“Frightening and high” is phony and false

By Nick Schager . . . According to Untouchable, there’s a reason most Americans think sex offenders, and pedophiles in particular, are incurable, and thus destined to relapse: 2002’s McKune v. Lile, in which Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in a plurality opinion that there was a “frightening and high risk of recidivism” for such predators, and that “the rate of recidivism…

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Colorado’s CSOR involved in multiple advocacy initiatives

By Susan Walker . . . In Colorado the Coalition for Sexual Offense Restoration continues to work with men and women in prison and coming out of prison.  We offer assistance in finding housing and in mentoring men and their families regarding the pitfalls that can be present in the community as they parole out. We educate the same men…

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A young mother struggles with life on the sex offender registry

By David Feige . . . I met Shawna a year into filming “Untouchable,” a documentary that examines sex offender laws through the lives of individuals on the sex offender registry. It was at an Oklahoma treatment center where she was participating in a mandatory group therapy session. She was there because fifteen years earlier, Shawna was deemed to be…

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Abolish the public sex offender registry

By Lenore Skenazy . . . Sometimes when I post about the Sex Offender Registry, I get comments like, “Those scum don’t deserve to EVER live a normal life!” This note below is to remind us that a study of 17,000 people on the registry by the The Georgia Sex Offender Registration Review Board found that about 5% were “clearly…

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Ron Book’s guilt satiated by hatred for sex offenders

By Shelly Stow . . . I watched the film Untouchable through live streaming as it was shown at the RSOL National Conference that has just concluded in Atlanta, Georgia. This film could well have been named, “Portrait of a bitter, angry man.” Ron Book’s daughter Lauren was sexually assaulted by a nanny the family had hired for Lauren. The…

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Film about sex offenders wins best new documentary director award at Tribeca Film Festival

By Jonathan Leaf . . . Why would a law mandate that ex-convicts be homeless and virtually unemployable? And what sort of government imposes such rules? That’s the question of David Feige’s startling new documentary “Untouchable,” a Tribeca Film Festival award winner. I must note here that I am not completely objective about this film. I have known Feige for…

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