Current sexual offense policies: “Less about managing risk than maximizing punishment”

Image and article used with permission from Prison Policy Initiative By Wendy Sawyer . . . By now, most people who pay any attention to criminal justice reform know better than to label people convicted of drug offenses “drug offenders,” a dehumanizing label that presumes that these individuals will be criminals for life. But we continue to label people “sex…

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The importance of Gundy v. U.S.

By Peter J. Wallison . . . Gundy v. United States is not listed in most media accounts of important matters now before the Supreme Court, yet this case could profoundly change how courts intervene to preserve the constitutional separation of powers in the future. Involving just one individual petitioner, Herman Avery Gundy, and only one issue — how to interpret…

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“I wish I was executed because my life is basically over”

By Mona Charen . . . With several septuagenarians competing for the presidency, the ghost of the 1990s looms over the 2020 race. Joe Biden has faced criticism for his sponsorship of the 1994 crime bill. President Donald Trump tweeted, “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected.” Here’s some context. Violent crime…

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Being Fearless

Getting past the shame people try to pile on you, writes Paul Hanley in LifeTimes magazine, can be as easy as looking at yourself through the eyes of people you meet at Fearless Groups. By Paul Hanley . . . When I attended court-ordered therapy for a sexually-based offense, I wasn’t interested in making friends. I’m a survivor of long-term…

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Autism and the registry: one man’s story

By Michael McKay . . . I received this letter from a listener who felt compelled to contact me after hearing my recent interview with Dr. Nicolas Dubin (Psy.D.) an author and advocate for people with autism and for people who are on sexual offense registries. The letter-writer, whom I’ll refer to as “Jack” for his own protection as well as…

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Just another sex offender law that won’t accomplish anything

By Guy Hamilton-Smith . . . An effort by New York City officials to address subway sexual offenses like nonconsensual touching and public lewdness is gathering momentum, but their proposals miss the mark and won’t solve the problem. City Councilmember Chaim Deutsch’s office told The Appeal that it is in the process of drafting legislation that would impose a lifetime…

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Notice to world: Those on the registry are not second-class citizens

By Sandy . . . This is a special announcement about some special people. People who are affected by the registry laws are doing so many wonderful things. We have a group of great people in our Humans on the Registry Project – and we want more. Please check it out and apply if you have a positive story to…

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Imprisoned, on the registry for not revealing a medical condition

By Elizabeth Weil-Greenberg . . . Every five years, Mark Hunter has to pay around $300 to have his picture displayed in the newspaper and notices mailed to his neighbors, informing them that he is a sex offender. While on parole, he said, he pays about $60 a month in fees and has to attend a sex offender treatment class. His…

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