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MN: Third COVID death at Moose Lake Civil Commitment Center

Minnesota's Civil Commitment center at Moose Lake, where certain persons required to register as sex offenders are indefinitely detained for "treatment" after the expiration of their sentence, reported their third death from COVID-19. Two other "clients" died last...

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CA: Tiered Registry Law Now Effective

If you are on the California registry and would like more information, visit ACSOL The Tiered Registry Law (formerly Senate Bill 384), passed by the California state legislature four years ago, is now effective. Some of its provisions, however, will not begin until...

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Taiwan: Civil Commitment “Mostly Constitutional”

Taiwan's Constitutional Court on Thursday declared that current laws allowing convicted sex offenders to be held in a designated facility for therapy after completing their sentence are "mostly constitutional." However, the court ruled it "unconstitutional" that the...

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AZ: ARIZONA’S SEX OFFENDER LAWS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REFORM

The following is a Law Review Article that appeared in the Arizona State Law Journal. Thanks to Prof. Tamara Rice Lave (Co-Counsel on the Ex Post Facto Plus Challenge) for writing it. INTRODUCTION In this Article, I consider ways in which Arizona's laws regarding sex...

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CA: Sex Offenders Can Qualify for Early Parole

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that inmates who have been convicted of nonviolent sex crimes may be eligible for early parole consideration as part of a ballot measure that nearly two-thirds of voters approved of four years ago. “The initiative’s language...

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EDITED: Bill REQUIRES registration for those with Fines or Fees

Our apologies: a member pointed out the following bill was intended to circumvent a Florida Appellate District Court opinion that someone's obligation to register does not begin until they have paid off all fines (see: State of Florida vs. Ray La Vel James, Fla. 2nd...

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Ex Post Facto – Sustainer 2020

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Text Registration Reminders

Get reminded to register on your months via SMS text messages. Just text "START" to 727-233-4785 to begin -OR- click HERE for more details and a flyer which can be printed and shared with others.

No warranty or liability implied. It is always YOUR responsibility to register. Intended as a backup reminder. Service provided free as a courtesy. Standard text message rates may apply.

In-Person Reporting Challenge (FUNDED)

The goal of this legal challenge is to eliminate or significantly reduce the requirement to physically report (in-person) to the Sheriff's office.

Ex Post Facto – Sustainer 2020

UPDATE: First- and second-round funding to prepare, file, and fight this lawsuit was successful. Thank you! With your continued support, we can sustain the strength of our argument with expert testimony and the like, as well as cover other costs associated with a case of this magnitude. -- The goal of the this legal challenge is to have the registry recognized as punitive rather than administrative. The most immediate consequence of this would be that only laws and requirements active at the time of offense could be applied to a person required to register.

Non-Registrant Collateral Consequences Challenge

This lawsuit will challenge the registration requirements imposed on people not on the registry! It will be brought on behalf of registrants' family, friends, employers and others who are impacted by the registry by virtue of living with, employing, or even sharing the same family name as a registrant. Plaintiffs will be spouses who have their vehicles registered and flagged, children who can't have a parent watch them graduate or perform in a school play, roommates who are prevented from decorating their home for the holidays, and others.

Out of State Challenge

The goal of this legal challenge is to remove anyone on the registry who is not currently residing in the Florida community.

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