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Did you know that, legislatures nationwide, regularly ignore these facts and statistics!"
FACT:. Today's statistics show that over 95% of new sex offenses are committed by a person who has never been
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Definitions of words & phrases surrounding sex offenders:
| Divisions of Offenders | Attraction and Desire | No Cure | Grooming | Non-Offender | Romeo & Juliet case | Lolita & Gigolo cases |
| Sex Offender | Child Molester | Pedophile (Pedophilia) | Violent Sex Offender | Sexual Predator | Halloween-itis | Offender-itis |

Sex Offender cases in court today and previously settled cases:
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The Sad Legacy of Sex Laws:
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Understanding Recidivism Statistics:
The basis of registration: RECIDIVISM
Theory -OR- Statistics
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Model Relapse Prevention Plan & Book Reviews:
Beyond the Abuse: A Personal Recovery Program
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Innocence Projects & Evidence:
The Innocence Project: The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, created by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld in 1992, is a non-profit legal clinic. This Project only handles cases where postconviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. For more information regarding what we do and what kinds of cases we handle, please click on the Innocence Project tab or read our FAQ page.

Resource List of Innocence Projects: National and State list of "Innocence Projects" that may take a case. Some of the Projects show under what circumstances they will consider a case. You must contact them with all facts and they will decide, IF they will take a case or not.

Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers.

Factors Leading to Wrongful Convictions: From The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Brainwave Lie Detection:
The Pinocchio Effect: A liarís nose doesnít grow longeróbut a USC psychology researcher is tracking other telltale signs of deception embedded in the human brain.

1-15-2005 United Kingdom: The future of lying
.As the British government unveils plans to make lie detector tests mandatory for convicted paedophiles, some scientists in the US are working on more advanced technology which might be better equipped at detecting deception.

The US Department of Defense has given Dr Jennifer Vendemia (University of South Carolina) a $5m grant to work on her theory that by monitoring brainwaves she can detect whether someone is lying. She claims the system has an accuracy of between 94% and 100% and is an improvement on the existing polygraph tests, .....

Her system involves placing 128 electrodes on the face and scalp, which translate brainwaves in under a second. Subjects only have to hear interrogators' questions to give a response. But the system has a long way to go before it replaces polygraphs, ..... : by Chris Summers, BBC News ..more.. See also: Creator of brainwave lie detector fears it may be misused

The brain scan that can read people's intentions: A team of world-leading neuroscientists has developed a powerful technique that allows them to look deep inside a person's brain and read their intentions before they act. The research breaks controversial new ground in scientists' ability to probe people's minds and eavesdrop on their thoughts, and raises serious ethical issues over how brain-reading technology may be used in the future. --more--
Polygraph Evidence:
» The Polygraph and Lie Detection: This is quite an online book about "Polygraphs." Some pages take a bit longer to load, but the information is well worth the time. (The Open Book page image presentation framework is not designed to replace printed books. Rather, it is a free, browsable, nonproprietary, fully and deeply searchable version of the publication which we can inexpensively and quickly produce to make the material available worldwide.) (Copyright 2003, the National Academies Press.)
»5-29 UK: When the detector lies: why polygraph use will be restricted!Serious questions have been raised about the use of lie detectors when it comes to the criminal justice system. Those involved in the Home Office's study into the use of the technology with convicted sex offenders admit that doubts over its accuracy mean it should not be used as an investigative tool or evidentially. However they believe regular polygraph testing is an effective way of monitoring paedophiles and protecting children. (Guardian Unlimited)....more....
» 6-20-03 Polygraph "Testing" Has No Scientific Basis: Despite claims of better than 90% accuracy, polygraph "testing" has not been proven through peer-reviewed scientific research to reliably work at better than chance levels under field conditions. (Anti Polygraph.org)
Penile Plethysmograph (Males):
PhotoPlethysmograph (Females):
» Misuse of Psychophysiological Arousal Measurement Data: ABSTRACT: Psychophysiological arousal measurement data (plethysmograph) is being misused in some state treatment programs, probation and parole departments, and courts. The high percentage of some control subjects with no history of deviant behavior who respond with deviant arousal patterns means that at the present time arousal measurement data cannot be used by itself to diagnose someone as a sexual deviant or to predict past or future behavior.

» Unresolved issues in scientific sexology This article discusses the state of knowledge in several areas of sexology related to attempts to measure and alter patterns of sexual arousal.

» Can you idenitify a sexual predator by use of the Penile Plethysmograph? While penile plethysmography has been studied using scientific methodology by practitioners and clinicians who find its predictive and forensic value to be well settled and accurate, the disparity within the community regarding the reliability and validity of the method when used forensically undoubtedly predicts a rocky road in the courtroom for its proponents when admissibility of predictive opinions on future sexual dangerousness is at issue. ....

» The Penile Plethysmograph in False Allegation Cases: The reliability of the device have been argued in court and penile plethysmographic evidence has been declared inadmissible because of its "questionable reliability." The case in which Dr. Tyson testified was heard by the North Carolina Court of Appeals. That Appeals Court upheld a lower court's exclusion of testimony by Dr. Gullick because her testimony was based upon the use of the penile plethysmograph. The defendant in the case was accused of sexually molesting ....

» Evidence of Penile Plethysmography, Psychological Profiles, Inventories and Other "Not a Pedophile" Character and Opinion Evidence Offered on Behalf of a Defendant in a Child Sexual Abuse Case is Inadmissible Under Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical ....


» (ATSA) GUIDELINES FOR USE OF THE PENILE PLETHYSMOGRAPH:

» Vaginal Photoplethysmography: Excerpted from The Psychophysiological Assessment of Female Sexual Function by Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D.

