UK: Do Sex Offender Registers Actually Reduce Reoffending Rates?

Source: 6/16/22

This article covers what it means to be on a sex offender list and assesses whether or not they help reduce reoffending…

In the year ending December 2021, the UK reported a staggering 183,587 sexual offences, a 22% increase from the figures reported for 2020.

Despite increased awareness campaigns and measures, such as the sex offenders register, figures continue to climb. In this article, we’ll examine what this means and shine a spotlight on the question, ‘do sex offender registers actually reduce reoffending rates?’.

Ineffective Against Reoffending

When it comes to reoffending, the general consensus is that being placed on the sex offenders list has little to no impact. This conclusion is reached through a study which showed that reoffending rates have remained steady at between 26.0% and 31.8%.

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Climbing rates of crime are correlated to the advent of the database driven infrastructure to enable criminal activities in all respects and not just sex offenses. Fraud is by far the most common crime here in America. How else can one nation find itself with $30,000,000,000,000+ in debt obligations. The costs of maintaining that debt just increased by .75% pts. The advent of the sex offender registry regime is precisely that, A fraud perpetrated by deep state federalists backed with big tech idealism. Anything regime that is a good idea does not necessitate financial coercion to motivate states into action. Sure sex offenders suffer some, but liberty suffers more. Especially from gov intrusion!

I wonder why the re-offense rates are drastically higher than in the US.

Ten points to hufflepuff. Even though people want the registry public there the government sees that it would create too many issues for the people on the registry as well as the police.

Huh? 😦 Reoffending at rates of 26% – 32% ??? 🤔

The failure to include an ‘operational definition’ of the term ‘re-offense’ in this so-called ‘academic study’ renders their statistical analysis and conclusions pretty much meaningless. What does “re-offense” include or exclude? Are technical violations of registration regulations included or excluded? Are the ‘re-offenses’ strictly sexual re-offenses, or do they include non-sexually based crimes (drugs, violence, theft, etc.)?

The average reader would naturally conclude that the referenced “re-offenses” are sexual crimes. This may not be the case, but we do not know for certain. Therefore, should significant differences in “operational definitions” between studies exist, any comparisons between such studies would be meaningless (comparing apples and oranges). This would explain the incongruity between the accepted 3-5% re-offense rate found in the vast majority of studies and this ‘study’.

I love stuff like this, but not for obvious reasons. To be completely honest I don’t care about reoffending rates because that’s not the real problem. The actual problem is offending rates. The same issues which lead to initially being a victim or the perpetrator of an offense tend to remain unresolved for a second, third, fourth, etc…time as well. Some exist at the individual level while others are community and societal based. All registration does is push any of those off to the side so everyone can focus on keeping track of the “bad people” and concern themselves with regulatory nonsense under the false “the more you know” safety guise. It’s just like car registration doesn’t prevent accidents. The wrong framing of course will produce mismatched results.

So many variables go into statistics. In the case of an uptick in offenses, Did laws change to include more offenses ? Are there more people reporting possible crimes? Are there more convictions due to political and social pressure?
The registry is akin to a brag sheet for law enforcement. They can point to it and say “ Hey, look at us and what we do to protect the community”. The discussion of the validity of the registry has been done so many times it’s turned into white noise. I for one am tired of hearing about how unsuccessful it has been. I know it because I live it every day. It’s not going away. We need to accept that. Now put your energy into improving life within it’s boundaries. Hoping the boundaries will expand to the point to where it becomes meaningless to everyone.