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IA: Sex Offender Registry marks 20th year

WATERLOO | Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry marked its 20th anniversary this year. Judging the list for effectiveness, though, depends less on longevity and more on users’ expectations.

The law went into effect in 1995 and the state’s website, iowasexoffenders.com, launched five years later. Full Article

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  1. Mike

    Sgt. Steve Peterson, Black Hawk County Sherriff’s Office: “It is not always the people already convicted of sex crimes and registered as sex offenders to be the ones to watch out for, but more so those who are not yet known.”

    It’s sad when law enforcement isn’t aware that 95+% of sex offences occur from people who ARE ALREADY KNOWN by the victim and aren’t registered citizens!

    Interesting comments by the author about the popularity of the registries and opposition that would be faced if they were defunded even though they aren’t effective at meeting most of the goals that were used to justify their creation.

    • Jojo

      Yes we’re coming up to that really scary Holiday soon . . .not Halloween, Thanksgiving!!

  2. Q

    What a crock!

    “Cowman, though, noted other studies support sex offender registries and their ability to deter re-offenses and protect the public.

    “Protection and deterrence is still a viable part of our mission. It’s just really, really hard to measure,” he said.” You can’t measure something that doesn’t exist, you dolt!

    Show me one documented case where the registry saved “just one child” or prevented anything. You can’t, because it never has done either; that’s a fact!

    This next statement shows how out of touch with reality people really are.

    “We don’t know what information a parent gleaned from that that helped a parent make a good decision,” Cowman added.

    This is all too foolish for me to continue this post!

    • Timmr

      They construct all sorts of surveys to measure what you might buy or who you may vote for. How come they can’t do a survey to see if Megan’s law is doing any good. Simply, they do the “it’s too complicated” foil to avoid the truth that may threaten their narrative. The narrative is a drug they can’t imagine living without.

      • David

        Well, who would they be surveying? If it’s the woman-on-the-street then that would be a survey with a foregone conclusion.

        Even law enforcement would certainly be conclusively for registries even though there would be a few honest outliers with the intelligence and sophistication to know that the registry stinks.

        The problem is that we have BECOME that society which believes that a majority of citizens can impose their morality and irrationality upon everyone, by virtue of their majority. In other words, a society RULED by surveys/outraged voters.

        Our struggles, more than any others, are due to the ignorant tyrannies created by an uninformed and hysterical majority.

        It is not about giving more power to the throngs but less. Or, at least, less power over the lives of others.

        • Timmr

          I didn’t mean surveying opinions, but surveying in the broad sense of the word meaning “look over the whole landscape.” Science is not about absolutes, one can always feed doubts by gaps in the record: snow in Washington DC to “disprove” a warming Earth, a missing link in the fossil record to disprove evolution, an 100 year old who had smoked all his life to disprove the dangers of tobacco. I think there is enough evidence, and the key is enough, not complete, evidence, some of which is highlighted in this article, to show the public registry is counter-productive at all levels.
          There is also evidence “that society which believes that a majority of citizens can impose their morality and irrationality upon everyone, by virtue of their majority” or, I might add by brute force, will implode, unless it changes its irrational behavior.

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