Sex offender registry: More harm than good?

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 […]

Time Magazine has a look inside sex offender therapy

Time Magazine has a long article looking inside a sex offender therapy group.They sit in the circle, the man who exposed himself to at least 100 women, next to the man who molested his stepdaughter, across from the man who sexually assaulted his neighbor… Some of the men’s crimes aren’t all that different from the allegations […]

Losing Track: Series explores problems with Wisconsin GPS monitoring

A series of articles from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism explores problems with Wisconsin’s GPS monitoring program. GPS monitoring is increasingly popular across the country, despite questions about the technology.According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, 88,000 offenders were strapped with GPS bracelets in 2015 — 30 times more than the 2,900 offenders who were tracked […]

Increased penalties for registered citizens move forward in SD Legislature

Lawmakers in South Dakota have advanced legislation that would increase the punishment for failing to keep sex offender registration up to date.Senate Bill 61 would increase the penalty for sex offenders who fail more than once to register after moving to a new address. Currently, law penalizes second offenses the same as first offenses, a class […]

Are we all Sex Offenders?

That is the question Galen Baughman asks in this TEDx lecture, given to a college audience in New York last November.Baughman spent nine years in a Virginia prison, for having consensual sex with his 14-year-old boyfriend when he was 19 years old. He won his freedom in a historic civil commitment trial.Watch the talk here…and […]

Could there BE a slower news day?

The headline says, “Check Finds Most Sex Offenders Living At Registered Address”.After conducting a recent “Sex Offender Registry Compliance Check,” the Pottawattamie County [IA] Sheriff’s Office says nearly all of the sex offenders they checked were living at his or her registered address.The disappointment is almost palpable. Perhaps they expected to find all the sex […]

Politician Who Only Gets it Part Right is Still Just a Stupid, Stupid Politician

Here’s a politician who sadly only gets it part right. Paul Heroux, in a HuffPost piece, starts out with a perfectly rational explanation of why sex-offender registries do not work, cause more harm than anything else, and make no sense. Then — just like a politician — he says we should keep them around because […]

2014 in Review: Another Dagger in the Heart of the Reoffense Myth

Ninth in a series reviewing some of the most popular NebraskaFACTS posts of 2014.September 2014When they looked at new offenses committed by people released earlier than they should have been from the Nebraska State Penitentiary, they found that the sex offenders did NOT commit new sex crimes. Five were convicted of failure to register, but that is […]

Nebraska Supreme Court Breathes Some Life Into the Constitution

In upholding an “ex post facto” legal challenge by a former sex offender, the Nebraska Supreme Court is likely to stir some anger. But the high court should be applauded for upholding the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on adding new punishments for previously adjudicated crimes.Why the anger? The person who won the ruling committed a horrendous […]

For Some Governors, ‘The Buck Stops Here’; For Ours . . .

Some governors mean it when they say, “The buck stops here.”And some say, “Well, I didn’t know. That’s not my job.”Put Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman in that latter group. He spent much of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, sidestepping responsibility for the state’s hot-mess Department of Corrections.Click here to read the story about […]