In Pennsylvania, commit a sexual crime at 12, be charged at 25

By Joshua Vaughn . . . James is a registered sex offender. He was convicted in 2016 of felony statutory sexual assault when he was 23 years old for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl, according to court records. His name will appear on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry for nearly another decade and he will carry a felony conviction for the…

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Lessons learned from the Luke Heimlich saga

By Sandy . . . Major league baseball’s draft is over, and Luke Heimlich was not chosen. As USA Today put it,   “…no one would touch him.” Luke is, by all accounts, a truly gifted pitcher. Playing baseball isn’t just what he does; it is who he is. I will venture a guess that he will remain connected to baseball.…

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Barbaric consequences to “show me yours and I’ll show you mine” in a digital world

By Sandy. . . Imagine being fourteen years old today, in a world where technology is changing the rules faster than they are being written. John Grasso, a criminal defense attorney and a former police officer, has captured that situation with the brilliant and apt metaphor of stepping into quicksand. You don’t know it’s there until you are in it,…

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NO kid — make that no ONE — belongs on a sex offense registry

By Lenore Skenazy . . . Both the boys admit they did it. Horsing around, two New Jersey 14-year-olds pulled down their pants and sat on the faces of two 12-year-old boys. As one of them later explained, “I thought it was funny and I was trying to get my friends to laugh.” For that act, he and his buddy…

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RSOL on National Public Radio—Diane Rehm Show

July 7, 2015—The topic was Sex Offender Registries And Calls For Reform. The guests were Abbe Smith, professor of law and co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship program at Georgetown University, and author of “Case of a Lifetime”; Jill Levenson, associate professor, social work, Barry University, and clinical social worker; Brenda V Jones, executive director, Reform Sex Offender Laws,…

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