Published February, 2007
Report of the Sex Offender Policy Task Force, National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2007)
The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL) has long opposed the creation of unique penalties that go beyond an imposed sentence for persons convicted of sex offenses. In this report, NACDL sets out the rationale for opposing the death penalty as a sanction for sex offenders, mandatory minimum sentences, sex offender registration and public notification laws, civil commitment laws residence restrictions. NACDL also calls for increased funding for effective treatment programs for people convicted of a sex offense, including elimination of mandatory polygraph examinations of program participants that violate their Fifth Amendment rights.
The report is a useful resource for advocates working to roll back any of these forms of additional punishment routinely imposed in connection with sex offenses convictions
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