Sex Offenders Are Not a Protected Class, Are They?

Written on November 19, 2014 by , updated on October 30, 2017

Sex OffenderI’ve met many landlords who are convinced that an applicant cannot be rejected based on a conviction as a sex offender.

When the subject comes up in conversation, they typically claim that their lawyer/brother/buddy said, “It’s against the fair housing laws.”

However, they’re never able to cite the statute or law that supports their claim.

This article is intended to explore the facts, examining the housing laws pertaining to sex offenders at a federal, state and local level.

With that said, this is not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for qualified legal advice.

Federal Government

The Fair Housing Act

The Civil Rights Act (Fair Housing Act) of 1968, Sec. 804. [42 U.S.C. 3604], and all subsequent amendments, do not identify sex offenders as a protected class.

At a federal level, the only protected classes are:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status, including having children or being pregnant
  • National Origin, or
  • Mental or Physical Disability

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

In the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR), specifically 24 CFR 5.856, it mandates that sex offenders are prohibited from living in “federally assisted housing” (as defined in 24 CFR 5.100).

Though federally assisted housing is only a small percentage of the total housing in the United States, it sends a strong message when the federal government takes such a strong stance.

After all, convicted sex offenders pay taxes just like everyone else.

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)

In 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

The significance of the law is that it organizes sex offenders into three tiers and mandates specific requirements for each:

  • Tier 1 offenders: Must update their whereabouts every year with 15 years of registration
  • Tier 2 offenders: Must update their whereabouts every six months with 25 years of registration
  • Tier 3 offenders: Must update their whereabouts every three months with lifetime registration requirements.

The Walsh Act also establishes the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (42 U.S.C.16911), abbreviated as SORNA, which requires U.S. jurisdictions (states and territories) to update their sex offender registration laws to conform with federal guidelines. States in noncompliance face a 10 percent penalty in their Bureau of Justice Assistance grant money.

State Governments

All 50 states and the District of Columbia require convicted sex offenders to register with their state, even if they have completed their sentence and have been rehabilitated.

Many states have laws that even restrict residency within a certain number of feet of a school or day care; however, these laws vary from state to state.

California Leads the Way

California became the first state to have a sex offender registration program in 1947. In 2006, the California Attorney General stated in an official report that sex offenders are not a protected class.

Various state supreme court hearings have occurred over the years, including notable cases in Hawaii, Alaska, Missouri, and Florida, but most discuss the topic of retroactive application of the law, not whether it is currently applicable.

Local Governments

Each county must abide by federal and state legislation, but are allowed to add onto, or attempt to fight the top-down legislation. However few (if any) have succeeded in establishing sex offenders as a protected class.

Seattle Attempted to Fight

In 2010-2011, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights launched a campaign to make it easier for registered sex offenders, among others with arrest and conviction records, to find housing and employment.

After public backlash, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights scaled down the effort to exclude any specific mention of sex offenders from the campaign.

In a Q&A pamphlet, entitled “Proposed protections to end discrimination in housing and employment based on arrest/conviction record” the following question is answered:

Seattle has a long list of protected classes, and yet sex offenders are not included.

Protected Classes in Seattle:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Breastfeeding in a public place
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Disability
  • Gender identity
  • Marital status
  • National Origin
  • Parental status
  • Political ideology
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Use of a Section 8 certificate
  • Use of a service animal
  • Military status or Veteran

In fact, Seattle’s Official Fair Housing Handbook, page 21, even clarifies that a history of sex offense does not qualify as a disability:

This citing does not exclude sex offenders from having other legitimate and protected disabilities, it simply validates that the status as a sex offender is not a disability in itself.

Additional Resources


Based on this research, I’ve come to the conclusion that while convicted sex offenders are indeed a specific class, they are not a protected class and do not have special rights and leniencies when being considered for housing.

Though there are notable tiers of offenses, confirming that some crimes are worse than others, the choice to commit a crime is exactly that, a choice. And with all choices, there are consequences.

As of yet, I have not been able to find a federal, state, or local law that identifies sex offenders as a protected class for purposes of housing discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Let’s Figure this Out Together!

