Registering juveniles creates only harm

By Malik Pickett and Emily Satifka . . .

Jason was 14 years old when he met his first girlfriend, a 13-year-old neighbor of the foster family with whom he lived. After a few months of dating, his girlfriend’s mother walked in on the teenagers engaging in consensual oral sex and called the police. Jason was arrested and charged with child molestation. He was adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court and placed on the California Sex Offender Registry. Before he was old enough to drive, Jason was branded a sex offender on a public, searchable website.

Now in his 30s, Jason suffers from depression and has experienced homelessness. Despite earning a college degree, he cannot find steady employment. An internet search shows he is a registered sex offender.

Jason is like many others who struggle to lead a healthy adult life because of a juvenile adjudication based on unsurprising adolescent behavior. States across the country place children as young as 8 years old on sex offender registries for conduct that is otherwise developmentally normal.

Required by federal law, this label imposes barriers on young people’s access to education, employment and safe housing. It can devastate them psychologically with little benefit to the community.

Youth sex offender registration costs the public over $3 billion a year. Rather than investing in preventive programming and victims’ services, resources are routinely allocated to a carceral and punitive response. Meanwhile, research-backed social programming and community needs remain largely underfunded.

For example, in 2017 California spent $140 million to register and monitor 3,500 youth registrants. Yet that same year, the budget for prevention programs and victims’ services was only $46,000.

In addition to the high cost of registration, sex offender registries do not advance the public safety goals for which they were created. Only 3% to 5% of youth who commit sexual offenses are likely to reoffend, showing that registration wastes resources on individuals who pose little to no risk of future harm.

Read the remainder of the piece here at Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

 

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    • #78033 Reply
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      A Mistake They Made

      Ignorant people making laws that go against God, nature, and common sense!

    • #78038 Reply
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      E B

      I just read recently that the public health system is woefully underfunded, to the tune of several billion, to push out a coronavirus vaccine. We chose to brand normal youthful behavior as deviant and deserving of a lifetime of shame and scorn but for the same cost we will not save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Innocents. I will enjoy watching this nation burn to ash.

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        Crash

        E B

        How can a witch hunt against sexual crimes in America not extend towards juveniles? If they do what is considered to be unlawful, despite being considered “normal youthful behavior,” then should not a price be paid from them as well? Though I don’t agree with the registry punishment extended into adulthood, that is just terrible and doesn’t make sense.

        Would stealing and doing drugs, not also be “normal youthful behavior”? In a place such as America with a dark (an actual evil, from what I had experienced) witch hunt towards perpetrators (mostly men) of sexual crimes, juveniles should be off-limits if they do the very same or similar things? How can juveniles be punished for helping an adult rob a bank but be free to have adult sexual relations with each other?

        That being said, in the case of the man in the above post, legislators, prosecutors and the very people they represent obviously cannot keep up with their nonsense. Their are minors in the single-digit years who freely view filth they should never set their eyes on. The porn industry gets to stay yet authorities had a certain classified as site shut down in the blink of an eye.

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          Joy Baisden

          They were 13 and 14 years old. It was also consensual. HOW in the name of God is THAT considered rape and 20 years on the registry? This is clearly a modern day witch hunt. It is disgusting and reprehensible and the law makers and judges know this but no one wants to look soft on sex crimes. And THAT is the problem with passing unfair laws to begin with- getting them removed or at least lessened is difficult because those who have the power to do it, don’t want to look like they are being soft on crime.

          • #78145 Reply
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            Crash

            -Joy Baisden

            You were correct in how excessive his punishment was. It truly was/is ridiculous. What I was implying was that a society which makes hunting down and tearing up adult, male SOs as much as it could, one of it’s top priorities, would also do the same when it comes to male juveniles who commit SO crimes involving other minors. Like you said, there are certain people who don’t want to look soft on crime. Or perhaps their mentality towards SO crimes involving minors got the best of them.

