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"Tennessee’s HIV Sex Offender Law Discourages Testing, Not Transmission," by Jonathan Kirkpatrick, Filter, November 02, 2023
"Florida man subject to lifetime sex-offender registration requirements argues," by Kalvis Golde, SCOTUSblog, September 21, 2023
"Dozens of people could be removed from TN Sex Offender Registry after new bill," by Eryn Rogers, ABC 24 Memphis, June 07, 2023
"Michigan sex offenders lose appeal to hold state officials liable for registry rules," by Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News Service, May 30, 2023
"Michigan sex offenders seek individual liability for enforcement of vacated rules," by Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News Service, May 03, 2023
"Seventh Circuit revisits controversial Indiana sex offender law," by Dave Byrnes, Courthouse News Service, January 06, 2023
"How Georgia’s Sex Offender Registry Traps People In Debt And Homelessness," by Christina Lynch, The Appeal, December 08, 2022
"Why Is Texas Requiring a Guy Who Stole a Car To Register as a Sex Offender?," by J.D. Tuccille, Reason, November 02, 2022
"The Real Monsters," by Emily Horowitz, Inquest, June 03, 2022
"The DOJ Says a Man Whose Record Was Expunged Still Must Register As a Sex Offender, Which Is Impossible," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, May 25, 2022
"Wesley Hawkins, talk of the Jackson hearings, describes life after pornography sentence," by Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post, March 25, 2022
"He Spent an Extra Two Years in Prison Because He Could Not Find a Place Where He Was Legally Allowed To Live," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, March 07, 2022
"Their Time Served, Sex Offenders Are Kept in Prison in ‘Cruel Catch-22’," by Adam Liptak, New York Times, March 07, 2022
"Sotomayor sounds constitutional alarm on NY residency law for sex offenders," by Emily Zantow, Courthouse News Service, February 22, 2022
"‘How far does consent go?’ Legal experts consider the decision not to charge Trevor Bauer," by Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, February 09, 2022