Blanket Exclusions, Animus, and the False Policies They Promote

Abstract: Saying something is true does not make it so.  And saying it louder does not make it truer.  But such is the legislative posture behind modern day sex offense registration laws that punish those who commit sex

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TAKE Notice! ACT Immediately!

For those unaware, when the Adam Walsh Act was passed by Congress in 2006, they delegated the implementation to the Department of Justice (DOJ) who then formed the Sex Offender Sentencing Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) office. The SMART office then

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Better to be a Murderer than a so-called “Sex Offender”

In 2007 I signed a plead agreement and went to prison for a sex offense. At the time the law in Missouri said in parole guidelines that I was required to spend 59 month in prison prior to

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The man who has to register as a sex offender based on lies

   ST. LOUIS – He’s the sex offender who’s innocent. According to the reported victims, Curtis Scott Hansen didn’t do it. Tuesday’s interview with Hansen is part of Fox 2’s ongoing investigation into why the Missouri justice

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CCEPA: Sex and the Citizen pt. 4 – Children’s Sexuality: What are we afraid of? – Judith Levine

A good history lesson about sex and many facts are presented here by Judith Levine. Learn how sex offenders were invented by many lairs in the last several hundred years. Judith Levine Author of Harmful to Minors: The

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Kids on the Sex Offender Registry

by Michael M. The headlines today are full of stories of righteous indignation over immigrant children being separated from their families. While that dilemma is certainly newsworthy, the American public seems largely unaware of the fact that tens

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Ashamed and alone: Comparing offender and family member experiences with the sex offender registry

Originally intended to decrease sexual victimization by increasing community awareness of convicted sex offenders, sex offender registration and notification (SORN) laws have been shown to produce numerous unintended consequences for both registrants and their family members. In many cases, these unintended consequences may actually increase sexual reoffending risk by reducing offenders’ informal social control and inhibiting successful post-conviction reintegration. The current study examines two such consequences, shame and social isolation, using a sample of 109 registered sex offenders and 116 sex offender family members (N = 225). Although prior research has documented the existence of shame and social isolation within both populations, to date there have been no systematic attempts to examine variation between groups. We found that the degree of social isolation and shame does significantly differ between registered sex offenders and their family members, with registered sex offenders reporting higher levels of both social isolation and shame compared to family members at the bivariate level. Using OLS regression analysis, we determined that attitudinal variables (disrespect and unfair sanctions) were the most salient predictors of participants’ perceived intensity of social isolation and shame.

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