            I implied that if juveniles commit the very same acts which are considered terrible crimes by the masses, and men who commit them are hunted down and destroyed, then the juveniles should pay a price too but of course not as excessive as the one he was given.

            Not only was his punishment excessive, they actually made sure that the girl paid no price whatsoever and not considered her an accomplice, despite her actively engaging in the same crime. So in a sense they went soft with her, as is typical in cases where underage females lie to men about their age then have relations with them. Keep in mind that he is male.

            Where does the line get drawn though? There was a case where a boy, about 13-14 had severely assaulted a girl under 11. The assault was a crime of “that” nature, basically an SO crime. There were youth advocates who spoke out on his behalf for the punishment he received, which was excessive for him but not in comparison for men who have done similar things to minors or women.

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        E B

        I also want to point put that I understood where you were coming from. And I meant to write “there are minors,” and “classified ad site,” in the last paragraph of my response to you.

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      H n H

      …… “It can devastate them psychologically with little benefit to the community”….

      Just shows that his life means NOTHING TO ANYONE who can make a difference in his mess of a life (legislators, judges, those in power). The registry is evil and nothing more than fodder for manifesting hatred against someone else caught in some behavior others feel superior by shaming other people for, whether there is actual harm or not. It’s sick and twisted. There is no way off it, and no way other than outcry from across the planet over this perverted justice to make it stop. I posted information about someone in Germany taking the Florida registry to the courts there and was met here with silence. I don’t think anyone here is very interested in really banishing the registry, but it sure does sound good to point out the injustice of it all. I’m a bit frustrated and angry that this entire mess will never end until our country financially collapses, and believe me, it’s coming. The time is coming soon when our money will be worthless toilet paper and there won’t be money for stupid registries or completely unneeded lifetime parole. Money is the only way to fight back at these clowns and everyone reading this knows it.

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      Derek

      Were csn we flee and start another country America’s freedoms are going away fast .

    • #78051 Reply
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      Dealing with similar problem

      Can’t imagine

    • #78059 Reply
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      E B

      NARSOL is nice, advocacy is nice, but what we need is a parallel, militant wing. People forget that MLK’s success was in the context of the looming threat of Black Panthers – that black people may create a self-sufficient society away from white exploitation and defend it as they would any sovereign entity. That is what we need to push the authorities to the table with NARSOL, because why else would a politician meet with NARSOL when they have a 3 billion/year industry to uphold and an ignorant public to placate?

      Those in power need to know that stripping the citizenship rights of 1,000,000 men in a country that is crumbling as it is does not come without consequences. Whether the agents are foreign or domestic, we are motivated to work with them to accelerate the collapse of America. The sex offender registry is beyond bad policy, it is a national security risk.

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      M S

      Really all people, especially youth deserve a second chance. I wish more people believed that. If the more of the public believed that about people that have committed a sexual offence this world would be a better and safer place.

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      -H n H

      One things for sure, the justice system is not something to toy around with. Especially not for sexual crimes having to do with minors. It is a monstrosity that should be avoided at all costs.

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      Crash

      -A Mistake They Made

      Of course. But those individuals aren’t concerned about God, nature, and common sense. They allow minors to take hormone blockers and hormones and live as though they’re the opposite gender. Like this one documentary where a mother had married her lesbian partner, as her daughter identifies as a boy and lives like one.

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        A Mistake They Made

        Crash,

        Yes total insanity is upon us.

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      James Gilcrest

      If I ever found a boy with my daughter I would cut his tongue out and grill it. He wouldn’t have to worry about a sex offender registry

      • #78163 Reply
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        A Mistake They Made

        If you did anything to my boy you would not have to worry about anything at all anymore.

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      Joy Baisden

      This is absolutely disgusting to do this to a juvenile. They were one year apart (or possibly less!) America always has to have a witch hunt. The registry is punitive, it ruins lives, and there are humans on it who do not deserve it. Wasn’t the registry originally designed for violent repeat offenders? I am astounded from this story. Absolutely incredible. I wish this man could sue the state of California for this. One year apart. They were BOTH juveniles!!!! Was she put on the registry too? Or, is this another form of man hating?
      Sorry, I am just MAD.

