Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?

That seems like a silly question, but Trevor Hoppe writes about his research on sex offender registries and what he calls our nation’s “war on sex.” He says there are racial disparities tied to sex offender registries.

In my work on sex offender registries, I have found that black men in the U.S. were registered at rates twice that of white men – resembling disparities found in the criminal justice system at large. However, these findings speak to the scope of the problem of American sex offender registries, as approximately 1 percent of black men in the U.S. are now registered sex offenders. My research suggests that inequality is deeply tied to sex offender policies.

Hoppe also writes that sex offender registries in the United States have proliferated in recent years as prison populations have actually fallen.

Read more here.

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