Do Sex Offender Registries Prevent Future Offenses?

Recent studies show that sex offender registries do not prevent future offenses as intended because they fail to address the sex offender's behavior. Although they make people within the community feel safer, they do not actually protect public safety. Sex Offenders and Recidivism Research on sex offender registries and recidivism makes it very clear that sex offender registries do not reduce or prevent future offenses. Community notification and registries don't do anything to change the … [Read more...]

Do We Need So Many Collateral Consequences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders? [Infographic]

Federal laws and regulations can impose collateral consequences on individuals convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. Collateral consequences impact the rights and entitlements of individuals with criminal convictions. What are Collateral Consequences? Collateral consequences are civil restrictions imposed by federal laws and regulations. In a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), nonviolent drug offenders are subject to over 600 collateral consequences if convicted of … [Read more...]

Felony DWI For Man Facing 28th DWI In Minnesota

A man was arrested for felony level driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Crow Wing, Minnesota. This was his 28th DWI in Minnesota over his lifetime. Danny Bettcher had a valid license at the time but the license had a no use of alcohol restriction. He previously served a four-year prison sentence and has a felony DWI on his record. He was caught leaving the VFW and went through a stop sign and swerved on the highway while driving 10 miles per hour. He was then pulled over where officers noticed … [Read more...]

Felony Theft Charges For St. Louis County Man Who Cut Boats Loose

Gregory Sullwold was charged with felony theft in St. Louis county, Minnesota. He cut loose two cruise boats in Duluth and left the boats floating in the Duluth Harbor. The two boats were the Vista Star and the Vista Queen boats which both weigh over 60-tons. The boats were left floating in the harbor for several hours. One of the boats almost hit another ship in the harbor. Sullwold was already on the polices' radar when he caused property damage in a Park and also threatened to blow up a club. … [Read more...]

What You Need To Know About Hennepin County Veterans Court

The Hennepin County Veterans Court is a program from defendants who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The program is a a court-supervised treatment program specially designed for Vets who have been charged with a crime. The court deals with defendants who struggle with adduction, mental illness, and other disorders. The program lasts between 12-18 months with a focus on sobriety and recovery. Intensive probation and supervision is part of the program. Eligibility is on a case-by-case basis … [Read more...]

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