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 people convicted of sexual offenses. While the goal of these laws—prevention of recidivist sexual violence—is salutary, strong critiques question their efficacy, fairness, and wisdom have been growing. Despite this, these 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 operates to collect information about these lawsuits, and to develop a set of best practices, litigation strategies, and litigation support to advance a more sensible, effective, and humane approach to preventing sexual violence.
In addition to the resources and information that you will find on this website, the Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center also offers a monthly newsletter, distributed electronically and free of charge, that details notable developments in the area of sex offense litigation and policy.
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News and Notes
Library of Congress and Department of Justice Issue Survey of Sex Offense Registration and Notification Laws around the World
A recent 2022 global survey highlights the rapid proliferation of sex offense registration …Posted: September 21, 2022
Following Delays, American Law Institute Gives Final Approval to Model Penal Code Revisions Regarding Sex Offense Registries
By Professor Ira Ellman On May 18 the American Law Institute, at its …Posted: June 3, 2022
Metro State Conference Focuses on Civil Commitment and Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program (“MSOP”)
On April 8th, Metro State University hosted their eighth annual Understanding and Responding …Posted: May 10, 2022
South Carolina agrees to settlement removing those with “buggery” convictions from state sex offense registry
On April 22, 2022, in Doe v. Wilson, No. 21-04108, the United States …Posted: May 10, 2022
Minnesota Working Group, Created to Study State’s Sex Offense Registry, Issues Report to Legislature
In 2021 the Minnesota legislature created a working group to comprehensively study Minnesota’s …Posted: February 11, 2022