OR: Law could make sex offender data more accessible

There are 115 sex offenders registered in Baker County but only one will show up in a search of the Oregon State Police’s website. …
The reason for the lack of information about registered sex offenders online is the result of Oregon law that prior to January 2014 limited OSP’s authority to list sex offenders on public websites to only those deemed “predatory” by the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.

The new system, which will evaluate and place sex offenders at Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 is a “new and improved”  way to help law enforcement agencies better inform their communities of an offender’s risk of committing more crimes, said Brenda Carney, executive director of the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. Full Article



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Uh no. Classifying individuals as level one, two, or three doesn’t do anything except make those doing the classification feel like they have any idea of what they are doing. Want to make communities safer? Devote resources to front end before incident diversion so far less people go onto commit offenses in the future.

This whole sex offender management and tracking scheme is the latest lame excuse chalked up as meaningful action. Let’s not forget outside of very few industries no person can explain what most offenses in any category actually are or more importantly where the limits between legal and illegal exist. In fact no one in the know can definitely say without specific details of a given instance wether or not something illegal might have happened in all cases. Then is the issue of the prosecutor simply having to meet vague minimum definitions as outlined in laws as justification for labeling something as an offense.

Someone need to close the gate.

Well, let me just share this. First, Oregon goes have a tiered system. Most registered citizens can request removal from the registry after 10 years? Wake up California. Furthermore, unlike California, they are at least doing so diligence with reviewing each registrant and determining and updating information, unlike Cakofornia.