Opposition to Blanket Community Notification in New Jersey

Opposition to Blanket Community Notification in New Jersey

Today, SLAP Center delivered a letter to Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Senator Christopher Bateman outlining our opposition to their proposal to allow for community notification of New Jersey’s Tier 1 registrants. New Jersey has three tiers of registrants, with only Tiers 2 and 3 currently available to the public. Tier 1 registrants are assessed as having little to no risk of re-offense and are not included on the publicly accessible registry, as such; the public is not notified of their registration information.

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It Could Be You Registered with Dignity

It Could Be You Registered with Dignity

Yesterday, SLAP Center was honored to speak on It Could Be You, with host John S., about our recently released reentry guide for registrants – Registering with Dignity (RWD). During the hour-long interview, we stressed that registration and incarceration isn’t a period; it doesn’t have to be a full stop and the end of your life. Use RWD as your semi colon and get a new clause on life. Understandably, life will be more difficult, and sometimes feel impossible, but your life is still waiting for you. Whether or not you find the strength to take control of it is up to you.

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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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Zoned in: Finding Housing in Child Exclusion Zones

Zoned in: Finding Housing in Child Exclusion Zones

A relatively recent Google Play app, CSZfree, seeks to aid registrants in need of housing but bound by residency restrictions. These laws limiting where people on the registry can lawfully reside have been an increasingly popular measure to punish registrants. Over the past decade a number of states and localities passed legislation banning registrants from living near parks, swimming pools, day cares, schools, and other such places where children frequently congregate. The specified distance from such places varies from 500 to 2,500 feet depending on the jurisdiction.

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It Could Be You Registered for a Sex Crime

It Could Be You Registered for a Sex Crime

Your child is more likely to be victimized by the registry, than by someone on the registry. There is a load of truth to her claim, and it points to a much larger issue. These registries are punishment, and the lengths of punishment are only bound by the creativity of policymakers.

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TTYL: SCOTUS Overturns Social Media Ban in Packingham v. NC

TTYL: SCOTUS Overturns Social Media Ban in Packingham v. NC

While the government must work to protect those under its reach, it also has to consider the rights afforded under the Constitution. North Carolina’s statute was so sweeping, it undercut basic First Amendment principles.

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One Strike and You're Out: Is Redemption Possible for Luke Heimlich?

One Strike and You're Out: Is Redemption Possible for Luke Heimlich?

Luke observes “the only way forward was to work each day on becoming the best person.” He understands ”many people now see me differently,” but hopes he “can eventually be judged for the person I am today.” It is incredibly senseless that the Oregonian is implicitly calling for more punishment. We should be supporting his rehabilitative efforts, especially if our expectation is for Luke to not harm another person.

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Reflections on the Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference

Reflections on the Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference

We have to discover ways to improve the structural and institutional challenges in our community. As it is now, we have systematically oppressed entire communities with the end result of mass incarceration. Following incarceration, we often focus on, as Mary Gatta from CUNY asserts, short-term goals with reintegration and lose sight of long-term sustainability. We can, and must, do better.

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