Sex Offender stats
I’ve written a number of articles about sex offender residency issues. As part of our city council discussions, I’ve requested that the state make certain statistics available to any municipality who wants them. But they have yet to provide it, so I started tracking my own stats in the summer of 2014 (right after the state finally made their web site usable).
At the beginning of each month, I take a snapshot of our current data. My source is the State of Wisconsin Sex Offender Residency web site. It’s important to understand that this data was current at one moment in time. It’s certainly possible that between my checks, the numbers increased or decreased. It’s also possible (and actually probable) that if you look at similar numbers from the press or even our police department, that they’ll differ. It just depends on what date and time you check.
You should also note that many people who talk about the number of sex offenders in De Pere are actually telling you the number of sex offenders in the 54115 zip code. While this is indeed as granular as the state gets with their data, it’s just not practical for us to include figures from our neighbors where we have absolutely no control (Hobart, Lawrence, Ledgeview, Oneida, Rockland). I perform a deeper dive into the data, mapping out where each address is, so that I can accurately report on De Pere data only.
I have much much more data than this (which I’ll make available at some point). But this table shows you the simple numbers.