Ninth Circuit Invalidates Supervised Release Condition Barring Association With Defendant's Own Children

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down an extensive opinion invalidating a supervised release condition barring an offender barring him from living with or associating with his own minor children. Wolf Child was convicted of sexually abusing a 16 year old girl at a party when he was 22. United States v Wolf Child, No. 11-30241 (9th Cir. Oct. 23, 2012). The ruling is good ammunition for challenging the Michigan Department of Corrections practice automatically imposing this condition on sex offenders without an individualized determination that the condition is necessary in a particular case.