I’m not a lawyer nor can I give legal advice. I am simply a landlord who wants to know what the housing laws say about sex offenders.

Though I’ve made a notable attempt at researching these statutes at multiple levels of government, I realize this research is not exhaustive.

If you know of a statute or law that supports sex offenders as a protected class, please let me know. I’ll add it to this article, and we’ll examine the evidence together.

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66 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Linda Cordero

    Sex offenders as a protected class? I think not. It is most curious to me that this non-issue is being discussed. Since we are discussing it, let us look at how it plays out when a person is refused housing, unable to find a job, a place to live or reintegrate with their family. In California, Jessica’s Law mandated 2,500′ “residency restrictions”. That law is now being challenged at the state Supreme Court level. Why? Because the EFFECT of the law was to increase homelessness among California’s offender population many, many times over by rendering most urban areas off limits. Jessica’s law also had zero effect on reoffense. It made no children safer. Who cares? Who cares … should be us…because the people we most want to keep an eye on, are now homeless, jobless, and sleeping who knows where. We, as a community, are LESS safe. Please think twice on this one. Then, think twice again.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Linda, thanks for your comment.

      It’s great to have you here and I received your earlier email. Thanks for all the work you are doing on this matter. I didn’t realize there was such an issue with homelessness for convicted sex offenders.

      You would be surprised how many people think that sex offenders are a protected class. I come across them all the time – especially when I visit trade shows in CA. I even had one landlord say that his lawyer was certain that they were protected.

      Thus, why I did this research and write this article.

      In general, there needs to be an increased public awareness on this topic so it’s great that you’re speaking up.

      • Devon Start

        of course you didnt think.. you just want to punish people you dont actually have the right to punish.. they may not be a “protected class” but thinking that they would be shows you clearly dont understand what protected class means.. the law is very clear about what happens when you break it.. no matter what the law going to jail is the end of breaking it.. so once you have served your time you are done.. however sexual assault has a second part to it that other crimes dont have, and that is the offender has to tell people what they did.. but that is all.. YOU dont have the right to deny them housing because of that. if they couldnt get housing then that would be written into their sentence.. it isnt.. hop off that high horse there guy

        • Susan E

          The Viglante and hate my husband and I have been subjected to is just wrong. Being made homeless for three yrs and bug infestation of a vehicle we have been forced to live in. My husband went to prison after the case had been vacated three times, no DNA ever ran and no trial. And have no Criminal record. Illegal GPS placed on this truck along with illegal audio equipment which is still on the truck. We have been illegally dragged out of five rental places. And yes under Federal Statute Title 42, USC Section 3631 we are protected under Federal Law.

          • Charles

            Under Title 42 section 3631 it does not say your protected under the law. Sex offenders are not protected and never will be due to their being on the sexual preditor registry. My cousin is sentenced to life in prison as a sexual preditor. He never killed anyone ,had sex with a Developmentally disabled under age girl .that got him life in prison

        • Michelle

          Very well put Devon, people shouldn’t judge or treat everyone who’s put under as a sex offender, there’s a difference between a child molester and sex offender’s crime and they need to be separated & one they have done their time & are back in society they should be giving the same right to not to be discriminated against Go made everyone equally no matter your crime when you served your timely should stop right there, some people learn from their crime & change for the better of society & deserve a place to live and jobs..Until everyone’s own back yard is clean they should judge every single sex offender the same..

      • Devon Start

        you didnt do any research did you? Can a Landlord Deny the Application of a Convicted Sex Offender or Evict a Current Resident Who is Discovered to Be a Convicted Sex Offender? The law is less clear on this topic. On one hand, the law prohibits sex offender registry information from being used for the purpose of denying housing. A landlord who does use the registry for that purpose can be sued for damages and possibly fined. – See more at:

