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NY Times: Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries

A recent New York Times article raises questions about whether sex offender registries really serve the public as intended or if they are merely tools to further political whims. Zachary Anderson did what many youth do in today’s technology driven culture: he met a girl online and had a one night...

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Legalized Gay Marriage, But Not Legalized Queer Lives

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage was undeniably a landmark victory for queer rights. Years of petitioning the courts for the same legal protections afforded heterosexual couples finally paid off, but I find myself feeling largely unimpressed. Obergefell v Hodges provides in part, No State shall make...

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New Study Finds Harsher Sex-Crime Sentencing for Gay Men

A newly released report from The William A. Percy Foundation takes an important first step towards quantifying sexual offending sentencing disparities between gay and straight offenders. In a survey of 85 incarcerated male sex offenders, they found that those jailed for “male-male” offenses received disproportionately longer sentences than “male-female” offenses...

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Slate: California’s Sane New Approach to Sex Offenders

Slate has an interview with Emily Horowitz, a researcher and criminologist with a new book coming out about the inefficacy of sex offender legislation. With the recent changes to residency restrictions in California, Horowitz explains why this evolution is a step in the right direction and a win for logic...

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Mugshots, Sex Offenders, and Public Shame

‘The photograph is an unreliable narrator telling us part of a story but giving us nothing close to the full picture,” reads a recent article from Truthout by Charles Davis. This telling statement reaches beyond the mugshot to a troubling post-incarceration reality, the sex offender registry. Policymakers control “what they...