View Single Post
Old 08-12-2019, 07:29 PM
DinoR is offline
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 3,665
Originally Posted by HurricaneDitka View Post
We keep lists of this sort of thing, so it actually seems like a relatively strait-forward answer.
Even those lists can be poor proxies for counting people convicted of sex crimes. States have various requirements for who has to be carried on those lists. Juvenile offenders can be excluded or dropped with time. Some adult offenders can face less than lifetime requirements to register. When California was dropping the lifetime registration requirement for all sex offenders in 2017 they were one of only four states to require lifetime registration.

Sex offender registrations undercount even the total number of convicted sex offenders let alone those that haven't been convicted.