The change required Hetherington to stay on the sex offender list for life, and he was kicked out of the housing program, which bars anyone with lifetime reporting requirements on sex offender registries. Socia also said the vast majority of people arrested for a sexual offense are not on the registry and typically have never been arrested for a sexual offense before.
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Socia also said the vast majority of people arrested for a sexual offense are not on the registry and typically have never been arrested for a sexual offense before. She said the registry stigmatizes the families and children of people listed on it and does nothing to further public safety. A study of the sex offense registry in New Jersey found it had no effect in reducing recidivism by people convicted of sexual offense or reducing the number of victims of sexual assault.
Finally, Socia said the majority of sexual offenses, especially those against children, are not committed by strangers.
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But over the last five years, the state Supreme Court and state appellate courts have weakened registry restrictions through a series of rulings. The conviction has led to him losing custody of his children. For Theresa Robertson, chairperson of the Pennsylvania Association for Rational Sex Offense Laws, a nonprofit that advocates for reform of sex offense policies, the registry means that when her son, who is now in his early 30s, soon moves into her home, the home will be listed on the registry.
And in , the law expanded to include more crimes for which someone could end up on the registry and made registration requirements more stringent, bringing the state in compliance with the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act SORNA.