Our Assertions:

  • Sex offender registries were originally presented as a means for tracking persons convicted of the most heinous offenses, but their reach has expanded exponentially to include even teen sexting and consensual relations between young people;(white paper)
  • Public registries provide no measurable protection for children or the general public yet endanger the well being of children and family members of registrants;(white paper)
  • Public registration, proximity restrictions, and residency restrictions that are extended beyond an individual’s sentence are punitive and thereby violate protected constitutional rights;(white paper)
  • Evidence-based policies and programs can reliably reduce new sexual offenses and thus make our communities safer; (white paper)
  • The misinformation and stigmatization used to justify harsh sexual offense laws undermine the welfare of society, creating unnecessary panic and distrust; (white paper)
  • Choosing to set apart any group of people and deny them civil, constitutional, and human rights threatens the rights of every person in our nation.

1 comment for “Assertions

  1. Lon Polk
    September 7, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I just discovered your site.I pleaded guilty of a sexual offense in 2003. I spent a year in jail, 5yrs probation, completed the excellent SO treatment program in Hawaii. Our only daily paper wants more restrictions. There are local advocates for Jessica’s law. HPD tracks me (they have the new-fangled face recognition software). My friends deposed in my favor without exception. I am 83 years old. My only run-ins with the law were in the form of traffic tickets. I just got a new driver’s license and suspect it may have my registry status encoded. I spent a decade flogging myself. I still can’t face my old friends.

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