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"This Is What Will Make Sex Work in New York Safer," by Cecilia Gentili, New York Times, October 17, 2021
"Military Justice System Problems Go Beyond Sexual Assaults," by Sarah Martinson, Law360, October 17, 2021
"Federal Judges Are Increasingly Rebelling Against 'Overly Severe' Penalties for Nonviolent Sex Offenders," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, October 15, 2021
"Supreme Court declines case challenging Louisiana's 'sex offender' drivers licenses," by John Fritze, USA Today, October 04, 2021
"R. Kelly’s Lawyers Attacked His Accusers. It Backfired.," by Emily Palmer, New York Times, September 30, 2021
"Fourth Circuit hears arguments over Virginia’s sex offender registry," by Erika Williams, Courthouse News Service, September 23, 2021
"Colorado’s Sex Offender Laws Create ‘Endless Punishment’: Critics," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, September 09, 2021
"Opinion: Here’s why college guys commit sexual assaults they don’t realize are assaults," by Kate Cohen, Washington Post, August 29, 2021
"Meeting “the Other Side”: Conversations with Men Accused of Sexual Assault," by Alexandra Brodsky, The New Yorker, August 20, 2021
"Judge refuses to advance suit over DeVos’ campus sex assault rules," by Nicholas Iovino, Courthouse News Service, August 05, 2021
"Californians can petition to be removed from the sex offender registry," by Mike Duffy, ABC 10, August 04, 2021
"Why Blanket Registration of Youth as Sex Offenders is Bad Public Policy," by Kristan N. Russell and Daniel Pollack, The Crime Report, August 05, 2021
"Metro Delays Vote On Policy That Would Ban Riders Who Have Committed Certain Crimes," by Jordan Pascale, DCist, July 29, 2021
"Supreme Court says 2011 changes to sex offender law cannot be applied retroactively," by Beth LeBlanc, Detroit News, July 27, 2021
"What’s the Best Way to Protect Sex Workers? Depends on Whom You Ask.," by Margot Boyer-Dry, New York Times, July 24, 2021