November 25, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that private companies may continue to monitor probationers in that state but that it is illegal to elongate a probationer's sentence from the original sentence. Thirteen plaintiffs filed suit against Sentinel Offender Services challenging the ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that requiring a sex offender to wear a GPS tracking device after he has completed his sentence violates the federal and state constitutions. The 2007 Sex Offender Monitoring Act (SOMA) requires the states highest-risk sex offenders to wear GPS ...[read more]
October 24, 2013
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist Adam R. Banner discusses three recent Oklahoma Supreme Court decisions relating to sex-offender registration laws and the effects of the decisions beyond the state's borders...Recent decisions have relied on the reasoning of the US Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe when ...[read more]
August 21, 2013
by G. Redd
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called on Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip to halt all executions, especially those of child offenders. HRW is especially concerned with the specific case of Hani Abu Aliyan, an adult prisoner sentenced to death for the murder of a peer while he was a minor. ...[read more]
August 21, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from commercial social networking websites accessible by children, such as Facebook and Myspace, is unconstitutional. In a unanimous opinion, the court found that the law " ...[read more]
July 24, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 24, 2011, the South Korean Ministry of Justice announced the enactment of a law allowing the use of chemical castration on sex offenders convicted of attacking children under the age of 16 years old. Earlier that month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a similar bill calling for ...[read more]
July 3, 2013
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Levenson of Lynn University criticizes the reliance of the Supreme Court and others on inaccurate sex offender data...In the US Supreme Court's recent decision upholding sex offender registration requirements (SORNA) under the Adam Walsh Act, the Court's opinion ...[read more]
June 24, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday in United States v. Kebodeaux that the federal government can compel a convicted sex offender to register with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006 (SORNA) even if the offender completed his sentence before SORNA was enacted. In an ...[read more]
June 1, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 1, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Carr v. United States that the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) would not apply retroactively to offenses occurring before the act was passed. The purpose of SORNA was to provide a set of minimum standards for ...[read more]
May 3, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On May 3, 2007, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill with bipartisan support that designated $7.7 billion to remedy the state's overcrowded prisons. The Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007 attempted to streamline the prison infrastructure system ...[read more]

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