A group of former sex offenders may continue with their lawsuit, challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC’s) restrictive policy on internet access for those convicted of sex crimes. A federal district court has ruled that it is premature at this early stage of the litigation to dismiss the lawsuit.
The IDOC prohibits sex offender parolees from ever accessing the internet if they committed an internet-related offense. The IDOC also limits parolees who did not use the internet to commit a sex offense from using the internet. Such parolees can only use the internet on a case-by-case basis. They are prohibited from using social media or any website that “focuses primarily on blogs, forum and/or discussion groups.”