According to aclumich.org, Michigan’s registry is one of the largest in the country, and current estimates indicate that it includes approximately 45,000 Michiganders, and approximately 10,000 more people living out of state. The registry costs taxpayers millions each year with no demonstrable public safety benefit. Registration is based solely on past convictions (no matter how old), not present risk, which contradicts modern scientific research showing that scientific assessments are better at predicting risk than past convictions. And, the registry includes children as young as 14 and people who have never committed a sex offense. The ACLU believes that the new law, which went into effect on March 24, 2021, has done little to fix Michigan’s bloated and ineffective registry and, in some ways, has made the problem worse.