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KS: Can Registries Cover Too Many Crimes? Kansas Legislation Suggests A Rollback

Junkie logic brought an addict to the doorsteps of a Topeka woman once convicted of selling cocaine.

The addict was looking to buy, and Kansas’ online database of criminal offenders has a handy geographic search tool that lets users pull up the names, crimes and addresses of people who live within a few miles of their homes.

It’s meant to boost public safety, but the Kansas Sentencing Commission says other consequences come with publishing the past transgressions of nearly 20,000 Kansans. Full Article

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  1. Dustin

    All these registries supposedly boost public safety, yet crime rates are the same, if not larger. And the only crime registrants commit are registry violations.

    By that logic, it’s getting to the point where it would be easier to create a registry of people who have never committed an offense at all and assume those not on it are a threat.

    • AlexO

      Vast majority of people don’t even know these registries exist, let alone how to look up someone on one. All the registry is doing is giving power to vigilantes and screwing up peoples lives on the registry when inevitably someone randomly stumbles upon the persons name.

      I’d honestly be curious to speak with someone that actively tries to use the registry as the tool it was meant to be and how exactly they’re using this information to keep their kids safe. Like, are they explicitly telling their children to stay away from this house and have the kid memorize the person picture to actively avoid them? I highly doubt even an active parent would involve their child that much in something like this.

      But seriously, how are people lawfully using these registries to keep their families safe? I don’t know if I’ve ever come across a real example.

      • Tim Moore

        I can bet realtors, potential home buyers and possibly mortgage companies use them to red line districts, driving property values down in cluster areas and up in sparse areas. Possibly police departments use them to lobby for greater budgets. You are right, though, after that, people don’t know what to do with them, because they are worthless to the average person who is not a nut.

        • AJ

          I wish I would stumble across the source again, but I recall reading that less than 40% (34 or 36% comes to mind) of the population is even aware of registries, and of that number, something like 30% use them. So at best, 12% (1 in 8) of the citizenry is using these incredibly important–nay, vital– “public safety tools.” Sadly, 95% of that 12% are Fear-mongerers and Chicken-Little-soccer-moms…and good old Marci.

  2. Eric Knight

    Obviously this is too stringent, and this is a bastardization of the Constitution, but at least the non-sex offenders have the option of moving out of state and going registration-free.

  3. Tim Moore

    This is how I see it, the more fear you generate in the population, the increased demand for more to be put on registries. Once everyone is afraid of everyone else, the politician can enact almost any law targeting anyone if it appears to lessen that fear. It only increases It. It is a downward positive feedback loop. It is like addiction in individuals. The drug losing its effectiveness because of overuse only results in desire for more and more of the drug. I fear this is one symptom of communal mental illness. I really regret having children. They are going to be there when this country hits bottom. Hopefully enough of them get wise fast, before the Stazi can’t be removed.

  4. Facts should matter

    “They use it to see who in the neighborhood is creating a hazard for their child.”

    ^Really….? News flash: there’s no such THING as a “safe” neighborhood. Look at all those ScArY map pins on that boogeyman app won’t prevent squat! It’s not a forecast or a “known” landmine map for a potential safety threat.

    All it does is give the illusion of control and the illusion of normalcy over a child’s safety! It’s a shameful gimmick politicians employ to garner votes from worrywart parents.

    Actually, it’s the houses that DON’T have maps pins that should warrant concern.

    • TS

      His hazard statement carries no weight because he didn’t state what hazards are created and how they are assessed to be hazards initially. Past action isn’t necessarily indicative of future action. Must assess the situation first to determine hazards. He knows that because he hopefully did that on the job while assessing situations he was involved in. If he doesn’t assess these hazards of the neighborhood, then he’s just spouting off to hear himself speak and try to influence people with his badge.

  5. mike r

    Good I hope all these damn registries backfire on them. They are suing them to find others who have or use drugs. Love it. Put some gang bangers on there too so that they can all find each other. This country is going to have major issues violating the constitution by registering individuals like a car or cattle. It isn’t right and it goes against what this country was founded on.

  6. Timothy DA Lawver

    The two parties are made very nervous by the advent of social media. Does it not strike users of this site ODD the the USA has only two D&R. Social media is a serious threat to the two parties.
    1. The development of a new party is made very viable and likely.
    2. A third party, and/or forth would force he first two to concede some of the power and money derived from the US tax pie.
    3. A canon/ agenda developed by a alternate new party may seriously dilute both D&R’s membership numbers.
    4. Viable and active alternate parties would seriously dilute the establishment’s
    ability to gerrymander.
    5. In an America with multiparty landscape will siphon campaign donations from the established parties, forcing the big money extremists that thrive in the current landscape to the margins.
    6. Active alternate parties would also decrease the likelihood that back room deals could be struck outside of the public’s awareness.

    With God’s speed may this come to pass.

  7. Registries for all! 😡

    “The agency wants to delete nearly a quarter of the public registry — the more than 4,500 people on it convicted of drug offenses — and in doing so, prevent dozens per year from landing back in prison for violating Kansas’ long and involved list of registry rules.

    “Fifteen years is a long time,” Schultz said. “We are already penalizing these individuals.” ”

    Oh, but 15 years isn’t long enough for ex-sex offenders …… those with recidivism rates far lower than the other registrant crimes???

    Nope, make EVERYONE’s criminal backgrounds easily available online WITH requirements to REGISTER and WITH criminal punishments if they don’t. I want to see jay-walkers, sidewalk spitters, DUI drivers, B & E, petty thieves …… I want to be able to see EVERYONE’S crimes… forever!!!  And I want to see everyone who ever f#ks up get punished FOREVER – just like us!!!

    Only when everyone has a son, brother, uncle, friend or neighbor on the Registries will we start getting broader public support for elimination of Registries.
    Until then, we can win our lawsuits (if we’re very lucky), but legislatures will simply recreate the Registries, narrowly skirting any judicial rulings. 😡

  8. JoeHillsGhost

    So people in Kansas use the registry to try and find drug dealers? Maybe they should start a retail establishment registry to boost economic activity in the state.

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