March 22, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Pakistani authorities have postponed the execution of an inmate convicted as a minor, a decision welcomed Friday by a group of independent UN human rights experts. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the age of Shafqat Hussain, who may have been as young as 14 when he was sentenced to ...[read more]
March 3, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law, the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where ...[read more]
February 22, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Iran reportedly executed Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender who was 17 years-old when sentenced to death, despite international pressure to halt the execution. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR), it is unclear if the execution occurred on Thursday or Friday, but Naseem's family was asked to ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Two UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the government of Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender scheduled to be executed Thursday. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Addison Morris
The New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that state laws governing the residency restrictions for sex offenders take precedence over local municipal ordinances. In People v. Diack, the court ruled unanimously that the state's regulations are sufficient in prohibiting high-level sex ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a man jailed as a teen and sentenced to death for "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth." Naseem was arrested in July 2011 following a battle between the Revolutionary Guard and the opposition Party ...[read more]
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]

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