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The U.S. needs to reexamine how it uses sex-offender registries

Many people end up on sex offender registries who aren’t a danger, like minors who have consensual sex, public urinators or streakers, the author argues. Full Article

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  1. Mike

    It still floors me how flexible prosecutors are with when minors are and aren’t allowed to be competent to give permission. Look at the instances in all states where prosecutors go after minors (I’ve seen some cases as young as 10 and 11) to be prosecuted as adults. This article references the recent AZ football player exposure case where the 69 indecent exposure charges were dropped because “no one present wanted to press charges.” The majority of those present were minors. So are minors now capable of providing sexual consent in Arizona? I doubt it, unless it’s politically expedient for the prosecutor’s career path.

    • The Unforgiven

      I’ve mentioned this one before: ‘Minors’ can’t (really) consent to sex and are often the ‘victim’ but somehow become an instant adult who knew what they were doing when it’s an assault or gun crime. Which is it?

    • Erwin

      I saw something tonight on the PBS news hour that is really appalling. Of course we know some states civilly commit sex offenders after their prison term. They’re usually released when shrinks deem them “well enough” But in Minnesota, they usually never consider you well enough to be released. So they had this one guy who was a minor at 15 when he committed incest on his younger sibling. He was locked up in Juvee hall then the state decided to commit him when he turned 18. Now he is still there at age 30. His parents forgave him long ago. His mother said they even let go juvenile murderers go when they turn 18 but it’s a different standard for sex offenders. A clinical psychologist interviewed on this PBS program even said it’s cruel to keep individuals who committed offenses as minors because kids are basically dumb & naive. But Minnesota is paying $150,000 a year to warehouse these individuals in this institution. They even had an 75 year old man on dialysis who’s still not considered fit to be released. Pretty sad

      • Timmr

        The fear of sexual misconduct is so great the extreme measures in response to it defies reason.

  2. TiredOfHiding

    True is that the USA is more conservative than some Muslim countries when it comes to sex.

    The collective guilt that the USA has is lessened by using RSO as a sort of cathartic mass punishment for the very thought of sex here in the USA.

    Nothing is going to change that. I only see things getting worse such as the unprecedented mark on international travel document PASSPORT that was only topped by the Nazis and yet, here we are in this modern more enlightened world and it’s happening folks…wake up and smell the reality that we are all doomed to a life a misery while living in the USA and punishment for the collective “sins” of this conservative Christian nation – Land of the Free my ass!

  3. ab

    The problems are not based on registries, but what happens before people get put on them. If different attributes, practices, standards, and norms were in place most sex offenses of now would either not be committed and/or no longer be sex offenses. Rather than freak out when something out of the ordinary happens how about figuring out what ordinary actually is and using human nature as the ultimate basis create a better/more open culture that avoids exploitation and abuse by insuring no one gets far enough to have those be the “best” option in their mind.

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