Why marking sex offender passports won’t curb sex trafficking

In an essay for In Justice Today, Guy Hamilton-Smith explains why the “unique identifier” the U.S. government will be putting on the passports of certain registered sex offenders will do nothing to stop sex trafficking. The State Department announced the identifier, required by the International Megan’s Law, last month. Ostensibly, the rationale underlying IML andContinue reading “Why marking sex offender passports won’t curb sex trafficking”

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”

Passports and International Megan’s Law

The State Department has released more information about the unique identifiers that will be affixed to the passports of covered sex offenders. The IML prohibits the Department of State from issuing a passport to a covered sex offender without a unique identifier, and it allows for the revocation of passports previously issued to these individualsContinue reading “Passports and International Megan’s Law”