What is the "Right" Way for Youth to Navigate the Criminal Justice System?



R. Karl Hanson explains how low the risk is:

Why support SB 1194 (Paid In Full)? – Judiciary Hearing Public Testimony Excerpts


Restorative Justice: Program for Youth and Adults - A-Z How it's done

December 12, 2021



Presentation on

Restorative Justice


Heather Thompson

July 15, 2021

Listen to Heather Thompson
(Former Federal Public Defender)

Share her personal story of her brother's murder and

her journey from a hardcore advocate of punishment

to an advocate for rehabilitation and
Restorative Justice.

Ms. Thompson served as a legal assistant at the Federal Public Defender’s office for four years, a position from which she nurtured her love of helping meet the needs of the clients. Prior to that, she worked with a non-profit organization that focused on bail reform. From 2007 until 2015, Ms. Thompson was a courtroom clerk at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. She holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Her greatest passion is restorative justice, a pursuit she nurtures through the DC Peace Team as a volunteer circle keeper and facilitator of workshops on circle keeping, victim-offender dialogues, anti-racism, and other restorative practices. Ms. Thompson is an experienced team lead for the DC Peace Team’s restorative justice department. She has helped develop the restorative justice training curriculum and tailors it to the needs of the community. She also has additional subject matter expertise in public speaking, conducting interviews, and serving on discussion panels to support restorative justice and criminal justice reform. Ms. Thompson has certificates in nonviolent conflict resolution and victim advocacy. In 2021, she was appointed to the Mental Health Advisory Committee for Montgomery County, Maryland.

CCJR-NH Restorative Justice ZOOM Presentation

September 21, 2021

Hear from: Mr. Mike MacFadzen, Executive Director,
NH Belknap County Restorative Justice Program
Sponsored by NH Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform

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Understanding sex offenders: the untold story

An inside look at the people on Nebraska's sex offender registry




Dr. Lisa Sample with the University of Nebraska, Omaha, is one of the country’s leading researchers in sex offending.


Matthew T. Mangino: High Court has chance to set the record straight

NARSOL’s Vice Chair; Robin Vander Wall intertviewed by CBS17 News.

August, 09, 2018 - RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling this could week is a win for advocates of changing some of the sex offender registry laws.


David Pakman Comes Out Against Sex Offender Registry

David Pakman's has a progressive news and political talk program, featuring biting social commentary, controversial interviews with liberal and conservative politicians, activists, and religious extremists.

Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman offers a new perspective on restorative justice and how it can help those who suffered from sexual assault. With her personal experience, she shares with everyone the true importance of engaging in difficult conversations to heal from intimate harm. Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton, where she specializes in the study of sexual violence. For almost 15 years, Dr. Ackerman has devoted her career to better understanding how to prevent sexual misconduct of all kinds. Her research and advocacy work are nationally and internationally recognized and she writes extensively on topics related to gender-based violence and restorative justice. Her newest books include The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement: Internet Activist and Social Justice and Sex and Gender in the 2016 Election. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

The ACLU video “In Internal Exile - Miami Dade County

Residency restrictions often also reflect the entrenched belief that those convicted of sex crimes will reoffend. The Miami-Dade county ordinance, for instance, declares that those impacted by the ordinance “present an extreme threat to the public safety,” and “are extremely likely to use physical violence and to repeat their offenses.”

Lower Recidivism Rates

“There has been (plenty of) research that shows recidivism rates for individuals who have committed sexual offenses are lower than those of other crimes,” explained Laura Palumbo, Communications Director for National Sexual Violence Resource Center, a victims’ advocacy organization.

“But that’s not something that is understood by the general public; instead there is a mentality that it’s inevitable that people will reoffend.”

Residency restrictions can actually undermine public safety by depriving people of the very connections that help reduce recidivism—family support, stable housing, employment, and access to treatment, according to victims’ advocate Alison Feigh.

“Residency restrictions don’t help keep children safe.”

Rather than isolating people who have committed sexual harm, she said, “we want to surround them by their supports, we want to surround them with their services.

Most people do not take into consideration that behind every sex crime (or any crime) there is a back-story that’s more complex than can be read on the registry. Good people do bad things and make poor decisions, but that doesn’t necessarily make them bad people. The following video stories were produced by various groups seeking to educate the public about the many misconceptions and stereotyping that surrounds people on the sex offender registry.  We challenge you to take a few moments and watch these moving stories.

Banished! - Florida's Paedophile Village

Husband is an Ex-offender

My Dad is a Registered Citizen

Raised on the Sex Offender Registry

I Love a Sex Offender

Mother of a Registrant


Janice Bellucci: How I came to the issue of fighting for sex offender rights

California attorney Janice Bellucci talks about how she came to be an activist and advocate for the rights of convicted sex offenders. Unlike many of us, she has no family members who are registrants. Never the less, she is one our most vocal advocates. Recorded in 2011.


Attorney Janice Bellucci: The Tipping Point

My Son is a Ex-Offender

My Fiance' is a Registrant

Catherine Carpenter: "Sexual Offense Laws and Constitutionality."

Collateral Damage - Children of Sex Offenders

When you click on this Video you will be taken to YouTube

Attorney Janice Bellucci - Registration = Punishment

Janice is President of California Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL)

Janice Bellucci - I Have a Dream

Janice Bellucci - Tells the Truth about Sex Offender Registries

Lenore Skenazy – You may be a sex offender if…


Understanding sex offenders: the untold story



I'm Not A Monster

Unscripted Podcast with Three Young People Talkin About

Sex with someone more than Three Years Younger than You when the person is a Minor

Your Thoughts Podcast Ep. 16


"I'm A Sex Offender, It's Not What You Think"

The Sex Offense Registry - How did we get here?

A brief history of how the sex offense registry came into being.

How an 11-year old boy ended up on the sex offender registry

At least 27 states and one territory require that juveniles must register if they commit a sex offense for which an adult in the same jurisdiction would be required to register. 37 states reserve registration for juveniles convicted of specific qualifying offenses. It is difficult to know exactly how many children have been placed on sex offender registries nationwide, however. Studies regarding children on the sex offender registry are relatively rare, and the states typically do not track information regarding the ages of offenders when they were added to the registry.
Human Rights Watch attempted to obtain this information from each of the 50 states, but only two responded – and those with aggregate counts only. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, juvenile sex offenders comprise 25.8% of all sex offenders and 35.6% of sex offenders against juvenile victims. They estimate that in 2004 there were 89,000 juvenile sex offenders known to police.
Consider what kind of life your child would have if, because of sex offender restrictions, he couldn’t attend school, go to a park or swimming pool, or have a birthday party because other children will be there. Some states simultaneously have laws requiring minors to attend school while at the same time forbidding sex offenders from being anywhere near a school. 44% of sex offenders overall (and presumably juvenile sex offenders, as well) are unable to live with their supportive families due to residency restrictions. Many are forced into foster care, even as bills have been introduced to bar juvenile sex offenders from foster homes and other communal youth facilities.