Sex Offenses

 Sex offenderNACDL recognizes that sex offenses and child sexual abuse cause great pain and suffering to victims and their families. However, it is important that our society’s vigor in this regard does not impair the need to make criminal justice policy decisions based upon facts, sound scientific research, and evidence, giving due consideration to the rights of both complainants and offenders.

NACDL opposes sex offender registration and community notification laws but also believes that if such laws are passed they should classify offenders based upon true risk, with full due process of law.  NACDL believes that a determination of offender risk must be based upon the individual characteristics of the offender and not solely on the offense for which the offender was convicted

Links to resources on sex offenses and possible reform are available below:


Federal Initiatives 

Reports & Papers

CLE Programs


NACDL's 5th Annual Sex Crimes Conference, "Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases" will be held at Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, November 20-21, 2014. Attend this one-of-a-kind NACDL seminar and leave with a better understanding of sex crimes cases in order to effectively represent your clients before, during, and after trial.

To learn more, click here.

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