There Are Nearly 1 Million Americans on a Sex Offense Registry. These Are Their Stories.

Did You Know? Families are Often Separated by Registry Law Without Regard to the Registrant’s Risk.

The families of registrants are often torn apart by existing registries laws and residency restrictions. Even worse, this is done without regard to the original crime, the sentence imposed by the courts, or even the registrants risk of reoffending. Children are often left wondering, “Why can’t dad just live with us?” and parents have no answers, because the laws make no sense to them, either.

Lives on the Registry is a NARSOL project with one mission: to tell the stories of the one million-plus people listed on sexual offense registries across the US. We focus on their stories, their families, and their struggles to reintegrate back into a society that is often indifferent or hostile. We shed light on the oppressive laws that put people on this unconstitutional blacklist and keep many of them there for the rest of their lives without any hope of being removed, no matter how much they’ve changed or improved their own lives and the well-being of the community.

NARSOL is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization exclusively dedicated to defending the constitutional liberties of registered citizens and their families. NARSOL opposes dehumanizing registries and works to eliminate discrimination, banishment, and vigilantism against persons accused or convicted of sexual offenses through the use of impact litigation, public education, legislative advocacy, and media outreach in order to reintegrate and reconcile affected individuals and restore their constitutional rights.


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  1. I have a ex boyfriend who is on the registry and he is the father of my child but he has never met her because of being on the registry for life. He can’t get a good job so I don’t have child support.
    I had to move away because of him.

    1. So sorry to hear. Thanks for posting your experience and showing how the Registry has a negative ripple effect on more than just the lives of those forced to register.

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