North Carolina v. Lamp (N.C. 2022)
North Carolina Supreme Court opinion reversing conviction of homeless registrant for failure to register, concluding that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support an inference of deceptive intent and noting that only “willful” registration violations were criminalized.
Matter of Stevens (Wash. 2022)
Washington Supreme Court opinion granting required registrant’s application for admission to the WSBA after considering the applicant’s “past wrongful behavior” alongside “the steps he has taken to improve himself and hold himself accountable” concluding that applicant had adequately established his good moral character and fitness to practice law and stating “like all of us, [the applicant] is more than the sum of the worst moments of his life.”
People v. Talluto (N.Y. 2022)
New York Court of Appeals opinion holding that SORA requires persons subject to its foreign registration requirements to be designated as “sexually violent” regardless of whether their underlying offense was violent in nature.
SORN Secondary Materials
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 laws world-wide since the United States enacted a national sex offense registration system in 1994. The survey, prepared by the Federal Research Division of the …
SOLPRC’s Guide for Practitioners to New Federal SORNA Regulations Effective January 7, 2022
On December 8, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published regulations regarding the implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”). The new regulations are notable for their emphasis on the responsibility of indiv …
Fourth Amendment Constraints on the Technological Monitoring of Convicted Sex Offenders
More than forty U.S. states currently track at least some of their convicted sex offenders using GPS devices. Many offenders will be monitored for life. The burdens and expense of living indefinitely under constant technological monitoring have been well documented, but most commentators have assumed that these burdens were of no constitutional moment because states have characterized such surveillance as “civil” in character — and courts have seemed to agree. In 2015, however, the Supreme Court decided in Grady v. North Carolina that attaching a GPS monitoring device to a person was a Fourth Amendment search, notwithstanding the ostensibly civil character of the surveillance. Grady left open the question whether the search — and the state’s technological monitoring program more generally — was constitutionally reasonable. This Essay considers the doctrine and theory of Fourth Amendment reasonableness as it applies to both current and envisioned sex offender monitoring technologies to evaluate whether the Fourth Amendment may serve as an effective check on post-release monitoring regimes.
COVID-19: Strategies for Reducing Transmission
In response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center has published a set of guidelines for law enforcement, policy experts, and others with respect to law and policy focused on those with past convictions …Posted: March 28, 2020
Reason — Sex Offender Laws Are Broken. These Women Are Working to Fix Them.
By Hallie Lieberman | Feb. 2020 Sandy Rozek is the polar opposite of what comes to mind when you hear the word activist. A 78-year-old great-grandmother and retired high school English teacher who lives in Houston, Rozek is not woke, doesn’t post on Tw …Posted: January 25, 2020
The Appeal: What Is The Purpose of Sex Offense Registries?
By Sarah Lustbader | December 10th, 2019 Two days ago, the Union-Recorder in Georgia published a bizarre editorial. The editorial board noted that the state’s sex offender registry system drives people into homelessness and deprived them of counseling …Posted: December 14, 2019