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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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https://www.woodtv.com/news/target-8/sex-offender-hopes-his-story-will-help-change-registry/

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  1. Steve D

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

  2. Anonymous

    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.

    • M C

      @Anonymous, The problem is that you can give all the facts but the people that like the registry don’t like the facts so they will ignore them or refuse to accept them in favor of continuing to use false logic or incorrect facts to suit their agenda. This is not specific to registries and it’s actually quite common for people to do. Its not any different than people who for many years believed the sun went around the earth or they the Earth was flat even when presented with evidence that proved otherwise. Worse, in today’s political and social environment people only seek others who confirm the flawed reasoning
      and refuse to look at the other side. This results in hrsher and tougher registration laws that have no basis in actual facts.

  3. Anonymous

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

  4. Dustin

    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.

    • Gralphr

      The registry is worthless. Outside ones neighborhood, its rare to recognize complete strangers.

      • norman

        The registry is worth something..it’s worth is to try and keep us down and out..I was told today by my employer that I have to go to an air force base on a recurring project for the next year..I told my employer that I would not be able to get on base..needless to say he was very disappointed..he will have to hire someone to take my place..guess where that leaves me…….

        • New Person

          @norman,

          You can try to file a waiver early to get onto the base as you’re already hired by your company. The only problem is if your company doesn’t know you’re a registrant b/c you’re going to have to disclose all your info about the case to both the base commander and your employer to even have a chance to be allowed onto the base.

          Now, if you already tried to get onto the base and they didn’t give you a waiver form, then that’s that, unfortunately.

  5. Tim in WI

    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!
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-gop-blocks-three-election-security-bills/ar-BBZTgKx?ocid=AMZN

    A price for convenience – nothing more.

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