Google Contractor Pays Parents $50 to Scan Their Childrens’ Faces

Source: 404media.co 1/4/24 Google is collecting the eyelid shape and skin tone of children via parent submitted videos, according to a project description online reviewed by 404 Media. Canadian tech conglomerate TELUS, which says it is working on Google’s behalf, is offering parents $50 to film their children wearing various props such as hats or sunglasses as part of the project, the description adds. The project shows the methods some companies are using to build machine learning, artificial intelligence, or facial recognition datasets and products. Rather than scraping already existing…

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Survey request to the mothers of individuals on the U.S. sex offender registry

Source: Kimberly A. Ingold, Graduate Student from the Criminal Justice Sciences Department at Illinois State University Dear mothers of those on the registry: Please consider taking this survey: If you are a registrant, please consider forwarding this email to your mother and encouraging her to take it. It will bring awareness to the mothers of individuals on the sex offender registry and the struggles that they endure, and help mental health practitioners gain a better understanding of these women’s experiences so that they can provide better services and treatment to…

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Sentencing child sex abusers: When the victim becomes the offender

Source: phys.org 5/30/23 Child sex abuse is one of the most heinous criminal offenses, so when a victim becomes an offender, it’s evidence of a system failure. When a ‘victim-offender’ is sentenced in court, a University of South Australia researcher is recommending judges acknowledge the offender’s early trauma, in conjunction with the consequences for the crime, in their sentencing comments. The call for this to become best practice, follows new research that demonstrates multiple instances where judges implicitly or explicitly assumed knowledge that a victim-offender ‘should have known better.” UniSA…

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10 tips for parents to teach children about boundaries

Source: dailyherald.com 4/16/23 The statistics are sobering: one in three females and one in 20 males will experience sexual abuse or sexual assault by the time they reach age 17. The idea that anyone would sexually abuse a child is terrifying, especially for parents and caregivers. But like any risk our children might face, we need to be able to empower them with information that will help them recognize unsafe situations. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a good time to share the message that all people have the right…

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Juvenile detention staff who sexually victimized children face few legal sanctions, study says

Source: msn.com 4/1/23 Most juvenile detention staff who sexually victimized children faced no legal repercussions for their actions, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report that examined substantiated incidents from 2013 through 2018. The Bureau of Justice Statistics study released Friday found that among 499 substantiated incidents, perpetrators faced legal action 31% of the time, and that incidents were typically handled internally, with a reprimand or discipline, demotion or temporary suspension. In half the cases, the violator was discharged, terminated or their contract not renewed. “These findings are a grim illustration of how children in…

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Kent State Univ. is seeking young adult research participants who have been incarcerated

Source: Kent State University research Kent State research is seeking young adults who have been in the justice system. Examples: arrested, been to court, been incarcerated. They want to understand how these experiences affect growing up and becoming an adult. Virtual interviews will be 60-90 minutes. They will record only your voice. We will give you a $25 gift card in compensation for your time. Contact Maddy Steward for more information by email or text: AdultsInCJResearch@gmail.com Text 330-474-9108  

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‘How long is long enough?’: Independent task force challenges length of prison sentences in America

Source: yahoo.com 2/21/23 Prisoners with long-term sentences need more opportunities to have their sentences reviewed. Lawmakers and state agencies need to identify and address racial disparities in sentencing. And the amount of a drug involved in a crime should be decoupled from the length of an offender’s sentence. Those are some of the recommendations from the authors of a yearlong study of the nation’s use of lengthy prison sentences published Tuesday. The independent task force, co-chaired by former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, and former Republican South Carolina…

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ACSOL President Catherine Carpenter Identifies, Analyzes Method to Win Court Cases

ACSOL President Catherine Carpenter, who is also an endowed law professor at Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles, has identified and analyzed a method that can be used to win registrants’ cases in court.  That method, known as the irrebuttable presumption doctrine, shifts the burden of proof to governments when they make allegations such  as that all registrants pose a current danger to society and are very likely to re-offend. “Professor Carpenter has provided an extremely valuable tool to the registrant community in the research she has conducted that…

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Research paper: America Has Been Going About Stopping Child Sex Abuse The Wrong Way

Source: time.com 2/15/23 By Elizabeth Letourneau and Luke Malone Letourneau is director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Malone is an award-winning journalist who reports on child sexual abuse and victimization. They are co-writing a book about child sexual abuse prevention and the history of U.S. sex crime laws for Basic Books Most of us would say that you can‘t put a price tag on keeping kids safe from sexual violence. Yet we do. And the…

