Should Convicted Sex Offenders Names Be Made Public

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Should Convicted Sex Offenders Names be Made Public? University of Phoenix Jessica Folds COM 172 August 23, 2010 Dr. Fenton Dixon Should Convicted Sex Offender’s Names be Made Public? American’s encompass diverse opinions on whether a convicted sex offender’s name should be made public. “Although passionately espoused arguments exist on all sides of the issue, very little academic or policy research has been conducted on the actual positive and negative effects of Internet notification” (Irwin, Delson, Kokish, Tobin, 2004, p. 4). According to the research, several causes exist for keeping convicted sex offender’s names private. However, for the purpose of this essay, the writer will investigate the following:…show more content…
There have been numerous vigilante attacks on innocent people because inaccurate information posted on the registry list. “In St. Louis, Missouri, more than 700 registered sex offenders, or approximately 46 percent, do not live at the addresses posted on the sex offender registry, and many sex offenders (approximately 285 sex offenders released from prison as of May 1999) never get put on the list” (Freeman-Longo, 2000, p. 8). Then, making convicted sex offenders names public puts untold distress on others. “Unfortunately, when the details of the [registered sex offenders’] lives and crimes are posted on public registries and divulged through notification, it is not only the offender’s confidentiality that is violated” (Freeman-Longo, 2000, p. 6). People often abuse the law of the sex offender registry list and provide too much information. In many cases the names of family members, friends, and the victim’s name is made public. The family members can be shamed and abused by society for things they could not control. When a victim’s name is made public, he or she may feel even more desecrated, and often times it can cause the victim to relive the incident. Finally, publically listing convicted sex offender’s name and other information can cause unnecessary trauma. Many citizens employ the sex offender registry list to obtain the address of an offender or his or her property. There have been many cases of
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