Sex Offenders and Public Safety: a four-part series

Virginia Public Radio recently aired a series of reports on various aspects of the sex offender registry. The public often hears news about sex offenders who commit the most serious crimes, but many of the sex offenses you don’t hear about – while disturbing – were not violent. In Virginia, for example, inappropriate touching, textingContinue reading “Sex Offenders and Public Safety: a four-part series”

Kids shouldn’t be subject to registry (neither should adults)

Christina Delgado, in an op-ed for The Hill, writes that recent legislation passed by the House of Representatives would unnecessarily criminalize youthful behavior, and should be rejected by the Senate. The stated purpose of the bill — H.R. 1761, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act — is to “protect children from sexual exploitation by criminalizingContinue reading “Kids shouldn’t be subject to registry (neither should adults)”

Teen sexters subject to 15 years in prison under House-passed bill

Elizabeth Nolan Brown reports at Reason.com that teens who text explicit photos to one another could face 15 year mandatory minimum sentences under a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.  Brown reports on the “Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017,” introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana).  Two Republicans and 53 Democrats votedContinue reading “Teen sexters subject to 15 years in prison under House-passed bill”