"There's currently no way for me to even know where that buffer zone is."
Sex Offender Registry
The DOJ Says a Man Whose Record Was Expunged Still Must Register As a Sex Offender, Which Is Impossible
A federal lawsuit argues that the department's regulations violate due process, the separation of powers, and the First Amendment.
The senator argues that questioning sex offender policies "endangers our children."
Here Is What Ketanji Brown Jackson Said in the Harvard Law Review Article That Josh Hawley Found 'Alarming'
The Supreme Court nominee raised serious constitutional concerns about laws that punish sex offenders after they complete their sentences.
The Missouri senator's attack on the Supreme Court nominee elides crucial distinctions and ignores widespread judicial criticism of child pornography sentences.
He Spent an Extra Two Years in Prison Because He Could Not Find a Place Where He Was Legally Allowed To Live
New York's residence restrictions for sex offenders raise the question of how irrational a policy must be to fail "rational basis" review.
11th Circuit Says a Sheriff Violated the First Amendment by Posting Warning Signs on the Lawns of Registered Sex Offenders
Butts County, Georgia, Sheriff Gary Long cited no evidence to support his pre-Halloween stunt.
Anthony Broadwater, now 61, had no idea his accuser achieved fame and fortune while he has been living as a pariah for over 20 years on the sex offender registry.
Federal Judges Are Increasingly Rebelling Against 'Overly Severe' Penalties for Nonviolent Sex Offenders
People convicted of possessing child pornography receive long sentences, but new data suggest they are rarely arrested for contact offenses after their release.
Supreme Court Declines To Hear Louisiana's Defense of a Law That Stamped 'SEX OFFENDER' on Driver's Licenses
The policy imposed an additional form of ritual humiliation on a reviled category of people without any plausible public-safety justification.
The men must keep masturbation diaries, wear ankle monitors, and even use penile circumference gauges.
He's on Montana's Sex Offender Registry for Consensual Gay Sex—and the State Wants To Keep Him There
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"Residence restrictions do not decrease and are not a deterrent for sexual recidivism."
The court relied on the right to “possess and protect ... reputation,” secured by the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Publishing Registered Sex Offenders' Home Addresses Before Halloween Is Gratuitous, Unethical, and Reckless
A petition urges Patch and other news outlets to reconsider the practice.
The Onerous Burdens of Sex Offender Registration Are Not Punishment, the 10th Circuit Rules. They Just Feel That Way.
According to the appeals court, the relevant question is what legislators were trying to accomplish.
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Standing up for the rights of a widely reviled group isn't for the faint of heart.
Federal Judge Orders Georgia Sheriff To Stop Ritualistically Humiliating Registered Sex Offenders on Halloween
Citing the First Amendment, the judge tells the sheriff he may not force certain homes to display signs warning trick-or-treaters to stay away.
Sarasota deputies violated best practices and ethical standards for sting operations.
"Touching someone's arm to get their attention, I would have thought was normal."
The case is a bizarre example of occupational licensing woes and backward regulations.
Today's ruling in Gundy v. United States allows Congress to delegate to the executive broad power to create new criminal offenses. But there is hope the Court might reconsider Gundy in the future.
The bill also targets strip clubs
Florida Cops Re-Arrest 26 Sex Offenders in 'Operation Karma.' Their Crime? Not Updating Their Car Info.
Most of the perpetrators committed offenses decades ago, and pose no danger to the community.
'Sex Offenders Are Not Second-Class Citizens,' Says Judge While Nixing Alabama Rules on First Amendment Grounds
The decision rejects driver's licenses labeled "CRIMINAL SEX OFFENDER" and a broad demand for reports on internet use.
Georgia Sheriff Says Registered Sex Offenders Aren't a Danger to Trick-or-Treaters, Will Humiliate Them Anyway
The sheriff's over-the-top "no trick or treat" signs might make him feel better, but they're actually harming more people than they're helping.
Another Halloween, another unfounded freak-out over sex offenders.
Man Wrongfully Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison Goes Free After Dog He Supposedly Killed Is Found Alive and Well
Joshua Horner was convicted of sexual abuse-his victim claimed he killed her dog to keep her from talking. But the dog is fine.
Man Faces 30 Years in Prison on Child Porn Charges for Taking Sexy Photos of 17-Year-Old Girlfriend When He was 20
Since Ohio's age of consent is 16, it was legal for Edward Marrero to have sex but not to sext.
Actually having sex would just be a misdemeanor.
The court relies on a debunked recidivism estimate to justify tagging and surveillance of sex offenders.
New York's highest court says accusations can be considered for registration purposes even when the defendant was acquitted.
The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously upholds a law banning sex offenders from public parks.
Watch sociologist Emily Horowitz debate legal scholar Marci Hamilton at the Soho Forum.
Watch Sociologist Emily Horowitz vs. Marci Hamilton of CHILD USA at the Soho Forum.
Tomorrow's Soho Forum/Reason debate asks whether well-intentioned laws to protect victims do more harm than good.
Reason/Soho Forum debate in New York looks at the unintended consequences of a popular mandate. Tickets available or watch online.
Although his conviction was invalid, the appeals court says, his civil commitment as a "sexually dangerous person" remains legal.
Under Alabama Law, Roy Moore's Alleged Encounter With a Teenager Is a Serious Crime With Lifelong Consequences
The Republican Senate candidate would still be paying for his actions four decades later.
The new "unique identifier" for sex offenders stigmatizes people who pose no threat.
The witch hunt against Zach Anderson continues
Two cases give the Court a chance to reconsider its counterintuitive conclusions about commitment and registration.
Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.
Claims of "frightening and high" recidivism rates, endorsed by the Supreme Court, have no basis in fact.