A ‘Frightening‘ Myth About Sex Offenders

For the last 20 years courts around the country have upheld hundreds of laws targeting those on America’s sex offender registries. These laws, which regulate where registrants can live, what jobs they can hold, who they can associate with and dozens of other details of their daily lives, have been justified by a United States Supreme Court case which cited the “frightening and high” recidivism rates of sex offenders. The only problem: The high court’s assertions are belied by the science. With unprecedented access to the people who wrote the papers the court relied on, this short film unpacks a Supreme Mistake, detailing how the court got it wrong, and the implications of that error for the 800,000 Americans required to register as sex offenders.

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