From what I can gather, part of this new law seems to require that the U.S. ICE, FBI, and Marshall’s take proactive steps to notify foreign countries of intended travel plans by convicted sex offenders. Most notably, it also requires the State Department to emblazon the passports of the same with a conspicuous mark, a “Scarlet Letter,” if you will.
I’m curious as to the civil rights ramifications of this in the future. I’d particularly like to read thoughts by any legal scholars we have here, especially as it was challenged the day after it was signed into law by an organization in California. (cite, PDF warning).
It seems to apply to felony and misdemeanor offenses alike, making no distinction among the kinds of offenses. Public urinators and teenage sexters will be marked the same as convicted child sex tourists.
I was under the assumption that people who are still under correctional supervision (prisoners, parolees, and probationers) were ineligible for passports from the get-go, so isn’t this specifically targeting people who have already “done their time,” so to speak?