Does Sex Registry Work?
“My clients would rather go to jail than register as sex offender.”
This is an odd statement to many considering most would assume that jail is the worst form of punishment a client could face. However, the reality is that the registration requirements imposed on those convicted of sex offenses are extremely harsh and unfair, though few recognize them as such.
Most would assume that sex offender registration was limited to those who committed the egregious and dangerous offenses… and most would assume the Supreme Court was right when it stated in 2003 that sex offender registration laws are not punishments, but merely administrative requirements to protect public safety.
These assumptions are wrong, and here is why:
- Too many registered offenders
- Complying with the rules is a huge challenge
- There’s no proof sex offender registries work
- Restricted living
- Detailing Minor Cases
From words of a professional sex inspector, “Low risk individuals being required to register as sex offenders is not the proper form of treatment, and is often unnecessary. This will actually increase the rate of re-offense, lowers their self esteem, makes it difficult to be employed, and lastly, supports the identification of becoming a sex offender.”
This inspector believes that supporting these individuals to make a positive change is a better path towards creating pro-social citizens.
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