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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Case Shows Limits of Sex Offender Alert Programs "

The headline of an article in today's New York Times. Here's the lead:

In all 50 states, registries of sex offenders have grown sophisticated and accessible in recent years, a response to high-profile attacks on children. People can search their neighborhoods for former convicts on state-run Web sites, sign up for private services that alert them if an offender moves nearby, even download an iPhone application, “Offender Locator.”

But the case of Phillip Garrido, the California man accused of kidnapping a young girl and holding her captive for 18 years, is reigniting a debate about the usefulness of the government-managed lists and whether they might create a false sense of public safety.

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These registries are really just to make local residents feel like they can protect themselves or their children against sexual predators. This has proven to not be an effective method of protection, don't you think?

Posted by: JT | Sep 2, 2009 9:29:41 AM

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