On America’s Civil Death Penalty: The Sexual Offense Registry

Guy Hamilton-Smith writes a guest blog post for the Comparative Penology website, explaining how U.S. sex offender registries promote social isolation and "civil death."Here is an excerpt:Oscar Wilde, writing from his cell in the Reading Gaol where he was imprisoned for homosexuality at the end of the nineteenth century, observed that "society reserves for itself … Continue reading On America’s Civil Death Penalty: The Sexual Offense Registry

ACSOL: MA court recognizes harm to registrants

Here is a positive commentary from the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws regarding recent rulings from the Massachusetts Supreme Court:The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Council, the state‚Äôs supreme court, has ruled in favor of registrants who were trying either to terminate their duty to register or to change the tier level on which they were … Continue reading ACSOL: MA court recognizes harm to registrants

Expert: Crime registries turn people into pariahs with "very little to lose"

Another good article explains why registries are a bad idea. In a column at The Appeal, Jessica Pishko writes that public crime registries -- including sex offender registries -- do not work and are even harmful, even though they are popular with the public and politicians.While public sex offender registries are now required by federal … Continue reading Expert: Crime registries turn people into pariahs with "very little to lose"

Conference call to address scams targeting registered citizens

NARSOL will be hosting a conference call July 19 that may be of interest, to address the reports of telephone scams targeting registered citizens in Nebraska and across the nation.From NARSOL.org:By Sandy . . . The use of the registry by vigilantes to target registered citizens is one of the more harmful and deplorable consequences … Continue reading Conference call to address scams targeting registered citizens

Why sex offender registries keep growing even as sexual violence rates fall

The latest map of registered sex offenders in the United States put out in May by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, shows there are now more than 900,000 men, women, and children on sex offender registries.While the number of people on sex offender registries is increasing, Steven Yoder, writing for The Appeal, … Continue reading Why sex offender registries keep growing even as sexual violence rates fall

Be FEARLESS Monday

The June FEARLESS meets in Omaha this Monday evening.FEARLESS meets at 7:00 p.m. the third Monday of each month, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 13232 Blondo Street in Omaha.Registered citizens, their families, and friends are welcome to come and meet with and learn from others dealing with life on the registry.Join the conversation Monday night!