In the United States, the vast majority of the states are applying offense-based registries, leaving the actual risk level of the offender and severity of the offense uncertain. Studies have shown that actuarial risk assessment instruments consistently outperform the offense-based system mandated by federal law.
Consequently, the effectiveness of offense-based registries have been questioned by professionals, and evidence exists suggesting that such registries are counterproductive.
A sex offender registry is a system in various countries designed to allow government authorities to keep track of and activities of sex offenders including those who have completed their criminal sentences.
In some jurisdictions, where sex offender registration can, registration is accompanied by residential address notification requirements.
Sex offender registration does not exist outside of the English-speaking world, however.
The United States is the only country with a registry that is publicly accessible; all other countries in the English-speaking world have sex offender registries only accessible by law enforcement.
Those on parole or probation may be subject to restrictions that do not apply to other parolees or probationers.This proposed register has received support from both the ruling National Party and the opposition Labour Party.However political lobby group the Sensible Sentencing Trust has criticised the proposed register for its lack of public access.According to the Minister of Police and Corrections Anne Tolley, Cabinet has agreed to allocate .5 million over the next ten years for the technology component of the register and initial ICT work is underway as of 14 August 2014.The sex offenders' register is expected to be operational by 2016 once enabling legislation is passed and changes are made to the Corrections Act to enable information sharing.There are several gaps in this policy noted by members of the Caribbean Committee against Sex Crimes, most notably that the registry only deals with offenses committed within the Jurisdiction of Trinidad and Tobago.