Why sex offender registries keep growing even as sexual violence rates fall

The latest map of registered sex offenders in the United States put out in May by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, shows there are now more than 900,000 men, women, and children on sex offender registries.While the number of people on sex offender registries is increasing, Steven Yoder, writing for The Appeal, […]

Dobbs Wire: Registry increases by 3.3% in six months

Bill Dobbs provides the latest report on the number of registered sex offenders in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) just released its latest map which shows the latest figures for sex offense registries in all states. (NCMEC is a private […]

Sex offender registries: Common sense or nonsense?

In a comprehensive article for the June issue of Criminal Legal News, Christopher Zoukis knocks down many of the myths and lies used to justify sex offender registration and notification laws.There is a laudable and virtually unassailable goal associated with sex-offender registration and restriction laws: protection of the public, especially children. Congress passed SORNA, for […]

Sex offender recidivism fact-based research statistics

AVNetnews, from Sarasota, Florida, has a rundown of several sex offender recidivism studies. They include a few older, less credible, studies and a few more recent and scientifically valid studies.Here is their introduction:The following Sex Offender Recidivism Fact-Based Research Statistics show that “facts are stubborn things”, refuting the shill, rants and other myths, such as […]

NARSOL: Sex offender registry facts and statistics

From NARSOL, here is a handy compilation of facts and statistics about sex offender registries complete with supporting links.Check it out at the NARSOL website.The palm card is a collection of the most salient facts regarding sexual offending, quickly available for reference or for distribution. Since space is at a premium, citation references are omitted […]

Washington Post fact checks Alito’s SO recidivism claim

The Washington Post has awarded three Pinocchio’s (out of four!) to Justice Samuel Alito’s sex offender recidivism claims, included in his concurring opinion in the Supreme Court’s Packingham decision. Alito cites the common misconception that sex offenders are “much more likely than any other type of offender to be rearrested for a new rape or […]

Sex offender registries based on a lie

Two recent editorials – one by Radley Balko in the Washington Post and the other by David Feige in Slate – explain that the common justification for harsh sex offender registries – “frightening and high” recidivism rates – is a lie.Feige highlights some relevant statistics.In reality, sex offenders have among the lowest same-crime recidivism rates […]

Study: One percent of black men in U.S. is a registered sex offender

A new study finds that one-percent of black men in the United States is a registered sex offender. University of Albany Assistant Professor of Sociology Trevor Hoppe analyzed data from 49 states that shows the number of registered sex offenders increased by nearly 25-percent between 2005 and 2013.Embedded in those increased registration rates, researchers find […]

Are we all Sex Offenders?

That is the question Galen Baughman asks in this TEDx lecture, given to a college audience in New York last November.Baughman spent nine years in a Virginia prison, for having consensual sex with his 14-year-old boyfriend when he was 19 years old. He won his freedom in a historic civil commitment trial.Watch the talk here…and […]

Share This With People Who Are Frightened by Former Sex Offenders

The 5.3 percent number comes from a U.S. Department of Justice study. Individual state studies have found lower reoffense rates. In Nebraska, for instance, the University of Nebraska-Omaha found a year-to-year reoffense rate of less than 1 percent.