Monday, June 5, 2017

May 2017 U.S. Sex Offender Map from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is Now Online. They Say There are 861,837 Registered Sex Offenders in the 50 States and 5 U.S. Territories.

Note- I can email my full spreadsheet (May 2005 to May 2017) to anyone who is interested, it’s just too wide to post on this blog as an image and attachments can not be loaded onto a blog. 

06/06/17- The original spreadsheet/chart below was missing the column of State names, I have corrected that error. -Mary

Every May/June and then again in December I begin checking the NCMEC website for their latest "Sex Offender" count because the number they claim is the ONLY source for a total number of Registered Sex Offenders in the U.S.. The NCMEC RSO count is THE go-to for media, Politicians, Researchers and Victim’s Groups.  

Today I found their latest map for May 24, 2017: 

Once NCMEC posts the newest map their previous count disappears from the Internet and since they don’t archive their counts for the public I started a chart years back to chart their numbers from May 2005 to the present. 

So today I took their latest counts and I updated my spreadsheet (see below). 

Next I’ll update my per capita chart based on NCMEC’s counts and do a second post tomorrow.

There will always be an ebb-and-flow to the U.S. RSO population growth, those who move to another state, those who die, new crimes being implemented in States, Court rulings that add or remove people, Court petitions for removal being granted, etc.   

But as followers have noted over the years (here, here, here, here, here, here) I have serious doubts about NCMEC’s data being accurate. 

Why should we even care? 

Because NCMEC is the ONLY source of this data for reporters, researchers, politicians and victims groups and until the U.S. Department of Justice requires every States Attorney General to be the reporter of this information we are dependent on a non-profit. 

Here are a few examples of the issues I’ve noticed with NCMEC’s latest Map: 

  • Arizona did NOT add one additional RSO since December 2016.
  • California claims more than 12% of Americas RSO population but yet only 6 additional RSO’s were added from December 2016 to May 2017.
  • Illinois count was 23,921 last December but as of May 2017 NCMEC claims 32,546 bumping Illinois from 2.78% of Americas RSO population to 3.78% in just 5 months.
  • In contrast we have Ohio. Ohio’s count was 29,860 last December but as of May 2017 NCMEC claims 18,424, dropping Ohio from 3.47% of Americas RSO population to 2.14% in just 5 months. Where did 11,436 Ohio RSO’s go?
  • And Massachusetts has NOT added ONE additional RSO in 3 years according to NCMEC. In June 2014, December 2014, June 2015, December 2015, June 2016, December 2016 and now May 2017 NCMEC claims Massachusetts’s has exactly 11,399 RSO’s.