But for the first time since the database was launched in —and more than two years after the law mandated a Parliamentary review—MPs are finally taking a close look at the litany of problems plaguing the registry. There is nothing a registry could have done to spare their victims or solve the crime. But there have been cases with other registries where this very thing has happened. What if Holly Jones had been saved by a sex offender registry? Brydie Bethell, representing defence lawyers, testified that there are already legal measures in place to rein in the types of repeat, loathsome offenders who pose the highest threat. They had no information on sex offenders who were living in the community. After weighing all the pros and cons about proactive use or the Charter rights of child pornographers, the government must decide: What police forces do want, however, is the power to use the national registry in a proactive fashion. When they tried to approach him and confront him, he fled. Those are the types of proactive uses that we would like to see expanded upon. The five things you need to know about the National Sex Offender Registry A not-so-secret briefing note by Michael Friscolanti Apr 24, When Christopher Stephenson was a young boy—before he was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered by a notorious pedophile—his father would often tuck him into bed with a classic fairy tale: Everyone in the system must report to police once a year, if they leave home for more than two weeks, or if they change addresses. For reasons that defy common sense, federal prison officials continue to insist that they do not have the legal authority to tell registry staff when a dangerous offender is back on the streets. As Jim Stephenson testified today: Of course, his predecessor, Stockwell Day, said the exact same thing—and nothing happened. The vast majority of victims are abused by people they know and trust an uncle, for example, or a babysitter and not by a man in a trench coat lurking in the bushes. Fredericks kept Christopher alive for 36 hours and assaulted him repeatedly before slitting his throat and dumping his body.