Patti (whipartist) wrote,

Megan's Law databases

Say what you will about the pros and cons of online sex offender databases-- I'm not interested in debating that right now. They're certainly food for data-mining thought. Some random ray of thought dove into my brain this evening, and I spent about 15 minutes poking around in California's. A few observations:

- As expected, the blue dots pretty solidly follow socioeconomic patterns. There were big steaming piles of them in the tenderloin (a very poor neighborhood in SF, for those unaware) and almost none in wealthy neighborhoods.

- It's pretty easy to disprove the "gay men are pedophiles" bullshit by searching on the Castro's zip code-- there are very few.

- I probably clicked on 200 little blue dots. 100% of the offenders were male.

- By far, the most common crime was 288(a): LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS. I think I found two rapists, a couple who also had child porn in the mix, and a couple of oddball ones.

- My immediate neighborhood is pretty thin on blue dots. So is Marin county.

- A fairly high percentage had a note saying they were in violation of reporting requirements.

- I didn't spot anyone I knew in my random sampling.

- I had very little information about the conviction(s) other than the statute they violated. I didn't know when, or any other relevant details.
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