        • Elaine Castillo

          I am a victim of sexual abuse for many years and I’m telling that sex offenders should not be able to live among children nor should they be able to around any women when they have Raped someone ! If you have kept up with these sex offenders that get out of prison ALWAYS go right back to sexually abusing children and they go back to prison and the victim is scarred for life and I also have been rapedntwice in my life as an adult and as a child and at 55yers old I still have nightmares at night from it all , now I found out that there is a RAPIST NOW LIVING IN MY BUILDING what am I to do I’m now afraid to get caught in the elevator alone with him and my nightmares are coming more often what if he hurts me ? What then ??? Please help me

          • Joseph Hubbard

            I am a sex offender who acted out at age 10. My victim was 3 years old and my cousin. I am now 26. I have delt with the good and the bad. I have less than 2 years left on the registry. Everyone commenting on this site has flawed thinking myself included, however, I ask that you put yourself in the shoes of a man who made a horrible choice as a child, I am not going to make an excuse for others or myself, though most sex offenders have had terrible crimes done to them as children and continue the cycle. I, myself being one of them. With all that stated I have 2 children of my own( 1 in New Jersey and one on the way) I have a neighbor who found out about my crime and has made life difficult for my pregnate gf and I. So much to the point that my landlord had to move us into a storage unit with no way to cook or store food. Now my gf starves and I can not do anything about it. I make good money for my age but even still no one else will rent to me. What would any of you do in my situation. I ran from my first family for a very similar reason a choice that I spend a lot of time regretting because I have not seen or spoke to my son in 2 years. But to be honest I had no clue what else to do I tried to end my life and failed multiple times. Now I turn to you, the people who persecute people like me, to offer some sort of advice. Hoping that maybe you could put yourself in the shoes of a person who made a mistake as a child and is trying to live a life as a man.

        • Lucas Hall

          Hi Devon,

          The link you provided are not statutes, nor do they link to the actual law. Even the rule that you can’t discriminate based on information found on the Megan’s Law public website is only applicable in California – as stated in the article above (and in your link).

          Let’s talk about actual laws, and not some commentary that you find on a lawyer referral website.

          It’s a touchy subject, and many people feel strongly both ways. Let’s be respectful and contribute towards a healthy discussion.

        • Brian Feathers

          Obviously your a sex offender or even worse…. a sex offender sympathizer. I moved into a duplex next to a sex offender and was not told even though I have two teenage boys. The sex offender has ruined our lives and one boy will probably not even survive. He did all this without getting into any trouble as he has been convicted of 4 offenses; thus, he knows the law so well he schools us.
          According to DOC there is 40 silent victims for every conviction; so, when I see somebody like you defending the sickos that ruin hundreds of lives to get their rocks off it makes me sick. Your either sick or so far in left field there may be no pulling you back.
          Shame on you

          • Linda Cordero

            Your story is disturbing. I am sorry to hear your children were molested by a neighbor, if that is what you implied. You need to know that there are hundreds of crimes, some of which do not involve children, some of which do not even involve other people, which can land someone on sex offender registry. In CA, that is for life. There are juveniles on the registry, and elderly people. The reoffense rate (committing another sexual crime) of sex offenders, according to the DOJ, is below 3%. That is lower than any other former offender, except for convicted murderers. If a person is demonstrably dangerous, that person needs to remain in custody. If they are not and they are released, they need to be left alone and allowed to reintegrate.

          • Lucas Hall


            Who are you talking to? Did you even read the article? What you’re saying doesn’t make sense in context. Please be nice on these forums – even if you disagree with folks.

            • ereke

              Lucas, you are a fear feeding, biased, ass hole. Title 7 of the 1964 anti discrimination act says that ANY discrimination based on gender, deliberate OR not is a violation and a felony.

              Felons are a gender group because 90% are men, so therefor Sex offenders and all felons are protected as long as the disproportionate prosecution of the male sex continues.

              You take away their homes and jobs, and you worry about terrorists? Felons backed against a wall will be the ones to wage war against this country and every death will be a just one as this is a war. They are not citizens since they have no civil liberties. You people deserve to die.

