Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

February-25-03

States Lose Track of Thousands of Sex Offenders

Parents for Megan’s Law, a group named after a 7-year old New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a child molester who moved in across the street, has released a new survey finding that states across the country have lost track of tens of thousands of rapists, child molesters, and other sex offenders supposed to be registered in Megan’s Law databases. Nationally, 52% of rapists are re-arrested for new crimes within three years of leaving prison. The Megan’s Law databases in combination with state laws are supposed to warn communities about the presence of convicted sex offenders, and to help the public and police monitor the ex-convicts by keeping track of their home and work addresses.

After an Associated Press investigation revealed that California had lost track of some 33,000 sex offenders, Parents for Megan’s Law contacted all 50 states by telephone to discuss the accuracy of their registries. The survey found that states on average were unaware of the whereabouts of 24% of sex offenders supposed to be in the databases. Nineteen states, including Texas and New York, were unable to ascertain how many sex offenders were failing to register. In the 32 states that tracked the number missing, the databases lacked up-to-date addresses for more than 77,000 sex offenders. Federal law mandates that the addresses of convicted sex offenders be verified at least once a year. In the other 18 states and the District of Columbia, which are responsible for 133,705 offenders, thousands of the ex-convicts seem to have disappeared from the databases.



Media Resources: Associated Press, 2/7/03, CNN.com, 1/7/03


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

11/25/2014 Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal Responds to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision - The following is the statement of Eleanor Smeal, the Founder and President of the Feminist Majority Foundation: "The Feminist Majority Foundation is outraged at the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. This should have been a public trial. . . .
 
11/25/2014 Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal - Marissa Alexander, the woman imprisoned for firing a warning shot in the presence of her abusive husband, chose to accept a plea deal Monday with the state of Florida, pleading guilty to three felony counts of aggravated assault. As part of the plea deal, Alexander received three years imprisonment, but she will be credited for the time she's spent behind bars. . . .
 
11/24/2014 The City of Louisville Has Overwhelmingly Approved a CEDAW Resolution - The city of Louisville, Kentucky approved a resolution that will use the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a framework for all future policy aimed at ending gender-based discrimination. Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh introduced the resolution, which passed overwhelmingly on November 6. . . .