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NY: Pushed Out and Locked In – The Catch-22 for Disabled, Homeless, Sex-Offender Registrants

Across New York, people are incarcerated for weeks, months, and even years after their prison release dates. These individuals are not confined for violating prison disciplinary rules or committing new crimes. New York’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) detains them, instead, because they are homeless.

DOCCS refuses to release prisoners to community supervision without an approved address. But for prisoners required to register as “sex offenders,” finding housing means navigating a web of restrictions that are levied exclusively on people convicted of sex crimes and that dramatically constrain housing options, particularly in densely populated New York City.

These restrictions amount to effective banishment for registrants with disabilities, who face added obstacles to finding medically appropriate housing and are barred even from New York City’s homeless-shelter system.

As this Essay explores, the State of New York, and particularly New York City, pushes its poor, disabled sex-offender registrants into homelessness, and then prolongs registrants’ detention because of their homeless status. Full Essay (Yale Law Journal)

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  1. New Person

    Wow! That was a great essay. The continued debunking of the “frightening and high” eighty percent recidivism rate was reiterated here as well as the true recidivism rates.

    Freedom of movement is a right. Hmmm…

  2. BR

    “New York simply cannot and should not continue both to restrict registrants’ housing options and to detain individuals because they are homeless.”

    -> this country can and does but simply should not be allowed to single out a specific few criminals (out of 65 million) with this registration insanity. Abolishing the registry is the one strategy that will solve the issues highlighted in this article. And then some. Once and for all.

    • Will Allen

      Yep, destroying the Registries would fix all of these make-believe problems. Instantly.

      There are only 2 legitimate options – the $EX Offender Registries ($ORs) must be destroyed or all of the rest of the Registries must be created. There is nothing else that is legitimate.

      “People” who support the $ORs have no credibility at all because the national, public, lifetime Gun Offender Registry does not exist. Same with 100 other Registries. The $ORs have nothing to do with public safety, protecting children, or any of the rest of their lies.

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