Basic Facts About Sora

Michigan’s Registry Is Exceptionally Large

  • Michigan’s registry is the fourth largest state registry in the country.
  • As of May 2017, there were almost 43,000 people on Michigan’s registry.
  • Michigan has the third highest per-capita registration rate of any state.
  • Approximately 2,000 more people are added to the registry each year, or about five a day.
  • Because the registry is so large, it hard for police to know which registrants need careful monitoring.

Michigan’s Registry Is Expensive

  • Taxpayers pay between $1.2 - $1.5 million each year just on the registration database maintained by the state police’s central registration unit.
  • But most of the costs of SORA fall on local police, the Department of Corrections, and the Michigan courts, who spend untold millions on registry enforcement each year, with no demonstrable public safety effect.

Michigan Registers People Who Are Not a Danger to the Community

  • People are required to register without anyone ever deciding whether they are a danger to the public.
  • Registration is based solely on past convictions (no matter how old), not on present risk.
  • Modern research shows that scientific assessments are much better at predicting risk than past convictions.
  • Some people with minor convictions can present significant risk while other people with what appear to be more serious convictions can present little risk.
  • The registry includes children as young as 14.
  • The registry includes people who never committed a sex offense.
  • The registry includes people who were never convicted of a crime.
  • Michigan requires most people to register for life, no matter how old their crime, what they have done since, or how small a risk they pose to the community.

<< Back to SORA