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November 26, 2019

"Pushed Out and Locked In: The Catch-22 for New York’s Disabled, Homeless, Sex-Offender Registrants"

The title of this post is the title of this new Yale Law Journal Forum piece authored by Allison Frankel. Here is its abstract:

Across New York, people are incarcerated for weeks, months, and even years after their prison release dates.  These individuals are not confined for violating prison disciplinary rules or committing new crimes. New York’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) detains them, instead, because they are homeless.  DOCCS refuses to release prisoners to community supervision without an approved address.  But for prisoners required to register as “sex offenders,” finding housing means navigating a web of restrictions that are levied exclusively on people convicted of sex crimes and that dramatically constrain housing options, particularly in densely populated New York City. These restrictions amount to effective banishment for registrants with disabilities, who face added obstacles to finding medically appropriate housing and are barred even from New York City’s homeless-shelter system.

As this Essay explores, the State of New York, and particularly New York City, pushes its poor, disabled sex-offender registrants into homelessness, and then prolongs registrants’ detention because of their homeless status.  This detention regime continues unabated, despite studies showing that sex-offender recidivism rates are actually relatively low and that residency restrictions do not demonstrably prevent sex offenses.  Rather, such laws consign registrants to homelessness, joblessness, and social isolation.  It does not have to be this way. This Essay suggests litigation strategies to challenge the prolonged detention of homeless registrants on statutory and constitutional grounds.  The Essay also offers policy solutions to improve New York City registrants’ access to housing and to untether an individual’s housing status from their access to liberty.  New York simply cannot and should not continue both to restrict registrants’ housing options and to detain individuals because they are homeless.

November 26, 2019 at 09:06 AM | Permalink

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Former sex offenders have nothing to lose by disobeying these restrictions.

Posted by: William R. Delzell | Nov 26, 2019 9:40:00 AM

William R. Delzell | Nov 26, 2019 9:40:00 AM:

Most people have something to lose. However, Registries are 100% unacceptable. They are acts of war. These "residency restrictions" certainly aren't acceptable. I would love to see the people who are affected by them murdering anyone who thinks they are okay. I would love to see them start with any politician who supports them and move from there. Murder all of them. It would improve Amerika.

Personally, I'm completely committed to ensuring that Registries are worthless. I'm also committed to ensuring that they are very, very harmful to all of society. I have been able to wage widespread retaliation for the Registries in all kinds of ways that are completely legal. I operate within the law but it wouldn't bother me at all if others didn't. And I certainly would like to think if these criminal regimes crossed certain lines with respect to me or my family, that people would pay with their lives.

Wage war on Registry Nazis. Every single day.

Posted by: FRegistryTerrorists | Dec 2, 2019 6:25:29 PM

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