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SATI e-News: June 11, 2002

  

 
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  Court Strikes Down Michigan's Sex Offender Registry
   
The Detroit Free Press reported last week that a federal judge declared Michigan's sex offender registry unconstitutional. Under current Michigan law, once an individual qualifies to be listed on the sex offender registry, there is no way for them to be removed. The basis for the judgment, according to the Free Press, was that the law does not allow a process for those listed to challenge the assumption that they are a danger to society.
 
The case was brought by Daniel Fullmer, a former state corrections officer, who pleaded "no contest" when officials charged him with having consensual sex with a female inmate. The charge, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, is considered a misdemeanor. Fullmer reportedly filed the suit because a neighbor believed he was a pedophile based on his appearance on the Michigan sex offender list.
 
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court picked up a Connecticut sex offender registry case for review, saying it will decide whether to force states to evaluate cases individually before listing former sex offenders on registries. The Supreme Court decision is expected sometime next year, and its outcome may affect some 20 state sex offender registries, also according to the Free Press.
 
Source: State sex offender list ruled unlawful by court," Detroit Free Press, June 4, 2002 http://www.freep.com/news/mich/offend4_20020604.htm

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  NIJ Solicits Proposals for Crime Lab Improvement Program (CLIP) Grants
  The National Institute for Justice (NIJ) is soliciting proposals for Crime Lab Improvement Program (CLIP) grants, to improve the overall efficiency of forensic evidence examination in public crime laboratories for the benefit of investigative and legal processes. Results must be demonstrated through improvement of current operations, such as output, turnaround times, and/or costs in the section(s) of the lab where funds are focused. Application deadline is July 17, 2002.

Additional monies are available for State Administering Agency Directors to improve crime labs and medical examiners' offices through the Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act. Grant amounts are based on population. Additional discretionary funding is available to some states based on crime rates. Application deadline is September 30, 2002.

These and other NIJ Requests for Proposals can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/new.htm#solicit

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  SATI Conference Planning and Resource List
   
It's not too early to start planning for next year's International Conference on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and Stalking, to be held April 23-25, 2003 in San Diego. Speaker list and registration information at http://www.mysati.com/2003_conference.htm

And don't forget to bookmark SATI's new list of sexual assault resources
http://www.mysati.com/resources_new.htm.

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  New High School/Middle School Sexual Assault Evaluation Report and Risk Reduction Curriculum Now Available Online
   
In addition to increasing comprehensive law enforcement services, how can communities take action to reduce the incidence of adolescent sexual assault? One step toward that goal is to teach youth what they need to know to reduce their risk and the risk to their friends and peers.
 
The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Sex Crimes Unit has been collecting information about adolescent sexual assaults reported to law enforcement since 1992. Building on this success, the SDPD, in collaboration with the San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego State University Institute for Public Health, received a Community Oriented Policing Services Grant (COPS) in 1999.
 
The purpose of the grant was to use evidence-based approaches to develop a
comprehensive sexual assault risk-reduction curriculum for high school and
middle school students. Surveys were distributed to stakeholder groups
including students, teachers, parents, law enforcement officers, medical
examiners and victim advocates assessing knowledge about adolescent sexual
assault. In addition, stakeholders were asked to comment on whether or not
they thought a sexual assault curriculum should be taught in school, who
should teach the curriculum, and what content was appropriate. Focus groups
with stakeholder groups were also conducted to obtain more qualitative
information.
 
Based on the information gathered, a comprehensive sexual assault curriculum
for high school and middle school students was developed to reduce the
incidence of adolescent sexual assault through risk-reduction educational
strategies. It is a powerful tool to assist school personnel, police, and
community agency staff in their efforts to implement high-quality
educational programs. The curriculum includes lessons for high school and
middle school aged youth.
 
Agencies interested in the implementation of a sexual assault curriculum are
encouraged to collect their own data about sexual assault and to customize
the lessons and presentations to reflect the adolescent sexual assault
characteristics in their own communities. The evaluation report and
curriculum is available free of charge, at http://www.mysati.com/products.htm.

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