A legal and policy podcast about the sex offender registry


RM97: Touching Someone’s Arm is a Sex Crime

I’m pleased to announce Episode 97 of Registry Matters. We begin with a quick update of the civil commitment hearing for Galen Baughman. It isn’t great news, sadly. Then an update on the Georgia Halloween challenge. A listener phones in a question asking if it’s better to tell an employer, or keep it hidden. Court…

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RM86: Snider v Indiana with Attorney Ashley Cloud

We are joined this week by Ashley Cloud, who is the is the staff attorney for Liberty & Justice Coalition, the New Mexico affiliate of NARSOL  We three take another swing at Gundy. Then we move over to Snider v Indiana, a huge victory handled down by a federal judge in Indiana a couple of weeks ago. We talk with Ashley about the new position she holds and what cases New Mexico is going to work on.

Our articles tonight first covers putting ankle monitors on people, with no rhyme or reason; Statute of limitations is over in Illinois. Over; An article from the Huffington post with a shocking title, with awesome content – The SO laws DO NOT make kids safer; How peremptory strikes are a misused tool by prosecutors; Scalia called Stevens arrogant, but it was evolved; Teen tazed by officer has brain damage four years later; The Feds are going to start executing people again for the first time in nearly 20 years; Over 20 academics in Philly call into question the reporting of increased crime; 25 Families of registered citizens file suit challenging the registry – This is VERY COOL!

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RM66: Court Provides New Tool To Challenge Registration

On Episode 66 of Registry Matters, we cover a couple listener questions; New York Supreme Court says you can’t put someone on Sex Offender supervision for a non-sexual offense; Concrete thrown through window day after police detail removed; We have a double standard between sexes in sexual offenses; Democrats extend statute of limitations in New…

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RM62: Halloween Hysteria Stopped In Its Tracks

Today’s episode covers a couple listener questions and a listener comment; 16 y/o succeeds in suicide after threat of criminal prosecution; Michigan law remains in place after 6th circuit decision; Officials in New York question the effectiveness of the registry; Homeless registrants in Hawaii possibly pushed into the sea; Victims Advocates get big victory in New York; Prisons in the US are creating huge database of voice signatures; Have you signed up for notifications of registrants moving into your neighborhood?; Arkansas derails Halloween hysteria bill

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RM55: States Rights Rule The Day

Larry and Andy cover an update about the appeal (or lack thereof) in NC in Meredith v. Stein, Attorney defending a guy of rape in the #MeToo era; Dire straights in Louisiana’s Public Defenders office; Farm bill passes with status-quo work requirements; You become out of sight, out of mind when you go to prison; GOP is possibly not the law and order party they profess; We probably shouldn’t lock up children with adults (what a concept); Why do people download CP; Out of Ohio, Doe vs. Michael Dewine, Ohio Attorney General

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RM40 – Don’t Hold Back Your Social Media Password

The Registry Matters Podcast moves into episode 40 this week. First up is to self congratulate for reaching > 100 YouTube subscribers. We have a branded YouTube Channel!!! Hooray. https://www.youtube.com/c/RegistryMatters. An article from the Economist posits why support for the death penalty is going up; Failure to report your social media passwords could put you behind bars; The California Bail bill might not be as great as everyone things; New sexual misconduct rules from the feds; Officer who shot 15y/o gets 15 years; Defendants pay to plead guilty in PA; a decision from the 7th circuit court of appeals against the homeless; Criminal justice system in SF waives fees for 21k people; an opinion piece by Lenore Skenazy; Intellectually challenged teen has sentence removed, but still in treatment to reduce recidivism; and podcast interview w/ Emily Horowitz. WOW! All of that content this week. Holy cow.

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RM37 – Life In Prison Without Due Process

In this weeks show, Larry and Andy take a deep dive into civil commitment. But prior to that, a few comments from people on Twitter have comments about last week’s show. There are articles covering the whole spectrum of issues. Such as: Under what conditions should an 11 year old girl get taser treatment; Why is that more people are locked up for technical violations than new crimes?; Do it make sense to help inmates re-acclimate to post prison life?; Does a prison sentence mean death because you can’t get your insulin. An action packed, exciting episode!

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Episode 30 – Who Really Uses 5000 Foot Banishments

Larry and Andy talk about: social security benefits https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ CSZFree App for android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toughlabhq.cszfree&hl=en_US teen sexting in NC https://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/crime/article212741779.html the deeper and troubling next steps of the Judge Persky recall in CA https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/06/06/voters-remove-judge-who-sentenced-brock-turner-to-six-months-in-stanford-rape-case/ SOR reinforcing inequality https://theconversation.com/are-sex-offender-registries-reinforcing-inequality-79818 statue of limitations https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/magazine/should-statutes-of-limitations-for-rape-be-abolished.html why do prosecutors oppose an misconduct pane https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/06/19/ny-das-association-takes-stand-against-prosecutorial-misconduct-commission/ how does risk based assessment hurt…

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Episode 25 – Why GPS Monitoring Should Be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

Episode 25 – Why GPS Monitoring Should Be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins Larry and Andy talk about the weeks issues and listener questions and comments. Utah sex offender laws being draconian https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/cobb_campaign_aide_resigns_aft.html http://www.sj-r.com/zz/news/20180513/why-sex-offenders-in-missouri-dont-stick-around-long http://www.abc27.com/investigators/investigations/sex-offender-i-am-not-a-monster-/1180788860 https://www.criminallegalnews.org/news/2018/may/15/ex-offender-registries-common-sense-or-nonsense/ https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/05/16/luke-heimlich-oregon-state https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2018/05/16/wisconsin-supreme-court-urged-push-lawmakers-defense-lawyer-pay/616110002/ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/us/politics/republicans-democrats-judicial-nominations.html https://www.vox.com/2016/7/5/12059448/sex-offender-registry Why GPS monitoring should be 1 of the 7 deadly sins A malfunction in…

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Episode 24 – Distorted and Misleading Numbers

Larry and Andy talk about: The extremely complex residency restrictions that law enforcement have to deal with. Inmates in Florida being put in solitary confinement for not working. Hotels on fire, can you fire someone for being on the registry. How to make sure you don’t rent a hotel room next to a registrant. People…

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