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Take part in this survey of formerly incarcerated folks about your re-entry experiences with religious communities

Source: University of Delaware Dr Chrysanthi Leon and Maggie Buckridge are interviewing formerly incarcerated folks about their re-entry experiences with religious communities. They are especially interested in learning about what religious communities provide for people on the sex offender registry. In addition to speaking with those who found a church or another place of worship to join, they are also interviewing people who wanted to join a place of worship but did not because of various barriers. The purpose of this study is to examine what re-entry practices for religious…

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CA: Friends Outside in Los Angeles county will pay registrants for an employment research project

Friends Outside in Los Angeles county will pay registrants for an employment research project (Deadline 12/31/22) ELIGIBILITY: 1. Must be a registrant 2. Must have received services from an America’s Job Center of California within the last 3 years 3. Must participate in an anonymous and confidential interview COMPENSATION PROVIDED CONTACT: RegistrantStudy@gmail.com (818) 975-0630 (ask for Marco) Program is available: September 9, 2022 – December 31, 2022 Please post this downloadable PDF of our flyer wherever appropriate: Registrant Study Flyer

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LGBTQ People on Sex Offender Registries in the US (Paper)

Source: UCLA in escholarship.org 5/2022 The United States has the world’s largest prison population. Overall, mass incarceration disproportionately impacts people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ people are at increased risk for being targeted for sex crimes, as historical prejudice and stigma have depicted LGBTQ people—especially gay/bisexual men—as sexual predators. Despite this, little is known about LGBTQ people on sex offender registries in the United States. In this project, we surveyed people who are required to register on sex offender registries (SOR). Read and download the…

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Survey volunteer alert to all registrants and family: Please tell us about your experience on the public registry

9/27/22 NOTE: THIS SURVEY HAS COMPLETED. NO MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. THANK YOU.     Dr. Emily Horowitz, author of “Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us” (Praeger, 2015) and Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at St. Francis College, is seeking to interview those listed on the public registry about their experience for a forthcoming book project. The interviews will be conducted by phone and all published work will keep the identity of those interviewed anonymous and confidential. If you are a registrant or family member…

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Wayne Logan: Card Carrying Sex Offenders

Source: Wayne A. Logan (Florida State University – College of Law) 3/22/22 Americans, it is commonly believed, have never been required to carry and show upon demand personal identification documents; the belief, however, is incorrect. Over time, select sub-populations have in fact been subject to such a requirement, including free-born and emancipated African-Americans until after the Civil War. This article examines the targeting of yet another disfavored sub-population: individuals convicted of sex offenses, who are required to register with government authorities. Today, roughly a dozen states require that registrants obtain…

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CA: Please tell us your experience working with an America’s Job Center of California to gain employment

Source: Friends Outside of Los Angeles County Friends Outside of Los Angeles County would like to talk with persons who have a sex offense and who are working with an America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) to gain employment. The purpose is to gain information about your job-seeking experience through a 60-75 minute phone or zoom interview. All information is confidential and anonymous. Our overall purpose is to conduct research about promising practices for helping registrants obtain employment. You will be given $500 gift card for your time. Contact Arthur…

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Action Alert: Please take this OnceFallen Survey on Social Media and Persons Forced To Register

Source: Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com Over the years, various individuals and groups seeking to reform and/or abolish sex offense laws have experienced harassment on social media platforms. Some, like Facebook, are known to allow attacks against Registered Persons. Law Enforcement even use social media to pass along registry information. And many social media platforms are hosts to online “anti-pedo” or “anti-Predator” groups that actively harass and threaten Registered Persons. Please take this this survey if you are a Registered Person, the loved one of a Registered Person, or if…

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CASOMB Issues Annual Report for 2021

Source: ACSOL The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) today issued its annual report for calendar year 2021.  The report is more than 30 pages long yet devotes less than one page to implementation of the Tiered Registry Law which became effective on January 1, 2021.  According to the report, the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) “has diligently worked to ensure that the (agency)…is sufficiently staffed to handle the increase in terminations that result from granted petitions.”  This assertion, however, is inconsistent with the experience of registrants whose petitions…

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VA: ODU professor on leave amid protests over research on pedophilia

Source: axios.com 11/20/21 Old Dominion University put a professor on administrative leave following an uproar over their research into people who are sexually attracted to children. Driving the news: “Reactions to Dr. Walker’s research and book have led to concerns for their safety and that of the campus,” the public university wrote in a statement on Nov. 16, adding that Professor Allyn Walker’s leave is “effective immediately.” Walker, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, sparked controversy over the use of the term “minor-attracted people” in their academic research.…

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