There's evidence that sex offender registries are crowded with too many people who pose little threat to the community, like those convicted of fornicating with with other teens or sexting photos of themselves. Even if the system isn't perfect, we assume that it's still a valuable tool to protect us against dangerous offenders like rapists and pedophiles. However, according to troubling new research, sex offender registries aren't doing much to reduce crime, and may actually encourage people to reoffend.
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