          • Terri Robinson

            I understand the hostility but in the case of a dear friend his exwif was a hooker and a drug addict when he met her she had 3 kids and he helped her married her and provided for her and her family then after years of a bad marriage he was tempted by a 17 year old girl who was selling her self online and her mother knew and set up the web page this girl was his stepdaughter and he toucher her and it was one time and guilt ridden he went to the cops and turns him self in his ex the one he rescued from the streets took him for all he had and then some now @ 55 he has nothing and she keeps him there that was his only offence ever no other criminal charges but now he lives in poverty following the rules

        • Carlos

          When I was 19 I met a young lady whoc told me she was 18..Ended up being having sex with her only to later to find out she was underage. The law does not recognize lack of knowlege as a defense, subsequently, I was conviced to plead guilty of this crime and am not only a sex offeneder but considered a predator because of the way Illinois law is written….I now have children, I am soon to be married a second time….I have lost or not gotten several jobs and now as i look to move I am concerned about being able to find a place. I am not against the registry but it is often innacurate and doesnt explain situations like mine. I think denying people places to live will create the problem megans lawis trying to solve True offenders will vanish

    • Janis


  • Linda

    Your article begs the question – must one be a member of a “protected class” (as defined by statute) in order to sue for discrimination and prevail? I’ll leave that one to our readers to figure out.

    • Brian

      Yes – that is exactly what the term “protected” means in this context (i.e., legally protected).

  • terry kuykendall

    hello good people. I want to join your conversation. I am a registered sex offender. and yes we are not a protected class. . I do know that some insurance carriers use a diagnosis of mental disorder for sex offenders. I wonder if that to be the protected class you’re looking for . it doesn’t matter what classification there under because they politician have design a system to set them up for failure .. I think mental health will be the classification that might can be used thanks for reading

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Terry,

      Thanks for your comment. No one is arguing that mental disabilities should be and are a protected class.

      It is the conviction that shows up on the public websites – and what forces the landlord or employer to make a choice (for right or wrong)

      A mental health disability does not show up as a conviction. It is the conviction that people are discriminating against not the disability.

      It’s the fact that a crime was committed which gives sex offenders the conviction for which they are being judged. Mental health disability or not, the conviction record is what is shown on these registration websites.

      • Karen

        As a property manager of a place that has 50+ children, playground, youth activities and so on, we do not lease to sex offenders. I recently discovered one of our tenants has a relative who is a habitual offender and visits him a lot. While he doesn’t live there, this family has several young kids and several kids in our community play with them at this home. While the news has not spread yet, I am sure it will (the sex offender showed his card to his neighbor so word will spread quickly) and I am getting very upset tenants that this man is even allowed on the premises (not to mention concerned for our children). I have no control over who visits, just who lives here – any suggestions or comments?

        • VA hall

          I have a suggestion. Educate yourself. You will learn that most trial sexual abuse is purple traded within the trials own home, family, or close social circle. Secondly be aware that the label sex offender covers many offenses that do not involve children, or even other people. Before you fly off the handle, realize that this person was considered safe enough to be released from supervision. Either keep a dangerous person incarcerated, or release them and allow them to live their life period Perpetual punishment is expensive, an efficient, and inhumane.

      • Donald

        So then why are murderers and drug dealers protected and kidnappers, the fact is sex offenders have less than a 3% chance of reoffending but they are singled out, yes there are those that should be set aside as they do reoffend but statistics show that drug offenses etc..have a more likely chance of reoffending and going back to prison. Most drug addicts will break in whether your home or not and steal and even hurt to get what they need for their fix but yet no one looks at that, putting not only your safety but that of your family at risk so if your gonna look at one type of conviction why not all after all prison is prison and no one got there for being a outstanding person of society

    • Mike

      Lol people should look at the OFFENSE itself before judging, I am a sex offender because I was drunk and pulled over on a gravel road to urinate

  • vahall

    Well, let’s see. There is a section of the Megan’s Law website which states: “Information on this website cannot be used to discriminate against an individual solely because he or she is on the website for the purposes of employment, housing….(etc.). A registrant who has been discriminated against on any one of these bases may sue the discriminator and if successful may obtain monetary damages as well as attorney’s fees.

