Sentencing Law and Policy notes that the Utah-based Deseret Morning News has published a four-part series on sex offenders. The articles look at the prevalence of sex abuse within the state, the differences between adult and juvenile sex offenders, how the victims of sexual abuse cope, how sex offenders are being monitored. The reporters spent three months and interviewed a total of 85 people.
The Las Vegas Sun has an interesting article discussing the various difficulties involving interpreting Nevada’s juvenile sex offender laws. As the article puts it, "one thing about the controversial legislation quickly became clear: Nothing is clear at all." Especially problematic is a rule that juvenile sex offenders "couldn’t live within 1,000 feet or be within 500 feet of any structure designed for use primarily by children."
A controversial Kansas program that holds sex offenders past their prison sentence indefinitely is producing friction among state legislators. From the article: "the program provides treatment for convicted sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences and have been civilly committed under the law because they have been deemed a continuing threat to the community." The law was challenged up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which voted 5-4 to uphold the constitutionality of the program.
Arizona is "scrambling to comply" with the federal Adam Walsh Act which will allow anyone to "view sex offenders living in their area by simply logging online." One Arizona county Sheriff's Office claims that Arizona actually exceeds the federal requirements.