Though this blog is was originally intended as a resource for offenders in Massachusetts, much of what I write about is applicable to sex offenders in every other state and many countries around the world, especially in Western Europe. Even other non-sex offenders trying to navigate prison, probation and parole, or employment and education opportunities can glean relevant information from this blog and apply it to help overcome their own struggles.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SOLawResearch.org - Awesome Resource and Compelling Writing by Marhsall Burns, Ph.D.

No sure how I missed this website before but do check out SOLawResearch.org.  Of special interest to me is Dr. Burns' report Riding the Registry: My Tour of Broken Lives 
Sex offender. The words strike fear in the heart and soul like no others. But who is it that wears this label? I wanted to know. So I set out to drive around the United States to meet people on the registry and hear their stories. My purpose was to gain an understanding of what it means to be a registered person in 21st-Century America. In this report, I share some of what I saw and learned on the trip.
Contents in the report include:

     • Introduction
     • The Interviews
          • People on the Registry and Family Members
          • Hearing from the Victims
          • No Longer Impartial
          • Confidentiality
     • Observations
          • Communities
          • Child Sex Criminals
               • What is wrong with this picture?
          • Branding
          • Homelessness and Prosperity
          • Activism
               • New Mexico
               • Texas
               • National Conference in DC
               • Michigan
          • An Advocate for Harsher Laws
     • Some Notes on the Trip
          • A Tale of Two States
          • This Beautiful Country
          • The Challenge of Routing
          • Statistics
     • Conclusion
          • Summary
          • Personal Reflections
          • So, What Now?
          • Thanks and Apologies