Does the sex offender registry really keep you safe? A former West Michigan judge says it’s giving you a false sense of security. Newschannel 3 looked into those claims, taking our search across state lines to see how sex offenders are tracked in other areas. You can search for them by your address or your entire city, finding their home address, and even where they work.
But does knowing where a sex offender lives keep your family safe? At least one former judge doesn’t think so. “People have a false sense of being protected. And it’s not,” said retired Van Buren Co. Judge William Buhl. “In my opinion it’s not protecting people.” “It’s not risk based, it’s conviction based,” he said. “So nobody looks at the individuals and asks the question, should we really be afraid of this person?” Full Article