Slate has published two in a series of excellent articles showing the facts and the truth about many of the issues on which the Draconian sex offender registry and accompanying restrictions are based. These articles strip away the myths and the falsehoods and show the plain, unvarnished truth.
One of the pieces includes a quote by RSOL ED Brenda Jones.
RSOL thanks Slate for these well-documented and very important pieces. When additional articles are added to the series, they will be included here.
August 11, 2014 http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/08/sex_offender_registry_laws_have_our_policies_gone_too_far.html
August 12, 2014 http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/08/mapped_sex_offender_registry_laws_on_statutory_rape_public_urination_and.html
August 13, 2014 http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/08/sex_offender_registry_laws_by_state_mapped.html
August 14, 2014 http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/08/several_states_ban_people_in_the_sex_offender_registry_from_a_bizarre_list.html
August 15, 2014 http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/08/sex_offender_registries_the_best_ideas_for_reforming_the_law.html
One Thought to “Superb article series at Slate”
Will there ever be a time to revisit the Supreme Court in regards to the Sex Offender registry, specifically; To actually define it as punishment, so as to re-write or abolish it’s current form? There is clear evidence of collateral consequences caused by these registries including ex offenders being homeless, jobless and sometimes refused food assistance, housing assistance, alcohol treatment and sober living institutions as a direct result of being on the registry. There is even a tax credit for employers who hire someone out of work for a period of time, but if they hire a sex offender, they are excluded from the credit. This is counter productive to the cause, ironically. There are statistics and scholarly papers online from the governments own websites corroborating this phenomenon, are they tone deaf, is it a semantics game or is it the popular vote in politics?