“Sex offenders should be shot”

By Sandy . . . So stated an email written by a staff member of the Little Rock Police Department and sent to all staff. She was apparently irritated that phone calls by or concerning registrants were erroneously being sent to her office. The issue was reported at KARK.com as was the fact that the police department is not happy with the…

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Thomas Jefferson: America’s most esteemed child predator

By Robin Vander Wall . . . July 4th. A sex offender died today. Well, not precisely. But, on this day 192 years ago, a sex offender passed away. This was no common sex offender. In fact, he was more remarkable than most men who’ve ever lived. Governor of Virginia. Minister to France. First Secretary of State. Second Vice President. Third…

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“The last life I expected to be saving was my own”

By Guy Hamilton-Smith . . . Ryan is the hardest part of my story to explain. We have never met, nor will we, and yet he radically changed the course of my life. The path that I’ve walked since law school was not one that I intended. I did not go to law school advocate for sex offenders. I went…

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Are we getting the biggest bang for our sexual offense prevention dollars?

By Shelly Stow . . . From North Carolina comes this all-too-familiar story: Law enforcement is patting itself on the back for “tracking” those on the sex offender registry. In the typical it’s-a-dirty-job-but-somebody’s-got-to-do-it style of reporting, the journalist lauds Investigator J. Moore and the other two in the sex offender unit for spending all of their working hours verifying that…

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Soho Forum: Horowitz, Hamilton face off over sex offender registries

By David Booth . . . Dr. Emily Horowitz, noted sex offense policy researcher, and Marci Hamilton, child safety advocate, went toe-to-toe in an engaging debate Monday night, which may be a first of its kind on the need for sex offender registries. On the resolution for whether the laws requiring those convicted of sex offenses to put their names…

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Is prison abuse just part of a sex offender’s sentence?

By Shelly Stow . . . Closing our eyes to prisoner abuse must stop. Prisons are not supposed to be fun or pleasant. They are designed for restrictions and punishment intended to bring about rehabilitation. They are not intended to facilitate, even encourage, vigilante activities against those whom other prisoners choose to mistreat. Men in prison for convictions involving sexual…

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Hastert released from prison to sex offender treatment

By Christy Gutowski . . . Dennis Hastert‘s federal prison sentence officially ended Wednesday, but the former U.S. House speaker’s legal troubles are far from over. Hastert still faces two Kendall County lawsuits related to allegations of child sexual abuse decades ago when he worked as a high school teacher and coach. In the first lawsuit, due back in court this month, attorneys…

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How many things are wrong about the sex offender registry?

By Sandy . . . What’s wrong with the registry? Trick question, right? I mean, what ISN’T wrong with the registry? We could make lists all day long. However, some things seem more wrong than others, and I have come up with a doozy. In Pennsylvania, citizens are on that state’s sex offender registry for committing “custodial interference.” In other…

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Urban myth unsupported by evidence: Ice Cream Men are safe

By Lenore Skenazy . . . Paul DiMarco has been selling ice cream in Poughkeepsie, New York, for two decades. He owns a fleet of trucks. When one mom confided to him, “You gotta be careful because there’s a lot of pedophiles in this world,” he recalls replying, “That attitude falls into the same category as ‘All black people that drive…

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