Archive for October 26, 2009

Calif Supreme Court Oral Arguments in Nov.

October 26, 2009 Comments off

California Supreme Court – Oral Arguments scheduled for Nov, 3, 2009 at 1:30pm:

In re J. (E.) on Habeas Corpus S156933; In re P. (S.) on Habeas Corpus S157631; In re S. (J.) on Habeas Corpus S157633; and In re T. (K.) on Habeas Corpus, S157634 (consolidated cases)
#07-457, In re J. (E.) on Habeas Corpus, S156933 (original proceeding); #07-458 In re P. (S.) on Habeas Corpus, S157631 (original proceeding); #07-459 In re S. (J.) on Habeas Corpus, S157633 (original proceeding); #07-460 In re T. (K.) on Habeas Corpus, S157634 (original proceeding).

In each of these four matters, the court issued an order to show cause why the petitioner is not entitled to relief from the residency restrictions imposed by Penal Code section 3003.5 on persons required to register as sex offenders, on the ground the statute violates the ex post facto clauses of the state and federal Constitutions, has been impermissibly retroactively applied, constitutes an unreasonable parole condition, impinges on the petitioner’s substantive due process rights, and is unconstitutionally vague.

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Legislator Votes to Take Away Wages from Sex Offenders

October 26, 2009 Comments off (MN): A vote against paying wages to sex offenders

More pandering by politicians…

Matt Dean, a Republican legislator from Dellwood, said he did not think it was a good idea for a state-run treatment facility to pay the patients for any work they performed — especially when the program’s costs were spiraling upward and no patient had been successfully treated and released from the program by the courts. So Dean authored legislation earlier this year that would make it mandatory that 50 percent of their wages go to help pay for the program’s costs and that the other 50 percent not encumbered by a court order go to the crime victims reparations board.

A spokesperson for the state sex offender program said patients are paid $7.25 an hour when they participate in vocational programming, can work up to 30 hours a week and that up to 50 percent of their earnings go to paying for the program’s costs.

Though Dean’s proposal received a legislative hearing last spring, it eventually died. Dean, the lead Republican on the House Human Services Finance committee, said he later offered a watered down version on the House floor, asking that it be mandatory that 50 percent of the wages paid to sex offenders go to help pay the program’s rising costs. That proposal, he said, failed too.

“The purpose of that was to try to get [more] of the funds back,” Dean said in an interview after the Star Tribune wrote last week. “A lot of people are very surprised that they actually do collect a wage.

“It’s a very odd population, and it’s also one that infuriates people,” he added.