Sex Crimes and Criminal Justice

[washingtonspectator.org 5/4/18] Formerly incarcerated sex offenders say civil commitment programs deny proper rehabilitation May 4, 2018 By Barbara Koeppel Responding to several highly publicized sex crimes and public fears, legislatures across the country have adopted statutes that allow the continued imprisonment of sex offenders after they have completed their sentences. Veteran investigative reporter Barbara Koeppel has spent the past 12 months reporting on this third rail of the criminal justice system. Here are her findings. Since the 1990s, 20 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws that direct…

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BOP backs down on the restrictive book policy

[handbasketnotes.blogspot.com 5/5/18] Good news. The federal Bureau of Prisons has rescinded the policy changes that would have made it more expensive and more difficult for inmates to receive books. Ann E. Marimow at the Washington Post reports: The restrictions were already in place in facilities in Virginia and California and were set to start this month at a prison in Florida. Under the rules, inmates in at least four facilities were required to order books only through a prison-approved vendor and, at three of the prisons, to pay an extra…

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NV: Sex offender registry changes will impact Lyon County numbers

[rgj.com 5/4/18] The number of Lyon County sex offenders registered on the Department of Public Safety’s website will increase with the implementation of a new statewide sex offender registration law. Nevada Legislature in 2007 approved AB579 to comply with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act passed the year before. The law changes how sex offenders are classified and who must register with the DPS. The bill has been hung up in legislation for more than 10 years, but on April 27 the Nevada Supreme Court lifted the…

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A Rational Approach to the Role of Publicity and Condemnation in the Sentencing of Offenders

[ssrn.com  5/2/18] Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 46, 2019 38 Pages Posted: 2 May 2018 Mirko Bagaric Director of the Evidence-Based Sentencing and Criminal Justice Project, Swinburne University Law School Peter Isham Northwestern University, School of Law, Students Date Written: April 14, 2018 Abstract The punishment imposed on criminal offenders by courts often does not exhaust the hardship they experience. There are a number of collateral forms of punishment that many offenders are subjected to as a result of their offending. Some of these deprivations are institutional, such as…

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OffenderWatch, the Largest Sex Offender Registry Network in the U.S., Awarded Contract with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

[watchsystems.com 5/4/18] COVINGTON, La.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OffenderWatch, the leading public safety sex offender registry network in the United States, is pleased to announce that it will be working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to modernize the Canadian National Sex Offender Registry. This marks the first time that OffenderWatch, headquartered in Covington, La., has worked with a law enforcement agency outside of the U.S. OffenderWatch was awarded the contract to modernize the RCMP’s National Sex Offender Registry, following a Government of Canada procurement process. The contract between the RCMP and OffenderWatch…

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CT: Keep statute of limitations; and another ‘liberal activist’

[journalinquirer.com 5/4/18] Arguing recently for the repeal of Connecticut’s statute of limitations for sex offenses, Laura Cordes, executive director of the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, declared, “Justice should not have an expiration date.” But justice often does have an expiration date, and not because of statutes of limitations but rather because as time passes evidence inevitably is lost, memories fade, and witnesses die or disappear, making it impossible to mount a complete and effective prosecution or defense. Connecticut’s current statute of limitations for sex offenses is five years,…

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SC: Sheriff’s office assistant stole money from sex offenders, SLED says

[wyff4.com 5/4/18] KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. (WIS contributed to this article) — A 34-year-old woman is accused of stealing money collected from registered sex offenders while she was assistant to a South Carolina sheriff, according to an arrest warrant. The State Law Enforcement Division arrested Samantha West Connell, of Kershaw County, on a charge of embezzlement of public funds, value less than $10,000. Advertisement SLED agents said the thefts were committed between January 2015 and April 2016, while Connell was employed as an administrative assistant at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.…

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FL: Man accused of trying to kill sex offenders in Kissimmee

[UPDATED LINKS 5/7/18] [wesh.com 5/4/18] OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Police said a man was locked up after he was accused of trying to kill sex offenders. Officers said he tried to set the men on fire. Jorge Porto-Sierra has been formally charged with four counts of attempted premeditated murder. Osceola County detectives said the 50-year-old confessed to deputies he tried to kill multiple people at the Friendly Village Inn on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. After his March 7 arrest, Porto-Sierra said he arrived at the motel to “barbecue all the…

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