Do Sex Offender Registries Reduce Recidivism?

No. Or at least that is what the empirical evidence and research on this issue shows. But that doesn’t mean we should not have them. The fact is that the registries don’t really do anything to improve public safety. They just make people feel safer and in control; unfortunately this is a false sense of security. Full Opinion Piece

[Paul Heroux is a state representative from Massachusetts.]

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Do I hear distant drums of common sense, or am I just dreaming?

“Now, while I already discussed that registries are a false sense of security, that they take time away from what does work, and that there is no evidence that they reduce recidivism, there is reason to keep them. Parents and the public want to know who have committed sex offenses. And since all criminal records are public information, this information should not be suppressed.”

Then the question becomes, with the public safety component removed from the equation, how does the registered citizens right to privacy weigh in the equation versus the parents and the public’s “want to know”?

The civil law justification under the existing supreme court precedence ruled that “public safety” outweighed privacy rights. Without public safety on the registration side of the scale then your argument is simple curiosity outweighs privacy?

I think not!!!

Harry, I appreciate the arguments and see some hope that they’re being made, what I don’t like is the assumption that continuing registration is justified even without any public safety component being involved!!!

– Mike

If criminal registries reduced recidivism, why have they not been created for all crimes?

Not sure what else needs to be discussed past that question.

“Now, while I already discussed that registries are a false sense of security, that they take time away from what does work, and that there is no evidence that they reduce recidivism, there is reason to keep them. Parents and the public want to know who have committed sex offenses. And since all criminal records are public information, this information should not be suppressed.”

You can tell the author thinks the registry should be abolished altogether. However, he’s still a tiny bit afraid of possibly backlash, so he had to put that it there, just so that he doesn’t appear too “pro sex offender.” But besides that, it is a good article, actually using common sense for once, and not hysteria.

Here’s a perfect example where the real danger for children come from the parents and people they know. And these people will never get out of prison so any rso laws have zero effect towards real threats such as these.

http://fox13now.com/2013/10/23/tennessee-parents-accused-of-selling-daughters-into-porn-face-january-trial/

Sorry guess the link didn’t work. It was just another story of parents selling their kids for sex and filming it.

This guy writes as if the registries are nothing but names on a list. Not mentioned are all the major encumbrances that have been heaped onto the registrants: dwelling restrictions, presence restrictions, gps, internment on Halloween; and there are generally very serious penalties for failure to comply. His justification for advocating continuing the registries in the face of what he admits is their uselessness in reducing recidivism boils down to his one word, “öptics”. At least he’s honest about this. I would even call this politician brave to have gone as far as he did with this article.

“Now, while I already discussed that registries are a false sense of security, that they take time away from what does work, and that there is no evidence that they reduce recidivism, there is reason to keep them. Parents and the public want to know who have committed sex offenses.”
In non politic speak, the “reason” for the registry is to satisfy the public’s fear and ignorance.

I only see a few comments on the article itself. It is a shame that people who post their opinions here do not share them with the world. I expect people who come across that article think there is not much interest in it. I expect they might think that the dumb “sex offenders” don’t read or write after all and everyone else supports the Sex Offender Registries, so that is why there are no comments. They expect that “sex offenders” are too weak to fight.

What could happen instead of that is that every time there is an article that accepts comments, about 100,000 people comment about abolishing the immoral, un-American Registries. That actually could happen.

Some of the public would also like to know where to buy illegal drugs, so why not create a list of sellers with names addresses and pictures and what drugs they sell.

“They just make people feel safer and in control; unfortunately this is a false sense of security.”

Hmm….I wonder why he forgot to mention that registries also incite hate and facilitate murder, assaults, harassment and property crimes, as well as doing absolutely nothing to protect, prevent or save anybody; child or adult? All this is well documented, just like the failure of registries to do anything good is well documented.

“Second, registries and community notification do not do anything to change the behavior of the sex offender.”

OK; now it’s getting stupid!It seems this gotta look good for the constituents joker has never heard of registrants withdrawing into themselves and avoiding relationships for fear of being “found out” or worse. He obviously has never that there are so many laws-statutes and ordinances designed to oppress (they call it public safety) registered citizens and the experience of trial, jail and then trying to live in a world that totally hates you and would rather see you die in a manner with the utmost pain, suffering and humiliation their sick and twisted minds can conjure up causes many registrants to suffer mental and emotional problems; some develop post traumatic stress syndrome because it can get so bad.

“Now, while I already discussed that registries are a false sense of security, that they take time away from what does work, and that there is no evidence that they reduce recidivism, there is reason to keep them. Parents and the public want to know who have committed sex offenses. ”

Reason to keep them?!?!?! His reasons are precisely why they should be done away with, or return to for LE eyes only. As previously stated; they facilitate murder and everything else already mentioned. This includes various harms to the children, wives and extended family of registrants. They are also being harassed, ostracized and much more ignorance based targeting by the sickos that have nothing better to do than troll the registries.

Don’t be fooled by this fraud. He is just one more sicko seeking public acceptance and he is using us and the registry to achieve his goals. His logic is nothing but thinly veiled self seeking.

Have any of you written Paul Heroux in regards to the punitive and unjust consequences of being on a registry that go far beyond the original sentencing and at least here in CA, is a lifelong sentence? We all need to collectively respond and attempt to educate these authors…. I have serious concerns, that out of all the “offenders” in CA, I only see a few of them involved with CA RSOL.

Will, I did exactly that on the article “‘It’s about the safety of kids'” and 2 others followed by writing the author and then posting their letter on the thread. I actually got a response from Meaggan, the author of the article. She was gracious and thanked me for the info. I wish more people who were “SO”s” new about this site and got involved. I will be writing my letter to Paul tonight hopefully.

The information people falsely believe they have a right to all them to extrapolate just enough to make them more ignorant because they are also ignorant of the statistics and have boogeyman myths as what they associate with the generic name sex offender. “Ignorance is strength “and they believe our slavery=their freedom.

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I Just received this reply from Paul Heroux, the author of this article, in regards to the letter “email” I sent him.
“here is another article I just published”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-heroux/sex-offender-registries-are-not-really-keeping-your-children-safe-heres-why_b_6760908.html