DE: Hawkins: Bill allowing options for Sex Offender Registry removal is gift to children

Source: 10/26/23

Kudos to our legislators for passing House Bill 186 during Delaware’s 2023 legislative session and to Gov. John Carney for signing the bill into law. HB 186 will provide pathways off the Delaware Sexual Offender Central Registry for our children. It is important for Delawareans to know that the multitude of sexual offense laws in our state apply to every single person, regardless of age or gender. No one is exempt.

Delaware’s sexual offender registry is publicly available. In addition, registrants’ employers, landlords, neighbors and schools are notified by law enforcement. The ostracism toward those who “wear” the label “sexual offender” creates high levels of joblessness, homelessness and exclusion from educational opportunities. It negates opportunities for rehabilitation, restoration and redemption. Registrants’ families suffer collateral damage, as well, by being threatened, harassed and having their property vandalized.

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Well put. I wonder if next Ms. Hawkins could write about whether or not the registry is effective in reducing sex crime recidivism.