ACSOL’s Conference Calls

Conference Call Recordings Online
Dial-in number: 1-712-770-8055, Conference Code: 983459

Monthly Meetings | Recordings (7/10 Recording Uploaded)
Emotional Support Group Meetings

ACSOL’s Online EPIC Conference: Empowered People Inspiring Change Sept 17-18

Download a PDF of the UPDATED Sept/13/2021 schedule

General News

Prescott on Post-Release Regulations and Sex Offender Recidivism

Abstract: The purported purpose of sex offender post-release regulations (e.g., community notification and residency restrictions) is the reduction of sex offender recidivism. On their face, these laws seem well-designed and likely to be effective. A simple economic framework of offender behavior can be used to formalize these basic intuitions: in essence, post-release regulations either increase the probability of detection or increase the immediate cost of engaging in the prohibited activity (or both), and so should reduce the likelihood of criminal behavior. These laws aim to incapacitate people outside of prison. Yet, empirical researchers to date have found essentially no reliable evidence that these laws work to reduce sex offender recidivism (despite years and years of effort), and some evidence (and plenty of expert sentiment) suggests that these laws may increase sex offender recidivism. In this Article, I develop a more comprehensive economic model of criminal behavior — or, rather, I present a simple, but complete model — that clarifies that these laws have at best a theoretically ambiguous effect on recidivism levels. First, I argue that the conditions that must hold for these laws to increase the legal and physical costs of returning to sex crime are difficult to satisfy. There are simply too many necessary conditions, some of which are at odds with others. Second, I contend that even when these conditions hold, our intuitions mislead us in this domain by ignoring a critical aspect of criminal deterrence: to be deterred, potential offenders must have something to lose. I conclude that post-release laws are much more likely to succeed if they are combined with robust reintegration efforts to give previously convicted sex offenders a stake in society, and therefore, in eschewing future criminal activity.

Paper: Portmanteau Ascendant: Post-Release Regulations and Sex Offender Recidivism

We welcome a lively discussion with all view points - keeping in mind...  
  1. Your submission will be reviewed by one of our volunteer moderators. Moderating decisions may be subjective.
  2. Please keep the tone of your comment civil and courteous. This is a public forum.
  3. Swear words should be starred out such as f*k and s*t
  4. Please stay on topic - both in terms of the organization in general and this post in particular.
  5. Please refrain from general political statements in (dis)favor of one of the major parties or their representatives.
  6. Please take personal conversations off this forum.
  7. We will not publish any comments advocating for violent or any illegal action.
  8. We cannot connect participants privately - feel free to leave your contact info here. You may want to create a new / free, readily available email address.
  9. Please refrain from copying and pasting repetitive and lengthy amounts of text.
  10. Please do not post in all Caps.
  11. If you wish to link to a serious and relevant media article, legitimate advocacy group or other pertinent web site / document, please provide the full link. No abbreviated / obfuscated links.
  12. We suggest to compose lengthy comments in a desktop text editor and copy and paste them into the comment form
  13. We will not publish any posts containing any names not mentioned in the original article.
  14. Please choose a short user name that does not contain links to other web sites or identify real people
  15. Please do not solicit funds
  16. If you use any abbreviation such as Failure To Register (FTR), or any others, the first time you use it please expand it for new people to better understand.
  17. All commenters are required to provide a real email address where we can contact them.  It will not be displayed on the site.
  18. Please send any input regarding moderation or other website issues via email to moderator [at] all4consolaws [dot] org
ACSOL, including but not limited to its board members and agents, does not provide legal advice on this website.  In addition, ACSOL warns that those who provide comments on this website may or may not be legal professionals on whose advice one can reasonably rely.  
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This is a interview with U of M law professor, JJ Prescott explaining his concerns with the registry. He does very extensive studies on the issue.

I don’t know what all the various studies have shown but I can speak definitively about Registration for myself.

Before I was listed on the Registries around 2 decades ago, I was a good U.S. citizen for the most part. I felt like I had a civic duty and I positively contributed to society. I was very pro-law and pro-law enforcement. Then I took a plea bargain for a relatively minor sex crime (minor enough that they prosecutor offered no jail time at all and I had only spent 1 week in jail before bonding out).

I took the plea bargain with the understanding that I would only be listed on the Registry for 10 years. And when I took the plea bargain, the Registries were nearly nothing and there were no extra harassment/restriction/punishment laws. Of course all of that changed. My Registration period was extended to life and one criminal government after another started committing crimes against me, including attempting to move my family out of the home that we owned. One of the latest crimes that they have committed is attempting to stop my family from international travel.

So it only took a few years on the Registry for me to declare war on all people who support it. I haven’t stopped and I won’t. If the criminal regimes that have Registries had any sense at all, they would remove me from their Registries immediately. But they don’t.

I’m not going to waste everyone’s time and go into all the detail of all the actions that I have taken to retaliate against the Registries but they have been extensive and damaging. And I can say today that it is undeniable that there has been nothing in my life even close to the Registries that has made me want to harm people so much. Today, I believe that people who support the Registries are either uninformed and clueless or inherently evil. And people who are evil are not people and they deserve less than animals.

The Registries relieved me of any obligations to be a good citizen. I take care of my family and friends. I have little concern for other people, until/unless they can prove that they don’t support the Registries.

I understand your feelings. I can understand the 49 ers QB not standing for the NA. I feel the same. I wish no one harm, but I do not have good feelings about our Gov.

If they had not made registration retroactive, researchers would have had a base group to compare what affects the laws were truly having on the public welfare.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x