Poignant but perplexing statement by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Thanks to Judge Sotomayor for bringing the issue to the fore.

A mistake only becomes a mistake when you refuse to correct it.

—Orlando Aloysius Battista

ARNOLD, MO, USA, March 1, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — “It’s like a movie,” says Vicki Henry, president of Women Against Registry. Based on an actual case in Minnesota, a law enforcement list of those convicted of a sex offense has been compiled. Years later, it was determined that the attacker was not on the list. Notice should be given to a study indicating that recidivism rates began to drop in 1994 before the first “list”, but in 2022 proposed laws are flooding state legislatures. During election cycles, public safety is always an excellent campaign strategy. As a result, the registry is approaching one million men, women and children who are on it.

An alert was recently issued by the justice Sonia Sotomayor involving a New York case in the United States Supreme Court where they could accept or refuse a writ of certification (cert). In Dissenting Opinion of Judge Sotomayor she openly called attention to the New York residency ban, as applied in New York, “raises serious constitutional concerns”.

“Rather than tailoring its policy to New York’s geography or providing housing options for this group, New York has chosen to imprison people who cannot afford conforming housing past their parole date. and the expiration of their maximum sentence,” she wrote. . Yet they refused to correct an error involving the freedom of a human being.

This practice of New York and some other states perpetuates the invisible bond of those who have paid their debt to society and carries over to their families and is a factor in our country being known as “the nation of incarceration”. with 5% of the world’s population and 25% of people incarcerated in the world.

In this context, notes Sonia Sotomayor, several academics, courts and law enforcement agencies have all recognized that residency restrictions do not reduce recidivism and may in fact increase the likelihood of recidivism.

Thank you, Judge Sotomayor, for bringing the issue to the forefront of our nation. Hopefully the court will start hearing the cases and help state lawmakers find the “point of correction.”

Of note is an empirically reviewed research paper made available in 2021. Effectiveness of registration and notification of sex offenders: A meta-analysis of 25 years of findings. It looked at 25 years of evaluations of ‘sex offender’ registration and notification (SORN) and their effects on recidivism.

“We used methodological guidelines established by the Campbell Collaboration for meta-analyses to systematically synthesize the results of 18 research articles involving 474,640 formerly incarcerated people.”

The random-effects meta-analysis model demonstrated that SORN does not have a statistically significant impact on recidivism. This null effect exists when considering a combined model and when disaggregating studies by sexual or non-sexual offenses, or when conceptualizing recidivism by arrest or conviction.

Supreme Court nominee Jackson argued that “even in the face of understandable public outrage over repeat sexual predators, an analysis based on prevention/punishment principles assesses the effect of the challenged legislation of a manner which strengthens constitutional safeguards against unjust and unnecessarily burdensome legislative action”.

We are proud to say that the researchers, the women of the Court like Justice Sotomayor and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson recently appointed to replace retired Justice Breyer are the truth seekers who are brave enough to see evil and seek to correct it.

Conclusions – SORN policies show no effect on recidivism. This finding has important policy implications given the widespread adoption and net expansion of SORN-related sanctions.

JJ Ribardi
Women Against the Registry
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