MI: Sex offender registry – valuable resource or tool for public shaming?

A cursory glance at the Michigan Sex Offender Registry may reveal that someone who’s been convicted of a sex crime lives near you.

Now what?

Advocates for reforming the registry say this publicly available information not only doesn’t make communities safer, it actually has the potential to make them more dangerous.

Those on the other side of the debate say the registry is a valuable tool that gives people the information they need to be aware of their surroundings and cognizant of potential threats. Full Article



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Always nice to read of thoughtful questioning of the registry coming from outside the registered community.

Maybe they will read the studies and take note of the numbers for all crimes!!. Maybe they will listen to the experts. Maybe they will ask the experts some questions. Ohhh nooo. They don’t want anyone to hear the answers.

Those on one side of this argument are cowards, guess which is which.

Yet another LE official claiming the registry is “valuable.” [sigh]

It has no investigative purpose – never once did any detective investigating a sexual assault say, “Hm, can’t find a suspect. Check the registry. Oh my God, it’s him! Praise Jesus, if not for the registry, we’d have never found this guy!” – and there’s nothing on it that isn’t in NCIC and the state counterparts that feed it. The only crimes it does play a role in are those based on it (residence and employment restrictions, etc).

The only value to the registry as far as LE is concerned is bigger grants to maintain it.

Databases like SORs can have many uses, shaming and entertainment being two prime examples. Profiteering can be proven! When it comes to GOV uses there was always inherent risks involved with every aspect of American lives. Privacy and Speech are also in play! There are still more dangers from the database machine driven infrastructure. Without it cyberwar could not be!

A price for convenience – nothing more.