Banished: a family on the sexual offense registry

By Michael M . . . The holiday season will be brightened by an exciting project in New Jersey which will culminate on December 19th, 2019, with a live performance called Banished: A Family on the Sex Offender Registry. The live performance, co-written by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, a staff writer for The Appeal, and coLAB Arts producing director, Dan Swern, was produced with support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. It is an oral history and storytelling project documenting the harms of the sex offender registry, told in three parts, as seen through the eyes of a family going through the process.

The play, which spotlights cast members Nancy Boykin, Robert Carr, Meridith C. Grundei, Jean Tafler, Dave Seamon, will also feature interviews with Elizabeth LeTourneau, Director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkins University, and Patty Wetterling, national children’s safety advocate whose son’s disappearance led to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act.

A panel discussion will be held following the play. Panelists include:

  • Amos Caley, Associate Pastor at Reformed Church of Highland Park and lead organizer for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in New Jersey;
  • Stephanie Lutz, Assistant Deputy Public Defender, Special Hearings Unit, NJ Office of the Public Defender;
  • Alexander Shalom, Senior Supervising Attorney and Director of Supreme Court Advocacy for ACLU-NJ;

The project’s scholar-in-residence is Laura Cohen, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law, Justice Virginia Long Scholar, and Director, Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law School.

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Michael McKay

Michael McKay is NARSOL's Director of Marketing and a frequent contributor of articles to the NARSOL website. He is the published author of several non-fiction books, contributing editor & board member at LifeTimes Magazine, the executive editor of The Registry Report, and founding host of Registry Report Radio on BlogTalkRadio.

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    • #66255 Reply

      Thumbs Up Michael! This play by Ms. Greenberg is right on and yes it should hit home to all that watch the play plus the discussion also. While abuse can come in many forms and also other forms such greed their is a need for compassion in all forms of humanity and human interaction plus behavior.

      While we can look at the sex offender and the registry in many different view’s I still don’t understand all this callous abuse that befalls mankind in this uncanny way. Sure the public should be aware of all this that is hindering families with many of these safety regulastions of who is over reacting in much of this type of ordeal. Even this labeling sounds a bit fuzzy.

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      This play is based on my family, and I am so grateful to Elizabeth and her team for seeing the human side of us. This journey has been unfair, humiliating, debilitating and isolating for my son and our entire family. The registry is the most damaging thing I can think of that could happen to a person and their entire family. The death of a child would have been easier to deal with.

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