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Sex offender registry compliance varies across Kansas counties

September 18, 2011


State registry

• Registered sex offenders in Kansas: 4,572

• Sex offenders in compliance with registry: 92 percent

• Registered sex offenders in Douglas County: 81; 79 in compliance

Of the 688 sex offenders who have moved out of Kansas since 2006 (and stayed out of state):

• 77 have been deported.

• 113 are in prison in another state.

• 337 are registered in the state that the Kansas registry indicates they moved to.

• 161 are not registered in the state listed on the Kansas registry.

  • The registry is updated daily, so the numbers may vary depending on the day. The above numbers were gathered on Sept. 6.
Related document

Sex offender registry compliance by county ( .PDF )

Michelle McMillin is on a first-name basis with most of the registered sex offenders in Saline County. McMillin, registry specialist with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, is responsible for keeping an eye on the county’s 140 sex offenders legally required to register and check in four times per year.

“It’s kind of a one-on-one relationship,” said McMillin, who makes pre-emptive phone calls and sends deputies out to remind offenders that they need to check in with the office. Offenders late on their registration, which is a felony offense, might even get a visit from a deputy at their place of employment. McMillin said the office takes a proactive approach with the registry, as opposed to arresting an offender after a violation.

“It just seems like time better spent,” she said.

Looking at the numbers, McMillin’s efforts to keep sex offenders compliant have paid off.

Statewide, about 92 percent of sex offenders comply with registration requirements, but Saline County’s rate is above 99 percent, as only one of its 140 offenders is not compliant.

A Journal-World investigation found that compliance rates vary across the state, highlighting a disparity in how 105 Kansas counties enforce the law. For instance, in Ford County, the compliance rate for their 47 registered sex offenders is 74 percent.

In Greenwood County, only 11 of the county’s 16 offenders are in compliance. Douglas County, on the other hand, boasts a better-than-average compliance rate, with only two noncompliant offenders out of 81 offenders in the county.

How closely counties follow offenders is up to each sheriff’s office, said Nicole Dekat, public service administrator with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The KBI only maintains the registry and updates information that counties provide.

Over in Wyandotte County, which has an 81 percent compliance rate for its 432 sex offenders, it’s a lack of resources that keeps the county’s rate lower than the rest of the state, said Lt. Kelli Bailiff, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

With hundreds of offenders, it’s more difficult to track everyone down, and the county relies on certified letters as the first step if someone fails to register on time.

The county has just one employee dedicated to only monitoring sex offender registry compliance, so the county has to be creative with resources, Bailiff said.

The sex offender registry staff person is always on call and will head out to register an offender if they’re pulled over for a traffic stop.

“His phone rings all night long,” Bailiff said.


Rudy101 6 years, 9 months ago

Do you really believe you can create a police State purely out of a legislative vote???

The registry was passed ex-post facto, the State is allowed to add any type of restrictions upon anyone on a registry, can add anyone on a registry they want, at any time, no registry law has to show it protects anyone, and there is no forum to show how any registry law, as applied to individuals, will actually decrease public safety.

In other words, there is no regulatory effect of the registry as required.

But you don't care. They have lost their rights, and you don't care how those rights were taken.

You are supposed to live in a country that follows some semblance of rule of law, by following basic processes when looking to restrict citizens. Legislative fiat, outside of a court of law is not a process. It is ILLEGAL.

In every single debate, it is always with the mantra of, "we have no sympathy for them" or some variation on that.

The funny thing about it is you think you can pass laws that have to be followed when there is no concern whether there is actual public safety AND you don't care about any effect it has on a registrant, and then the State will have the temerity to call it, "regulatory."

Your registry has no credibility. I know you think you do, with all that ignorance and hate of yours. However, it is mainly that reason of ignorance and hate that made you pass the illegal laws and blinds you to the obvious truth that the registry, as applied, is against, not only the U.S. Constitution, but international law also.

kawrivercrow 6 years, 9 months ago

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Rudy101 6 years, 9 months ago

No reasonable person would be expected to follow any laws where YOU get the information and think you can use it to exact your brand of justice.

been_there 6 years, 9 months ago

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Rudy101 6 years, 9 months ago

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Rudy101 6 years, 9 months ago

And you have credentials from WHERE? In fact, you have no credentials at all. In fact, you look at a registry and believe you can make a medical diagnosis, and then use that diagnosis in order strip them of any semblance of community.

I am hardly asking for an entitlement. However, I am DEMANDING that a due process hearing is convened for those on the registry and that if the State can find no evidence of dangerousness AND a sentence has been served, that person IS entitled to leave your registry.

And do you know what happens if you refuse to have this hearing? Your registry is laughed at...AND IGNORED.

