|Posted on December 14, 2010 at 8:33 AM|
NEWS UPDATE (11/26/2010):
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has last week published a report which reinforces much of what we have been trying to warn Canadians of for many months now. You can read their report here:
NEWS UPDATE (12/16/2010):
Yesterday Bill S-2 became law.
Amongst other things this bill will make inclusion in the National Sex Offender Registry automatic. Inclusion will be based solely on the nature of the offense, not by severity or risk of re-offense, nor will it differentiate between violent or nonviolent offenses.
The Conservative government has ignored the fact that there is little or no evidence that the Registry is effective. Instead of determing why it has not been effective the government decides to simply expand it and make it all-encompassing.
What do you think is going to happen when the number of individuals on the registry double, trebles, quadruples...? which it will. Let's forget the resulting increase in monetary costs and cost in required manpower. What happens when a child does go missing, a thankfullly very rare occurance, and the police want to investigate former offenders in the area. Ignoring the fact that most former offenders never reoffend (which explains why the registry has "not solved any crimes where the offender was unknown"), what will police do when instead of 1 or 2 high-risk offenders in the vicinity, there are now 200 people on the registry, with a variety of wide-ranging offences?
It unlikely that the new legislation, in the words of Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, "will better protect Canadians from being victimized by sexual offenders". For the conservatives that really isn't important. They have been successful in looking "tough on crime" while doing absolutely nothing about addressing the important underlying causes of crime; that, it appears, is good enough for them.