Removal of Persky will make things worse, not better

By Chandra Bozelko . . . Harassment and assault of women is a serious problem and we need to correct our culture to eliminate it. But the recall in Santa Clara County, California, of Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced Brock Turner, isn’t the way to change things. The Brock Turner debacle raised controversy in 2016 when the former Stanford student,…

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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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Was Grisham right? Child porn laws and mass incarceration

By Andrew Extein . . . Popular author John Grisham made headlines this week for speaking out against harsh sentences for child pornography, citing the recent prosecution of a friend for downloading child porn. His friend was sentenced to three years in prison for downloading pornography that claimed to depict 16-year-old females. Predictably there was an immediate backlash, with people accusing…

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Georgia private probation companies expand sex offender industry

In 1994 the Jacob Wetterling Act established the first national sex offender registry law, and Indiana’s “Zachary’s Law” placed their state registry online. In 1996 “Megan’s Law” was passed at the federal level, forcing states to maintain publicly accessible registries and allowing all levels of community notification. In 1997 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld civil commitment in Kansas v. Hendricks, and a…

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Troubling consequences of federal child pornography laws

February 19, 2014 By Andrew Extein, MSW Co-authored by Galen Baughman I. Until Dec. 11, 2013, Jesse Ryan Loskarn was a popular chief of staff for a Tennessee senator. But on that winter day, police broke down the door of his rowhouse in southeast Washington, D.C., and searched for the illegal digital items that had led them there: explicit videos…

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