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Why You Can’t Trust the Nation’s Frequently Inaccurate, Terribly Organized Sex Offender Registries

Just in time for the all-important May sweeps period, a local television anchor somewhere is bound to open a newscast with a question specifically designed to simultaneously titillate and scare the crap out of you. “Does a pedophile live on your block?” the menacing voice will intone. “Are your children safe?”

The answer, invariably, is “probably” and “probably not.” If you tune in, you’ll confront a terrifying graphic that the station’s self-glorifying “investigative reporter” has cooked up showing a map crowded with dots. Each one, you’ll be told, represents a registered sex offender just waiting to snatch and rape your kids. Full Op-Ed Piece

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  1. td777

    Decent article, but as Shelly Stow pointed out in the comments, even if registries were accurate, they are a waste.

    • LM

      Exactly. It doesn’t even matter if the info was 100% accurate, or even “real time” monitoring. As long as ONE individual is innocent of what the registry is trying to prevent, then the whole thing is taxpayer fraud, deception and manipulation. It not only does society a disservice, but also undermines the actually safety of those made to register for “perceived” awareness and prevention.

      Megan’s Law is built upon the foundation of a statistical fallacy to begin with. That being all SOs need to be treated as Megan’s killer and are sick deviants hiding in the shadows just waiting to pounce on “our children.”

      Sorry, but the kitchen sink approach will never prevent anything. All this proactive hyper-vigilance for nothing more than the appearance doing something to pacify voters. I’m sick of it.

      The stranger danger myth capitulates the fear and hate mongering. The dust will never settle until weak “knowledge is power” argument they use is squashed.

      (Identification> Awareness> Prevention>) This flimsy argument also needs to be discredited and debunked. When it comes to protecting children using the registry, the rhetoric simply doesn’t match reality.

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