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Thursday, August 16, 2012

ACLU sought to block Louisiana sex offender internet-use law
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On August 16, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU) sought to block a Louisiana law that limited internet use for registered sex offenders. The ACLU challenged the law based on the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution due to the negative effect that the law would have on the efforts of such an offender to become a productive member of society. Courts around the US have placed more restrictions on sex offenders, and many constitutional challenges have arisen due to these developing laws. Other states dealing with the issues surrounding the re-entering of sex offenders into society include New Jersey, South Carolina, California, Indiana and Georgia.

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