This says to me public awareness is growing that sex offender registries tend to be too broadly defined and create negative unintended consequences. That's a good thing. But a better fix would be for the legislature to remove indecent exposure and other petty crimes from the registry list. IMO we don't need more laws on this issue so much as better ones.
Boulder is drafting a public nudity ordinance that police could use against people who streak or participate in the popular "Naked Pumpkin Run" or "World Naked Bike Ride."
A municipal nudity ordinance is needed because the state's indecent exposure law -- which requires convicted violators to register as sex offenders -- is not appropriate for nudity-related pranks, said Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner....
Beckner said his department agrees with critics who say indecent exposure -- and the sex-offender penalty that comes with it -- is not an appropriate charge for people who are pulling nude pranks or participating in naked events.
"If we can address it in a municipal ordinance, we can meet our needs, and it doesn't put people in the sex-offender category," he said.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Reducing collateral harm from sex offender registries
A major problem with sex offender registries has been the frequent inclusion of petty violators who aren't rapists or child molesters but get put on the list thanks to foolish pranks or juvenile behavior. So I was interested to learn that the city of Boulder (CO) is considering creation of a municipal ordinance to use in lieu of the state's indecent exposure law, which requires those convicted to register as sex offenders. According to the Boulder Daily Camera: