Emily Horowitz is the author of Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us (Praeger, 2015) and the forthcoming From Rage to Reason: Why We Need Sex Crime Laws Based on Facts, Not Fear (Praeger, 2022). She is a professor of sociology and criminal justice at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, where she founded and co-directs a scholarship program for the formerly incarcerated.
"I'm not saying my kid should get nothing," says Eric Beyer Jr.'s mother. "But to take an 18-year-old kid and put him in jail for longer than he's been alive?"