A Supreme Court argument on Monday about whether North Carolina may bar registered sex offenders from using Facebook, Twitter and similar services turned into a discussion of how thoroughly social media have transformed American civic discourse.
Just published: A new article by legal scholar Melissa Hamilton spotlights the key role of *scientific evidence* in a ground-breaking 2016 federal appeals court decision known as Doe v. Snyder—and how that holding is already impacting other challenges to draconian sex offense laws. The court’s ruling created much excitement and was heralded by the Washington Post: Court says Michigan sex offender registry laws creating ‘moral lepers’.
The Sentinel | Nov. 16, 2016 | By Naomi Creason
Sentinel reporter receives Lee President's Award
Excerpts: Lee Enterprises honored Sentinel reporter Joshua Vaughn Tuesday with a 2016 President's Award for Excellence in News. Vaughn received the award for his monthly Digital Data packages as part of The Sentinel's ongoing "Closer Look" series that runs every week. In these packages, Vaughn uses data to dig deeper into issues, such as race and crime, overdose deaths, sex offender registration, bail policies and incarceration. "The sex offender package intrigued me because I came in with preconceived notions," Vaughn said. "The more I researched it, the more those notions were upended." MORE:
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The Office of Legislative Budget Assistant released a scathing six-month study Nov. 18 about the prison sex offender program. Their report to the Legislative Fiscal Committee noted a huge backlog of prisoners who pass their minimum parole dates before completing this mandatory treatment. Only 14 percent of sex offenders make timely parole, and that’s an improvement over previous years.