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WHY do we register children as sexual criminals?

By Riya Saha Shah…. Ten-year-old Leah pretended to have sex with her younger step-siblings. She said it happened a few times and that she was just acting out scenes from the movies. A couple years later, Leah’s conduct was discovered by law enforcement. Leah was 12 when she was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in juvenile court and labeled a sex offender.…

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Studies show female sexual offenders prevalent

Editor’s note: this piece was written and published in Great Britain, and some of the spelling and punctuation reflect the differences between British and American standard spelling and usage. By Christian Jarrett…. A team of US researchers led by Lara Stemple at the UCLA School of Law has analysed data from several large federal crime victimisation surveys and they say their…

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Positive, hopeful prognosis for children with sexual behavior problems

By Gail Rosenblum…. It’s common to feel many emotions when faced with the prospect of children as victims, or perpetrators, of sexual violence: Horror. Grief. Anger. Shame. One emotion we rarely dare to feel is hope. But findings from a new, myth-busting study by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) give us hope in abundance for these children, their…

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Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?

Trevor Hoppe, University at Albany, State University of New York Public sex offender registries are at the forefront of what I’ve described in my research as a “war on sex.” Offenders convicted of sex crimes are now singled out for surveillance and restrictions far more punitive than those who commit other types of crime. More than 800,000 Americans are now…

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Megan’s Law waste of time, money, report shows

By CBS News This study and this article were done in 2009 but are as true, timely, and essential today as then. A study examining sex offenses in the state where Megan’s Law was created says it hasn’t deterred repeat offenses. The report released Thursday finds that registering sex offenders in New Jersey does make it easier to find offenders…

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S.O. policies driven by public misperceptions, not fact

By Lonnie Burton…. Public opinion toward crime is complex. Research shows that Americans strongly favor punitive measures to address criminal behavior while also demanding the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders. When it comes to sex offenses, it gets even more complicated. A 2015 study authored by Christina Mancini, an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Kristen Budd of MiamiUniversity…

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The difficulties of a risk-based system

By Larry . . . NARSOL fully supports the goal of a risk-based registration system with registration information only available to law enforcement entities. Having said that, it is important to recognize that convincing legislators in to move towards a risk-based system will be harder than it at first may seem, for several reasons. States are generally moving away from risk-based…

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Emily Horowitz, RSOL conference speaker

Emily Horowitz, PhD, Professor in Sociology and Criminal Justice at St. Frances College in New York, is making news by speaking up and speaking the truth about the state of our current sex offender system. She deliberately stirred a hornet’s nest with the publication of her article, “In defense of Josh Duggar’s parents: It’s no secret why a mother and father would…

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Three-year study: No measurable recidivism of SOs at all

By Kyle Feldscher . . . Almost none of the Michigan homicide and sex offenders paroled during a 39-month period between 2007 and early 2010 returned to prison for a similar offense during a three-year span, according to a study released Monday. The report released by Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending was released as a part of CAPPS…

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A new study–a new question

–by Lisa Sample & Danielle Bailey; University of Nebraska….”Sexual re-offending remains a media, public, and legislative concern, so it is important to not only ask why some reoffend, but also to ask why most sex offenders do not, which is this study’s purpose.” http://nebfacts.blogspot.com/p/uno-study-documents-nebraska-laws-harm.html  

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