Registering with Dignity: A Practical Guide to Reentry & Life on the Registry

Registering with Dignity: A Practical Guide to Reentry & Life on the Registry

“…except registrants…”

Anyone who’s been recently released, is already registered, an ally, an advocate, or a family member has heard this phrase uttered and a door promptly shut in their face or a dial tone in their ear. Although, it probably wasn’t registrant they heard, but “sex offender.” Reentry programs frequently cite this when turning registrants away from their services. Politicians slide the phrase into their policies to further their goals. Criminal legal reformers advocate it to push their own agendas. The only time registrants are included is when the conversation shifts to discuss the politics of punishment with the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Roy Moore. Attention spotlights the offense and those causing harm without creating space for repairing harm and restoring lives.

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Response to: Say no to restorative justice for sex offenders

Response to: Say no to restorative justice for sex offenders

Michael Dolce, in an opinion published for the Hill, argues restorative justice is “horribly insufficient for handling sexual abuse but, in many cases, actually serves to leave an offender free to offend again.” Dolce’s argument evokes a “tough on crime” rhetoric, which is not only patently misleading but grossly capitalizes on fear-based responses to sex offenses. Other than perpetuating unfounded conventions, Dolce’s most egregious mistake is his failure to account for the nuances of sex offending.

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Is Queer Sex Legal? How Homophobia Is Fueling Today’s Sex Laws

Is Queer Sex Legal? How Homophobia Is Fueling Today’s Sex Laws

Gay rights groups have made great strides in repealing anti-sodomy laws on federal and state levels, and these efforts should be commended. And yet–prosecutions for sex crimes are growing faster than any other type of crime, with an exponentially rising rate of arrests and convictions. Gay men are arrested in cruising stings, HIV-positive men sent to prison for merely being sexually active, sex workers and “johns” arrested for victimless crimes, adults busted for sexy online chat with cops posing as minors that don’t exist, consensual teen relationships torn apart, and lives ruined by forced lifetime sex offender registration.

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