In September 2018, an audit in Missouri regarding the state's 16,000 registered sex offenders revealed that the authorities have lost track of 1,259 of them. Many of these men had been imprisoned for violent sex crimes. The principal reason the whereabouts of these convicted sex criminals was unknown involved the fact that officials in charge of this program simply didn't bother to keep track of them. Instead of pretending that sex crime registry is a suitable substitute for prison time, state officials, if they are interested in public safety, should keep these people behind bars for as long as possible. This would force local prosecutors to rely less heavily on plea bargained sentencing deals. Since serious sex crime violators are repeat offenders incapable of rehabilitation, they should all be incarcerated for life.