Reply To: The Sex Offender Registry: A Gorilla on the Basketball Court


Speaking of the experiment mentioned here, it reminds me of the story out in Iowa regarding the Mollie Tibbetts disapearance which is now into its 3rd week. Several of the storys I’ve seen indicate law enforcement is looking at the registry; or that many comments from the public suggest police should be. So, here it is again….the notion of “Stranger Danger”, and the inclination that it must have been a registered person involved.

Meanwhile, as we all know, (1) statistics show these kind of things are more likely to involve someone known to her or an acquaintance. And, (2) the recidivism rate for registered people is quite low.

Now, that’s not to say, that once this situation is solved it could be that it involved someone on the registry. But, it’s unlikely. Additionally, the registry has so many on it that it would be difficult to identify anyone that may have some involvement. The registry needs revamped if it is to be an effective tool for police. You would think law enforcement would be for an effective registry, if their intent is to use it to solve crimes.

But again, LE are so focused on counting the number of times the ball is thrown, that they don’t see the gorilla walking through the room. When you throw so many on the registry regardless of low risk threat levels that it becomes so massive, how can such a tool have any benefit to law enforcement?