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The social costs of juveniles on sex-offender registries far outweigh benefits

The net social cost of applying sex-offender registration and notification laws to those who commit offenses as juveniles could be as high as $3 billion a year, with most of those costs incurred by neighbors of registered offenders, according to a new benefit-cost analysis from the R Street Institute. Full Article

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The costs and benefits of subjecting juveniles to sex-offender registration and notificationFull Report (pdf)

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  1. Q

    The social costs of adults on sex-offender registries far outweigh benefits too.

    • LM

      That burns me up, too. It’s like saying only certain cars on the road are deadly. But let’s just single out the less “threatening” ones to make it look as though we’re doing something. They have to cherry pick in order to temper the outrage and blowback. Very predictable.

  2. G4Change

    Happy, John Walsh??? Happy????
    Misguided moron!!!!!

    • LM

      John Walsh and his misguided crusade to “save” the children while laughing all the way to the bank. It turns my stomach when the media and law enforcement refer to this clown as a “national treasure” or an American institution. The only institution he belongs in is a mental one.

    • Eric Knight

      Don’t forget. His ADMITTED actions with his then-16 year old girlfriend, underage at the time, would have rendered him at least a Level 2 sex offender in New York. Specifically, in New York, the age of consent is 17 unless the other person is within four years, which Walsh was not.

      • NPS

        He’s a hypocrite. One of those types who says, “well that’s different…” Usually your most vocal anti-RC legislators have major demons in their closets. Actually anyone who doles out the stiffest punishments or criticisms has them. I recall reading about a Texas judge who would give out harsh sentences for those who convicted of child and/or spousal abuse and then a video was released of him savagely whipping his teenaged daughter. I always wonder what T-Rack is hiding and hope he one day gets his just deserts.

  3. ab

    The social costs…what in the world…since when did people start caring about the social costs for laws and legal operations?

    If we actually cared about social costs the United States would:

    1. Have way less people incarcerated, under house arrest, on probation, parole, and supervised release.

    2. Solitary confinement wouldn’t exist.

    3. No one would have a lifetime sentence or be sentenced to death. This includes no lifetime parole, probation, supervised release, or schemes requiring periodic check ins with law enforcement such as sex offender registration.

    4. Civil commitment would not be indefinite and only geared towards those needing intense in patient attention. Also it would occur instead of prison or jail time.

    5. Insane asylums or mental intuitions would have to aggressively treat mental issues so that no person would be locked away for longer than absolutely necessary. Rather than claiming something as delusion science would have to come up with better explanations for why an individual believes what they do.

    6. Children (prepubescent), adolescents (pubescent), adults, and the elderly alike would all be directed to targeted programs before incarceration, fines, restitution, parole, probation, or supervised release were considered.

    7. Front end programs that focus on inclusion rather than exclusion of individuals would be implemented to increase opportunity and provide safe educational environments for exploration. Essentially there exists real world situations or experiences that are difficult to become familiar with outside of a larger experience.

    8. Social costs of anything would be considered just as much as economic or national security costs.

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