Children and adolescents are less mature than adults and have less life experience on which to draw, and this makes understanding the court process, the charges, and the consequences of a plea more difficult. Laws that place youth offenders on sex offender registries expose them to vigilante attacks and are at odds with existing state laws that protect the confidentiality of juvenile records.
And under residency restriction laws, youth sex offenders are prohibited from living within a designated distance of places where children gather, such as schools, playgrounds, parks, and even bus stops.
No one cares if I am alive. Children adjudicated delinquent of a sex offense, however, can be placed on the registry only after an individualized assessment of the risk they may pose. After completing two years of therapy and probation, at the age of 14, Mason was informed that he had to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
John Conyers. Dukes, R.
Dukes, R. The median age at conviction or adjudication was I was just a kid. Wade was never convicted of these charges.
The serious sentences imposed on youth offenders for failure—to-register crimes appear disproportionate to the offenses, given that their youth and immaturity can make it exceptionally difficult for them to comply with registration laws. In reality, this policy was based on a misconception: that everyone found guilty of a sex offense is a recidivist pedophile.
Marshall, and S.