Dr. Danielle J.S. Bailey, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Tyler and her colleague, Dr. Jennifer Klein, are working on a research project that examines the impact of the sex offender registry on registered citizens’ employment experiences and overall economic situations. To collect data, they are using a survey questionnaire that asks … Continue reading Participate in Survey on Impact of Registry
Q: What is a Sexually Violent Predator?A: A person unlikely to commit another sex crime.State laws that allow sexually violent predators to be locked up even after they have served their sentences are based on questionable assumptions that they continue to pose a danger to society, according to a study published in the American Criminal Law Review. The … Continue reading Did California Suppress Research on Sexually Violent Predators?
An interesting report from the Brookings Institution:Two-thirds of those released from prison are re-arrested within three years. This incarceration cycle hurts families and communities—and also costs a lot of money. Governments and nonprofits have tried many programs to reduce recidivism, but most are not successful. In a recent review of the literature on prisoner reentry, I summarized … Continue reading Studies show ex-prisoners would be better off without intense supervision
Nebraskans Unafraid's FEARLESS is the subject of a newly-published research paper. The paper, written by Lisa Sample, Brooke Cooley, and Tusty ten Bensel, looks at the creation of FEARLESS and how it helps registered citizens and their families.Here is the abstract from the article.The term sex offender carries expectations that include a continuous level of … Continue reading Nebraska FEARLESS the subject of newly-published article
Wayne A. Logan of the Florida State University College of Law has an article in the 21 New Law Review article worth checking out.Here is the abstract:Sex offender registration and notification (SORN) laws have been in effect nationwide since the 1990s, and publicly available registries today contain information on hundreds of thousands of individuals. To … Continue reading Challenging the punitiveness of ‘new-generation’ SORN laws
A report from Australia essentially confirms what we already know...that public sex offender registries do not work.Public sex offender registries designed to shutdown pedophiles and rapists will not stop recidivism, while a searchable database could see house prices in some neighbourhoods drop by up to 8 percent, claims a new report. The Australian Institute of Criminology … Continue reading Australian report finds public sex offender registries do not work
In a comprehensive article for the June issue of Criminal Legal News, Christopher Zoukis knocks down many of the myths and lies used to justify sex offender registration and notification laws.There is a laudable and virtually unassailable goal associated with sex-offender registration and restriction laws: protection of the public, especially children. Congress passed SORNA, for … Continue reading Sex offender registries: Common sense or nonsense?
Here's a thorough article from the CT Mirror, taking a clear-eyed look at the sex offender registry in the state of Connecticut and nationally.In the 1990s, in response to a number of horrific and highly publicized crimes against children, states and the federal government created stringent penalties for sex offenders, notably registries where offenders’ names and addresses … Continue reading Sex offender registry: More harm than good?
AVNetnews, from Sarasota, Florida, has a rundown of several sex offender recidivism studies. They include a few older, less credible, studies and a few more recent and scientifically valid studies.Here is their introduction:The following Sex Offender Recidivism Fact-Based Research Statistics show that “facts are stubborn things”, refuting the shill, rants and other myths, such as … Continue reading Sex offender recidivism fact-based research statistics
In a compelling article, BuzzFeed contributors Jenny Heineman and Brooke Wagner deconstruct the myths about sex trafficking in the United States. Good data is hard to come by in an industry kept largely in the shadows. That’s why, from 2012 to 2014, we spent nine months walking a stretch of road in Las Vegas well known … Continue reading The sex trafficking panic is based on myths