is not intended for posting links to news articles without additional relevant comment.

The US might restrict social media in prisons and inmates are worried: ‘I may lose my voice soon’

Source: theguardian.com 5/28/24 A proposed change to US prison rules is threatening to punish inmates for using social media or directing others to do so on their behalf, severing what some view as a vital link to the outside world. Delores Eggerson manages her son’s social media accounts while he serves a life sentence in Arkansas. For almost 22 years, she’s logged into his...

CA: Beware of attorneys offering applications for gubernatorial pardons

Source: ACSOL Beware of attorneys offering to submit applications for gubernatorial pardons in California based upon the promise that a pardon will remove you from the registry.  The California Department of Justice recently announced that it “will not terminate the requirement to register on the basis of a gubernatorial pardon unless it includes a finding of innocence.”  The announcement is reflected on the Governor’s...

NY: Supreme Court rules for NRA in New York government coercion battle

Source: nbcnews.com 5/30/24 [ACSOL is posting this as it could relate to eventually making the registry non-public] WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the National Rifle Association can pursue a claim that a New York state official’s efforts to encourage companies to end ties with the gun rights group constituted unlawful coercion. The justices unanimously found that the NRA can move forward with arguments that...

CA: CDCR Agrees to Change Treatment Requirements for Registrants on Parole

Source: ACSOL The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has agreed in writing to change treatment requirements for registrants while on parole.  As a result of this agreement, the number of registrants who are discharged early from parole is expected to increase significantly. The improvements to which CDCR have agreed include the possibility of ending treatment in as little as one year.  The...

NY: RAA Applauds NYCLU & Plantiffs for Lawsuit Challenging Banishment Law

Source: restorativeactionalliance.org 5/29/24 Restorative Action Alliance (RAA) applauds the brave plaintiffs and legal professionals of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) who have recently brought a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New York Executive Law § 259-c (14), known as “SARA.” This banishment law affects thousands of individuals with certain sex offense convictions preventing them from being in proximity to restaurants, stores,...
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