Op-Ed: U.S. should reexamine sex offender registries

Christopher Zoukis, writing for the New York Daily News, writes that the United States should at least reform its sex offender registries. Zoukis, an inmate at a federal prison in Virginia, acknowledges that reform won’t be easy, but he argues that registries are populated by people who pose no danger to society.

Making modifications to how the registries are compiled isn’t about letting dangerous sex offenders off the hook. It also isn’t about hiding information from the public that truly impacts their safety.What it is about is making sure people aren’t branded with a label that creates a false impression and leaves them punished for life over an error in judgment that happened years or decades ago.

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