Wisconsin sex offender registry gets millions of page views

Wisconsin sex offender registry gets millions of page views

Wisconsin’s online resources to find details about sex offenders are generating millions of page views.

USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports that sections of the state Department of Corrections’ website that provide details on sex offenders generated 19 million page views last year.

The department’s sex offender registry, offender locator and “Wisconsin’s Most Wanted” averaged a combined 481,000 visits per month.

Corrections officials say the sex offender registry has become a resource for residents researching prospective child care providers, youth sports coaches and other people working with children.

Grace Knutson is the department’s director of sex offender programs. She says the registry is helpful, and that residents are using the list “as it was intended.”

Some critics say the registries do more harm than good, and feed a culture of fear.

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