“This report challenges the view that registration laws and related restrictions are an appropriate response to sex offenses committed by children. Even acknowledging the considerable harm that youth offenders can cause, these requirements operate as, in effect, continued punishment of the offender … And contrary to common public perceptions, the empirical evidence suggests that putting youth offenders on registries does not advance community safety—including because it overburdens law enforcement with large numbers of people to monitor, undifferentiated by their dangerousness” (p. 2-3). Sections following an executive summary are: background to the issue; children are different; who youth sex offender registrants are; registration of youth offenders in practice; life on the registry—psychological impact, violent attacks, impact on families, housing, restrictions on movement, interference with education, and ongoing economic consequences; failure-to-register violations—additional punishment; due process concerns; human rights and registration of youth sex offenders; and recommendations.
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Raised on the Registry: The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US