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Recent Cases of Interest: Registration; Residency; Risk Assessment  

Author:  Staff Editors.

Source: Volume 25, Number 01, Winter 2024 , pp.9-12(4)

Sex Offender Law Report

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Our review of recent appellate decisions includes Hope v. Commissioner of Indiana Department of Correction, in which the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Indiana law requiring registration of sex offenders convicted before the law was enacted; a case from the New Jersey Appellate Division ruling that New Jersey’s Megan’s Law 15-year offense-free requirement for applying for termination of sex offender registration requirements applied to juveniles adjudicated delinquent; United States v. Navarro, in which the 5th Circuit found that a guilty plea for failing to register as a sex offender was insufficient to support a conviction because the offender was not required to register at the time of the plea; a NY appellate ruling that a sex offender’s detention in a maximum security facility past the expiration of his sentence date required his release to a suitable housing or appropriate residential treatment facility; a California Court of Appeals decision that the state’s prohibition on a sexually violent predator’s release to a residence within a quarter mile of a school applies even if the school commenced operation after the notice of the possible release was received; and decisions on challenges to risk level assignments and internet social network prohibitions for convicted sex offenders.

Keywords: Sex Offender Registration; Residency Restrictions; Risk Assessment; Social Networking

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