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Database Infamia: Exit from the Sex Offender Registries

Since originating in the early-mid 1990s, sex offender registration and community notification laws have swept the country, now affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals. The laws require that individuals provide, update and at least annually verify personal identifying information, which governments make publicly available via the Internet and other means. Typically retrospective in their reach, and sweeping in their breadth, the laws can target individuals for their lifetimes, imposing multiple hardships. This symposium contribution surveys the extent to which states now afford registrants an opportunity to secure relief from registration and community notification and examines the important legal and policy ramifications of the limited exit options made available. Abstract | D0wnload Paper [pdf]

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Great read:

“In short, registration and community notification laws are very likely here to stay. In the face of this reality, law reform efforts should be channeled toward enhancing opportunities for exit, based on law-abidingness, risk of sexual reoffense, and other relevant considerations. While to date legislative efforts have often gone in the other direction, imposing limits on the opportunity for exit, it is hoped that this Article has provided a framework for this much-needed change to occur.”

A standout for me is the quote from former director of the Department of Corrections stating a “principle involved which should not be disregarded. It has never been the practice in America to require citizens to register with the police, except while actually serving a sentence under the Probation or Parole laws.” What’s more, the state of California recognized way back in 1983 that registration IS punitive. However, the paper’s author is a bit deceitful in their conclusion when referring to Philip Craig Garrido as in compliance with his state registration requirements. He was already on lifetime parole, and it… Read more »

This paper, only being the latest of his many papers on sex offenders, concludes with “…unlike the enormous cost of mass incarceration, registration and notification promise social control on the cheap…” So maybe we are the sharp edge of some grand social experiment. And with lifetime registrations it is certainly long term. So, to me this means there will be a lot of old bitter single men who will need to be in rest homes eventually. But wait! The trend of rest homes not taking sex offenders is already under way. Right now, the Iowa people are so concerned that… Read more »

I know just what you mean. Some here have said I am “too negative” and I have told them that I see them as too naive. I have seen the cruelty that governments can do to people without giving the individual a single thought. Government officials who ruin peoples lives with the stroke of a pen and make a law to control and punish for life. People that they have never met and yet have the audacity to pass judgment on. I like you, have to watch what I say but I will not censor my thoughts nor my contempt… Read more »

Saying that we want to do something and actually doing are different. I hope that ALL RCs and friends a family are joining with W.A.R. in their class action suit challenging SORNA in federal court. Go to their Web site. Sign up. The more people the louder the voices. I agree with you on a lot of things. Now is the time to act.

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