Report Summary: Registration and Community Notification of Children and Adolescents Adjudicated of a Sexual Crime: Recommendations for Evidence-Based
Published in December 2020, ATSA's report criticizes the practice of requiring children and adolescents to register as sexual offenders. It contends that registration does not enhance societal safety and instead proposes eliminating these laws for juveniles. The report suggests focusing on research-based interventions, early education about consent and boundaries, and specialized treatment aligned with developmental stages. It emphasizes the low recidivism rates among youth offenders and the adverse effects of registration on their development, advocating for supportive and preventive measures instead.
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