Tagged: Sex Offender Laws

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Michigan Teen Arrested for Grindr Hookup: Homophobia and Why We Shouldn’t Criminalize Queer Youth

Late last week four Michigan men were arrested for allegedly hooking-up with a teenage boy. Eighteen-year-old Cody Swatling is among four men facing felony charges for engaging in sexual acts with the 15–year–old, whom he met on the gay app Grindr. The teenage boy bypassed Grindr’s age restrictions and created...

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Prep School Crime & Punishment

Owen Labrie, the prep school rape defendant in New Hampshire, who’s been accepted into Harvard, admittedly seems to have perpetuated a dorm culture where the sexual conquest of female peers is seen as manly virtue–the more the better. And there does seem to have been at least some element of...

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Gay Cruising Stings in 2015? Yes, They’re Still Happening, and Yes, This is Mass Incarceration

co-written by Andrew Extein and David Booth Believe it or not, gay cruising stings still happen. The Washington Blade reports that just last month 12 men were arrested in a park near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a once-popular gay vacation spot, on multiple criminal violations including offensive touching, criminal solicitation, lewdness, indecent...

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Beyond The Headlines: How We See Sex Offenders

The Google Alerts await me in my inbox every day: hundreds of new suspects, crimes, and mugshots ready to sift through. As someone who works with and advocates for the civil rights of people convicted of sex crimes, the language and sheer frequency of the headlines has become repetitive and...

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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...