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 reservesContinue reading “On America’s Civil Death Penalty: The Sexual Offense Registry”

Guy Hamilton-Smith: Dear Gay

Many registrants will likely be able to easily relate to this moving essay and letter written by Guy Hamilton-Smith. Ryan is the hardest part of my story to explain.  We have never met, nor will we, and yet he radically changed the course of my life.The path that I’ve walked since law school was notContinue reading “Guy Hamilton-Smith: Dear Gay”

New DOJ report demonstrates stunning disingenuity on cases involving sexual exploitation of children

Guy Hamilton-Smith writes for In Justice Today about a Department of Justice report, ostensibly about federal prosecutions of commercial sexual exploitation of children. A recent bombshell report from the Department of Justice claims that the number of people prosecuted in federal court for commercial sexual exploitation of children roughly doubled between 2004 and 2013. The titleContinue reading “New DOJ report demonstrates stunning disingenuity on cases involving sexual exploitation of children”