|"REGISTRY-MANIA: The Expansion of Sex Offender Registries To Other Undesirables"
Derek "The Fallen One" Logue
September 5, 2008, Updated October 12, 2009
Sex Offender registries have been public since Megan’s Law passed in 1996, and all 50 states maintain these
popular yet controversial registries. Since public registries have gained widespread cultural acceptance and
popularity (despite serious doubts to constitutionality and effectiveness), the concept is expanding to other crimes,
or in some cases, to people only suspected of crimes or “at risk” to commit crimes. This is a very dangerous trend
as we face the distinct possibility of being punished merely because someone perceives you as a risk. Furthermore,
by allowing the rights of one group of society to be degraded, you open the door to the degradation of the rights of
everyone. The ever-expanding registry is a prime example of this erosion of rights.
Below is a list of registries—non-sex offenders on sex registries, registries for other crimes, even registries for
people merely suspected, but not convicted, of sex abuse.
Non-Sex Offenders on Sex Offender Registries
Illinois: The “Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act”
Illinois Public Act 094-0945 (2006) [Formerly HB 4193]
The Illinois Government News Network’s press release on the new registry reads as follows:
Also now available through the Illinois State Police website is the Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth
(CMVOY) registry, accessible at http://www.isp.state.il.us/cmvo. The CMVOY registry contains individuals convicted
of specific crimes in which the victim was a minor, but the crime was not sexually motivated. The crimes – as defined
by HB 4193, signed by Governor Blagojevich on June 27, 2006 – include kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping,
unlawful restraint, aggravated unlawful restraint, and any attempt to commit any of these offenses when the victim is
under 18 years of age and when the defendant is not a parent of the victim. Other offenses include forcible
detention, child abduction or murder when the victim was a person under 18 years of age and the defendant was at
least 17 years of age.
Similar to the Sex Offender Information website, the CMVOY reflects individuals who have been determined by the
county state’s attorney to qualify under the provisions of the new statute. Until proper verification and notification is
received by law enforcement from the state’s attorney, these individuals will remain on the Sex Offender Information
website. All sex offenders who may be eligible for registration under the Child Murderer Violent Offender Youth Act
have been notified of the process he or she must initiate to be transferred from the SOR to the Child Murderer and
Violent Offender Against Youth registry. These offenders must continue to register as sex offenders until the
appropriate determination has been made and information has been received by law enforcement.
Ohio’s “Civil Registry” Places people on Sex Offender Registries
Sexual Civil Child Abuse Registry (126th Legislative Session, Ohio SB 17)
About SCCAR Web Application
SCCAR is a database that contains information regarding all registered persons whom a court has entered a
declaratory judgment under section 2721.21 of the Revised Code for assault or battery based on childhood sexual
abuse in the State of Ohio. The purpose of SCCAR is to provide one location for all Ohioans to learn about civil
registrants who live or work close to their home or their child's school.
About Senate Bill 17 (http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText126/126_SB_17_EN_N.pdf)
Senate Bill 17 became effective on August 3, 2006. In part, Senate Bill 17 created a cause of action, under section
2721.21 of the Revised Code, for a declaratory judgment in cases in which a victim of childhood sexual abuse is
barred from bringing an ordinary civil action by the expiration of the limitations period; it created a registration and
community notification program for persons who are found liable in a declaratory judgment action for assault or
battery based on childhood sexual abuse; it requires the Attorney General to establish on the internet a civil registry
of persons found liable in a declaratory judgment action for assault or battery based on childhood sexual abuse;
and it prohibits persons required to register after being found liable in a declaratory judgment action for assault or
battery based on childhood sexual abuse from failing to register and from living within 1,000 feet of any school
Sharon Coolidge, “Ohio law dodges statute of limitations for sex crimes.” USA Today, Oct. 5, 2006
CINCINNATI — People who have never been convicted of a sex offense still could end up on a public registry in
Ohio. A law that went into effect in August targets alleged sex offenders who can no longer face charges or be sued
because the time allowed for either action — the statute of limitations — has expired. The new law allows
prosecutors, the state's attorney general or alleged victims to seek to put a person on the registry. Whoever makes
the request must try to present enough evidence to convince a judge that the crime was more likely than not to
have occurred. If a judge, after hearing testimony and reviewing evidence from both sides, determines that the
abuse is likely to have taken place, then the alleged offender must register with the Ohio Attorney General's Internet
*Note: The burden of proof in civil cases is far lower than in criminal cases!
Violent Offender Registries (May at times be listed alongside sex offenders)
Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry (“Zachary’s Law”)
Indiana Code 11-8-8 (http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title11/ar8/ch8.html)
See the “Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry Power Point Presentation
Includes sex crimes, murder, voluntary manslaughter, human trafficking, and criminal confinement; includes
conspiracy to commit these acts; also registers individuals as young as 14
Kansas Code 22 Article 49: Kansas Offender Registration Act
Includes Murder and Manslaughter
Montana Code Title 46, Ch. 23, Part 5
“Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Act”
Included in Montana’s registry: Sex Offenders, Murder, Assaults (aggravated, against a cop, against a minor, or with
a weapon), robbery, arson, assault against partner/ family member (i.e., “domestic violence”) on third conviction,
and “operation of a clandestine laboratory” (i.e., meth making); includes conspiracy to commit these offenses
Oklahoma—Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act
Oklahoma Code 57-591 (http://law.justia.com/oklahoma/codes/os57.html)
Includes murderers; assaults with a deadly weapon, firearms, or with a vehicle; assault with intent to kill, bombing;
and conspiracy to commit those acts
Pennsylvania HB 1457 “Robin’s Law” (Pending)
Note the language of the bill; Robin’s law would register “Domestic violence predators,” in which a person would be
deemed a predator if “suffering from a mental abnormality or personality disorder which makes the individual likely
to engage in predatory domestic violence offenses.” Sounds EXACTLY like the Sexually Violent Predator statute!