What do you think you can do about it????? It will be a little harder to find the exact place to dance, eh???

been_there 6 years, 9 months ago

"What right does a victim lose? " They had their right to not be violated taken away when the offender decided it was their right to do so.

Loretta James 6 years, 3 months ago

sex offenders should have one right to leave this country

rbwaa 6 years, 9 months ago

Sexual assault carries with it the loss of trust and feeling safe to mention just two of the rights we have as human beings. In the case of a child it also includes the loss of childhood. These are lifelong issues the victim has to cope with. What pain does the offender feel for having taken away these rights? Many offenders feel that their offense didn't really cause harm - it just got blown out of proportion, it wasn't really harmful. The minor pain of having to register does not compare to the pain the victim feels.

Unfortunately, however, you are right the registry does not increase the right of the victim or anyone else to feel safe which is the real crime.

And, the "due process of law" was imparted when the offender was found guilty.

rbwaa 6 years, 9 months ago

By the way, I believe that any sexual assault against a child should result in requiring lifetime registration and in many cases life in prison. Most child sexual offenders cannot be rehabilitated.

Rudy101 6 years, 9 months ago

Didn't you read above? The law was passed ex-post facto. Therefore there was NO due process. I know you think that is enough, but a conviction, standing by itself is NOT enough to pass restriction after restriction.

Any offenders, all offenders, victims, all or none is fine conversation. However, the State does NOT get to dish out justice this way. Because your logic would allow people who could show that their particular victim doesn't have this "pain" you say they have, and therefore should not be on a registry.

But your registry has no logic. Why? Because justice is handed out by fiat.

rbwaa 6 years, 9 months ago

Isn't that why we have 3 branches of law? If you feel you have been unjustly included on the registry why don't you take it to the Supreme Court?

Rudy101 6 years, 9 months ago

I don't follow a registry. It is ILLEGAL. To take it to a court would only show the utter futility in trying to argue human rights.

It is better to just IGNORE the laws and WAIT till the time is right to watch your precious registry fall.

Rudy101 6 years, 9 months ago

Oh, Autie? You haven't thought through my logic at all.

Your registry is about putting a person on retroactively and allowing the State to pass restriction after restriction without any due process of law.

Your logic would have it, that 10 years AFTER a guilty plea for a d.u.i, THEN you would lose your license and this was done by a vote at a legislature.

This is your registry.. Understand the weak legal foundation it is standing on?

And the fact, that you want to use large pruning shears, only helps my case, that you should have no access to a registry and that while you do have access?? Nobody has to follow such laws.

ralphralph 6 years, 9 months ago

"deported" and "in prison in another state" = tie for best possible outcome.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 9 months ago

In the 60's the town would have taken care of the problem and the sheriff would have looked the other way.

Jonathan Becker 6 years, 9 months ago

Is anyone bothered that LJW lists everyone who files bankruptcy or files for divorce because the paper believes the publication of names is part of its informing function about matters of pubic interest, but when there is a LJW article on sex offenders, and two in the county are not in compliance, not one mention of a name or last known address is given. Publish the names and the location will be instantly provided here. Sheesh! Talk about falling down on your informing function . . . .

david_ 6 years, 9 months ago

You are right Slowponder. This is just a dirty little gossip rag anyway. Urinal World way to go again.Small town minds love small town gossip, and this little rag can't wait for the next bit of small town gossip about a good citizen running into a hard time or some bad luck. Then the gossip will start flying on here. They must love it. Drag a good hard working citizen through the mud, then a big investigation like this story. Great work there urinal boys.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 9 months ago

Well, Slow, and what would you do with the information your so loudly request?? Do you think that these persons should be hounded, attacked, have their property vandalized, or worse? What use would it be to you to have names and addresses? Do you like to throw eggs at persons who you know to be members of this list?

The information is available on many web sies, both state and national. Perhaps you need to think a bit about what your motives might be and also do some research before you post stupid blather on this blog.

Jonathan Becker 6 years, 9 months ago

Pardon my stupid blather, frwent, I had none of the thoughts you project on me. I was critical of the LJW falling down on its informing function. I have no intention or no desire for 'these persons" to be hounded, attached, etc. I want the information on the many web sites, both state and national to be accurate and current. Quit projecting your motives onto my stupid post and return to pygianic house.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 9 months ago

You are pardoned.

While I do not wish to heap further distress on you, I am sure you are a good and decent citizen, I do need to wonder why you would rely on the LJW for this sort of information? I have learned long ago(I have lived in Lawrence for over 40 years) that this newspaper has many shortcomings when compared to a "real" newspaper created by truely respnosible and professional journalists. Some of what appears here is the political view of the owners of this paper and frankly, not to be regarded as hard facts. I would refer you to the occasional highly politicised editorials that appear in this paper.

