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Sex Offender Registry Laws May Cause More Harm Than Good

The recent slayings of two convicted sex offenders listed on Maine’s online sex offender database pose serious questions about the consequences of registry laws. But crime experts and defense attorneys doubt whether a considerate national debate on the issue is possible.

In a nation that seeks increasingly stricter punishments and banishment of sex offenders, most are unwilling to evaluate the risks or fairness of offender registry laws.

“We’ve basically dehumanized these people with words such as ‘predator,’” said Fred Berlin, psychiatrist and founder of the John Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic in Maryland. “Every decent human being wants to protect children,” he said. But Berlin claims that registries make it extremely difficult to allow criminals who have done their time to rebuild their lives. ..more.. by Criminal Lawyer Source

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