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Federally funded police task forces carry out thousands of online stings each year, despite little evidence that they prevent abuse.
The real aim of these operations might be to boost support for cops.
Although the new law took effect in January, state data showing how courts are applying it won’t be available until July 2021. And without funding, courts in small towns and villages may never collect the data.
Many city residents who’ve served time for sexual crimes have families who want them back, but a 19-year-old law keeps them away.
Republicans are leading an effort to get rid of blanket restrictions on where some people with sex-offense records can live. A Democratic governor is blocking them.
State law must change to stop judges from using jail time to force the poor into paying penalties they can’t afford, says one advocacy group.
The legislation also makes it illegal for many ex-offenders to be alone with their own children.
Critics say the state's policy of keeping non-residents registered bloats the list—and harms public safety.
A judge’s decision could end the practice of jailing people for soliciting money along streets and highways, but DA Spencer Merriweather has been slow to embrace the change.
Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson prosecuted Crystal Mason for casting an illegal ballot. But Wilson escaped charges for a possible election violation of her own.
Lists that include out-of-state visitors are inflating the numbers and keeping fear at a boil.