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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?

You are right Mike, that is why I said ‘distant drums’. I am giving this guy credit for trying to swim against the tide.

“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… Read more »

Mike, I agree with your comments. This guy makes a lot of sense in a lot of areas, but he stopped short of being a true advocate for reform by suggesting that we maintain the status quo. Even Patty Wetterling thinks the registries need to go private – as in law enforcement only as they once were. I suspect that his discretion in not advocating removal of registries has something to do with his desires to be reelected.

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

There’s a very simple answer to your question. Most comment sections of articles (like this HuffPost article) require require a Facebook account to comment. Since Facebook does not allow registered citizens to have accounts, most of us cannot comment on those articles.

Its true Kevin…its damn true….that racebook..I mean disgrace book…discriminates and won’t allow free speech to let the world know what really goes on issues and matters……………freedom of speech ..?….Not at disgrace book.

Facebook is the devil, the devil I say, but for those who have an account, or who have access to an account, or who just want to read along – the good State Representative has a lively discussion going on on his FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/paulheroux.org

A politician arguing AGAINST the registry and FOR sanity and reason. I had to step outside to see if hell had, indeed, frozen over.

Thanks for the link to his Facebook page. EVERYONE should comment there.

The very fact that Facebook thinks it is appropriate to restrict certain people from it is the best reason of all to always have a Facebook account. So, get a Facebook account and comment on all news articles. I have had my account for years. I will always have a Facebook account. All Registered people should do anything and everything that is legal that they perceive the terrorists who support the Sex Offender Registries (SORs) would supposedly like for them not to do. ESPECIALLY, ESPECIALLY if it is a normal activity done by normal people. Do not allow the terrorists… Read more »

Good points. But don’t stop at the norm when what they are doing to us is way beyond abnormal. Stretch a little and breathe free air. That’s why I wish to be at the march in Carson. They expect us to hide in a box in some dank emotional sewer and be afraid to complain and –it’s working. Shame is a powerful depressant. Although everyone needs a private place to retreat to once in awhile, I’m a human, not a box troll (nor a sex offender) and I need free air and light and to move where I wish.

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… Read more »

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.

That is a great idea and after you send the writing to Paul Heroux, also post it in the comments for the original article and here. The more people see it, the better.

Everyone who is listed on a Registry should post a comment at the original article. It could be hundreds of thousands of comments and be overwhelming. Make people hear you.

I don’t see any comment section after the article. Maybe its not on the mobile version???

OK, Will, kind of hurried, but here is what I sent to Paul: “Great article. You have the courage to state the facts no one likes to hear. One criticism I have is why are only people who have been convicted of what is deemed sex crimes listed on a registry? 95% of the registered community never reoffends. You can’t say the same for other types of offenders. Also there are many collateral damages that stem from having a public registry, vigilantism is one and rarely a topic of discussion. Finally, I would like also be able to leave a… Read more »

Good points. Concise. What a politicians needs.

Now, get a Facebook account and comment on the article. 🙂 🙂

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

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