Sunday, October 21, 2007

Shadowed by the past


... One one side: the federal Adam Walsh Act. Passed this year, it mandates greater constraints on sex offenders, requires states to place juvenile offenders on public registries, establishes a tiered registry system based on the crime and requires states to maintain registries online, with detailed information down to the license plate numbers of any car the offender uses. States could lose federal funding if they don't comply.

On the other side: a call to completely overhaul, if not eliminate, sex offender registries as they are now. In September, an international human rights organization issued a 146-page report that concluded registries "may not protect children from sex crimes but do lead to harassment, ostracism and even violence against former offenders." It cited Maine's two sex offender murders as an example. ...

I haven't heard about this "international human rights organization" report, but am interested. Any reader know of this?


Blogger ZMan! said...

It's called Human Rights Watch, and the article is here:

7:41 PM  
Blogger the administration said...

Thank you!

8:02 PM  

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