    Moving beyond the letter of the law to its spirit – The California Supreme Court has said that residency restrictions have a PERVERSE effect on public safety. The CDCR has cited a 1.9% reoffense rate. That’s far lower than any other group of former offenders. I’d rather have people in my community visible, housed and reintegrating than hidden, homeless and jobless. Sex offenders don’t bring down property values – fear and ignorance do.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Vahall

      Thanks for your comment. Please send me the specific URL from where you pulled that statement re: Megan’s law. I checked the FAQs on the Megan’s law website, and couldn’t find it.

      I’ll add that statement with a link to the article above to encourage further discussion on the topic.

      Further, as the article discussed, there is a lot of debate about this topic. What’s your opinion on the memo from the CA Attorney General which is contrary to the statement on the Megan’s law site?

    • james

      Well Said Vahall you hit the nail right on the head

  • XYZ

    Calfiornia resident here, and furious, fuming and totally disgusted because I discovered this from: Megan’s Law Most Frequently Asked Questions

    (It may ONLY be for the city of Ventura, still trying to discover if other counties have more sensible restrictions.)

    The terms of probation are genearlly NOT available to the public, just the probation officer, but serious offenders usually have “no contact with minors”, and prob. officers are completely understaffed to enforce ingestigations into that. Almost every hardcore RSO gets around Megan’s law by using their network, renting RVs in parking lots, and acting out there.

    This is opne reason RSO’s are strictly forbidden to use the Megan’s law database itself to prevent such “networking” among perverts.

    5. Can I deny employment, housing accommodations or services provided by any business establishment because I checked Megan’s Law and found that the person is a registered sex offender?
    Answer: No, a person is authorized to use information on this website only to protect a person at risk. Use of any information disclosed on this website for purposes relating to any of the following is prohibited:

    a. Health Insurance
    b. Insurance
    c. Loans
    d. Credit
    e. Employment
    f. Education, scholarships or fellowships
    g. Housing or accommodations
    h. Benefits, privileges, or services provided by any business establishment


  • Jessica

    Thank you for posting this kind of stuff because it is really important to me. I have a guy that I am really in love with, but I break up with him because his child like ways, he does jealous game with me because he is jealous of me, he likes to me upset and he is a sex offender too. He told me his story, I told lawyers, law enforcement, Department Of Corrections and they took my emails seriously. He lost his mom when he was thirteen years old, so he lived in foster care. His parents lost him at a young age because the law enforcement caught his parents at a bar with him when he was a baby. When he was eighteen years old he got kicked out of foster care. He met his victim when she was fourteen years old. He kissed her and spanked her once and they were dating at the time. They really liked each other, but he told me she was really mean to him and he wrestled her down because she was mean to him and he couldn’t take it. He lived with her, but she admitted he was down stairs most of the time and he had a job too. The mom took his car to steal money from Sonic, the nephew dressed up like him and stole money too and they tried to get him in trouble, but the nephew ended up saying it was him. In 2009, the victim accused him of raping her, they took the rape test, the DNA test said he never raped her, the Polygraph said he never raped her and she is telling people he is rapist, but that is not true because the Sheriff’s papers said that they never had sex with her and I saw it too. So he is going to court in September to see if he is able to get off the sex offender registration. I have been fighting with him for a long time. The victim called me a twelve year old that needs to go back to Elementary School, she said that I am an idiot, he is a liar, he is crazy, I really do want him to get off there. Please pray for us. She is not a very friendly person. She was telling the judge lies and she admitted that the Parole Officer was sending letters to her and they were sending letters to her about me. They told her what I was saying about her to the lawyers, law enforcement, this man works for the Department Of Corrections and that is not right. Have a great day. I have dealt with this for two years to try to get this off his record. God bless you. I hope you make a difference in people’s lives.

  • Linda Cordero

    Thank you, Lucas. Strong feelings on both sides of this one. It’s important to stay on topic and respect others’ opinions. Given the recent societal shift in attitudes towards formerly incarcerated people, it seems a question is not whether a group has recognized Constitutional protection … after all, an ‘immutable characteristic’ could easily include a lifetime requirement to publically register as a criminal. We now recognize the foolishness in many criminal justice policies which continue to stigmatize & marginalize formerly incarcerated people. The question has become – how to we reintegrate them via jobs and housing. We have learned that perpetual punishment does not protect anyone, ex offenders are not boogymen.

