June 28, 2010

How sex offender registries endanger kids

"Shred Your Sex Offender Map"
-- Forbes.com

That's the advice of Lenore Skenazy, author of the book Free-Range Kids and founder of the movement with the same name. Writing in her "Oddly Enough" column at Forbes, she gives three reasons why "the sex offender registry is making our kids LESS safe":
Recently I consulted my local Serial Killer Registry and found out I'm living next door to a guy who killed three lunchroom ladies when they refused to give him seconds on the chili!

Oh please. I'm kidding. There's no registry of murderers out there. There's no armed robber registry either. Not even one for drunk drivers. No, the only easily available registry for all Americans to consult is the Sex Offender Registry. Because ex-sex offenders are so much scarier than murderers?

No, the reason there's now a sex offender registry in every state ... is that sex offenders have become the focus of intense parental fear. Who could blame us moms and dads, when we hear about kiddie kidnappings 24/7 on the news? The problem is not with nervous parents. The problem is with the registries. Turns out, they're worse than useless.

They are making our kids LESS safe. How? Well, there are three big problems with the registry.
Skenazy's column, explaining the three essential problems, continues HERE.