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IN: Photos, addresses left offregistry while case is pending.


January 27, 2003

By Kelley Walker Perry

Supporters of the online public sex offender registry believe it is everyone’s right to know when a sexual predator or violent felon re-enters society, and that the offenders should be easily identified by photos and addresses.

Such information should be accessible for the safety of the public — and if the ex-convict has nothing to hide, then registering with the authorities and being posted publicly shouldn’t be a problem, those supporters say.

But opponents of the registry compare it to shaming punishments from colonial times — the Internet age’s equivalent of the Scarlet Letter.

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Source: © 2003 The Shelbyville News