Sex Offender Registration Hurts, Especially for the Innocent

An article by Michael Hall in The Texas Monthly makes vivid the suffering of a man who has protested his innocence of child rape for almost twenty years. Greg Torti is no longer in prison, but sex offender registration law makes him feel captive anyway.

Washington state has mandatory sex offender registration, too. In fact, every state has it, even though it has not been shown to improve public safety. On the contrary, registration hamstrings the attempts of sex offenders to build productive and socially-connected lives and so creates situations conducive to crime.

Washington state law permits many persons convicted of sex offenses eventually to petition a court to end their registration as sex offenders. Preparing and presenting those petitions is a service we are glad to offer at The Marshall Defense Firm.