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"The Real Monsters," by Emily Horowitz, Inquest, June 03, 2022
"The DOJ Says a Man Whose Record Was Expunged Still Must Register As a Sex Offender, Which Is Impossible," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, May 25, 2022
"Wesley Hawkins, talk of the Jackson hearings, describes life after pornography sentence," by Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post, March 25, 2022
"He Spent an Extra Two Years in Prison Because He Could Not Find a Place Where He Was Legally Allowed To Live," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, March 07, 2022
"Their Time Served, Sex Offenders Are Kept in Prison in ‘Cruel Catch-22’," by Adam Liptak, New York Times, March 07, 2022
"Sotomayor sounds constitutional alarm on NY residency law for sex offenders," by Emily Zantow, Courthouse News Service, February 22, 2022
"‘How far does consent go?’ Legal experts consider the decision not to charge Trevor Bauer," by Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, February 09, 2022
"Do Children Belong on Sex Offender Registries?," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, February 02, 2022
"Va. judge reverses decision to place teen on sex offender registry in bathroom assault case," by Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, January 27, 2022
"Is Profit Driving Florida’s Sex Offense Registry?," by Derek W. Logue, The Crime Report, January 27, 2022
"‘No-trick-or-treat’ warning signs violate sex offenders’ rights, 11th Circuit rules," by Kayla Goggin, Courthouse News Service, January 19, 2022
"Sex offenders," Courthouse News Service, December 23, 2021
"Testing Rape Kits Can Deliver Exonerations, Closure and Cost Savings. Why Does It Still Take So Long to Do?," by Catherine Rentz, ProPublica, December 16, 2021
"Georgia sex offenders take fight over ‘no-trick-or-treat’ warning signs to 11th Circuit," by Kayla Goggin, Courthouse News Service, December 17, 2021
"Broad overhaul of military justice system being sidelined in favor of narrower focus on sexual assault," by Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post, December 05, 2021