Reconsidering penalties for teen sexual activity

An online report at HuffPost describes how many states are reconsidering laws that have imposed harsh punishments — including prison sentences and sex offender registration — on teenagers who engage in consensual sexual activity.

More than 20 years ago, when Russell Foster was 19 and his girlfriend Amber was 15, Montana’s laws tore them apart, sending Russell to prison for four years for having sex with a minor.Their story mostly has a happy ending. They reunited when Russell got out of prison. They’re married now, with four kids, and living in Glasgow, Montana. And last month, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, granted Russell clemency. But there have been struggles, too. Russell’s record has made it hard for him to find work, and being a registered sex offender has limited where the family can live.

Read more online at HuffPost.

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