UK: Lincolnshire Police: Dozens of sex offenders removed from register

Source: bbc.com 10/13/22

Lincolnshire Police have removed 72 people from the Sex Offenders Register in the last five years.

Those sentenced to more than 30 months for a sex-related crime can be required to register with police for life.
But in 2010 the Supreme Court ruled offenders should have the opportunity to prove they had reformed and could apply to get their name removed.

Lincolnshire Police said its policies were in line with all forces around the country.

A Freedom of Information request revealed the force received 82 applications between 2017 and 2021.

A spokesperson said: “Each case is assessed individually in consultation with a number of agencies – probation, prison, mental health and the local authority – to see if they hold any information that would prevent the offender being removed from their legal obligations.”

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Make’s bloody sense, all offenders should have the right and privilege to prove themselves reformed and be able to move on with their lives.

Sometimes these articles on sex offenders in other countries is meaningless, because they have an entirely different experience than being on the registry in the US. For one, their information is not made public (except in Australia) in those other countries. Plus they are not on the registry for decades like in the US. Of course, vic rights groups have demanded information be public, but governments have pushed back. Both the UK and South African governments have made the argument that public listing can lead to vigilantism. The US govt doesn’t give a hoot about that—in fact, some politicians encourage it.

What is interesting to note is in 2019 there was approximately 60,000 registered sex offenders in England. 72 released from the registry in the last 5 years. Equates to .1 of a percent. While some may think it sounds good, that is actually terrible.

Not that the Brits are shining examples in this vein but at least they have a removal process, unlike their wayward Colonies across the Pond.