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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The Marshall Project: When People with Intellectual Disabilities Are Punished, Parents Pay the Price
Carol Nesteikis, 66, has never committed a crime. But for two years, from …Posted: September 13, 2019
Earlier this year, lawmakers in New York proposed a bill that would bar …Posted: September 12, 2019
For some people convicted of sex crimes in Florida, the only shelter open …Posted: September 4, 2019
WaPo: In Arlington, a judge must decide if a nonviolent sex offender should stay incarcerated after serving his sentence
On Monday, the Circuit Court in liberal Arlington County will be the scene …Posted: August 25, 2019
Without guidance, Alaska Superior Court judges will have to “muddle their way through” …Posted: August 12, 2019