Okay, so the public has a right to know where ex-sex offenders live, who, by the way, have one of the lowest recidivism rates of all other criminals, so that means we also have the right to know where all other sinners live.
So where is the registry for DUI offenders, gang members, drug dealers/users, thieves, domestic abuse, child abuse, corrupt politicians, police, etc?
Since we are making ex-sex offenders the scapegoat for today's ills, I think it's high time we put all other criminals on a public shaming hit-list, after all, they say, it deters crime and protects people, so where is the all criminals registry?
Many states have already proposed other registries, so I think we should all be contacting congress and demanding they put all criminal records online for use to see and protect ourselves... Don't you?
APPLETON (WTAQ) - It’s been 15 years since Wisconsin legally recognized that the public has a right to know where convicted sex offenders are living.
And a process that was once marked by tense public meetings has evolved into a much calmer process in which the public can use the Internet to keep closer tabs on sex offenders in their neighborhoods.
Officials say there’s been a grudging acceptance by people to the idea that sex offenders have a right to live someplace after they’ve done their prison time.
When the notification law was first passed, residents who were about to become neighbors with sex offenders got into shouting matches with officials at meetings about the offenders’ placements.
But now, Appleton Police Sergeant Polly Olson tells the Post-Crescent that very few people attend such meetings – those attending have gotten a lot quieter – and the meetings are not even held in many cases.
Schools and neighborhoods get more targeted notifications nowadays, while residents use several state Web sites to stay informed. Also, Olson says law enforcement has adopted more effective strategies to keep an eye on sex offenders – and prevent them from offending again.