The real danger in stranger-danger

By Lenore Skenazy . . . This summer in India, two dozen innocent people died at the hands of mobs convinced that they were meting out justice to kidnappers. One was a software engineer beaten to death after giving chocolates to children outside a school. One was a 65-year-old woman who got lost on a trip to a temple with her family…

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The Sex Offender Registry: A Gorilla on the Basketball Court

By Michael M . . . Why does the public ignore the obvious unconstitutionality and overt cruelty of a sex offender registry that not only fails to accomplish its stated purpose – keeping our communities safer – but also condemns hundreds of thousands of registrants and their family members to a lifetime of humiliation, harassment, and the very real possibilities of…

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No residency restrictions in York, Nebraska

By Sandy . . . A town in Nebraska, York, has been considering residency restrictions for those on the registry off and on for several years.  Recently, prompted by a concerned citizen, city attorney Charles Campbell prepared an ordinance and asked the York City Council to consider it.   One of NARSOL’S writers, Mike W., wrote a letter to the editor…

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Sexual offense truths needed in the media

By Mike W . . . In response to an online media story hyping fear over registered sex offenders voting in schools in New York and “having access” to children, Mike W. wrote and NARSOL sent the following to the journalist and the editor of the news outlet. To: Spectrum News Attn: Editor and Vince Briga RE: Could Sex Offenders…

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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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