When the state becomes church: America’s obsession with prosecuting sex

By Chase Madar . . . Rape and sexual assault often do not get the police attention they deserve in the United States, whether on college campuses, in the military or in major American cities. This isn’t arguable. But sex is vastly overpoliced in this country, and this ought to concern us too. The combination of steroidal law enforcement, puritanical fear…

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SEX OFFENDERS should not be allowed to purchase lottery tickets; they just might win

By Shelly Stow . . . If proof were ever needed that an individual, once listed on a sex offender registry, no matter for what offense nor how long ago, is forever more thereafter considered unworthy of anything good ever happening in his life, this is it. A registrant in Florida won a three million dollar scratch-off lottery, and the…

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Three-year study: No measurable recidivism of SOs at all

By Kyle Feldscher . . . Almost none of the Michigan homicide and sex offenders paroled during a 39-month period between 2007 and early 2010 returned to prison for a similar offense during a three-year span, according to a study released Monday. The report released by Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending was released as a part of CAPPS…

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“You have already succeeded,” says advocate

Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, along with six other advocacy and activist organizations, gathered in Austin at the Capitol November 7 for a rally for criminal justice. Over 500 were in attendance with at least 100 being Texas Voices members. The highlight of the rally was this speech given by Texas Voices’ founder and one of our first RSOL affiliate leaders,…

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Sex offenders and Halloween–will it ever stop?

Multiple choice: Has the number of “scare” articles about registrants at Halloween: a) decreased in number over the years b) increased in number c) stayed approximately the same d) fluctuated wildly from year to year. See what this very informal, statistically unreliable, totally invalid bit of research discovered: What do these four headlines have in common? “Staying safe and avoiding sex offenders…

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Registries cost millions; Accomplish nothing

By Steve Blow . . . If the goal is more stigma and shame, the operation succeeds spectacularly. For starters, the entrance is hidden around back of Dallas police headquarters, behind a rusting door, next to a small sign: “Sex Offender Registration Entrance Only.” Inside, the atmosphere only gets worse. The dreary waiting room is almost always filled to capacity…

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A new study–a new question

–by Lisa Sample & Danielle Bailey; University of Nebraska….”Sexual re-offending remains a media, public, and legislative concern, so it is important to not only ask why some reoffend, but also to ask why most sex offenders do not, which is this study’s purpose.” http://nebfacts.blogspot.com/p/uno-study-documents-nebraska-laws-harm.html  

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Registration is cruel and unusual punishment

By Judith Levine . . . If it’s true that all seven of the football players arrested for hazing in the Sayreville, New Jersey, War Memorial High School locker room are students of color, that is one more reason not to prosecute them as sexual felons. I don’t mean not to prosecute them in adult court. I mean not to…

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WHEN FANTASIES ARE ENOUGH TO CONVICT A GUY or Notice: No children were harmed in the making of this cartoon

~~by Lenore Skenazy….  Vladimir Nabokov might have been behind bars if Tony Briggs had been at the bench back in the day. Briggs is the judge in Britain who just found Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old animation fan, guilty of downloading “prohibited images” of cartoon girls, That’s right. Hoque is guilty of possessing distasteful art. Art that depicts sexy, young, FICTIONAL characters.…

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Was Grisham right? Child porn laws and mass incarceration

By Andrew Extein . . . Popular author John Grisham made headlines this week for speaking out against harsh sentences for child pornography, citing the recent prosecution of a friend for downloading child porn. His friend was sentenced to three years in prison for downloading pornography that claimed to depict 16-year-old females. Predictably there was an immediate backlash, with people accusing…

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