Are sex offenders human?

That is not a trick question. Judith Levine and Erica Meiners pose that question as they consider a few recent documentaries, and other films, that attempt to, with varying degrees of success, humanize sex offenders. Asking whether the sex offender is human only legitimizes the question and reinforces the doubt it arises from: if youContinue reading “Are sex offenders human?”

How "risk assessment" tools condemn people to indefinite detention

If you’re a registered sex offender, then you’ve likely undergone some form of risk assessment, purportedly to determine how likely it is that you will commit another sex offense.. Writing for Truthout, Erica Meiners questions whether risk assessment tools are an effective way to predict future criminal activity, or whether they’re merely a tool toContinue reading “How "risk assessment" tools condemn people to indefinite detention”

Abolish registry – for everyone

In a provocative essay in Counterpunch, Judith Levine and Erica Meiners argue that the laudable push to remove juveniles from sex offender registries does not go far enough. They say the registries should be abolished for everyone – adults as well as children. We need to care about children—both those who commit harm and thoseContinue reading “Abolish registry – for everyone”