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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...

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AP: Many Sex Offenders Killed in California Prison

The AP has a new article about the disproportionate murder rate of incarcerated sex offenders. This is definitely worth a read, exposing the unique, often violent, challenges those accused or convicted of sex crimes face in the criminal justice system. Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard...

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For Sex Offenders, Can Isolation Breed Community?

I feel weird. I hate myself. These are the reflections of Chad Stoffel in an SBS Dateline documentary entitled Banished, revealing a thriving community of sex offenders in Florida. When Chad realized he was gay he started down a path of self-loathing and secrecy. Growing up in a deeply religious...

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Queerly Precedented: More Gay Bias in Sex Offender Registration

An LA Times article reported that the California Supreme Court overturned People v Hoffsheier (2006), in which they ruled that mandatory registration for one sex crime and not another violates equal protection. Last Thursday, the courts decided, in Johnson v Department of Justice (2015), “that adults convicted of engaging in...

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Gay Male Youth Sexual Conduct Policed and Punished More than Other Youths

Kaitlyn Hunt is an 18-year-old registered sex offender currently under house arrest for two years before she begins three years of probation surveillance. Her crime? As soon as she turned 18, the parents of Kaitlyn’s 14-year-old girlfriend turned her in to the police for child sex abuse. The case has...

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Salon: Report on Josh Gravens’ Letter to Lena Dunham

Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory posted this great interview with Josh Gravens about his open letter to Lena Dunham. We are glad to see more people being enlightened about the issue of juveniles on the registry. As so many have done recently, Josh Gravens wrote an open letter to Lena Dunham. It read, “Many...

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To Lena Dunham: From A Person Placed on the Sex Offender Registry as a Child

This post comes from CSJ contributor Josh Gravens. Dear Lena Dunham, You have been taking some heat for a passage from your book outlining what most psychological and developmental experts would call childhood sexual curiosity, if not just plain curiosity. I am glad you have defended your actions as a...