ACSOL’s Conference Calls

Conference Call Recordings Online
Dial-in number: 1-712-770-8055, Conference Code: 983459

Monthly Meetings
Q4: 11/18 by phone, 12/9 in Los Angeles [details]

Other Events
Challenging Parole Conditions: postponed [details]
ACSOL Conference: June 15/16, 2018 in Los Angeles [details]

National

Today’s scarlet letter — the sex offender registry — is risky justice for youth (Commentary)

It was heartbreaking to read recently about Naperville 16-year-old Corey Walgren, who committed suicide following being threatened with sex offender registration for allegedly audiotaping a consensual sexual encounter with a classmate. For those of us who regularly work with youth on the sex offender registry, it also highlighted a truth that we know too well: Placement on the registry is a modern scarlet letter that can lead our young clients to want to take their own lives. Full Commentary

Related

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-naperville-north-suicide-lawsuit-20170524-story.html

Join the discussion

  1. New Person

    From the article:

    Meanwhile, the damage done by placing kids on the registry is all too real. Once labeled a “registered sex offender,” it becomes harder for young people to find and keep gainful employment, to continue their education, even to find a place to live. Add to this the psychological burden of shame, isolation and stigma, and it becomes too much for some youth to bear.

    Yes, it’s a travesty about being a registered sex offender. It’s a tragedy what happened the 16 year old. But the quote above isn’t just trait for the youth, it’s a trait for all who are registered.

  2. mike

    Ya just like if your actions causes someone’s death you are held accountable so why isn’t the officer and the other person are not brought up on involuntary man slaughter because there actions are a direct reason why this young man is dead, if it were someone else they would be in prison, so why do they get an get out of jail free card?

    • James

      I am a little unhappy with all this concern over Juveniles/Minors and the registry….people are having “oh me, oh my,” attacks of conscience over the destructive influence of being labeled for life a Sex Offender…

      Don’t our lives matter too and as much? Are not the malign effects of the Registry not felt and suffered by us also?

      Not to be selfish, but I say punish everyone, kids included, until this silly but terrorizing reign of registering human beings like cattle is entirely discredited and abandoned!

      James

      • AJ

        @James
        +1, and then some! I, too, think the only way out of the whole registry mania (not just SO ones, either) will be to make them incredibly onerous to as many people as possible. That it means minors may get wrapped up in it is sad, but is not our doing. That shame belongs to the legislators, Walshes, Klasses, etc. Eventually someone these people actually care about in their own lives will get caught up, then–and ONLY then–will they see how wrong it all is.

        –AJ

  3. Eric Knight

    Note that there was no threat of jail or incarceration. Just sex offender registration, which publicly also necessitates the existence of societal shame that drove him to his death. Punitive? Is the bear blue? Does the sky sleep in the woods? Well, the registry makes just as much sense, doesn’t it?

    • New Person

      Thanks for pointing that out, Eric!

      It’s truly scary that registration is more detrimental that jail. I mean, isn’t that the the California judge said when he gave a light sentence to a college kid, stating that he will have to register for a lifetime is more damaging.

Leave a Reply

We welcome a lively discussion with all view points - keeping in mind...  
  • Your submission will be reviewed by one of our volunteer moderators. Moderating decisions may be subjective.
  • Please keep the tone of your comment civil and courteous. This is a public forum.
  • Please stay on topic - both in terms of the organization in general and this post in particular.
  • Please take personal conversations off this forum. Feel free to leave your contact info here. You may want to create a new / free, readily available email address.
  • Please refrain from copying and pasting repetitive and lengthy amounts of text.
  • Please do not post in all Caps.
  • If you wish to link to a serious and relevant media article, legitimate advocacy group or other pertinent web site / document, please provide the full link. No abbreviated / obfuscated links.
  • We suggest to compose lengthy comments in a desktop text editor and copy and paste them into the comment form
  • We will not publish any posts containing any names not mentioned in the original article.
  • Please choose a user name that does not contain links to other web sites
  • Please send any input regarding moderation to moderator [at] all4consolaws [dot] org
ACSOL, including but not limited to its board members and agents, does not provide legal advice on this website.  In addition, ACSOL warns that those who provide comments on this website may or may not be legal professionals on whose advice one can reasonably rely.  
 

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer this question to prove that you are not a robot *