Sex Offender Registry Requirements Across the United States

Source: Probation Information probationinfo.org Can a registered sex offender go on vacation? Does a sex offender have to register if they visit a different state? It depends on the state, and how long the registrant will be there. Some jurisdictions require registrants to notify authorities immediately, while others allow limited stays without requiring registration. Registrants currently under supervision usually need permission from their Parole or Probation Officer before traveling and should always consult their supervising officer. This comparison chart is intended to be a quick reference guide to compare the…

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An 18-Year-Old Had Consensual Sex With a 16-Year-Old. He Went to Jail for 6 Years

Source: yahoo.com 10/18/23 When Henry was 18, he had sex with a 16-year-old he met on a dating app who said they were 18 too. The 16-year-old’s parents found out, summoned the cops, and Henry was charged with a sex offense. He took a plea: no jail time, and seven years on the sex offense registry. Henry’s story is one of about 60 that appear in a new book by sociologist Emily Horowitz: From Rage to Reason: Why We Need Sex Crime Laws Based on Facts Not Fear. If you…

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Patty Wetterling–advocate for a federal sex offender registry–speaks on Ted Talk

Source: knsiradio.com 9/14/23 (KNSI) – TEDx St. Cloud is set for Thursday, October 12th, inside the Paramount Theatre. The program runs from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and will feature talks from six presenters. … Patty Wetterling will deliver what is sure to be an emotional address. She became an advocate for a federal sex offender registry and other child safety measures after her 11-year-old son was abducted and eventually killed in October 1989. Read the full article  

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Inmates Need Internet to Prepare for Life After Prison

Source: wired.com 6/30/23 I’ve been in federal prison for 17 years. During that time, I have watched flip phones become iPhones, EVs become ubiquitous, and AI start to take over the world—albeit not quite the way Terminator envisioned it (yet). Still, I have been largely unable to use that technology myself. I could only read about it in magazines and newspapers, watching the 21st century unfold using 17th-century methods. I didn’t physically hold a smart device until the US Federal Bureau of Prisons started selling tablets—last year. This isn’t all…

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How Parole Conditions Trapped Me in Homelessness

Source: theappeal.org 5/9/23 The severe restrictions I face while on supervision effectively serve as a ban on stable housing. The terms of this arrangement have left me technically homeless, forced to live in a motel.   … The terms of this arrangement have left me homeless—at least technically. I currently live in a Super 8 motel. It is a nuisance, but also a comfort. I get the comfort of a mattress, a room of my own, and a hot shower. It’s better than the alternatives of living on the street,…

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Rob Rapley On His New PBS Doc and Demystifying The Lie Detector

Source: thecrimereport.org 1/10/23 As part of their American Experience series, PBS released the documentary, “The Lie Detector: A Truly Unbelievable Story,” last week. The film goes through the history of the lie detector from its conception in 1921 to the present day, and documents how well-meaning intentions to use the lie detector as a crime-fighting tool were twisted into its use as a gauge of morality or loyalty and as a tool of intimidation.  Writer and director Rob Rapley produced the film with Emily Harrold through Rapley’s production company Apograph…

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Why Some Sex Offenders Never Get Out Of Prison (video)

Source: youtube.com #VICENews Much of what our society considers common knowledge about sex offenders is currently under debate — from the efficacy of the registry, to housing restrictions, to what treatment, if any, works. One of the most controversial practices is “dead time” — where sex offenders stay in prison for years beyond their sentence, simply because there is no where else for them to go. VICE News’s Alice Hines reports on how our society’s efforts to protect the public from violence ended up backfiring. Help keep VICE News’ fearless…

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