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 […]

Sex offender registries do more harm than good

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 […]

A silenced minority

Another good blog post. Registrants should not be afraid to stand up and speak up for themselves. One person can make a difference.Educators usually say the most essential pillars of successful outcomes are a caring community of learners, enhancement of the learning objective, and reciprocal relationships and transparency to facilitate both sides of an issue. […]

The uncivil war on sexuality

A blog post tackles fallout from the #MeToo movement.The sex offender registry and draconian laws aimed at offenders has destroyed lives of individuals and families. Today a new form of offender registration has transpired. This new offender registry creates life sentences using the internet as its delivery method carefully skirting libel and slander policies under […]

The Recidivism Trap

In a commentary for The Marshall Project, Jeffrey A. Butts and Vincent Schiraldi make a compelling argument why recidivism rates are the wrong measurements by which to judge the success or failure of the criminal justice system.Rather than asking “what’s the recidivism rate?” we should ask an entirely different set of questions about justice interventions. […]

Sex Offender Registry: vengeful, unconstitutional, and due for full repeal

Jesse Kelly, a policy analyst with the R Street Institute, has written a strongly-worded column explaining why the sex offender registry should be abolished.The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that at least 95 percent of all state prisoners will be released from prison at some point. However, convicted sex-offenders almost exclusively face the vengeful, additional punishment of […]

Why I oppose sex offender laws

It’s a perspective that is not often considered and frequently overlooked. Read why a victim of sexual abuse eloquently explains opposes the harsh sex offender laws in place in the United States.To many people, policies aimed at sex offenders make sense. They just do. Because everyone knows that sex offenders will invariably rack up more victims, […]

Committee hearing on "Yes means Yes" bill Friday

The Judiciary Committee will hear testimony Friday on LB988, which would have Nebraska adopt affirmative consent (“yes means yes”) as the standard in cases of sexual assault. Is this a wise course of action?The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska Legislature is looking at policies and procedures for sexual assault reports from within the legislature and its […]

A new scarlet letter for harassment charges

In a tongue-in-cheek column in the Gainesville (Fla.) Times, Ron Martz writes that we need a registry for men accused of “sexual misconduct,” similar to sex offender registries.It doesn’t matter if it’s Matt Lauer, Al Franken, Roy Moore, Bill Clinton, Georgia H.W. Bush, Charlie Rose or John Conyers doing the touchy-feely thing or some other […]