A call to reason

Despite the urge to clamp down hard on all sexual offenders, evidence supports a more nuanced approach

since the mid-1990s, legislatures around the country have pursued a continuing and escalating course of action, from registration and community notification laws to civil commitment procedures, targeting individuals who have been convicted of sex-related offenses. From Capitol Hill to Beacon Hill, the sex offender registration laws are enacted with great fervor. Despite the political popularity(...)

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