I long ago gave up on anything other than the sports or comics in the JW. Now that there are many other news outlets available on the net, I usually go there for the real "scoop". Most local news is pablum about the city, the university, or where the next roundabout will be built or what new tax is needed to support the delusional projects of the alleged "city commission".

I hope this clarifies my basis for my criticisms.

kawrivercrow 6 years, 9 months ago

Just so you all know, the deported ones are back already.

signoflife 6 years, 9 months ago

I think the real issue is people need to be educated about what constitutes an offense and the reasons the registry was put into place in the first place.

The registry was created through successful lobbying from people like Adam Walsh who wanted to inform the public of dangerous "violent predators." That is, people who are driven to repeatedly commit these acts due to a chemical brain imbalance or some other driving factor that makes them pre-disposed to do these things.

In Kansas, people who are deemed as "violent predator" are kept civilly committed. In other words, they are not out on the street posing danger to society.

The range of offenses can be quite large that will land you on the Kansas registry. There are a few that have raped, etc,... but there are also others that may have gone streaking in public, people convicted of "sexting" with a minor online, etc. There does not necessarily have to be contact between victim and offender. What is listed on the registry is what charge they were convicted of, not necessarily what actually happened. In many cases a plea deal is reached where the offender will take a certain charge to reduce the punishment.

The registry adds confusion, because now the public doesn't really know who is a lesser offender and who is truly dangerous.

The real issue is, does society really need to keep track of people even after their time is served? If an offender receives 5 years as a sentence, and they complete it successfully, do we need to really track them for 20 years? Instead that seems like a 20 year sentence, not 5. last item to note..... The recidivism rate among sex offenders is the lowest of all offenses. Hence comments such as "...cannot be rehabilitated." Are just false. You need to check your sources....

rbwaa 6 years, 9 months ago

You will note that "cannot be rehabilitated" referred to child sex offenders who are notoriously cunning and manipulative of children. Child victims have no power, are intimidated by adults and are least likely to report the offense hence most child sexual assault goes unreported.

Also, note the caveat from your referenced article below: subset re-offends at a frighteningly high rate.

Rudy101 6 years, 9 months ago

A subset re-offends, and you believe you can start putting a police State around any or all people you want because a sub-set re-offends?

Sorry, it is not legitimate and not legal. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS. It is what America was built on.

kawrivercrow 6 years, 9 months ago

From your link:

"Nevertheless, perpetrators of different types of sex crimes exhibit varying rates of repeat offending. The 15-year recidivism rate is 13 percent for incest perpetrators, 24 percent for rapists, and 35 percent for child molesters of boy victims."

You've got some amazingly low standards if you think this is acceptable.

signoflife 6 years, 9 months ago

I didn't say any of it was acceptable.

...This also means 65% don't commit any other crimes. You also need to compare with articles about rates for other crimes, such as burglary, etc.

kawrivercrow 6 years, 9 months ago

Burglary is not in any way comparbale to sex crimes. Such thinking as yours would immediately change if you found Rudy101 with his penis in your little boy's anus.

rbwaa 6 years, 9 months ago

Also from your link: "When providing clarifications about the lower than generally acknowledged rates of recidivism, we must be careful not to oversimplify. Recidivism research is as difficult as it is important. For instance, although average rates tell us what percentage reoffends one or more times, we also need to be aware that a subset re-offends at a frighteningly high rate. In addition, there are reasons to think that published findings underestimate the true rates. Most research necessarily omits those offenders who were not detected and arrested or whose victims did not report the crime. Further, many sex offenders plea-bargain down to a nonsexual offense."

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 9 months ago

"The registry was created through successful lobbying from people like Adam Walsh who wanted to inform the public of dangerous "violent predators." That is, people who are driven to repeatedly commit these acts due to a chemical brain imbalance or some other driving factor that makes them pre-disposed to do these things"

This being the case, why then would a young man be placed on this lifetime registry for having sex with his now wife when they were underage? How does this protect anyone from "dangerous predators??

I know I keep harping on this incident from a few years ago, but it seems that whoever stewed up these laws to get more votes at the next election, forgot to consider the collateral damage that such "no tolerance" laws would create and the danger that would be created for innocent persons snared in this iron-clad set of laws and outrageous contentions about the nature of those who may be sex offenders or who may be falsely accused. I know that happens, I have seen it happen.

I do not have problems with makeing information about the whereabouts of such persons public information, but the process of putting them there with no judicial or sane proceedures and appeals is injust and frankly, very expensive to police. These laws need some common sense other than idiots proclaiming that "offenders cannot be rehibilitated" Offenders that have been framed have no such options available to them.

akt2 6 years, 9 months ago

I've seen them post pictures, descriptions and last known residences on Kansas City news stations. They are most always caught and the viewers are updated. Getting their pictures out to the public is the easiest way to catch them. Too many eyes to hide from.

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