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
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"
The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws reports on another disappointing court ruling. A federal judge in California has upheld the latest challenge to the constitutionality of International Megan's Law.A federal district court dismissed the recent IML challenge yesterday when it granted the government’s Motion to Dismiss a legal challenge to the International Megan’s Law … Continue reading Federal Court dismisses latest challenge to International Megan’s Law
A federal court ruling of note as reported byACSOL:The Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that an individual convicted of a sex offense does not have the right to sponsor his foreign-born wife for citizenship in the United States in a decision published on July 5. The court’s decision was based … Continue reading Federal Court upholds denial of registrant’s right to sponsor wife for citizenship
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
Watch videos and read the handouts from the ACSOL 2018 Conference, held June 15 and 16 in Los Angeles.The conference featured many timely and informative presentations.Click here for a link to the conference website. Scroll down to the section labeled "2018 Videos & Handouts."
In a column for the Canadian publication, the National Post, Marni Soupcoff writes that sex offender registries in both Canada and the United States (but especially the public registries in the USA) really don't make much sense. She uses a recent case from New Hampshire to illustrate her point.Just a couple of weeks ago, the New … Continue reading Sex offender registries do more harm than good