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PA Superior Court rules sexual offense registration not required in offenses committed when offenders were juveniles
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion on Wednesday concluding that an adult convicted of a sexual offense that was committed while a juvenile could not be required to register as a sex offender. The adult "pleaded guilty to two coun (More)
Federal judges rules "no trick or treat" sign outside sex offenders' homes unconstitutional
The US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia ruled Tuesday that a county sheriff cannot post a "no trick or treat" sign outside of sex offenders' homes during the Halloween season, a practice that the court held to be in violation of the (More)
Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of state parole board in juvenile case
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's parole board in a juvenile parole case on Friday. In 2010 the US Supreme Court disallowed sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of non-homicide crimes in Graham v. Florida. As (More)
US Supreme Court rules in favor of Congress delegating legislative power
The Supreme Court held on Thursday that Congress did not transgress the nondelegation doctrine by allowing the Attorney General to decide how the registration requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) should apply to (More)
Alaska Supreme Court finds sex offender registration statute unconstitutional
The Supreme Court of Alaska ruled on Friday that Alaska's sex offender registration statute violated the due process rights of out of state offenders by requiring them to register as sex offenders without allowing them to be heard. The court addre (More)
Alabama governor signs chemical castration bill into law
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed HB 379, the chemical castration bill, into law Monday. Under previous Alabama law, a sex offense committed against a child under the age of 12 was either a class A or class B felony. Class A and B felonies make an (More)
Alabama passes chemical castration bill for child sex offenders
Alabama legislature sent a bill to the governor that would require convicted child sex offenders to undergo chemical castration treatment as a condition of parole. Under existing law, a conviction for a sex offense against a person under the age o (More)
Maine governor signs bill banning conversion therapy
Maine Governor Janet Mills on Wednesday signed a bill prohibiting licensed professionals from administering conversion therapy to minors, becoming the seventeenth state in the US to ban the practice. The bill forbids "advertising, offering and adm (More)
Serbia Introduced the Life Sentence without Parole, Despite its International Obligations
On Tuesday, May 21, the Serbian National Assembly passed the Criminal Code amendment which introduced significant changes into the criminal justice system, out of which the most controversial one is the sentence to life imprisonment without the possi (More)
House votes to expand gun control for domestic abusers
The US House of Representatives voted on Thursday to amend the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, expanding gun control for those convicted of domestic abuse by closing the so-called "boyfriend loophole." The resolution, HR 1585, passed by a vote (More)
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