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Sex Offender Registration

The Pariahs of America: Reforming Sex Offender Laws

Nick Norton | Posted 10.08.2015 | Crime
Nick Norton

The unmistakable tragedy of children and adults alike being the victims of sexual violence, brought the sex offender registry into being. Unfortunately, this long relied upon tool is an out of control source of abuse of the thousands registered.

Think All Pedophiles Need to Register as Sex Offenders? You're Wrong

Dani Bostick | Posted 07.08.2015 | Women
Dani Bostick

It is certainly perplexing that a teenager who had consensual sex with someone he believed to be of age will have had to register as a sex offender. It is troubling and terrifying that scores of criminals who committed crimes like rape, production of child pornography, and child sexual abuse are not required to register at all and are released into the community without having to register as sex offenders.

The Near Uselessness of How Cable News Covers Sex Crimes

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.05.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

How often do we hear about a high profile case of child sex abuse on cable news? Too often is the correct answer. Next question: how often do we hear about cable news educating the public on how to protect themselves and loved ones against sex abuse? Not often enough is the correct answer.

The Failure of Sex Offender Policy

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.08.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Preventing sex offender crimes is an important aspect of public safety that I believe every politician takes seriously. Unfortunately, not every politician is a criminologist and as such does not have an evidence-based frame of reference from which to approach this issue.

The Disappearing Sex Offender

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

As a legislator, one of the biggest concerns I have is public safety. Keeping the public safe from the many dangers that are prevalent in today's society is a challenge. One area of work I have spent a great deal of time on is keeping children safe from sex abuse.

Why You Can't Trust the Nation's Frequently Inaccurate, Terribly Organized Sex Offender Registries

Steve Friess | Posted 05.01.2015 | Crime
Steve Friess

Here's the problem: Those sex offender registries that are sensationalistic catnip to news producers are a technological and inaccurate mess that nobody in the media or public should trust.

Housing Restrictions For Sex Offenders Unconstitutional, California Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state law barring sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park is unconstitutional...

Sex Offender Registries Are Not Really Keeping Your Children Safe: Here's Why

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.02.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The problem is that the politicians aren't advocating evidence-based approaches, and the advocates aren't focusing on the fact that more than 95 percent of offenders on a registry are not going to reoffend with a sex offense.

Do Sex Offender Registries Reduce Recidivism?

Paul Heroux | Posted 04.26.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

No. Or at least that is what the empirical evidence and research on this issue shows. But that doesn't mean we should not have them. The fact is that the registries don't really do anything to improve public safety.

The Center for Sexual Justice: How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

We want to organize a community of support for queer registrants, families, friends and allies in order to lessen the trauma of life on the registry, decrease isolation and better the lives of everyone affected.

Fear the Bogeyman: Sex Offender Panic on Halloween

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Andrew Extein, MSW

The reality is that there has never been a recorded case of abuse or abduction by a registered sex offender on Halloween. Most offenders already comply with strict parole and registration requirements, and many are constantly tracked with GPS monitors.

Why Queers Should Care About Sex Offenders

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 08.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

The same methods historically used by the government to imprison and pathologize homosexuality and gender variation are being used today to justify the extreme marginalization, lifetime institutionalization, and oppression of people who have violated sex laws.

Sex Offender Involved In Supreme Court Case Allegedly Rapes Teen Girl

AP | BILL DRAPER | Posted 01.16.2013 | Crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A convicted rapist who unsuccessfully challenged Kansas' sex offender rehab program before the U.S. Supreme Court, then co-founded...

Is It Fair To Be Called A Sex Offender For Life?

The Huffington Post | Claire Gordon | Posted 08.07.2012 | Crime

Growing up in Texas, Travis Iosue never sat still. He would bark and howl and twitch. His eyes would roll back in his head. He once punched a wall ove...

GOP Lawmaker In Hot Water For Housing A Sex Offender

Posted 06.19.2012 | Denver

Call it Karma, but while a third party group has been sending out mailers questioning his primary state Senate opponent's values, state Rep. Randy Bau...

Sex Offenders: Recidivism, Re-Entry Policy and Facts

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.08.2012 | Crime
Paul Heroux

These statistics fly in the face of conventional wisdom but they are the facts: as a group, sex offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of all the crime categories.

High On Meth, Man Tries To Have Sex With Cat: Cops

Posted 10.08.2011 | Crime

Police arrested a naked man accused of throwing a cat from a seventh-floor window in front of horrified neighbors. The suspect Gerardo Martinez, 30...

The Accidental Sex Offender

Marie Claire | Posted 09.12.2011 | Women

It was a classic teenage love story. He was a football star, and she was a cheerleader. They met, they fell in love, they started having sex. And then...

Trymaine Lee

A Tale Of Two Sex Crimes | Trymaine Lee | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS -- In their neighborhoods, they are sometimes taunted with dirty looks and jeers. Their pictures hang on the walls of local community cent...

No Sympathy for Those Who Traffic in Child Porn

Lisa Madigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lisa Madigan

Recently, a Chicago newspaper printed an editorial titled, "Sex-offender limits sometimes go too far," that amazingly sought sympathy for a convicted child pornographer.

California To Consider Marked IDs For Sex Offenders

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO — The father of a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered joined the latest legal offensive against registered sex offenders in Ca...

Vance Fulkerson, University of Northern Colorado Theater Professor, Gets 4 Years In Prison and Sex Offender Status

Greeley Tribune | Sharon Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Vance Fulkerson's swan song would have been sweet. He'd fall back on a 26-page curriculum vitae detailing 20 years of success building the University...

Sex Crime Crack Down: State Goes After Sex Offenders With Business Licenses

Fox Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Daniel Bluthardt, the state's Director of Professional Regulation, recently matched the names of everyone licensed by his department against the state...

A Prosecutor's View: Sex Offender Registries in Light of Garrido

Robin Sax | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robin Sax

If just one child is saved from a sexual assault, a kidnap or a murder because of registration, then we have protected that child.

Save a Kid; Bring a Molester to Church

Patrick Boyle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Boyle

Jaycee Dugard's kidnapping story got me thinking about the day I got a call from a distraught child molester. I had gotten to know Carl well when he ...