MADELEINE DOUBEK: Hmmm, these state representative races have become so complicated, haven't they? So if you take those claims
What sounds like a good law in a twenty-second sound bite sometimes turns out to be less clear when one digs below the surface. Such is the case with International Megan's Law, which President Obama recently signed into law.
If you are a male living in the United States above the age of 12, raise your hand if you have never looked at, possessed or shared a picture of a naked female (or male). If you have, you may be a felon subject to imprisonment and be required to register as a sex offender.
The unmistakable tragedy of children and adults alike being the victims of sexual violence, brought the sex offender registry into being. Unfortunately, this long relied upon tool is an out of control source of abuse of the thousands registered.
On June 15, U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank struck down Minnesota's law allowing for the civil commitment of so-called sexually violent predators. SVP laws allow a person to be locked away indefinitely after he has completed his maximum prison sentence.
In many states, they don't have to share the photo to break the law.
Paul Heroux is a state representative from Massachusetts on the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Paul
How often do we hear about a high profile case of child sex abuse on cable news? Too often is the correct answer. Next question: how often do we hear about cable news educating the public on how to protect themselves and loved ones against sex abuse? Not often enough is the correct answer.
Preventing sex offender crimes is an important aspect of public safety that I believe every politician takes seriously. Unfortunately, not every politician is a criminologist and as such does not have an evidence-based frame of reference from which to approach this issue.
Like Us On Facebook | Follow Us On Twitter | Contact The Author The incident, the prosecutor said, was witnessed by several
Here's the problem: Those sex offender registries that are sensationalistic catnip to news producers are a technological and inaccurate mess that nobody in the media or public should trust.
According to Homefacts.com, there are 21.63 registered sex offenders for every 10,000 people in Illinois. Based on Illinois' population, that is nearly 28,000 registered sex offenders in the state.
SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1IiGGTl Cochrane Library, online April 16, 2015. The review supports the continued use of prevention
If a sex offender threatens a child at a church or school event, Duncan said the law can be enforced and used to ban the
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the date voters passed Jessica's Law. The ruling immediately affects
The problem is that the politicians aren't advocating evidence-based approaches, and the advocates aren't focusing on the fact that more than 95 percent of offenders on a registry are not going to reoffend with a sex offense.
The public is ready to forgive almost every crime except the one Cyril committed. On a radio show he participated in, a woman told him she would rather see her child murdered than sexually molested. He knows he has been demonized in the minds of almost everyone.