ACSOL Board Member Catherine Carpenter has published an academic paper that identifies many laws throughout the country that are characterized as criminal justice reform laws, but exclude anyone convicted of a sex offense from their benefits.
“ACSOL has vanquished residency restrictions thanks to the tireless efforts of our Executive Director, Janice Bellucci,” stated ACSOL Board Member Carpenter. “The next frontier for us? Tackling the myriad of laws that exclude registrants from the same criminal justice reform benefits available to others who have committed crimes.”
The title of the scholarly article written by Professor Catherine Carpenter is “Blanket Exclusions, Animus, and the False Policies They Promote.” The article exposes these laws and explains how they are built on moral panic and fueled by erroneous statistics.” The scholarly article was first published on August 12, 2020, on the Sentencing Law and Policy blog.
“One of the many examples of injustice in Professor Carpenter’s paper is a California law that allows most people to be convicted of a misdemeanor if they shoplift items worth $950 or less,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The same law, however, excludes anyone convicted of a sex offense from that benefit and therefore all registrants who shoplift items worth the same amount are convicted of a felony.”