Does publicly posting names of convicted sex offenders actually reduce the number of sexual offenses?
Freelance writer Steve Yoder has written a very informative article about the history of the Nation’s sex offender laws, and outlines many of the consequences (and failures) of these severe laws. He makes the point that despite the fact that legislators “are increasingly adopting a ‘smart on crime’ approach grounded in research on what works, the legal treatment of sexual offenders is moving in the opposite direction.” Increasingly, more people are being added to the lists (as can be evidenced by the recent adoption of Proposition 35 in California) with no research showing that the public is any safer. Regarding Megan’s Law, he states:
“In the decade and a half since Megan’s Law was passed, public-policy researchers, corrections officials, and treatment professionals have begun to recognize the faulty premises and poor outcomes the law has created.”
Read his full article on the Reform Sex Offender Laws in Wisconsin website at: http://www.wisconsinreform.org/2011/04/life-on-list-by-steven-yoder.html.