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904,000+ names are on U.S. sex offender registries.
In more than a third of sexual abuse cases against minors, the perpetrators were also juveniles; with victims under age 6, 40% of the offenders were juveniles.
23% of contact offenders were under age 18 at the time of their offense, with 16% under age 12.
Putting youth – some as young as 8 – on registries severely negatively impacts their futures.
https://www.hrw.org/report/2007/09/11/no-easy-answers/sex-offender-laws-us ; http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-sex-offenders-list-teens-risk-perspec-0529-md-20170526-story.html https://www.hrw.org/report/2013/05/01/raised-registry/irreparable-harm-placing-children-sex-offender-registries-us
Over 95% of new sexual crime is committed by persons NOT on a registry.
http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2008-18509-003 https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/231989.pdf page 15 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232505213_Does_a_Watched_Pot_Boil_A_TimeSeries_Analysis_of_New_York_State's_Sex_Offender_Registration_and_Notification_Law
Public urination, sexting, underage sex, and indecent exposure can trigger a requirement to register.
Many registrants face unemployment, homelessness, instability, and personal danger.
Only a small fraction of those on registries are truly high-risk.
“Stranger-danger” is rare; 90% or more of victims know their attackers, higher for children.
Re-offense is rare. The DOJ has reported a 5.3% re-arrest rate, and a 3.5% reconviction rate after 3 years.
Research studies have found no relationship between having a registry and a decrease in sex offenses.
Sex offender registries put innocent family members of registrants in harm’s way.
Registrants are frequently denied special housing such as nursing home care and section 8 housing.
Former sex offenders are less and less likely to reoffend the longer they live offense-free.
https://www.hrw.org/report/2007/09/11/no-easy-answers/sex-offender-laws-us http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0886260514526062 https://ofm.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/legacy/sgc/sopb/meetings/board/2015/10/research_outline.pdf https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/024_hanson_decl_11.7.12.pdf
Current sexual offense laws create conditions that lead to increased crime.