Archive for September 10, 2009

Nominate ConstitutionalFights to the ABA Blawg List

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With sex offender laws currently under such frantic scrutiny, and as legal challenges bombard residency restrictions, Adam Walsh Act, SORNA, International Megan’s Law propositions, and other constitutional infringements in every state in our nation, we need to do all we can to help disseminate information to the public regarding what these laws do within our communities.

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KY Former Sex Offender to be Minister

September 10, 2009 Comments off : Louisville church plans to ordain sex offender.

Good for him ! We hope he is not prevented from serving his faith. Our God still does allow for redemption !
See “What is Forgivable?”

Louisville – A small Kentucky church is planning to ordain a convicted sex offender as a minister to its flock.

City of Refuge Church in Louisville says on its Web site that 41-year-old Mark Hourigan will be ordained on Sunday. The move has led members of an abuse victims group to ask the church to reconsider. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests met outside the church Thursday to issue a statement calling it “a reckless move that will only put kids in harm’s way.”

Sex Offender Registries: Fear Without Function?

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Social Science Research Network : Sex Offender Registries: Fear Without Function?

by Amanda Agan – University of Chicago – Department of Economics

I use three separate datasets and designs to determine whether sex offender registries are effective. First, state-level panel data is used to determine whether sex offender registries or public access to them decreases the rate of rape and other sexual abuse. Second, a dataset which contains information on the subsequent arrests of sex offenders released from prison in 1994 in 15 states is used to determine if registries reduce the recidivism rate of offenders required to register compared with those who do not. Finally, I combine data on locations of crimes in Washington, D.C. with data on locations of registered sex offenders to determine whether knowing the location of sex offenders in a region help predict the locations of sexual abuse. The results from all three datasets do not support the hypothesis that sex offender registries are effective tools for increasing public safety.