Study after study has confirmed that sex offender registries fail to achieve the objective of limiting recidivism and reducing the occurrence of sex crimes.Let’s look at where it all started in 1994 with Megan’s Law in New Jersey.

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You can’t find a decent job, if you can even find one at all. Your sex offender status and personal information are printed in the local paper and broadcast on the local news. Aside from the question of whether or not the laws actually work – which we’ll get to later – the laws, punishments, and systems that have been put in place have gone far beyond the bounds of what would be right and proper and just.

The words “sex offender” are printed on your driver’s license. You must get permission to leave the county or the state. See this recent article from The Slate: Sex Offender Laws Have Gone Too Far.

If you haven’t already done so, I would strongly urge that you read the WCB article The Wrongfully Convicted Sex Offender, which helps fill in some other details about what actually happens to sex offenders in the system. The SOR’s were not established out of evidence-based data. I believe they were established, at least in part, out of the same kind of moral hysteria that pervaded the country during the preschool satanic cult episodes of the early 80’s.

I believe another component has been that our justice system tends to be punitive and revenge-based.

(You can see a detailed state-by-state sex offender census here: US RSO’s.) Discounting the number of women who are registered, this means that one in every 149 adult males in the US is a registered sex offender. You (or a loved one) have been convicted of a “sex crime.” This could be anything from inappropriate touching, indecent exposure (flashing your breasts in California counts), or public urination to rape or sexual assault.

You’ve done your prison time, and have been released from incarceration.

In 2006, at the federal level, we had the passage of the Adam Walsh Act and SORNA.

SORNA refers to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act which is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248).

The law requires all states to establish a sex offender registry.