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IL: Hundreds of Southern Illinoisans are required to register as sex offenders. But are we any safer?

[thesouthern.com – 11/27/20]

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ sex offender registry, which now includes more than 32,000 people — most of them men, though some women, as well — has rapidly expanded since its first iteration in 1986.

Then, it included four qualifying crimes. Today, there are more than 30 crimes that trigger mandatory registration, including some repeat misdemeanor offenses.

In recent years, policy makers and advocates, both for offenders as well as victims, have been raising questions as to whether the registry, and the ever-increasing rules around it, really makes the public safer, or causes more societal harm than it does good.

In 2018, a bipartisan task force recommended Illinois take a far more nuanced approach to its registry, providing for risk assessments that allow law enforcement to focus limited resources on monitoring and more robust treatment options for people who are at high risk of re-offending.

The task force also recommended that those who pose less risk automatically fall off the registry after a set period of time. In fact, one of the key findings of the group is that the registry has not lived up to its mission.

“While public opinion surveys show that the public favors a freely available sex offender registry … research has not established that registries have any effect on the sexual crime rate,” the task force wrote in its final report.

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Surprise!! An incredibly thorough newpaper/news website article

This conclusion has been founded in other research.

California
Here’s CASOMB’s education pamphlet. (I have no idea when it was published, probably in 2017 or 2018)
Link to CASOMB pdf: http://casomb.org/pdf/CASOMB_Education_Pamphlet.pdf

WAR (Women Against the Registry) shared a 10-year study by CASOMB on recidivism rates between 1997-2007.
Link to CASOMB’s 10-year study: https://womenagainstregistry.org/Resources/pdf/CASOMB_RECIDIVISM_STUDY_10_YEAR_w-Graph.pdf

New Jersey
It conducted a 20-year study, 10 years before ML’s and 10 years after ML’s. It was published in Dec 2008.
Link to study abstract: https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=247350
Link to article of the study: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/sex-offender-registration-and-notification-research-finds-limited-effects-new

The states don’t care because we’re not real people.

It’s not about people and never has been. It’s about money, plain and simple. As long as SORNA grants are given out based on the number of registrants a state has, states will continue to inflate their registries as much as possible.

I’ve never heard of the ironically named SMART office audit any of the LE agencies that receive their grants. I’d bet if they had, they’d find that not much of the grants are actually used for the purpose they’re given. Then they’d have to start withholding, and in turn getting fewer appropriations the next year, and basically show what a corrupted, useless system it really is.

@ New Person: Some people DO care….. a lot. Change is coming – in the courts and in public opinion about Registries. Please take note of the authors of the piece below:

https://all4consolaws.org/2020/12/mi-michigan-poised-to-double-down-on-failed-sex-offender-registry/

Additionally, rest assured that media companies know very well what interests their readers / viewers / listeners. So when “The Southern” published this very long article, they knew what they were doing.

A good comprehensive article that ties into the others they are publishing on this topic. True, states don’t care about stats because it voids their political cover and the findings having been published elsewhere previously. However, when you add these findings together in one place, it can give a true picture of reality whether the politician, judge, or DA wants it or not. Make them prove the data is bunk en masse. When they cannot, then just smile and know the truth.

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