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Knowing the Numbers: How Bad Sex-Offender Data Could Cause More Harm

Guest Columnist Jill Levenson of Lynn University criticizes the reliance of the Supreme Court and others on inaccurate sex offender data…    In the US Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding sex offender registration requirements (SORNA) under the Adam Walsh Act [PDF], the Court’s opinion [PDF] included the following statement: “SORNA’s general changes were designed to make more uniform what had remained “a patchwork of federal and 50 individual state registration systems … with loopholes and deficiencies” that had resulted in an estimated 100,000 sex offenders essentially disappearing off law enforcement’s radar. Full Article


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While I agree with this article on the need for accurate data, it is telling of the columnists view of RSOs when the article did nothing to argue against whether sex offenders present a danger.

Here in California there are 3 types of people that have to register. Drug offenders, arsonist, and sex offenders.. I would like to see the data on drug offenders and arsonist… Where is the missing % and repeats on those??? Wait… Drug offenders only need to register for “All registration requirements set forth in this article shall terminate five years after the discharge from prison, release from jail or termination of probation or parole of the person convicted.” – Health and Safety Code (H&S) Section 11590 – Drug Offender Registration 11590. Only 5 years???? with recidivism of 6% … While… Read more »

Actually, the CA DOJ says the recividism rate is 1.3 to 1.9% for sex offenders, not 5%.

The article is right on and professor Levenson’s voice is again
Outstanding on having laws or public policy relying on inaccurate,
misleading, misdirected, false, deceptive, and tampered with
so called information / evidence ………resulting in millions &
millions a dollars of waste that could have been used to create

Public policy must be based on facts…solid present evidence ….
NOT based on speculation or guess……professor Levenson writes
teaches and helps cause awareness that so called ‘sex’ offender
laws are built on a house of cards…fraud…deception to incite
further oppressive discriminatory harassment type laws.

I would just love to give credit to whomever wrote this, but it was published anonymously because the writer feared retribution…. “One day–perhaps fifty or a hundred years from now–it will appear ludicrous that our society was so consumed with anger at this class of scapegoats [Registered Sex Offenders] that it obliterated its fine traditions of liberty and justice in favor of retribution and vengeance. It will seem odd, that American society was obsessed with concern about sexual acts with teenagers even as it pursued a pointless war that killed thousands of teenagers and others on both sides of that… Read more »

Perhaps a columnist/journalist should write in depth about police sexual misconduct and use factual information from the NPMSRP PoLice Misconduct Statistical Report to show where a real and present danger is for children. Lest any think I have a bone to pick with law enforcement, I do indeed! Here are some numbers from that report: *Approximately 800,000 cops commit 688 sex offenses per year; more than teachers and on par with clergy; and far more than RSO’s! *Each offense costs taxpayers $43,000 *Of those 688 offenses 38% involve minors, 57% are non consensual *Female drivers, especially teens are at risk… Read more »

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