Preview of Member Only Content
For full access: or Become a Member
Sex Offender Laws Run Amok (Inside NACDL)
By Norman L. Reimer
Inside NACDL columns.
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
Want to read more?
The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.
NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.
Not a member? Join now.
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.
See what NACDL members say about us.
To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.
- Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.