Writing sex offender laws based on fake recidivism numbers is rational, court says

More on the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to reverse a lower court decision and uphold the state’s ban on child sex offenders in public parks. Commentary from Jacob Sullom at Reason. Last week the Illinois Supreme Court upheld a state law banning sex offenders from public parks, overturning a 2017 appeals court ruling that deemed the statute “unconstitutional on itsContinue reading “Writing sex offender laws based on fake recidivism numbers is rational, court says”

Debate: Should the sex offender registry be abolished?

From Reason online: Should the sex offender registry be abolished? Watch a live debate at the Soho Forum between Emily Horowitz, a sociologist at St. Francis College, and Marci Hamilton from the University of Pennsylvania and CHILD USA. Drop questions in the Facebook comments, and we’ll read aloud a few of the best at the event.   ClickContinue reading “Debate: Should the sex offender registry be abolished?”

Scarlet-letter passports unjust and irrational

Jacob Sullum writes for Reason that the unique identifier to be added to sex offender passports is lousy policy and merely stigmatizes people who are not dangerous. The notice, which will appear on the second-to-last page of U.S. passports, is officially known as an “endorsement,” but it is more like a badge of shame. “TheContinue reading “Scarlet-letter passports unjust and irrational”