Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?

Here is an article published last year in of all places, a physic science website. Offenders convicted of sex crimes are now singled out for surveillance and restrictions far more punitive than those who commit other types of crime. More than 800,000 Americans are now registered sex offenders. Tracking them has created a booming surveillance industry. In my work on sex offender registries, I have found that black men in the U.S. were registered at...

Studies question effectiveness of sex offender laws

Reread this 2011 article from the University of Chicago questioning the effectiveness of current sex offender laws. Two studies are cited that conclude that these laws do not support the intended results.  Two studies in the latest issue of The Journal of Law and Economics cast doubt on whether sex offender registry and notification laws actually work as intended. One study, by J.J. Prescott of the University of Michigan and...

Group Sues Over Passport Marker for Sex Offenders

A group representing California sex offenders is trying again to block a law that requires a marker to be placed in the passports of people convicted of sex offenses against children. Go to this US News report here By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group representing sex offenders sued again Thursday to challenge a law that requires a marker to be placed in the...

Pa. courts put Megan’s Law in limbo

As reported in the Altona, PA newspaper, Altona Mirror on Jan 10, 2018 Under those opinions, questions arose as to the constitutionality of the state law requiring sexual offenders to register with state police and to periodically update their registration. The court is questioning the constitutionality of sex offender laws as it pertains to dates of conviction as well as other considerations. The key ruling, Long explained, that...

Where Sex Offender Registration Laws Miss the Point

Rose, Justin P. (2017) "Where Sex Offender Registration Laws Miss the Point: Why a Return to an Individualized Approach and a Restoration of Judicial Discretion in Sentencing Will Better Serve the Governmental Goals of Registration and Protect Individual Liberties from Unnecessary Encroachments," Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice: Vol. 38, Article 2. Where Sex Offender Registration Laws Miss the Point_ Why a Return

Sex offender laws – Journalist Resources

Check out these resources used by journalist on the topic of sex offender laws, registries, and policy questions. Click the following link for an example of the resources available: “Sex Offender Laws in the United States: Smart Policy or Disproportionate Sanctions?”   [caption id="attachment_645" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Sex offender laws, registries and policy questions: Research roundup[/caption] Sex offender laws, registries and policy questions: Research roundup

National Reentry Resources

Funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) is the nation’s primary source of information and guidance in reentry. Click the following link for this recent article from the center to get an good idea of the importance of the work.being done to help with reentry issues. Capitol Hill Event Showcases Progress in Reentry and Recidivism...

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