The Case to Abolish Registries

Key takeaways from the national webinar from Safe & Just Michigan on Thursday, May 28:

  • If you want to prevent and reduce sexual violence, abolish sex offense registries.
  • Sex offense registries don’t work — it’s been proven that they make communities more dangerous.
  • Politicians are afraid of the politics around this issue and their cowardice prevents them from acting. Thus, politicians participate in ongoing violence against people on registries.
  • The system does nothing to prevent or reduce sexual violence.

You may view the entire webinar here.

The panelists were:

  • Miriam Aukerman, one of the country’s most talented litigators against sex offense registration laws, co-counsel on a landmark 6th Circuit case (Does v. Snyder) and now fighting tenaciously to get that decision implemented. 
  • Judith Levine, co-author of the newly published, The Feminist and The Sex Offender, and an elegant, clarion voice on matters of sexual civil liberties and justice; her 2002 book, Harmful to Minors, stands as a classic in the field. 
  • Vincent Schiraldi, a leading national advocate for cutting back probation and parole, a former NYC probation commissioner, and currently co-anchoring EXiT (Executives Transforming Parole and Probation), a bold new campaign to overhaul community supervision. 
  • Josh Hoe, a prominent criminal justice advocate, podcast host, and policy analyst for Safe & Just Michigan will moderate the discussion.

Let’s put to rest once and for all the lie that the rate of recidivism is a good reason for a registry. The “high recidivism” argument is a plain, proven lie.

Published by nufearless

Nebraskans Unafraid is committed to making our communities safer by ensuring that lawmakers and policymakers do not support laws that cause homelessness, joblessness and damage to families.

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