Monday, March 28, 2016

Newspaper takes a closer look at sex offender registry

A recent article we linked to examining the effectiveness of sex offender registries is actually part of a series of stories published in the Sentinel of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, that looks at the registry from a variety of perspectives.

Also included is an in-depth article explaining that the counselor who co-authored a Psychology Today article that’s been used for 30 years to justify the belief that sex offenders have a high recidivism rate actually opposes sex offender registries and regrets that the article has been used to further ever more draconian laws.

Another article contains the perspective of a Pennsylvania registrant trying to put his life back together.

This article explains how some family members of registered sex offenders are speaking out against the registry.

Kudos to reporter Joshua Vaughn for writing an even-handed series of articles without falling into the morass of hysteria that so often accompanies this topic.

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