If the early results are any indication, not everyone is living where they say they are. Almost one in five registered sex offenders is non-compliant in some way. But resources are stretched thin, and as the list of registered sex offenders continues to grow, it will become increasingly difficult to check on every single person.
They could have died. In fact, officers there prefer to issue reminder notices to overdue offenders rather than charge them with non-compliance.
Of those, 1, eight per cent are considered non-compliant in some way. Two of those offenders are now under criminal investigation for non-compliance. Between May and SeptemberWard sent compliance check requests to various detachments across the province. There was no foresight.
Rational or not, the decision still left police with a monumental task. In this web exclusive, macleans. Hundreds of rapists and pedophiles are missing.
Some have been missing for months. During that same span, only 1,—fewer than half—were ordered onto the national registry. Ottawa designed its own distinct database—a trickle-down operation in which the bulk of the costs, and the work, actually falls on the provinces and territories.
They are responsible for offender compliance and for the administrative aspect of the database e. Of all the problems with the national registry, nothing bothers Ontario more than the discretionary inclusion rule.
Launched in , the provincial database is an impressive piece of technology. Every month, Ward contacts local police jurisdictions and forwards a list of offenders whose addresses need to be verified. Not surprisingly, the Correctional Service of Canada is also hesitant to share information.
Consider this fact: since the day the national system was unveiled, 3, people have been automatically added to the Ontario registry remember, inclusion is mandatory on the provinicial. In October, when registry officials from every province and territory met for an annual meeting, nobody from Ontario showed up.
PEI is the only province to boast a perfect compliance rate.