Sex-offender Registries: How the Wetterling abduction changed the country

American Public Media looks at how sex offender registries have expanded in the United States over the last two decades, following the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. While the registries are largely popular with the public, researchers question how useful they are.

The number of people on the nation’s sex-offender registries has exploded to hundreds of thousands. But researchers question the registries’ effectiveness, note their inconsistencies and suggest they might be doing more harm than good. Even Patty Wetterling has changed her views. 

Read the article here.

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