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Some 800,000 registered sex offenders can't live near parks or schools — or sometimes even in the homes of their own parents. Is it time to re-visit sex-offender registries that cast a wide net and often treat juvenile offenders as if they were adults?

Also, South Carolina lawmakers agree to remove the Confederate Flag.On today's Talking Point, remembering Srebrenica 20 years later, an atrocity that's "only half over."

Photo: Bill Whittaker

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody

South Carolina Lawmakers Agree to Remove Confederate Flag 6 MIN, 30 SEC

South Carolina's House of Representatives argued into the wee hours this morning before voting to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol grounds. What finally appeared to turn the tide was an emotional appeal from a descendent of Jefferson Davis, who was President of the Confederacy. Jenny Horne, a Republican from a suburb of Charleston, proclaimed, "I cannot believe that do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday." Abby Phillip is reporting the story for the Washington Post.

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.

Guests:
Abby Phillip, Washington Post (@abbydphillip)

Does Public Shaming Guarantee Public Safety? 33 MIN, 33 SEC

Sexual abuse is an especially heinous crime, and there's unwavering popular support for tough penalties. There's also increased evidence that public registries of convicted sex offenders may be doing more harm than good. Rehabilitation has become almost impossible for some 800,000 people, many of whom — including teen-agers — don't really belong on the lists. Is it time to re-visit laws enacted before the Internet blurred the lines between what's socially acceptable and what's a crime?

Nineteen-year-old Zachary Anderson is being released from jail today after serving 90 days for illegal sex with a 14-year-old girl. The girl and her parents agreed in court that she lied about her age on the dating app "Hot or Not." But that won't keep Zachery off the public registry of sex offenders in Elkhart, Indiana. His father lamented, "Obviously our son's life is, at this point, is ruined. He can't do the things that he wanted to do. He can't even live in our own house with his brothers, his siblings. And it doesn't make a whole lot of sense because he is allowed to come visit but he just can't actually reside there. You know, we taught Zach, you know, abstinence, wait for that special person. And unfortunately teenagers don't always do that, but I believe with all my heart that they don't deserve a lifetime punishment for something like this."

Guests:
Maurice Chammah, Marshall Project (@MauriceChammah)
Roger Lancaster, George Mason University (@RogerLancaster)
Victor Vieth, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (@NCPTC )
Jeff Temple, University of Texas Medical Branch (@DrJeffTemple)

More:
Chammah on the Abel Assessment, a sex-offender test
Gundersen Center's 'Sexual Offenders 101'
Temple on association between teen sexting and sexual behavior

Remembering the Massacre at Srebrenica 9 MIN, 59 SEC

Twenty years ago, 8000 Bosnia Muslims were killed by Serbian forces in the city of Srebrenica. But that atrocity appears to be "only half over." Yesterday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power argued that it's time for the Security Council to formerly designate the massacre as "genocide."

Power and many others were outraged when Russia vetoed the genocide resolution. How important is the way such conflicts are remembered? Sara Terry is a photographer who's helped to create a nonprofit called The Aftermath Project, designed to record what happens after the world has turned its gaze away.

 

To see more photos, go to Sara Terry's website.

All photos © Sara Terry

Guests:
Sara Terry, The Aftermath Project (@saraterry13)

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