Idaho’s sex offender registry is constitutionally challenged; potential impact for Florida’s?

Sex crimes evoke some of the deepest and strongest feelings from people about how offenders should be punished, and understandably so. But guilt or innocence aside, and forgetting for a moment that offenders often face decades in prison, there is one aspect of sex crimes sentencing that often gets overlooked: the post-incarceration registration process, which is a modern day scarlet letter that is more burdensome than you can imagine. According to the Idaho Statesman, the sex offender registry laws of Idaho are facing a constitutional challenge. A new federal lawsuit filed by 104 sex offenders alleges that the offenders were...

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10% of Floridians Can’t Vote

This November 8th, I look forward to exercising my right to vote and have my say in how we should govern ourselves and who should lead us. I hope you’ll join me. If, that is, the state of Florida allows you to do so. Many people do not know this, but over 6 million Americans with felony convictions are not permitted to vote. About a quarter of those are currently behind bars. The rest are on parole, on probation, or have completely served out their sentence and had their basic freedoms restored. They now live by the same rules as...

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