I was arrested in 2011 after engaging in sex work to survive and later forced to register as a sex offender. Since then, social stigma, footage laws, and crushing monthly court debts have made it difficult to get back on my own two feet and succeed after prison.
Federal Judge Blocks Michigan From Enforcing State’s Sex Offender Registry ‘Until COVID-19 Crisis Has Ended’
Michigan was one of several states requiring registrants to report to local police stations in person despite the risk to public health from coronavirus.
Inconsistent rules nationwide mean some people are still registering and reporting in person despite public health directives meant to control COVID-19.
Young people convicted as adults face a ‘life sentence’ of registry restrictions, attorneys say.
Barred from other shelters, registrants were left with few options as the hurricane approached.
The legislation also makes it illegal for many ex-offenders to be alone with their own children.
Critics say the state’s policy of keeping non-residents registered bloats the list—and harms public safety.
What you’ll read today Spotlight: Punitiveness of the sex offender registry ‘negates public safety justification,’ Michigan AG says DA who ran as a reformer says she needs 100 more prosecutors Corizon, the prison healthcare giant, stumbles again Arizona cops tased a father 11 times in front of his children Three prosecutors roll out more lenient […]
At a Pennsylvania school, an 18-year-old female student was arrested for a consensual sexual act with a 16-year-old boy.
Sex Registries as Modern-Day Witch Pyres: Why Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Need to Address the Treatment of People on the Sex Offender Registry
Perhaps the most irrefutable statement that can be made about modern day America is this: we have a penchant for putting people in cages. More than any other nation on the planet, we rely on incarceration as the fix for our social ills. America’s unprecedented prison boom spawned advocates who work tirelessly to put the police state […]
California’s expansive registry law forces people to pay for crimes they didn’t personally commit.
South Florida’s political leaders have celebrated their commitment to the unhoused—but won’t admit that those placed on offense registries are increasingly becoming unhoused.
The real aim of these operations might be to boost support for cops.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister’s stings, conducted under the guise of targeting human trafficking, netted the largest number of arrests there since 2008. Sex workers say the operations put them at risk.
Five Cases Could Significantly Reform Pennsylvania’s Sex Offense Registry. The State’s Attorney General Is Pushing Back.
Josh Shapiro has warned that changing the state’s sex offense registry requirements threatens public safety. But experts say his fears are unfounded and the registry provides little to no public safety benefit.
Republicans are leading an effort to get rid of blanket restrictions on where some people with sex-offense records can live. A Democratic governor is blocking them.
Spotlights like this one provide original commentary and analysis on pressing criminal justice issues of the day. You can read them each day in our newsletter, The Daily Appeal. Two days ago, the Union-Recorder in Georgia published a bizarre editorial. The editorial board noted that the state’s sex offender registry system drives people into homelessness and deprived […]
Even though it’s unlikely that they commit sexual assault at higher rates than other ethnic or racial groups, nearly one of every 100 Black men is on a sex offender registry, a rate double that of white men.
Before Edgar Coker was exonerated in a rape case, he underwent therapy meant to prevent sexual reoffenses. Thousands of kids involved in sexual offenses are forced into therapies like “relapse prevention” that experts say are ineffective.
In one Pennsylvania county, more than three times as many people on the registry were charged in 2016 with failing to follow registry requirements than were charged with a new sexual offense
Lists that include out-of-state visitors are inflating the numbers and keeping fear at a boil.
On October 30th, the State Department announced that passports of people who are required to register as sex offenders because of an offense involving a minor will be marked with a “unique identifier” that will read: The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to […]
Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that some applications of the state’s sex offender registration law violate the state constitution. The decision represents an important step toward increasing constitutional scrutiny of sweeping laws that make it nearly impossible for convicted sex offenders to reintegrate into society after serving time in prison.
Local and state governments are key actors in protecting the country’s most vulnerable residents. This tool tracks some of their responses.
Many criminal justice reform efforts happen in state legislatures, far from the spotlight. This interactive page tracks major legislative developments around the country.
Spotlights like this one provide original commentary and analysis on pressing criminal justice issues of the day. You can read them each day in our newsletter, The Daily Appeal. This month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to curb public lewdness, groping, and other unwanted touching on New York City’s public transit: a three-year […]
“Hundreds of registered sex offenders will gather on Halloween to spend several hours under supervision in an effort to make the community feel safer,” reports Taylor Pettaway for the San Antonio Express-News. For the last decade, the probation department in San Antonio, Texas, has been holding what they call “Project S.A.F.E. Halloween,” requiring sex offenders from across […]
New laws signed by Governor Newsom target private prisons, and fines and fees, the power of DAs, and more.
A Shippensburg man faces 15 years on the sex offense registry for offering a girl a ride.
Advocates say laws that land people with HIV on the sex offender registry are outdated and dangerous.
Activists rally for Arizona and Virginia sentencing reform, Connecticut commission releases recommendations
As a growing number of reformers run as prosecutors, the PDAA’s public role and rhetoric don’t bear significant traces of these changes.
A petition argues that people seeking to escape the sex offender registry, including those put on it as children, deserve more than a single shot.
Lawyer seeks end to Halloween restrictions that target people convicted of sex offenses.
New types of registries are being created around the country, despite research showing they don’t work.