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Are Sex Offender Laws Working?

June 15, 2009

wnyc.org : Are Sex Offender Laws Working?.

US sex offender laws may do more harm than good, according to a recent report from Human Rights Watch. Strict notification laws and residency requirements don’t reflect the reality of the risks children face, may not protect victims, and violate the basic human rights of former offenders.

Sarah Tofte is a researcher at Human Rights Watch; Linda runs a support group for families of registered sex offenders. Elizabeth J. Letourneau, Ph.D. works with juvenile sex offenders. She’s Associate Professor at the Family Services Research Center of the Medical University of South Carolina.

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