Truth in sex offender headlines? Really?

Reprinted with permission from http://with-justiceforall.blogspot.com/

By Shelly Stow

According to this article posted March 22, 46 registered sex offenders in Florida cannot be located by law enforcement. The headline, “21 sex offenders unaccounted for in Palm Beach County,” is designed as click-bait with the point being that almost half of the “absconded” registrants in the state are in one county.

I propose a new headline, one that would possibly not attract the same readership but one that would be more accurate and factual.

According to the Sexual Predator Unit for the state of Florida, as of  3/23/2017, Florida had 69,842 persons registered on its sex offender registry.

The headline I propose is, “In Florida, 69,796 registered sex offenders are exactly where they are supposed to be and doing what they are supposed to be doing.”

Of course, with Florida’s harsh “scorched earth” policy resulting in residency restrictions that leave thousands of the state’s registrants living under bridges, in the woods, and in parking lots, where they are “supposed to be” and what they are “supposed to be doing” is living in conditions to which we do not subject our pets.

But I digress.

Think how much better it would be if our headlines reflected the positive rather than the negative, or even just included the full facts. Rather than “Deschutes County issues alert for missing sex offender,” how about, “Deschutes County issues alert for missing sex offender and thanks the other 239 for being in compliance.” Instead of “Two registered sex offenders in nursing homes committed new assaults,” we read, “9,000 [estimated] registered sex offenders in nursing homes are model patients.”

Will that ever happen? Nah.

But it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?

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      Sandy Rozek
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      It would be nice if this idea caught on.

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      Kendal

      So, if I did the math right that is approximately 0.00065% of the sex offenders unaccounted for. I’d say that is pretty positive.

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      So Sad

      Yes, it is good to dream the improbable dream! They cry about the “unaccounted” because they need/live to spread fear among the population. They will NEVER spread the good news about those who are compliant. Why should they? I does not fit into the predetermined agenda of the state and media bias. That is until a member of their family commits this kind of crime. Maybe

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