Dear Members and Advocates,

Please join us tomorrow night for our monthly member call. The topic of the call will be a legal update covering recent court decisions across the country impacting people required to register, with a specific focus on the status of our Florida Ex Post Facto challenge.  Our speaker will be attorney Val Jonas, of Weitzner & Jonas P.A., who is the lead counsel retained to represent the plaintiffs in that challenge. The call is scheduled for 8PM EST and will last approximately one hour. The final fifteen minutes of the call will be reserved for questions relating to the topic of the call. Callers are reminded not to ask questions about their individual cases or personal legal matters.

In related news, this past week the ACLU filed a response to Miami-Dade County’s Motion for Summary Judgment in the Sex Offender Residency Restriction (SORR) challenge that has been in court for 4 years already. The ACLU’s press release, copy of the pleading and an excellent video on the topic can be found at this link: https://floridaactioncommittee.org/advocates-file-response-in-lawsuit-challenging-miami-dade-countys-unconstitutional-sex-offender-residence-restrictions/. The case itself is scheduled for trial next month.  There is still no order from the judge on the Internet Identifier challenge.

Also significant, last week the State of Florida held our primary elections. The office of Governor is critically important. The two candidates for the next Governor of Florida are Ron DeSantis (R) and Andrew Gillum (D). We encourage our members to review the candidate’s websites; https://desantis.house.gov/legislative-initiatives and https://andrewgillum.com/issues  to see where they stand on issues that are important to our population, such as criminal justice reform. It is important that everyone make an educated and informed choice in deciding who to endorse for our Governor. Even if you cannot vote yourself, you can help campaign for a candidate and help influence friends and family to vote for them.

We look forward to having you join us on the call tomorrow night.

Florida Action Committee

SOME HEADLINES FROM THIS WEEK

 

Kansas Vigilante Tries to Stop Former Offender from Attending Church

A Derby, KS man is on a mission to block a former sex offender from attending church. According to the Derby Informer, Joshua Kippenberger, is trying to get a church parishioner banned from St. Mary Catholic Church in Derby, because he is on the sex offender registry….

Federal judges butt heads with U.S. lawmakers over legality of ankle monitors for nonviolent suspects

SOURCE In a clash that has surfaced in federal courthouses across the country and a recent Houston case, a collection of judges have held it is their duty to set conditions of release for accused sex offenders despite a strict law that limits their discretion. The…

Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeals Affirms Loss of Parental Rights of Sexual Predator

The Second District Court of Appeals affirmed the termination of parental rights of a father over his own children. The man is currently incarcerated (he was sentenced to 5 years) and is designated a sexual predator. Nothing in the record indicated that he abused his…

US Spends More on Incarceration than on Education.

I was shocked by a statistic I heard for the first time at the NACDL conference last month. The United States spends three times more money to incarcerate its citizens than it does on K-12 Education! That’s horrible! Not only does it show how grossly disproportionate…

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