An honest podcast about the sex offender registry, living with a sex offense, and the challenges that come with being on the “list.” The effects of social ostracism and rejection for ex-offenders are also discussed.
The Loneliness Of The Sex Offense Registry
Being forced to register brings a host of challenges, including depression and loneliness. The isolation and social rejection can often feel overwhelming with no one to turn to.
Join me for this podcast episode as I discuss my issues with loneliness and ways to move past the feelings of isolation. Just because we have a sex offense and are forced to be on the "list" does not mean we need to feel all alone.
Additional Resources:Ashamed and AloneDanielle J. S. Bailey, Jennifer L. Klein
Except For Sex Offenders: How Criminal Justice Reform Is Failing Us
Since the invention of sex offender registries in the United States, overly harsh restrictions have been put into place for people forced to register. From living restrictions to complete banishment from communities, registrants and their families face numerous obstacles even years after their reentry from incarceration or probation/parole.
The clause, “except for sex offenders,” is becoming increasingly popular among reentry support organizations. Furthermore, criminal justice reform policies often exclude people convicted of sexual offenses, leaving almost a million people without life-saving resources. Join me on this episode as I discuss these issues while offering examples of the “except for sex offenders” exclusion in organizations such as Goodwill and Volunteers of America.
The Sex Offender Registry and Moral Panics
A moral panic is defined as a widespread feeling of fear, often an irrational one, that some evil person or thing threatens the values, interests, or well-being of a community or society. It is "the process of arousing social concern over an issue," usually perpetuated by moral entrepreneurs and the mass media and exacerbated by politicians and lawmakers.This interesting podcast looks at former moral panics throughout the years and compares today's moral panic against sex offenders, pedophilia, and the registry. Will this moral panic ever fade? Or are we witnessing a prolonged panic because of inaccurate statistics and the increase of parental fear?
South Carolina’s Lifelong Sex Offender Registry Is Illegal
On June 9, 2021, South Carolina Supreme Court says a state law requiring sex offenders to register for life without prior judicial review is unconstitutional. Justices called South Carolina's sex offender law "The most stringent in the country." The court also upheld a portion of the statute that permits the sex offender registry to be published online. Join me as I interview attorney Lori S. Murray who represented, Dennis J. Powell, Jr., the respondent in this case. She will answer my questions, including:
What does this mean for other level III registrants in South Carolina?
Why do you think it took 30-years to challenge South Carolina's registry?
Does the ruling only affect South Carolina law, or does it also involve the constitutionality of SORNA?
We'll also discuss Senate Republican Sandy Senn's statement about the public aspect of South Carolina's sex offender registry. Seen was quoted saying, "We are certainly going to keep publicizing the sex offender registry list. No one wants a sex offender moving into their neighborhood."
RESOURCES:Powell vs. Keel (Appellate Case No. 2019-001063)
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act [SORNA] Is A Constitutional Mess
In 2006 (the year I was arrested), Title I of the Adam Walsh Act, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), wholly rewrote the federal standards for sex offender registration and notification. It also created a new baseline of sex offender registration and notification standards for jurisdictions to implement. SORNA also established a 3-tier system:
Tier I offenders must appear once per year for 15 years
Tier II offenders must appear every six months for 25 years
Tier III offenders must appear every three months for life
Since the enactment, only 18 states have substantially implemented SORNA’s requirements. Courts have also discussed the constitutionality of SORNA and if the Act is considered punishment vs. administrative. Furthermore, there is often mass confusion on how SORNA operates in each state and what this means to individuals convicted of felony sex offenses.
2020 SORNA Guide
What It Was Like To Be A Sex Offender In Seagoville Federal Prison
On December 10, 2007, I self-surrendered to FCI Seagoville, a low-security federal prison outside of Dallas. To this day, I have dreams about my time in Seagoville and the traumatic personal situations I had to endure. Ironically, it wasn't so much the sex offense charge that caused me issues. It was my family challenges on the outside that brought me the most pain.
This personal podcast episode is about my personal experience at Seagoville, all 49 months, including 62 days in the SHU, or hole as inmates call it. Parents or loved ones with someone serving time may find this podcast valuable as I touch on what to expect at a low-security federal prison.
Worth a listen
A very well produced, timely podcast with short, easy-to-listen-to episodes covering a variety of topics about today’s lepers/untouchables. The world needs more education about and awareness of how harsh registration laws affect families and end up decreasing safety for children and victims. We need to be smarter on crime, and this podcast is a good place to learn more about that.