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      H n H

      Wow James, you sure have a welcome home here. You probably adopted your daughter beings you want to deny her any sexuality and have no concept of what sexual arousal is. I feel bad for her to have such a possessive figure in her life as yourself. She’ll probably elope just to keep everything secret from you. Enjoy your hate filled life.

    • #78166 Reply
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      Crash

      -Joy Baisden

      I’m putting the response here because you can’t read it under the comment you made. The words are jumbled.

      You were correct in how excessive his punishment was. It truly was/is ridiculous. What I was implying was that a society which makes hunting down and tearing up adult, male SOs as much as it could, one of it’s top priorities, would also do the same when it comes to male juveniles who commit SO crimes involving other minors. Like you said, there are certain people who don’t want to look soft on crime. Or perhaps their mentality towards SO crimes involving minors got the best of them.

      I implied that if juveniles commit the very same acts which are considered terrible crimes by the masses, and men who commit them are hunted down and destroyed, then the juveniles should pay a price too but of course not as excessive as the one he was given.

      Not only was his punishment excessive, they actually made sure that the girl paid no price whatsoever and not considered her an accomplice, despite her actively engaging in the same crime. So in a sense they went soft with her, as is typical in cases where underage females lie to men about their age then have relations with them. Keep in mind that he is male.

      Where does the line get drawn though? There was a case where a boy, about 13-14 had severely assaulted a girl under 11. The assault was a crime of “that” nature, basically an SO crime. There were youth advocates who spoke out on his behalf for the punishment he received, which was excessive for him but not in comparison for men who have done similar things to minors or women.

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      nobody in particular

      People speak and behave as if anyone under some arbitrary age are not even human-beings, who have human emotions, needs and thoughts. They treat their sons and daughters as if they were nothing more than delicate little porcelain dolls, or clockwork wind-up toys which they *own* the way they own their house or their car, and most American parents are literally terrified at the prospect of their children growing up or developing on a natural course before they have “permission” to do so. The idea that boys and men are solely responsible for “corrupting” the “weaker sex” is so hard-wired into the American conscience, that even if a girl were a few years older, and testified under oath that a sexual act was, in fact, completely consenual, the boy would *still* be prosecuted with little deliberation. It’s mind blowing how, in the 21st century, and after decades of imperical science and research into biological, normative human sexual development, that this nation has decided to criminalize our very physiological desires and drives, while at the same time commercializing sex as it would any other cheap product. Is it advisable for teens to have sex? Probably not. But criminal? Deviant? Perverse? Come on. That is a social family and community issue, not something that should be left in the hands of politicians and armed forces, whose only intention is to capitalize on suffering and stupidity. It’s as if people are eager to bring back the dark ages. Next they’ll be drilling holes into “delinquent” skulls to “release the demons”, and everyone will just shrug and say “the law is the law.”

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        The Bull

        The idiots who say “the law is the law” say that until the evil visits their door step, then they will want mercy.

    • #78228 Reply
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      WC_TN

      I don’t understand why in situations like this the behavior is criminalized to begin with, but even more confusing is why it seems the female never has to answer for her part; only the boy. When the evidence shows it was not forcible rape, it takes two to tango, so why does the female get a free pass on being a sexually delinquent juvenile, but not the boy? Both are in the same peer group with maybe a year in age separating, so how can a juvenile be considered criminal for engaging in a behavior the courts have upheld time after time after time anyone under the state’s age of majority cannot legally consent to because they are too emotionally immature to fully understand the consequences of their actions??? This seems like something that has been ramrodded into our legal system by the feminist movement and a court full of worthless cowards who seem all to eager to kowtow to them at every stinkin’ turn.