  • Susan Ramirez

    I just found out by looking up sex offenders on the Megan registry list in California that our onsite manager is on the list of sex offenders. What rights do I have??? I moved here because there wasn’t anyone on the megan list 10 years ago.

    Is he allowed to have a key to may apartment? Come into my home to check the smoke alarms. His crime is against a child under 14 years of age. Thanks

    • Linda Cordero

      And how old was he when this occurred? Also 14? Or did it occur last month? You have no way of knowing, which points up the danger of relying on crime registries for usegul info.

  • R. Reyna

    So I’m a convicted sex offender 15 years and now I am starting to feel the effects after making friends where I lived I am now out of my residence.
    There are several things to cite this and the having to do with the landlord would be one. My first and foremost was steady employment. I haven’t been able to work in the past 10 to 12 years everytime I get a job I’m fired within 2 months. My second problem was the neighbors. one would find me on the registry and it would be passed along the next thing you know I’m out of my house. This happened (since the registry started online).
    Now whether the landlord had anything to do with it I did it out of respect and harassment to move. The humiliation was too overbearing. I am Homeless now.

  • Alex Rose

    Thank you for writing this article. Sex offenders are not a protected class. I’m a leasing agent in Texas, and while I don’t know the laws from state to state we still have to abide by Fair Housing laws. In Texas, properties have set guidelines called, “Qualifying Criteria” that they follow, to determine who gets accepted/rejected. At my property we do not allow any misdemeanors or felonies that are violent, theft related, drug related, or sexual in nature and that is clearly stated on our applications. At my property, we can most certainly decline an applicant if they fail to meet one or several of our qualifications as long as we do it fairly and consistently in accordance with Fair Housing laws.

    However, the only time when we can accept someone who has a criminal background that fails our Qualifying Criteria is when they can provide documentation that their crime has been expunged. Now hypothetically speaking, properties can allow convicted sex offenders to live on their property if they allow felons with a crime that is sexual nature and that is clearly stated on their Qualifying Criteria. But as you can imagine property owners do not want to invite that kind of certain demographic for safety reasons. Not only that but if something were to happen and an offender were to repeat an offense to a tenant, the victim could sue a property for negligence.

    • Sally e

      How effective do you find that these policies have been in protecting children? Do you find that the number of people who do have violent, sexual, or drug-related felonies in their past. is decreasing? Do you have any concern about where those people are housed once you turn them away? I sincerely hope that as a law-abiding, productive and gainfully employed member of the community you do share these concerns. Laws are great, effective laws especially so.

      “Some states have recently begun to recognize that residency restrictions frequently push people into homelessness, where they are more likely to commit crimes, and have eliminated them altogether. The former chairman of the Texas House Correction Committee, Ray Allen, who had once fought for tougher sex offender laws, has noted that “we cast the net widely to make sure we got all the sex offenders. Now, 15 years on, it turns out that really only a small percentage of people convicted of sex offenses pose a true danger to the public.” (from the VOX article cited above)

    • james

      I feel you are wrong!!! Never heard of a landlord getting sued for letting a sex offender live in there rentals or houses or apt ! It up to the people who live in those place’s to watch over their Children. IT NOT THE MANAGER Job!!!! New sex offense’s happen each day By Difference people of All walk’s of live.But to not let someone move in due to a sex crime is crazy ! I have lived 9 years in my park with out one problem and all my neighbors know I am a sex offender ! The cool thing is they GOT TO Watch their Kids! It like I AM a Pitbull Around My Neighbors!!! Watching them stay on pins And Needles make me Laugh! But one thing i seen is the manager Loves it! She don’t have to tell Or watch the kids Just me bein here does that for Her LOL

      • james

        And the RSO list Is like A great link to get to know New people Right under your own nose’s WoW What Fool’s you think this list is for protection Think again!! you have over 1 million sex offenders on a so called List that the cops put up and congress put up Don’t you find that ODD Damn we can find our own Kind So easy Damn thank you all for your helping ! Fools

  • friendofafriend

    You guys do realize that you can be a Tier I sex offender just for peeing in public or for having a girlfriend who is 15 when you are 17, right? The term does not mean that you exclusively must have had sex with a child as an adult. You could even have just been a 12 year old boy showing your weiner to a 12 year old girl and her parents find out. So this “you know when you are breaking the law” bullshit is incredibly ignorant. Perhaps if the average person understood how damaging the law was, they would have some frickin empathy instead of demonizing a ton of really innocent people because of the few who did actually earn the title.

