NACDL - Branded for Life by the Modern Scarlet Letters: Do Convicted Sex Offenders Have Rights While on Paro

Branded for Life by the Modern Scarlet Letters: Do Convicted Sex Offenders Have Rights While on Paro

At sentencing, defense lawyers do not listen closely as the judge reads the standard and special conditions of supervised release. As a result, lawyers frequently do not object to any special conditions. John Rhodes and Dan Donovan believe that the time is ripe to object to, and litigate, special conditions of supervised release, particularly in sex offense cases. Some circuits have limited or rejected certain special conditions for sex offenders. The authors provide tips that will help defense counsel prevent unreasonable and unconstitutional special conditions of supervised release.