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Registration Influenced by Racial Bias, Ohio Study Claims

The classification of sex offenders based on the risks they pose to the community following their release from prison is subject to racial bias, according to a study published in the Criminal Justice Policy Review. Full Article

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  1. The Registry Harms Everyone

    Given that racism is hard-baked into our socio-political system, any punitive measure is going to have a racial bias. POC men, especially, face the indignity of being stereotyped as inherently more aggressive and unstable than white men, while POC boys have their childhoods circumscribed and are “adultified” when facing charges

    As an aside, this racial bias is also, therefore, more evidence that the registration system is punitive and not “administrative”.

    • Timothy D.A Lawver


      Circumcision NOT considered GENITAL MUTILATION?

      Exposing gland sensitive perimeter has what effect:
      Ejaculation control?

  2. Anonymous

    The poor get a higher tier level. I was scored a NY level 1 but after a lot of time and money, my attorney was successful in arguing me to a level 1.

    • Anonymous

      I meant, the NY SORA board scored me as a 3. It took my own private psychological evaluations presented to the judge and also, most of the “points” and categories are somewhat ambiguous or arbitrary and were worth arguing. I NY it’s nonsensical.

    • The Registry Harms Everyone

      Same. When I moved from VA (VA only had two levels, violent and non-violent, and I was designated non-violent) the Board recommended and the ADA fought for a level 2 designation, based on literally picking and choosing the worst stuff from my file and misrepresenting it.

      Thousands of dollars in legal fees and private psych evaluations and noxious amounts of anxiety later, we present my case at my registry level hearing, the ADA shows up late, fumbles through his case, we present our case, and the judge is like “yeah no, level 1 is fine”.

      THE ADA CAME OVER TO ME AND MY LAWYER AND SAID “I’M SORRY, I JUST NEEDED TO GET THE DA’S POSITION ON RECORD”. They literally made me waste time, money and energy, dozens of sleepless nights and an uncertain future, so that the DA could look “tough on sex offenders”.

  3. Scam-99R

    The danger of Minority Report-style ‘risk assessments’ such as the Static-99R cannot be overstated. Like Ohio’s risk assessment, California’s Static-99R/Saratso scheme is *also* ‘overly weighted towards prior criminal records.’ Assuming that this paper is accurate in claiming that risk assessments are racist: not only is the Static-99R potentially racist; but there is also the fact that the Static-99R is discriminatory against gays, as well as ‘non-contact’ offenders. Some experts and studies have claimed and shown that non-contact offenders have lower recidivsm rates, as well as greater amicability to counseling. If true, why has this discrepancy not been ironed out with the great ‘Doctor’ Karl Hanson? Too many things do not make sense here. Karl Hanson’s discrepancies are very fishy if you ask me. Almost as IF the Static-99 ‘tests’ were intended to cleverly exaggerate by design.

    To elaborate more on the dangerous encroachment of risk assessment instruments on civil liberties, the ACLU — as well as other civil rights activists — recently turned *against* bail ‘reform’ because it finally realized the danger in relying on said risk assessment tools. If we put aside the corrupt special interests that support the Static-99R, how many years will it take for our movement to realize the impending dangers that lurk within the Static-99R/Saratso scams?

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