by Michael M.
We’ll start with the most obvious map of interest, dated 2017, and from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Admittedly, this map is kind of ho-hum, unless you happen to live in Oregon, Wisconsin, or Michigan, which have the highest percent of registered sex offenders in the nation.
Next, let’s take a look at our incarceration rates by state. This map might give you pause if you happen to live in the deep south. The question that this map raises is, are the people in the southern states just that much more criminal-minded than those in the north? Or are southerners being held to a different legal standard than those in the rest of the country?
As if incarceration alone weren’t bad enough, here’s a map that shows the states that can continue to keep a sex offender locked up civilly after he has served the sentence imposed by a criminal court of law. In essence, people are being incarcerated for what they might do in the future.
By the way, did you know that HIV sufferers have to register as sex offenders in six states? I didn’t.