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      WC_TN

      And one more thing that sets me on fire is the idea that had this boy been the son of the parents who prosecuted him, they would have been singing a totally opposite song and decrying the injustice of punishing teenagers like criminals for the not-so-smart things they do in their youth.

      I don’t understand how the parents of one teen who love their child can look at someone else’s teen child whose life is just as worthwhile and precious as that of their own child’s and then ravage the other child like a pair of rabid, mindless wolves. They know danged well if the shoe was on the other foot they would not want THEIR CHILD subjected to SUCH LEGAL SAVAGERY.

      The hypocrisy of people sickens me.

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        The Bull

        They are sadistic hypocrites!!!!

    • #78310 Reply
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      Crash

      -nobody in particular

      I hear ya. There is a contrast between the hunting down and defamation of men who commit or were falsely accused of sex crimes, and an oversexualized society which constantly flaunts sexual images through a foul porn industry, certain commercials and scenes in TV shows and movies, as well as through images in sports magazines. Funny enough, men can actually be arrested simply for paying or attempting to pay off a woman, in some sort of desperation to get the experience that so many other people out there get every other day. Some men may never get the experience and someday society will provide them with robots!

      I have noticed that most of the negativity surrounding the men who commit sex crimes and the punishments they receive, mostly stems from how grossed out most members of society feel towards those crimes. It is because of how gross they feel more than anything. The whole deal about physical, mental, emotional, and psychological damage simply isn’t true. There are many cases where the damage is minimal or doesn’t even exist at all. For example a man collecting a bunch of pictures,or an underage female lying about her age to a man before having relations with him. There are many other examples.

      The negativity surrounding sex crimes, has two kinds of people as it’s main focus. Those people are minors and women. They are especially important and are basically the building blocks of families and society. Men who were sexually victimized by both women and men, are never the focus of sex crimes and the men who were victimized by women are often the subject of ridicule and disbelief. Male victimization by women as it is, is often made fun of like for example in the movies That’s My Boy, The Wedding Crashers, and Knock Knock. With politics, advertisements, and most other things, minors and women are the main targets.

      You mentioned people treating their sons and daughters as if they were nothing but delicate little porcelain dolls. Well, apparently people’s sons and daughters aren’t delicate enough for content from the porn industry, sexualization in tv shows and movies, confusion and depravity surrounding gender, cursing in tv shows and movies, and violent, gory video games where often players kill human characters.

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      nobody in particular

      I may be wrong, but I belive that most harmful and regretful sexual decisions people make their youth occur because, as a society, we regard sex as some dirty, secret, grotesque, abnormal thing that we are all expected to just figure out for ourselves as soon as we are deemed “mature” enough, and our only references are the media – which advertises anything remotely sexual or erotic as a distorted fantasy with unrealistic expectations – and our peers, who are just as clueless, frightened, and desperate for approval as anyone else in their respective age group. I remember the only “education” in an official capacity I recieved during highschool was pure biology and “health”, with no mention or inference to intimacy, love, affection, spirituality, desire, mutual attraction, romance, or any other part of the broad spectrum that comprises real, honest, consensual, and fulfilling human sexuality. This society punishes its youth for making bad and destructive choices, but doesn’t bother to actually provide the support, attention, knowledge, openess, understanding, or compassion that they need to make the right choices. People are prepared to spend billions on invasive and abusive supervision or prison *after* the fact, but can’t be bothered with programs that may actually work to prevent harmful behavior in the *first* place. It seems to me that the government has a vested interest in creating an entire generation of “sex offenders”, because such a venture is obviously profitable to the top-tier, while very costly to everyone else. I cannot even begin to imagine how horrific it would be for an 8 or 13 year old to be labled a “deviant”, or a “predator”, to be treated like some kind of inhuman freak, possibly the for rest their life, because of something they did when, as I suspect we *all* were at *some* point in our existence on this planet, young, dumb, and ready to try anything at least once.

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