Category: The Sex Offender Registry

More than 5 million children, or one in 14, in the U.S. have had a parent in state or federal prison at some point in their lives, according to the Casey Foundation. Their numbers swelled by 79 percent between 1991 and 2007, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) figures, largely driven by tough drug laws and mandatory sentencing.

Children of color are much more likely to have a parent in prison. One in nine African-American children had a parent behind bars in 2008, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report (Pew also funds Stateline). One in 28 Latino children had an incarcerated parent and one in 57 white children did.

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Can registered sex offenders travel outside of the United States?  If so, what are their restrictions?  And, how does the registry restrict the offender and his/her family within the community?

Join host, Matt Duhamel and California attorney, Janice Bellucci (ASCOL) as they discuss the answers to these questions and more about America’s “list” of convicted sex offenders.

The International Megan’s Law was reintroduced in 2015 by Rep. Christopher H. Smith as International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders (H.R. 515). In addition to HR 4573, the final version of HR 515 requires a visual “unique identifier” to be placed on the passports of registrants convicted of sex offenses involving a minor. Law would also require covered offenders to notify law enforcement 21 days before traveling abroad. Critics have claimed violation of constitutional rights and note that the law would also cover those who were convicted as minors.

Studies on registered sex offenders have shown no significant increase in risk for non-familial child sexual abuse on or just prior to Halloween, though states and cities continue to pass restrictions that most say are based on fear and moral panic. Some states have enacted postings of signs that read: “No Candy at this Residence”, or “No trick, no treat, no candy” for registered sex offenders. (most of these restrictions are for sex offenders on parole or probation)

Brenda Jones, Executive Director of Reform Sex Offender (RSOL) Laws talks with Solitary Nation host, Matt Duhamel about these ill-based restrictions and how the mainstream media fuels the fear. Episode #5 is perhaps the biggest eye opener on how America treats registered sex offenders as second class citizens and social outcasts while banning them from holiday events, public locations and even churches.


Host, Matt Duhamel speaks with Dr. Lisa Sample of Sexual Offense Policy Research (SOPR) about her latest research on registered sex offenders reintegrating and living in the community. Matt opens up the conversation about desistance from sex offending, offender registration and notification laws, public perceptions on sex offenders and the wide supported belief that registered sex offenders are the new “lepers” in modern day society.

Dr. Lisa Sample is the President of SOPR and is the Masters Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

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