Gun Offender Registry
Baltimore, MD Council Bill 07-0738
Registration period only lasts three years
New York, NY Chapter 10-601 “Gun Offender Registration Act”
Passed in 2003, bi-annual registration for four years
Meth Maker Registry
Illinois Meth Offender Registry (Public Act 094-0831)
Minnesota Meth Offender Registry (Governor’s Executive Order 06-09, 2006)
Tennessee (TCA 39-17-436)
Repeat Traffic Offenders
Michigan Repeat Offender Law (MCL 257.219)
This Web site allows dealers and others to verify if a vehicle purchaser can be denied registration under Michigan's
"Repeat Offender Law" (MCL 257.219). The law prohibits people whose driver’s license is suspended or revoked
from buying or transferring a license plate. It also prohibits the Department of State from registering any vehicle
owned, co-owned, leased, or co-leased by drivers subject to registration denial.
Missouri Child Abuse Registry
The list is private, yet had problems, including Due Process violations
Each state maintains some form of central child abuse registry for employment screening not available to the public
The Adam Walsh Act Sec. 133 calls for a national child abuse registry!
NEW! Oklahoma's Abortion Registry!
"A new Oklahoma law will require the details of every abortion to be posted on a public website.
Mothers -- or would-be mothers, rather -- will be prompted to answer 37 questions that range from her marital status
and race to how many times she's ever been pregnant. One question asks for the woman's reason to abort, offering
"relationship problems" as a possible check-off box, and it's difficult to ignore the judgmental and disapproving tone."
Even Dangerous Dogs!
(Sit, Boo Boo, Sit! No! Bad Dog! Go lay down! Go register!)
Sarasota Co., FL -- http://www.sarasotasheriff.org/D_Dogs_34223.asp
Seminole Co., FL -- http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/dps/ansrvs/dangerousdogs.asp
Arlington, TX -- http://www.ci.arlington.tx.us/animals/pdf/DangerousDogs.pdf
Minneapolis, MN -- http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/animal-control/DangerousDogs_List.asp
AIDS Registry Debate
In 2004, Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer proposed an AIDS registry, noting how “risky behavior” is
the typical origin of the disease; the proposal sparked outrage and harsh criticism. It was met with harsh criticism, of
course, but in light of our view on sex offenders, an AIDS registry meets the same basic argument regarding public
safety. Some of Schaefer’s comments:
The criticisms against Schaefer were harsh:
"Let's put on the registry those who are known givers of AIDS, that's all," Schaefer said on the broadcast. Schaefer
said he had met with AIDS activists Thursday to restate his views.
Minutes after the show, a small group protesting outside the statehouse compared Schaefer's call for a AIDS
registry to Nazi laws that required Jews, homosexuals and others to wear identifying marks on their clothing. The
activists called for a boycott of tourism to Maryland and the purchase of Maryland products until Schaefer resigns.
"The people of Maryland should not let this harmful man represent the state," said Craig Shireman of Laytonsville.
A week ago, Del. John Adams Hurson (D-Montgomery County), who chairs the House Health and Government
Operations Committee, asked Schaefer to resign. Schaefer's earlier call for an AIDS registry was rebuffed by the
Legislature a decade ago.
A primary concern was people would refuse treatment if registries were mandatory.
I just brought it up because the justifications are the same--
"They brought it upon themselves."
"Its a public safety issue"
"They are high risk"
"They're 'bad' people"
On the flip side--
"creating a climate of fear doesn't help"
"having a registry is counterproductive"
"it gives incentives for people not to register/ seek help"
And the comparisons to the Nazi laws and pink triangles
Towards a “Risk Alone” Society
In England, the Violent and Sex Offense Register (ViSOR) also includes those jailed over 1 year on violent offenses
and even un-convicted people thought to be at risk of offending (http://en.wikipedia.
We are ever closer to an era where we face the possibility of placing individuals on the registry based upon risk
alone, without a criminal case involved:
“Do these decisions mean that a state would be justified in compelling registration and disclosure of individuals
whose health status alone arguably created either current or future risk?” (Brian Kamoie et al., “‘Megan’s Laws’ and
the US Constitution; Implications for Public Health Policy and Practice. Public Health Reports, July-Aug. 2003, Vol.
So what is next? We have registries for almost every crime, a registry for people accused but not convicted, and at
least on registry for those who never offended in the first place but they MIGHT. So what’s next? Maybe we’ll
ultimately screen everyone with a battery of tests like the penile plethysmograph and polygraphs as was proposed
in 2007 (http://nomorevictimsact.blogspot.com/). Punishment based upon risk alone is a very scary concept,
especially given the common characteristics of sex offenders as listed in actuarial tests for sex offenders. For
example, if you are under age 25, single, if you’ve ever been arrested for anything, if you’ve ever been depressed,
or if you’ve ever abused drugs or alcohol at any point in your life, you already have risk factors for sexual recidivism
as noted by such actuarial tests as the Static-99 and SORAG. If current trends continue, it is only a matter of time
before we punish all people on risk alone.
Below are two links to Connecticut State Legislature. Notice how the same arguments to justify sex offender
registries have been used to justify creating more registries for other offenders;
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2006/rpt/2006-R-0071.htm -- Argument in support of registries
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/JFR/S/2007SB-00708-R00PS-JFR.htm -- Statements made supporting new CT non-sex
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