Should Juveniles Be Registered as Sex Offenders?

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Oakland lawyer Nicole Pittman has interviewed more than 500 people who were placed on sex offender registries for offenses they committed as juveniles -- offenses ranging from public urination to rape. But Pittman says the stigma of a registry can be devastating, ravaging the lives of kids and their families, while failing to protect the public. She says youth offenders rarely re-offend and are able to be rehabilitated. Forum talks about juvenile sex offenders and the movement to reform the way they are handled.


Dr. Tom Tobin, vice-chair of the California Sex Offender Management Board; licensed clinical psychologist who works on the treatment of sex offenders

Nicole Pittman, director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice