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Thursday, July 7, 2016

50 States Per Capita for Registered Sex Offenders, As of June 2016 Oregon is #1 and Virginia is #22


I am so over Excel charts! This is my last chart for a while folks. 

Since the NCMEC June 2016 Map came out yesterday, the per capita chart I made during the 2016 Virginia GA session per the request of a Virginia Delegate needed to be revised. 

NCMEC gives the 100,000 per capita numbers but that really doesn’t mean much to most folks, they need something a bit more tangible. So I took the idea from my Virginia State Police Registry Growth chart where I calculate 1 out of every Adult Male in the State. 

Now, not every Registered Sex Offender is a Male, in Virginia approximately 5% of the VSP Registry is female. 

Also not every Registered Sex Offender is an adult; there are juveniles in most States who are Registered Sex Offenders. Plus there are States with Private Registries and NCMEC doesn’t state anywhere if their official count is including juveniles or private lists. Finally NCMEC claims their Registered Sex Offender count does NOT include incarcerated Registered Sex Offenders, well what about civilly committed SVP’s? We don’t know. 

So this Per Capita Chart (see below) is as good as the NCMEC data is. 

There aren’t any big changes in per capita since December 2015 but I’ve included that chart too for anyone who is interested in comparing them. 

Oregon is still #1 per capita for Registered Sex Offenders. One out of every 140 person is an RSO and one out of every 53 Adult Male is a Registered Sex Offender. 

New Mexico moved up the most by 3 spots and South Carolina dropped the most by 7 spots. 

Maryland is the lowest US State (not US Territory) at #52. One out of every 855 person is an RSO and one out of every 321 Adult Male is a Registered Sex Offender. 

50 State Comparison for Juvenile Registration as Sex Offenders

Update:
 
As of August 8 I’m only missing three pieces of information. 

I need to know the Registration Duration & Removal Process for Juvenile Sex Offenders in:
Ø       New Mexico
Ø       New York
Ø       North Dakota 

If you know please email me the information to MaryDavyeDevoy@comcast.net 

Thanks!
Mary
 

Original Post:

Note: I’m looking for answers from readers in other States to complete my 50-State chart, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom and share your knowledge with me so I make sure this chart is completely accurate. Thank you!  -Mary Devoy 

Sex Offender Registration for Juveniles is a highly controversial issue. Most politicians love it and all Juvenile Justice and Civil Rights groups hate it.  

In the last 8 Virginia General Assembly sessions I have had 3 years where Virginia Legislators had Bills to take the decision of Sex Offender registration for juveniles out of the hands of the judges hearing the cases and mandating registration. Luckily all three years those 3 Bills failed at some point during the process, but one year it came very, very close to being sent to the Governor. 

In Virginia registration for juveniles is a possibility for just three convictions Rape, Sodomy and Object Sexual Penetration. Sounds like pretty severe crimes but just remember the Edgar Coker Jr. case where the female lied about being raped and he was convicted, incarcerated and then required to register as a public Sex Offender. Also if you read the Virginia statute for Object Sexual Penetration, actual penetration does not have to occur, so a juvenile who did not penetrate could be required to register as a Sex Offender. 

In Virginia we ONLY have a public Registry, no Private (Law Enforcement) Registry. In Virginia if a Juvenile is required to register they are classified as Violent (not Non-Violent) because of the three possible convictions and they are “Lifers” with no opportunity to ever petition for removal. 

Now those 3 Virginia Bills I opposed in the past to mandate registration were ALL pushed by the Patrons under the claim it’s a requirement if Virginia is ever to become Federally Adam Walsh Act/SORNA compliant by the SMART Office. But two very important facts that the Virginia Legislators have failed to make is that AWA/SORNA does NOT require the juvenile to be placed on a public Registry AND they do NOT require a mandatory timeframe to register especially life without the ability to petition. 

Not to mention the slew of research over the last 20 years that concludes any type of registration for a juvenile private or public serves no positive outcome to public safety and actually destroys any possibility for the juvenile to ever become a productive member of society with a large percentage of juveniles committing suicide before every reaching their mid-20’s that I regularly share with all 140 Virginia Legislators. 

Two summer’s ago I began charting the differences between each state when it comes to classification (risk or conviction), how many levels of classification, minimum duration of registration, public v. private lists and employer information. This chart has become very large and I update a few times each year when I find more current information which I did earlier this week when I came across this SMART Office Summary http://www.smart.gov/pdfs/SMARTSummary.pdf 

So I updated my chart (see below) and now I know I have confirmation that 21 States have Private Registries, of those 21 States 18 place Juveniles on their Private Registry and of those 18, 11 ONLY place Juveniles on their private Registry. And contrary to past claims made by Virginia Legislators (many who have taken stands against Federal mandates) 6 of those States are AWA/SORNA compliant.
 

Meet a ‘Violent Sexual Predator’ and Marvel at Our Broken System for Dealing With Sex Offenders By Lenore Skenazy


Meet a ‘Violent Sexual Predator’ and Marvel at Our Broken System for Dealing With Sex Offenders, July 6, 2016
By Lenore Skenazy

The note in my inbox was straightforward, and suicidal: “I don’t have much time left and that brings me some comfort. I can’t even imagine a life of freedom and happiness anymore. I hope my story will at least help people understand the grey areas of this stigma.” 

It was signed “Mikey,” short for Michael Pascal, age 33, a warehouse worker in Pennsylvania. The stigma he’s referring to is the fact he is a registered sex offender. 
 

Dear NBC12-Richmond VA, Why Did you Feel the Need to Take a Sexual Assault at a Assisted Living Facility and Turn it Into a Registered Sex Offender Story?


The below was emailed to srobusto@nbc12.com on July 6, 2016 at 6:50PM
 

Stephanie Robusto, 

I just watched your piece air, Violations uncovered at assisted living facility following alleged sexual assault http://www.nbc12.com/story/32385551/violations-uncovered-at-assisted-living-facility-following-alleged-sexual-assault 

Your report repeatedly used the terms Sex Offender and Sex Offender Registry and I’m really perplexed why. 

The person who committed the sexual assault at that facility was NOT a Registered Sex Offender.