  • Sally Evans

    Nicely said! And, true. It would be nice if the people who were so interested in protecting their tenants actually did something at work rather than just making noise and waving their arms.

  • Doug

    Woke up with a 11-year-old foster daughter between my legs. Stopped her and started moving out. I don’t know why I didn’t tell my girlfriend or anyone but my girlfriend found out while I was moving and called the police. I was honest about what happened and my response from the police was you are obviously guilty or you wouldn’t be moving. Public defender told me the child said we had sex on two other occasions and I was looking at 14 years if I took it to trial or I could take a six-year plea. I took the plea. I have had to deal with offenders as of Jan 2000. My opinion rapists get life, multi victim or special circumstance molesters get life. I can’t get a job or find a place to live. Keep violent offenders locked up.

  • David S.

    You are bad people!! The comments goes to show that most everyone here and in this country doesn’t know jack. The laws that are on the books are so skewed towards sex offenses. Take someone who downloaded child porn and was deemed,”not a threat” because he or her had an addiction to porn and they found something that was way over their heads. Just clicking on a picture is considered “possession of child porn.” That person is caught and he or she goes to prison for one picture and now they have to pay for the rest of their lives because of a mistake which they are remorseful for. It has been proven that “lookers” are NOT A THREAT TO CHILDREN and 90% of molestation’s is committed by family member’s and not strangers.

    • james

      Hey bro use the list to find people who have the same problem soon the cops will have to shut it down cause they letting crime to happen pass this along

  • Nicole

    Hello, I have been reading all the replys and its good to read the different sides and opinions on such a sensitive topic. I am a mother of young man who just recently took a plea to a fourth degree sex offense. Age was the main factor. He lives with me in an apartment development, not subsidized or federally funded. I live in the state of MD. Can anyone tell me where I can find out if it will be legal for them to put us out because of his having to register?

  • Joella Rin'tree

    People who rob banks are not identified their entire life as Robber Offenders. Individuals convicted of fraudulent investing scams promising high rates of return with little risk to investors are not referred their entire life as Ponzi Offenders. A label has been placed on this one group of individuals without taking into consideration that all levels of government place “levels” of offenses on all crimes. These crimes are personal; society must not be placed at an unnecessary risk. However, who actually knows if your next door neighbor is a murder or manslaughter offender? SO’s should be considered on a person-by-person basis instead of indiscriminately grouped. Is fairness being shown when decades of research prove discrimination.

  • Bob

    In a letter from HUD while I was in prison, I was told; ONLY persons subject to “a state lifetime sex offender program” are prohibited from HUD housing, and “owners/PHA’s have the discretion to prohibit the admitting of a household with a household member who is currently engaged in, or has engaged in criminal activity during a reasonable time before the admission decision.”

    And, under new Fair Housing Act Guidelines, blanket refusal of housing based on an arrest record constitutes discrimination.” Therefore should be illegal to discriminate against a non-lifetime registered sex offenders, particularly in senior housing.

  • Justin case

    Is it possible that that type of offense is protected under the race clause of the constitution? There are several articles stating because minorities have been historically charged and convicted more so than any other race that not employing or renting based on criminal history is protected under the race clause.

  • RSOLifer

    As a twice convicted sex offender from immature and thoughtless misconduct in my later HS years I have been living with the label of a Sex Offender since I was 17. I am not hear to play the “victim” game, I made horrible choices and consequences are the result. As a multiple offender, regardless of the circumstances, I know I do not present a sympathetic party – and I am not trying to. I am here to simply state that if society gives someone a permanent label with no chance at redemption than what you are left with is an entire sub-culture ostracized yet expected to somehow live as a “productive member of society”. Do you not see that cognitive dissonance between the desired outcome and the environmental conditions?

