Friday, July 10, 2015

Getting the Conversation Started on Registry Reform: Two Radio Shows in the Last 2 Days Talked About Sex Offender Registries, their Legitimacy, the Restrictions and Regulations Against those Listed on Them and the Need for Reform

Two radio shows in the last 2 Days about Sex Offender Registries, their legitimacy, the restrictions and regulations against those listed on them, including juveniles and the need for reform all because of the recent Zachary Anderson case. 


1- Public Radio International - To the Point Show: Does Public Shaming Guarantee Public Safety? July 9, 2015
Sexual abuse is an especially heinous crime, and there's unwavering popular support for tough penalties. There's also increased evidence that public registries of convicted sex offenders may be doing more harm than good. Rehabilitation has become almost impossible for some 800,000 people, many of whom — including teen-agers — don't really belong on the lists. Is it time to re-visit laws enacted before the Internet blurred the lines between what's socially acceptable and what's a crime?
·       Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project  
·       Roger Lancaster, George Mason University; author of Sex Panic and the Punitive State
·       Victor Vieth, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center  
·       Jeff Temple, University of Texas Medical Branch
Roger Lancaster:  “My understanding of the literature which I’ve reviewed is that there are no substantial studies which suggest that the sex offender registries are effective at achieving their stated aim which is to reduce recidivism rates.  Some studies actually suggest the registries increase recidivism rates basically because they convert every registrant into an unemployable, unhouseable, permanent social outcasts living on the fringes of society and give them no conceivable stake in their own rehabilitation.  That’s a very serious and significant negative effect of the registries.”

2- NPR/Diane Rehm Show: Sex Offender Registries And Calls For Reform, July 7, 2015
Sex offender registries are designed to protect the public from pedophiles and others who have committed sexual crimes. But some say those guilty of much lesser offenses don’t belong on the list. We look at sex offender registries and calls for reform.
·       Abbe Smith professor of law and co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship program at Georgetown University; author of "Case of a Lifetime."
·       Jill Levenson associate professor, social work, Barry University and clinical social worker
·       Brenda V. Jones executive director, Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc.
·       Victor Vieth founder and senior director, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center