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Organize for 2013

By Randy English

Randy English is a writer for RSO Advocacy Magazine

Another year has passed and SOSEN is still in the fight for reform. Membership is growing steadily and our forums are very active. It is no surprise really; with each new law that is passed the dragnet is pulling in more and more offenders and their families. Their lives are ultimately ruined and they seek understanding, information and hope.

2012 saw the uniting of SOSEN, RSOL and WAR to form a more united front in the fight. This was an important step towards becoming a force for change. The splintering of the movement has been our greatest weakness from the start. Now, perhaps we can come to a better understanding of what we are wanting to reform. Or perhaps the courts will beat us to the punch.

Questioning the Deprivation of Sex Offender Rights and Opportunities

There is no question that registries are bad for the country, but don’t take our word for it, read the article below.

 Sex offenders who have served their time are subject to an ever increasing number of restrictions once they have been released. Are these restrictions wise or just?

May 17, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Across the United States, approximately 747,408 individuals are listed on sex offender registries. Contrary to popular belief, they are an incredibly heterogeneous group; they come from all walks of life, represent varied demographics and have criminal histories that range from a single relatively minor infraction to a laundry list of antisocial behavior.

Despite their diversity, sex offenders are treated much the same: they are listed on registries for all the public to see, they are prohibited from holding certain jobs or living in particular areas, they are often kept under the watchful eye of law enforcement officials long after they have completed their sentences. As part of a growing trend, sex offenders are even being banned from social networking, online dating and virtual gaming. The question we must ask is, “Do these policies make sense?”

Those Convicted of Sex Crimes Reoffend Less Frequently