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April 2007 , Page 39 

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Sex Offender Laws Run Amok (Inside NACDL)

By Norman L. Reimer

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When America’s politicians latch on to a “law and order” issue, watch out! Their capacity to demagogue an issue, exploit public fears, and enact draconian legislation is limitless. We saw this with the war on drugs1 and the war on terrorism. And now we see it with the proliferation of sex offender laws that impose far-reaching collateral consequences. They are often based on myth and emotion, unsupported by empirical research and broadly applied, and are indifferent to the facts of the particular case.

Last month, The Champion reported that NACDL’s recent affiliate survey disclosed that 58 percent of the respondents identified sex offender legislation as their primary concern.2 This concern is wholly justified. Scarcely a day goes by without new initiatives to enhance mandatory penalties, extend sex offender residency restrictions, impose notification and registration requirements, and provide indefinite “civil” commitment for whole categories of offenders

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