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NJ: Court Sets Polygraph Limits for Sex Offenders

TRENTON, N.J. (CN) – Polygraph testing is par for the course when New Jersey releases sexual offenders on permanent supervision, but the state’s parole board is barred from using such tests as evidence, a state appeals court ruled today.

The decision comes in answer to a lawsuit five convicted sex offenders brought in 2013. Full Article

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  1. mike r

    because the parole board instructs its test examiners to administer Miranda warnings at the beginning of each session.

    This part really gets me. They read you your rights but force you thru coercion and duress withthe threat of imprisonment if you don’t take the test.

    • Timmr

      Miranda warnings? Isn’t that where anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law? But wait, the court says you can’t use the polygraph results against you. What the forensic frack does all this mean?

  2. Eric Knight

    To put this in perspective, New Jersey imposes “parole supervision for life (PSL)” on anyone who commits certain offenses.

    According to New Jersey law, if you are mandated a PSL sentence, you are subject to its restrictions for a minimum of 15 years. The following are some of the convictions that can result in your being ordered into the PSL program:

    Aggravated sexual assault
    Sexual assault (Rape)
    Aggravated criminal sexual contact
    Certain types of Kidnaping
    Endangering the welfare of a minor through sexual contact or causing the child to engage in pornography (including Internet solicitation)

    The following restrictions apply to all parolees while in the program:

    Increased monitoring by your parole officer
    Unannounced home visits
    The need to obtain permission in order to travel across state lines
    Wearing of an electronic monitor
    Written permission to access a computer with internet access
    Installation of software or hardware to monitor internet usage
    Unannounced inspections of your computer system

    PSL has been successfully litigated against, and ended, in Massachusetts. If NJ had a JB this law would have been seriously challenged already.

  3. jm

    Is it different in California? I’ve taken 2 polygraphs. The last one I specifically remember in the paperwork I had to sign it said that by doing so I was waving my 5th Amendment rights. I was required to sign this before taking the test. I don’t remember what the paperwork said for the first test I took.

    Tests are definitely BS though, and a huge scam.

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