The registry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. In fact, the registry grew by almost 5 percent during the past 12 months. That means there are currently more than 912,000 people on the registry in the U.S., an increase of 42,001, according to The Dobbs Wire.
The recent increases in the number of people on the registry are not uniform throughout the nation. In fact, the number of registrants decreased in the states of Vermont and Kentucky as well as in the District of Columbia.
But in the vast majority of the nation’s 50 states, the number of registrants increased significantly. The greatest increases were in the states of New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas where the number of registrants grew by at least 5,000 in each state. The percentages of increase were the highest in South Carolina with about 40 percent and in New York with about 18 percent. Overall, the states of California and Texas continue to claim the highest number of registrants with the California total at 106,916 and the Texas total at 99,511.
What is the message we are to learn from the significant growth in the number of registrants? The message is that society has not yet learned from its mistakes. That is, society continues to believe that increasing the number of registrants will increase public safety.
This message is, of course, contrary to the fact that public safety is decreased, not increased, as the number of registrants continue to grow. Why? Because a growing number of registrants and their families may become unstable as they face the new challenges of unemployment and even homelessness. Because the real danger of sexual assault is not found on the list of registrants but instead in families, schools and churches.
Until and unless registration laws are changed, we can expect the number of registrants to increase in the future. The silver lining of this dark cloud is that “soon” the number of registrants will be so large that it can and will directly impact elections and repeal the laws that continue to punish them and their families.