A conviction on a sex crimes charge can bring severe consequences that will likely affect every part of a person's life. The unfortunate reality, though, is that an individual doesn't even need to be convicted of a sex crime in order to feel the negative consequences related to that conviction.
Minnesota residents have likely heard about the stories involving Bill Cosby and sexual misconduct, and the comedy actor will face trial for felony-aggravated indecent assault. During a hearing May 24, a judge ruled that a criminal trial could proceed.
Minnesota parents who have students in high school may be interested to learn that an Oklahoma City high school athlete was charged with rape by instrumentation. According to authorities, the 17-year-old was accused of obscenely groping a 12-year-old.
Sexual assault cases are some very difficult cases for everyone involved. It is crucial that anyone who is facing sexual assault charges takes a firm stance against the accusations. The harsh reality is that if you are convicted of the charges, you are facing a very different life because you will have a violent, sex-related conviction on your record.
Many rape kits in Minnesota haven't been processed by law enforcement agencies. Over 170 agencies in the state have said that they have unprocessed rape kits. In fact, there are 3,482 rape kits that haven't been tested yet in the state, but agencies only reported not knowing the reason for the unprocessed kits in 329 cases.
We are taking about a lawsuit filed recently against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation about state-wide restrictions placed on registered sex offender parolees on Halloween. CDCR has conducted Operation Boo for more than 20 years, according to the department's website. The program requires the parolees to observe a curfew on Halloween night and prohibits them from handing out candy or putting up Halloween decorations. They may only open the door to a law enforcement officer -- and law enforcement officers keep an extra eye on parolees' homes to make sure the rules are followed.
We are following up on a series of posts from August about the proposed reforms to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (Changes are gonna come slowly for MSOP). U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank found the program unconstitutional earlier in the summer, and he was awaiting recommendations from the plaintiffs and the state before making his own recommendations for restructuring of and improvements to the program.
Inspector Javert, the incorruptible policeman in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, makes it his life's work to track down Jean Valjean. For literature students, at least, Javert is the embodiment of relentless pursuit. It matters not what Valjean's crime is: The man has broken the law and must be brought to justice. After a few chapters, we can't even remember what Valjean's crime was.
We are finishing up our discussion of the follow-up to the court decision declaring the Minnesota Sex Offender Program unconstitutional. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank found the program seriously wanting in almost every way. The opinion ended with an order for the parties and major stakeholders (Gov. Mark Dayton, for example) to submit to the court their recommendations for how to turn the program around. Frank will make his decision following a Sept. 30 hearing.
U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank has a fairly low opinion of how the Minnesota Sex Offender Program operates right now. In the June decision that declared the program unconstitutional, Frank noted that "there is something very wrong with this state's method of dealing with sex offenders."