Does the online sex offender registry work?

Posted April 18, 2011, at 7:14 p.m.
Last modified April 19, 2011, at 10:28 a.m.

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Does the online sex offender registry work?

Five years after a Canadian man shot and killed two Mainers whose names he found on the sex offender registry, many officials wonder if the list is fair in its conception and whether it actually protects people from becoming victims. Should there be a distinction made between a 22-year-old man who had consensual sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend and a 50-year-old man who molested a 5-year-old girl? Does the list “shame” perpetrators and prevent them from reoffending, or does it impede their re-entry into society? What better steps might be taken to protect the public?

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