The Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law collects and disseminates information about cases on issues of sexual violence policy, and facilitates communication, sharing, and the development of strategies among the lawyers, advocates and academics who seek a more sensible and effective public policy on sexual violence prevention.
The past two decades have seen an explosive growth in new and aggressive forms of social control laws aimed at sex offenders. The goal of these laws—prevention of recidivist sexual violence—is salutary, strong critiques question their efficacy, fairness, and wisdom. Yet the laws continue in force, expanding in key areas, with little evidence that legislatures or other policymakers will have the political courage for important course corrections.
As a result, litigation provides a significant potential source for redirection of public policy in this area. In the past couple of years, a handful of courts have issued significant decisions finding aspects of these laws unconstitutional or otherwise illegal The Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center hopes to be a resource for collecting information about these lawsuits and for developing a set of best practices, litigation strategies, and litigation support.
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Our cruel, counterproductive sex offender laws: Anthony Weiner is a window into what’s wrong with our system of punishment
NY Daily News | By Emily Horowitz Last week, Anthony Weiner was released …February 20, 2019
The Crime Report | By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg Since he was released from prison …February 20, 2019
By Guy Hamilton-Smith Michigan’s Attorney General has entered the cultural and legal conflagration …February 20, 2019
The Detroit News, January 24, 2019 Michigan lawmakers seem keen on making important …February 4, 2019
By Reina Gattuso In October, the Supreme Court heard a case that was …January 2, 2019