Thursday, March 14, 2013

WI - Court upholds sex offender residency rule

Gov. Scott Walker
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MADISON (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld a city ordinance that prohibits child sex offenders from living near elementary schools.

Convicted child sex offender [name withheld] moved into a South Milwaukee residence that was within 1,000 feet of Lakeview School in 2010. A Milwaukee County judge ordered him to move.

[name withheld] argued he wasn't given a chance to show he poses no danger to children. He also contended the ordinance unconstitutionally creates additional punishment.

The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday [name withheld] has no right to an individual risk assessment and the regulations are designed to protect the community, not punish offenders.

[name withheld]'s attorney, Larry Dupuis (ACLU), says the ruling misses the mark. He says he is considering asking the state Supreme Court to take the case.

MI - Snyder signs bill adding about 250 people to sex offender registry

Senator Rick Jones
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More people will be added to Michigan's public online sex offender registry now that Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill expanding it.

Snyder signed the bill Tuesday. Some people convicted of a Tier One offense involving minors will now be included on the online list. Tier One offenses include possessing child pornography and surveillance of a minor.

Republican state Senator Rick Jones sponsored the bill. He says these types of offenders used to be listed on a registry that was only available to police.

"However, it was brought to my attention by the police that about 250 people on the level one have committed crimes against children."

Jones said adding tier one offenders to the registry will help parents and guardians better protect their children. But critics argue the change will prevent people who've already paid their debts to society from fully rehabilitating.

CA - Two Victories for California RSOL

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California RSOL has scored two victories in the cities of Simi Valley and Lancaster where city councils have agreed to relieve registrants from the burdens of sex offender ordinances passed in September 2012. The city of Simi Valley ordinance required registrants to post signs on the front door of their homes on Halloween while the city of Lancaster ordinance severely limited where registrants could live and visit.

These are two significant wins for CA RSOL,” stated Janice Bellucci, President of California RSOL. “In both cities, the civil rights of registrants have been restored.”

The City Council of Lancaster unanimously approved the repeal of most of its sex offender ordinance — including all residency and presence restrictions — on March 12. The only provisions to remain in that ordinance relate to the celebration of Halloween. The City Council of Lancaster must give final approval to its decision on March 26.

The City of Simi Valley approved revisions to its ordinance in a private settlement agreement after a federal district court blocked the city’s requirement to post signs on Halloween last year. The revised ordinance in that city is similar to the revisions adopted in Lancaster on March 12. For example, registrants are prohibited from answering the door to trick-or-treaters, however, others living in the same home may do so.

Despite the victories in these two cities, there are more than 200 city and county ordinances remaining in the state of California,” Bellucci stated. “California RSOL will continue its efforts to remove all ordinances that violate the state and federal constitutions by infringing upon the civil rights of registrants.”

NY - I'm Engaged to a Sex Offender and He Deserves Rights

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