Texas Parole Officials Can Be Held Liable Over Sex Offender Restrictions
A federal judge in Austin, Texas has ordered that state parole officials can be held personally liable by inmates suing over restrictive sex-offender conditions required of them, even though they were never convicted of a sex crime.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued the order. Yeakel blasted the state's persistent refusal to provide due process hearings before imposing the sex-offender restrictions on an offender who was never convicted of a sex crime.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice have argued that the state can unilaterally impose the restrictions on any inmate without a hearing if the parole officer believes the inmate, who has never been convicted of a sex crime, might be a danger to the public.
The ruling comes after years of legal decisions requiring state parole officials to provide hearings before they impose sex offender restrictions on felons never convicted of a sex crime.
Massachusetts To Dismiss 20,000 Drug Convictions
Due to widespread criminal misconduct of a lab’s chemist in analyzing drug samples, Massachusetts has decided to dismiss approximately 20,000 drug convictions.
Florida Supreme Court Approves Voting Rights Restoration for Convicted Felons
The Florida Supreme Court has approved the language for a proposed state constitutional amendment which would automatically restore voting rights to many past felony convictions who have completed their sentence, parole, and probation.