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Study: Public Misperceptions About Sex Offenders Skew Policy-Making

Public opinion toward crime is complex. Research shows that Americans strongly favor punitive measures to address criminal behavior while also demanding the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders. When it comes to sex offenses, it gets even more complicated.

A 2015 study authored by Christina Mancini, an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Kristen Budd of MiamiUniversity (Ohio) found that numerous misperceptions about sex crimes–such as the myth of “stranger danger,” the perception of abnormally high sexual recidivism, and offense amplification–have been the impetus behind laws passed by “get tough” legislators spurred on by a misinformed public. Full Article

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“public opinion has been a driving impetus in policy creation and additional sex offender restrictions,” Yeah but ,they very diligently created that ” public opinion/ perception” in the first place! It wasn’t the policy makers that started this nonsense. It was the MEDIA. Being that the mainstream news is the propaganda arm of the government, they created and controlled the narrative of the sexual deviant straw man until it took hold in the publics lazy mind. I remember the year leading up to the passage of Jessica’s Law in California, you could not turn on the 4,5 or 6 o… Read more »

Soooo true.

Hear hear – Hear Her Hear Her!! Nondescript once again Speaks Truth! If we delve deeper into recent Global History we can expose the Connection between the Los Angeles Black Dahlia murder of 1947 and The Dark Black Webb a detective weaved too enable her to catch just 1 person but in effect The She Webb Caught Innumerable Innocent Men, Women, Children. Her cause of action misguided in that for All the victims of the 1 single person she search for only delivered to them the victims no True Justice, for True Justice Recompenses^ to a Position & State of… Read more »

The media is at the root of many bad policies and laws. And US media is so different than the rest of the world. Use to be able to rely on the truth of large and small media outlets. Just have to pay attention to who has the reins in hand. It is really hard to do with all the diversions and smoke screens. These guys are good at what they do. Manipulation of our country. And sex offenders make a great testing ground. Who in main stream is going to complain. It is changing here and there. Keep pushing… Read more »

It was policy makers. SCOTUS defined sex offenders as a group that can never be rehabilitated – thus a public safety. And since it was not deemed punitive, then any law against a second class citizen cannot be deemed punitive as well. So they pile it on – despite what was specifically noted in the actual passing of the 2003 decision. 1. Only convictions are to be on the registry. This implies dismissed convictions ARE NOT part of the registry. 2. Probation like terms are not conducted such as restrictions to travel, presence, living, and employment as well as in-person… Read more »

Did SCOTUS know which were the 20% who never offended? No. They suspended the rights of all in the group, because they reasoned, it is an emergency, that is, high recidivism was apparently the problem. How can the government suspend rights of citizens? One way is through punishment. The other is marshal law: “The Suspension Clause of the United States Constitution specifically included the English common law procedure in Article One, Section 9, clause 2, which demands that “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public… Read more »

someone else brought this up about the 80% recidivism rate…

why was there only ONE STAT to go by? it’s quite apparent some information was willfully suppressed. There’s a plethora of research information by experts, but they went with one that did not come from an expert and was not substantiated. 80% is a very high rate and should have required a lot of substantiating, but the SCOTUS did not.

You know what other case where information was withheld to promote something unconstitutional? The Korematsu case aka Japanese internment camps.

Very true! It was the solicitor general that lied about facts that led to the Supreme Court agreeing that Japanese enterment camps protected society because Japanese could be spies.

Japanese lost rights that protected most Americans. The registry is just as bad as Japanese enterment camps and also built on lies and propaganda.

Policy-making should not be influenced by feel-good idealism and knee-jerk reactions but rather by empirical evidence proven by sound research.

ummm… their empirical evidence comes from the 2003 Smith Decision by the SCOTUS. Although, we’ve come to discover it wasn’t proven evidence by sound research.

The policy making can go away once SCOTUS admits they FUBAR the case based upon false facts that was not conducted by experts nor research was substantiated.

Remember, the terrible policies being created by it are considered Constitutional.


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