Monday, August 18, 2014

Judge George Timberlake, Ret.: Juvenile Sex Offender Registries Don’t Make Us Safer

OpEd: Juvenile Sex Offender Registries Don’t Make Us Safer, August 18, 2014
By Judge Gorge Timberlake, Ret.

Sex offenders are people, too. 

You probably won’t see that on bumper stickers soon, but it is the sentiment I try to convey when explaining my views of how our society should respond to sexual offenses committed by children. It’s one thing to tell an audience that research studies show young sex offenders respond well to treatment and — when reached with appropriate therapy — are not likely to offend again. But research and data don’t carry the impact of a personal story. 

As part of the follow up to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission’s recent report on juvenile sex offenses, we have begun interviewing young people who have been adjudicated for a sex offense to see how conviction and registration statutes have changed their lives. We also want to know more about how the victims have been affected. 

What follows is the story of one young male, his sister and their family. Of course, their names, locations and current employments have been disguised. The mother heard some news coverage at the time of our report release and called us to offer help and to tell their story as representative of the harm that can be done by sex offender registries. Let’s call the participants Mike, Mary, Mother and Father.

2008 Book Being Revised Later This Year- Mistakes were made (but not by ME): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts

Back on August 7th I posted a 41 minute video presentation from the 2014 TAM Conference given by Dr. Carol Tavris: Who's Lying, Who's Self-Justifying? Origins of the He Said/She Said Gap in Sexual Allegations that I highly recommend if you haven’t watched it. 

Later that day I emailed with Dr. Tavris and in one of her email’s she recommended a book that she co-wrote titled Mistakes were made (but not by ME): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts from 2007/2008 that she and the other author are revising at the end of 2014 adding new chapters.

I ordered the 2007/2008 version and began reading it today. 

Phil Locke- Sex Offender Registries (SOR’s): TIME-FOR-A-CHANGE

I was so pleased to be asked to assist Phil Locke with his latest Op/Ed over at Wrongful Convictions

Nice job Phil! 

Mary Davye Devoy

Sex Offender Registries (SOR’s): TIME-FOR-A-CHANGE, August 16, 2014
By Phil Locke, Science and Technology Advisor, Ohio Innocence Project and Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic 

The article is in five sections:
  1. The History of Sex Offender Registries in the US
  2. Sex Offender Registries are Manifestly Unjust
  3. Sex Offender Registries Don’t Work
  4. Sex Offender Registries Cost a Lot of Money
  5. Conclusion