Our Assertions

•  Sex offender registries were originally presented as a means for tracking persons convicted of the most heinous offenses, but their reach has expanded exponentially to include even teen sexting and consensual relations between young people; (white paper)

•  Public registries provide no measurable protection for children or the general public yet endanger the well being of children and family members of registrants; (white paper)

•  Public registration, proximity restrictions, and residency restrictions that are extended beyond an individual’s sentence are punitive and thereby violate protected constitutional rights; (white paper)

•  Evidence-based policies and programs can reliably reduce new sexual offenses and thus make our communities safer; (white paper)

•  The misinformation and stigmatization used to justify harsh sexual offense laws undermine the welfare of society, creating unnecessary panic and distrust; (white paper)

•  Choosing to set apart any group of people and deny them civil, constitutional, and human rights threatens the rights of every person in our nation. (white paper)

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