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Blogs with News Stories on Sex Offender Issues:

Florida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fees before voting

[NOTE: Persons required to register still can not get their voting rights back] Florida’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that convicted felons must pay all fees related to their sentences before voting. The court decided in its ruling that “all terms of sentence”...

11th Circuit Court of Appeals requests oral argument in Does v. Miami-Dade

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals today determined that oral arguments will be necessary in John Doe #1, et al v. Miami-Dade County, et al (Case No. 19-10254). The appeal originates from a case initiated in 2014 brought on behalf of registrants in Miami-Dade County...

Aging offenders need to be considered

Every morning I scan the news for headlines containing certain keywords, so I can report any relevant updates to our membership. Among the results today, I find the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office's publication of a sexual predator moving into Boynton Beach, as published...

G H-S for The Appeal: Why Keeping People With Sex Offense Convictions Off Social Media Sites Does Little To Make Those Sites Safer

Although Cuomo’s proposal purports to take sexual violence seriously, it aggressively ignores reality in favor of lazy solutions. Data from the U.S. Department of Justice indicates that most people who are held accountable for a sex offense aren’t rearrested for another sex offense. Research indicates that more than 95 percent of all arrests for sex crimes involve someone without a prior sex crime conviction. Data involving arrests of people with prior sex offense convictions specifically involving social media and other online platforms is limited, but a 2009 study examining trends in arrests for sex crimes against minors between 2000 and 2006 found that 96 percent involved someone not on a registry. And a 2016 article appearing in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law observed that “to our knowledge, no data have yet demonstrated that banning sex offenders from the Internet or [social media platforms] actually reduces recidivism rates.” Similarly, buried in the middle of BuzzFeed’s reporting was the fact that—of the cases of sexual violence facilitated by online platforms—“only a fraction” involved someone on a sex offense registry.

In other words, even assuming that everyone with a prior conviction is banished from the digital landscape (and assuming that those who are determined to commit a crime don’t simply lie about their presence), the reality is that the vast majority of sexual violence remains unaffected.

Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale Signed on to Co-Host FAC Community Event

Savor Cinema of Ft. Lauderdale, the location for our community event "A Courageous Conversation About Sex Offenders in Our Communities" has graciously agreed to co-host the event, alongside the Florida Action Committee and the Broward County Criminal Justice Reentry...

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