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Sex offender registries endanger the lives they’re meant to protect

Our communities deserve effective public-safety measures that are based on facts and sound research, not wasteful and counterproductive measures born of fear. We all want to be safe. We have to demand our legislators pass laws that work and actually keep us safe.

That’s especially true when it comes to sexual offenses. http://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/357096-sex-offender-registries-endanger-the-lives-theyre-meant-to-protect?amp

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  1. Eric

    This is an outstanding, logical, level headed article. So very true, and long overdue.

    • Counting the days

      This is essentially a white noise article. There have been so many similiar articles and editorials written, it no longer has any weight. For every one opinion printed, there is a violent predator fucking things up for the rest of us. No one cares about these facts except us R.S.O.s and immediate families. The writer is basically preaching to the chior.

      • TS

        @Counting the days

        Take all this white noise you can, it does make a difference.

      • AJ

        @Counting the days:
        There have been so many similiar articles and editorials written, it no longer has any weight.
        —–
        Au contraire, mon frere! (For those not speaking French: “To the contrary, my brother!” It rhymes in French….) Studies have shown that the more something is heard, the more it’s believed (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusory_truth_effect). The hard part is that this true even with stuff patently known to be false! (https://psmag.com/news/the-persuasive-power-of-repeated-falsehoods) That just means we need to “out-white-noise” the lies.

        For me, every single one of these op-eds that gets out there is a boon to our cause. Every person who reads it and goes on the Internet to disprove what’s said and finds out otherwise is another person in our camp. To be sure, there are some who will never be convinced; that’s just how humanity works. But every person taken out of the “hate” camp and placed into either neutrality or our side, the better. With hope, eventually someone with a right-leaning perspective will try to disprove these and discover the truth…and publish it! (Ok, ok…one can dream, right?!?)

        • Nick

          Well Said!! And so very true one only needs to look at the way our primary parties work to see that.. repeat repeat repeat, unfortunately the hard part is that no legislator can touch this they believe its a 3rd rail so “white noise” repeating is necessary but really i think the SCOTUS rejected Michigan appeal as much because it had no merit as much as they know they created a bogus ruling in the first place citing bad studies and bogus stats to condone the law in the first place! they know if it comes in front of them again, they have to reject it outright and maybe they just want the states to have a plan 3-6% who actually need to be on a list before they rip the rug out from under them

  2. AJ

    A good op-ed, written by our wonderful ally at ACLU-MI, and published in a publication widely read in D.C. This continuous drip, drip, drip of pieces putting forth the truth is so good to see, and I believe it will one day tip the scales in our favor. Between the courts and the media, change is coming.

  3. steve

    I like the sound of Bellucci/Auckerman teaming up to bring this whole thing down!

    • Tim Moore

      That would be great, we just have to sit back and cheer, but in reality the whole thing won’t come down until 850,000 registrants and about 3 times that number of family and and friends get angry enough to declare their independence, get together to take it down.

  4. Therealityofitall

    What is needed is for someone to speak of a correlation between human sex trafficker and the fact that a publicly listed SORNA is nothing but a readily available potential list of customers for these people. They have the ability to search a geographic area, identify people by type of conviction and narrow down potential clients. Use the public’s own fear and irrational thought processes against them and create an outcry that the list should not be public. I know that it is not the case, but if people believe the recidivism rate is 80% then they would probably believe this too. Different approach and kind of out of box thinking but at this point every angle helps 🙂

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