Bahamas: Dames: No Stats To Support Us Crime Claims; Timeline for the sex offender registry

[ – 4/24/19]


NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday he didn’t have any statistics to back claims from a recently released United States report that crimes against its citizens in this country had increased.

Officials are also making progress toward the implementation of police body cameras and the creation of a sexual offenders registry, he said.

As for a timeline for the sex offender registry, Mr Dames said officials were pushing to make it public as soon as possible, adding: “There is a lot of planning that will take place behind that and so we are a government that likes to get our planning in place before we roll these initiatives out to ensure that they work and they work properly.”

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Nice…,real nice…. I’ve been renting a small 2 bedroom cottage on Exuma for many years every winter for a week with zero problem. Suddenly I will no longer be welcome. This world will not be happy until I am dead for having possessed 6 deleted, possibly underage, photos on my hard drive. This is the kind of crap that breeds domestic terrorists. They are backing almost a million people into a corner, taking any hope of ever living peacefully and not expecting them to retaliate? It’s time to find a country I can go to and live peacefully in my old age. I am old man with an old conviction…..

Posted on the article. Suggest all others do the same.

It’s a pretty sensible approach regarding a sex offender registry, if he wants to ensure it works before implementing. The fact is, it won’t.

The registry has been in place for over 20 years in the US and has yet to prevent one single crime of any kind. The high recidivism claim that led to its creation is and has always been false, as prior sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rates of all felons except murderers. Law enforcement doesn’t need it, as the same data it contains is in scores of other places. The registry has never played a role in the investigation, identification, or arrest of any crime other than failure to register. Indeed, its only law enforcement purpose is to solicit more funding which is nearly always appropriated to anything in any given LE agency but the registry and its enforcement.

In short, the registry is absolutely worthless, worse when considering cost/effect analysis. Dames is right to question whether or not to create one, and will remain right should he choose to oppose it.