Anthony Weiner is about to become one of the more than 900,000 Americans on sex offense registries for the rest of his life (only Level 1 offenders in New York are removed after 20 years). We’ve spent decades now adding people to these lists without thinking hard about whether the ostracism it engineers is effective or humane.

When is enough enough?


FAC NOTE: Kudos to Emily Horowitz for writing this Op-Ed! One note of correction. The statement “if he travels to Florida for five days or longer, he’ll also be on their registry for life” is no longer accurate. Now, if he travels to Florida for THREE (3) days or longer, he’ll be on our registry FOR LIFE! Thanks to Lauren Book.

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