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Are Sex Offender Registries Effective?

MARYLAND – It gives a sense of security for many parents – having access to the state’s sex offender registry. “It’s a way for us to be safe as parents for our children. I use an app to find out if there’s any in the neighborhood. That’s what my sister and I did before, and we actually found some. So we would know to keep an eye out, especially for my daughter that I’m worried about,” Christie Sarminto said. Full Article

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  1. hannah grace

    Finally something that makes sense. The sex offender registry is just a tool to publicly shame and harass the registrants and their families. Hopefully, California will follow in the steps of Maryland and realize the registry does not prevent sex abuse. All it does is empower the “high and might” to exact revenge through vigilante violence and allows the registrant and their family members to live in fear for the rest of their lives.

    • Q

      Hanna grace:

      Yes; you are right about this news report actually touching on a alternate and more truthful view of the registry; a view other than the one the majority of the populace has. If I ever saw a report like this one here in the stupid state (California) I do believe I’d fall out of my chair!

      There is a much simpler and much more expedient way to answer the question “are sex offender registries effective?” All one has to do is search the net to see how many people have been saved by the registry, and how many crimes have been prevented because of the registry and the associated laws.

      I’ve done this many times and each and every time I invariably come up with the same results; a Big zero. I haven’t found so much as one single documented case of “just one child” being saved by any registry or any law in any state. The same goes for these victims rights groups that scream for ever more oppressive measures to deal with this largely made up threat. They’ve helped no one, other than themselves to the funds made available to them by the government. It appears they have morphed from grass roots organizations that really cared about people into an industry that lives off of a lie.

      I think the results I get; the same results anyone would get if they took the time to look are because the registries and laws are based on lies; things that aren’t true. These registries and laws exist because some people think people that have violated the laws governing “sex” might, or could possibly commit the same crime again. You would think this whole thing wouldn’t have turned into the chaotic mess that it is when you look at the numbers. Registrants re-offend at less than 6%, and the majority of other crimes are in the 70% range for re-offense. Having said that; it’s obvious sex offender registries are not effictive.

  2. ab

    Is this even a legitimate question anymore? I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but are we (the entirety of humanity) really that logically bankrupt to believe the opinions of others (laws, rules, regulations, and so on….) will truly prevent anyone from doing whatever they want if they really wanted to do something?

    Tracking people does nothing.

    Forbidding something drives certain people to want to do it more.

    Just because someone has information or access to it does not mean that information will be used effectively. Anyone who has been through or is currently in a sex offender counseling program understands what I am talking about. If they don’t, take a look at the workbook and/or handouts (if you have them or ever get them). Then try rationalizing what is said about the planning of many “offenses” and explain why if a general consensus has been reached regarding the pre-offense process no significant steps have been taken to intervene before another person gets labeled a sex offender and creates a new so called victim or victimizes someone again.

    That’s the saddest and most disturbing part, we already possess some basic knowledge and skills to begin reducing the occurrences of all objectionable behavior. Yet everyone is worrying about managing those who were caught. I won’t give anyone idea’s but let’s just say in conjunction with professional strategies other resources are in plain sight waiting to be utilized and those resources are the best options for raising awareness, providing unfiltered raw truths, and preventing future offenses.

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