    • james

      dude you not alone jump on the sex list and find new friends who got your same MO Ask them if they found a way over this BS

  • Will

    First I’d like to say state laws are different regardless of what this law George Bush put in place and the registry requirement in CT isn’t lifelong for most offenders. I was convicted of having consensual sex with a minor over 14 years ago when I was 18 and she was 14; and put on the registry for 10 years. I’ll be off in less than 2 years even though I have 4 years probation left. I see probation once a month. The registry is worthless as it gives no details of the case and having consensual sex with a minor is considered non-violent in CT laws 53a-71a (1). But people assume it was a violent sex assault because its under “Sexual Assault 2nd degree”. Kansas has a drug offence registry too so actually all it did was open up Pandoras box

  • Matthew Hennessy

    I want to ask those who seem to be in favor discriminating against sex offenders for housing have been listening to the facts posted here. S.O. recidivise less than any other crime (-murder) Its is a title applied to a group of offenses that put peeing in public and forceable rape of a child in the same boat. Is that the test you want to uses with your tenants? Dangerous sex offenders in CA fall under the SVP law. They don’t need to worry about housing because they are civaly commited for indeterminate sentences. There are 440 Commited in CA. Those are the ones you need to worry about. Registries nor unexplained offenses should be used to determine if someone is a risk to your property or tenants.

    • james

      You missing the other point This list can make you new friends that Have the same problem Use the list anyone or someone on a list Mean power in Numbers

  • Matthew Hennessy

    California regulation took effect last week that puts employers on notice that adverse action based on criminal history may violate state law prohibitions on racial discrimination. The regulation tracks a 2012 guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which says that consideration of criminal history by employers violates Title VII of the federal Civil Rights act.
    The California regulation adopts the same position and standards put forth in the EEOC guidance, but applies them to the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act… hope this helps

  • Donald

    The fact is sex offenders are a singled out class, what about the drug users or pushers who sell to your kids are they not putting your child’s life at risk….how about the alcoholic who drives through the parking lot drunk is he not doing the same…what about active known gang activity or ties are they not doing the same….so why is it that only sex offenders get singled out and not all others…..everyone is so consumed with that word sex that they don’t look at the bigger picture of the world today…..if the person did their time has shown reform why should they not be given the chance, everyone gets it

    • Matthew Hennessy

      Donald, I couldn’t agree more. The false sense of security the registries create is far more dangerous than it is helpful.
      Cognitive Dissonance- Expecting Sex Offenders to overcome the hardships of reintegration into society after incarceration and be “model” citizens while we push more and more restrictions and false fears creating a near impossible condition of life.

      Let them move on already.
      SB384 Passed and now a tired system will help aid in classification of more dangerous Sex Offenders. Be sure to read up on how it can impact you decisions with your tenants.

  • G

    Hi, I am a on Megan’s law Tier 1, which is the lowest of the low from online activity, which happen 4 years ago.. I went through counseling from the very beginning, which has been 4 years now, now my father passed away recently and his house that I am in is under foreclosure and I am days away to becoming homeless, because I am being denied housing every where that I applied because I am on Meagan’s law. It seems that people in this kind of situation fall into 4 positions, to own a home, tenant under someone they know and is willing, live with a family member, or be homeless if you don’t have any of the others..

  • Joe

    Convicted of a sex offense over 27 years ago. Never been in trouble again. Sometimes one must live in the shoes of another to fully understand what it is like to be labeled. I can say being labeled as a sex offender has been a rough journey. Ive had people over look it, and Ive had people be in fear of it. I guess it just depends on the state of mind of that person how they perceive that other person. In My research, best thing in comparison was the Salem witch trials, being labeled a witch for a persons choice, and actions and others failures on their perceptions and failure to understand them. Socially out casting and a ban on any human is punishment, and punitive after a sentence has been completed with full rights restored by courts.

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