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November 7, 2016

"Global Overview of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Systems"

A helpful reader altered me to this interesting publication with the same title as this post.  The publication was produced by the Justice Department's Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (known as SMART). Here is its introduction:

Sex offender registration and notification systems have proliferated around the world over the last twenty years. After the United States’ first national-level sex offender registration law was passed in 1994, 29 additional countries have enacted sex offender registration laws.  A handful of these systems are more analogous to what would be considered a CHRI (criminal history record information) database as opposed to a ‘registry’, but are included in this overview for the sake of thoroughness.

The following countries have laws governing sex offender registration systems at the national and/or provincial level: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, France, Germany, India, the Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Maldives, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and Commonwealth Nations (Bermuda, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, and the Pitcairn Islands), and the United States.

The following countries have considered or are considering sex offender registration and notification laws, but such laws have not yet passed: Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Malaysia, Poland, Samoa, St. Lucia, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe.

What follows in this SMART Summary is a brief snapshot of the sex offender registration and notification laws in each of the countries that have enacted such provisions, sequenced in chronological order of the first country in a continent or region to implement such laws.  Statutory references, where available, are provided. In addition, the footnotes contain additional references which might assist the reader in finding out more detailed information about the countries’ sex offender registration and notification provisions.

As this is a rapidly developing area of the law, and many statutes have not been officially translated into English, the reader is encouraged to check for the current versions of any nation’s provisions and consult official translations, rather than relying solely on this SMART Summary.

November 7, 2016 at 11:33 AM | Permalink


Registries are nothing but cruel and unusual punishment imposed on people who have already served their time.

The US government is to blame for starting the "we can keep people safe with a registry" mentality. The other countries jumping on the band wagon have obviously not bothered to look at studies showing the registry does nothing but put those on it and their families at risk of harm. It keeps no one "safer".

Posted by: kat | Nov 7, 2016 1:49:43 PM

The registries are born out of a blood lust for unending vengeance and retribution. They are touted as community safety measures because those un-American fascists and totalitarians that support them know they'd never pass constitutional muster if they were called for what they are: a punishment that never ends and can be made more severe at every turn at the whim of the state or federal governments.

The Sixth Circuit got it right when it ruled that the retroactive applications of restrictions enacted in 2006 and 2011 were applied to registrants retroactively are wholly punitive in nature and violate the prohibition against ex post facto. I hope that the SCOTUS will have the moral courage shown by the 6th Circuit and strike down registries across the board as well as the numerous restrictions such as forbidding registered citizens to use Facebook and other popular social media outlets. The North Carolina law is before the S.C.O.T.U.S. now. Hopefully by mid-2017 the court will strike that end these abridgments to the registered citizen's 1st Amendment freedoms.

Posted by: Will Crump | Nov 7, 2016 3:59:08 PM

I agree that the registries put a neon orange "bull's eye" on registrants and their familes & friends. Any law that subjects someone to bodily harm at the hands of a vigilante public should never be allowed to stand for one second.

Posted by: Will Crump | Nov 7, 2016 4:31:20 PM

We have a weak-minded populace and politicians that regularly sacrifice liberty for security.

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Nov 7, 2016 6:50:17 PM

Do you know what else has "proliferated around the world over the last twenty years"? Stupidity. And hatred and vitriol.

The S*x Offender Registries (SORs) fit in perfectly. The U.S. is leading the way with increases of stupidity and douche bags per capita. It makes sense that the U.S. would champion anything that is stupid.

And what we all have to note every single day still, is that as glorious and useful as the SORs are (not), somehow the un-Americans who support them have so miserably failed to get the rest of their nanny big government (NBG) Registries created. I mean, we don't Register people who shoot people with guns. We don't Register career criminals. We do Register people who did nothing but sit in their home 2 decades ago and look at bad pictures. Really?! That is all that people with brains need to know. That, and just a casual glance at all of the thoroughly idiotic, useless, and anti-factual laws that the SORs have enabled and promoted.

BTW, the name of the NBG bureaucracy is not "SMART", it is "NOT-SMART". F them and any government or person that supports them in any way. They are just like ISIS. The time to break them is now. The time to keep them broke is now. The time to keep them dysfunctional is now. Never assist NBG in any way.

Posted by: FRegistryTerrorists | Nov 9, 2016 1:42:46 PM

He he, Trump grabbed America by her p*ssy!

Way to be your true self to bring out the nut jobs and then try to act completely normal after getting elected. Well played! We'll see how long his transformation lasts.

I have long thought that most people who are living in the U.S. are stupid, lazy, self-entitled, self-absorbed, hateful douche bags. They are only "good people" when it is convenient for them. They are too lazy to worry about any actual facts or reality. Electing Trump was good confirmation of that.

Trump is a huuuuge fan of labeling people, name calling, and hatred. He surely wants to expand the NOT-SMART bureaucracy and grow big government. Hopefully he will at least get it partially right by expanding the Registries and associated stupidity to include all people who have been convicted of any crime.

Posted by: FRegistryTerrorists | Nov 11, 2016 2:00:55 PM

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