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T»  Pedophiles, Ephebopiles, Phebophiles, Hebephiles and other terms associated with sex offenders & non-sex offenders? Do you really know what they mean?

T»  Who Should Parents be MORE Concerned About? A trusted person they know -OR- The registered sex offender?

T»  The Stalking of Sex Offenders: Whats Wrong With Megan's Law?

T»  The World of Recidivism and Statistics: DeBunking the Myths with Facts!

T»  WHY HAVE COURTS BEEN DENIED? Department of Justice, Research in Action reports and other reports, which support the claims of sex offenders in Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification lawsuits?

T»  Could Your Beliefs Change by Analyzing Sex Offenses by Offense Relationships: Offender -to- Victim?

T»  School Bus Stop Laws: Another No Sex Offender Residency Zone?

Complete List of Topic Reports......
Most Popular Commentary:
C»   What was the legislative basis for enacting Megan's Law: The theory of recidivism -or- actual recidivism statistics?

C»   Megans' Laws: Accomplishing their purpose?

C»   "Fear, as a tactic," Keeps Former Sex Offenders and Their Families, as Political Detainees under Megans' Laws

C»   The Insidious Hidden Punishment System: Megan's Law

C»   How does one measure the distances involved with -Child Safety Zones - No Sex Offender Zones- ?

C»   New "Recidivism Statistics" from California's "Civil Commitment" program again prove, that "Sex Offenders" do not have a high recidivism rate!

C»   New "Recidivism Statistics" from Florida's "Civil Commitment" program again prove, that "Sex Offenders" do not have a high recidivism rate!

C»   Do Megans' Laws Protect All Children?

Complete Commentary List......
"I can't make a change, I'm just one person!" Really?
Get to know these grass roots organizations, each began with
'Just-One-Person'!
»Sex Abuse Treatment Alliance (S.A.T.A.)
A national organization of professionals, therapists, victims, those who have offended, families of those affected,
and other community representatives dedicated to reducing and preventing sexual abuse.

»Citizens for Second Chances (CSC)
A Michigan Based Support Group For Families of Individuals Convicted of -or- Charged With A Sex Offense. These folks have been working to have the Michigan legislature enact new legislation which affects certain sub-groups of sex offenders and have been quite successful.

»Texas: Save Our TexSONS
A Texas Based Support Group For Families of Persons Convicted of A Sex Offense. This is a new group trying to effect legislation which affects young offenders.

»Ethical Treatment for All Youth!
A Maryland based advocacy, advocating "Ethical Treatment" for youth, "Deemed abnormal and dangerous to society, the children who are currently considered unworthy of accepted therapeutic and ethical principles.".

»Families for Fairness
A Tennessee based group, with a unique perspective, established to raise public and legislative awareness to the collateral consequences of registration laws on innocent families of registered offenders. Families for Fairness promote registration laws for those at high risk of re-offense.

»PrisonerAdvocacy.Org
PrisonerAdvocacy.org is a service of the Michigan office of The American Friends Service Committee Criminal Justice Program. Michigan's Criminal Justice Program advocates for the rights and privileges of over 1,500 Michigan prisoners each year. The principle motives behind our work are to: Ensure that prisoners and their families are able to obtain their rights and privileges; Erode the barriers between those inside and outside of prison, and Advocate for humane conditions and treatment of prisoners housed by the State of Michigan.


Lawyers / Law firms
»Michigan's Criminal Defense Resource Center (SADO)
Finding Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan.
(Contains a Consumer's Guide to Legal Help, from the American Bar Association, which is excellent, and it applies nationally.)

»Lawyers.com:
Martindale-Hubbell

Find a lawyer anywhere in the nation.


» National Legal Aid Lawyers:
Attorneys for folks without funds.

This link (slow loading) is to find Legal Aid lawyers in most parts of the nation. Find the closest one to you, call them and ask if they can help your situation.

IF THEY CANNOT HELP YOU, then ask them for a referral to a local lawyer who can handle your questions. In addition, ask them if there is a University Law Program which may handle your situation, give them a call also.

If they is no Legal Aid Office near you, then look in your phone book for a listing for "Lawyer Referral," usually every state Bar Association posts such a listing. Finally, call any lawyer in the phone book and ask these questions. Somewhere there is a lawyer who can take your case.


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» FirstGov.govEverything About the U.S. Government
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» Dep't of JusticeEverything About the U.S. Dep't of Justice
» Bureau of JusticeEverything About the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
» FBI Crime ReportsEverything About FBI Uniform Crime Reports
» Security on CampusEverything About Security on College Campus, Inc.
» National FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Data MapFrom the Associated Press
» National Criminal Justice Reference ServiceEverything About Justice Facts & Statistics
» Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OjjDP)Everything About Juvenile Justice Facts & Figures
» National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)The National Center for Juvenile Justice (the Center) is a private, non-profit organization. Since its inception in 1973, the Center has been a resource for independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of juvenile justice
» The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)Founded in 1978 as part of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the NACJD is supported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the U.S. Department of Justice
» The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), established in 1962, is an integral part of the infrastructure of social science research. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. To ensure that data resources are available to future generations of scholars, ICPSR preserves data, migrating them to new storage media as changes in technology warrant. In addition, ICPSR provides user support to assist researchers in identifying relevant data for analysis and in conducting their research projects
» 7-1-03 LLI Legal Information Institute: Highlights of the Supreme Courtís 2002-2003 Term! During the past term the Supreme Court ruled on: This is a wonderful central access point for all cases ruled on this term. (By LLI Legal Information Institute)
» U.S. National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)
» Interstate Commission for Adult Supervision (ICOAS)
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