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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Virginia Has Surpassed 20,000 Registered Sex Offenders By Adding 92 New People Each Month in 2013

Per the yearly December 1st VSP Monitoring Report on December 1, 2012, there were 19,530 sex offenders listed on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry.
Of those:
  • 3,536 registrants under the purview of the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Services
  • 7,699 sex offenders whose registration and verifications are the responsibility of the Department of State Police
  • 8,295 registrants who are incarcerated in jails or prisons across the state
Way back on December 1st 2008 the VSP Monitoring Report had 15,297 sex offenders listed on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry.
Of those:
  • 2,941 registrants under the purview of the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Services
  • 5,606 sex offenders whose registration and verifications are the responsibility of the Department of State Police
  • 6,750 registrants who are incarcerated in jails or prisons across the state
 
That was a jump from 1 out of every 202 Adult Males in Virginia being a Registered Sex Offender (2008) to 1 out of every 159 Adult Males in Virginia being a Registered Sex Offender (2012).

An average of 1,058 new Virginians are added to our Registry every year I did the math from the last 4 years
  • From 12/2008 to 12/2009-            941 additional people added to the Virginia Registry
  • From 12/2009 to 12/2010-         1,385 additional people added to the Virginia Registry
  • From 12/2010 to 12/2011-          1,040 additional people added to the Virginia Registry
  • From 12/2011 to 12/2012-              867 additional people added to the Virginia Registry
That worked out to be an average of 88 people per month, until 2013! 

Now, per the above image from National Center Missing and Exploited Children as of May 29, 2013 there were 19,901 Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia. 

But according to Klass Kids Foundation as of July 30, 2013 Virginia has 20,174 Registered Sex Offenders. 

Note: Both organizations submitted a request for those numbers and they were given the information whereas I submitted the same type of request in both February 2011 and May 2012 and I was advised by the Virginia State Police that they don’t have to abide by Freedom of Information Act requests when it comes to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry (it does state that in the statute). It’s nice to know the VSP will assist these National Victims’ Organizations when they request data but the VSP will refuse to assist when a citizen, a taxpayer and a public advocate of the Commonwealth asks for it. 

As of the end of July 2013 per the Klass Kids data there are 644 new Virginians on our registry. That’s 92 new people being added each month since last December 1st.

Looks like 2013 is keeping the same pace and if it doesn’t slow down may come in second for the most people added. 

Not a record that I want to see maintained or broken.

Mary
 

Map of Registered Sex Offenders in the United States

Data obtained via a survey of the individual sex offender registries in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five Territories of the United States (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Thomas and Saint John share a sex offender registry, while Saint Croix maintains its own separate sex offender registry. This brings the total number of registries surveyed to 57.
The total number of registered sex offenders has been compared to census data to determine the number of sex offenders per 100,000 total population in that state. There are 4 exceptions to this: American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Saint Thomas/Saint John, and Saint Croix. These territories have total populations below 100,000. Therefore, these territories were calculated at a rate of sex offenders per 10,000 total population.
Displayed on each state and territory is the total number of registered sex offenders in red with the number per 100,000 total population or per 10,000 total population where applicable just below in parentheses in black.
Rates were computed by dividing the total number of registered sex offenders1 by the overall population2 in that state or territory and multiplying them by 100,000 or 10,000, respectively.
Colors indicate the total population range in each state and territory. This range is explained in the legend of the map. The territories in which sex offenders per 10,000 total population were calculated are also denoted with a background color.
1 Registered Sex Offenders – Registered sex offender totals are based on counts obtained from the state and
territory sex offender registries. 2 Population – Population totals are based on tables downloaded from the 2010