Pennsylvania news series exposes sex offender registry as a sham

The Sentinel | Nov. 16, 2016 | By Naomi Creason

Sentinel reporter receives Lee President's Award

Josh Vaughn

Excerpts:  Lee Enterprises honored Sentinel reporter Joshua Vaughn Tuesday with a 2016 President's Award for Excellence in News.   Vaughn received the award for his monthly Digital Data packages as part of The Sentinel's ongoing "Closer Look" series that runs every week. In these packages, Vaughn uses data to dig deeper into issues, such as race and crime, overdose deaths, sex offender registration, bail policies and incarceration.  "The sex offender package intrigued me because I came in with preconceived notions," Vaughn said. "The more I researched it, the more those notions were upended." MORE:


Listed: a closer look at sex offender registries

The Sentinel takes a closer look at the efficacy, impact and evidence behind sex offender registries, strategies to prevent sexual violence against children and how courts have changed their views in dealing with juvenile offenders.

The Sentinel | March 26, 2016 | By Joshua Vaughn

When facts aren't facts: A look at the effectiveness of sexual offender registries

Excerpts:  Patrick Crawley, executive director and counsel for the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee, said the assertion that outlined the state’s need for the law likely came from evidence presented during a committee hearing, but that he was unable to find any supporting data that was used.  SORNA was sponsored by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, who has the statement, “Convicted sex offenders often evade current state registration requirements and go on to commit additional offenses” on his website about his support for the legislation.  Given more than a week to prepare, staff for Sensenbrenner was unable to provide any data or evidence used to support that statement.  MORE:

The Sentinel | March 26, 2016 | By Joshua Vaughn

Finding statistics to fit a narrative

An article in a 1986 edition of Psychology Today has made its way into two Supreme Court cases as evidence of a “frightening and high” re-offense rate for sexual offenders. MORE:

The Sentinel | March 27, 2016 | By Joshua Vaughn

Registered offender details a lifetime debt to society

On a brisk Saturday morning in March, Gary Haney walked into John’s Diner in New Cumberland. MORE:

The Sentinel | March 27, 2016 | By Joshua Vaughn

Family members of offenders speak out against sex offender registries

Vicki Henry never expected to wake up to more than a dozen armed officers at her front door to search her home, but that is what happened after her son, who had been charged and convicted of possession and distribution of child pornography while he was serving in Iraq, moved into her home. MORE:

The Sentinel | March 25, 2016 | By Joshua Vaughn

A closer look at Pennsylvania's sex offender registry

There are currently more than 19,000 people listed on Pennsylvania’s sexual offender registry. MORE:

The Sentinel | March 24, 2016 | By Joshua Vaughn

The changing view of juvenile justice in Pennsylvania courts

In February, Upper Township Police searched for and caught Basil Duncan. The 34-year-old man was accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for nearly five years. MORE:

The Sentinel | March 24, 2016 | By Joshua Vaughn

Preventing sexual violence against children

There were more than 60,000 incidents of sexual assault of children in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. MORE: