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Canada: Conservatives propose public sex offender registry, despite its failure in the U.S.

The federal Conservatives have announced they are continuing their pursuit of the lowest of low-hanging fruit: registered sex offenders. The Tougher Penalties for Sexual Predators Act, which was formally tabled in the House of Commons Feb. 26, includes nine proposals for dealing with those convicted of sexual offences, including increasing prison sentences for certain child sexual offences and harsher penalties for violations of release conditions. Some of the proposals, quite appropriately, assign greater severity to a system of punishment that is often derided as far too lenient. But nestled among the fairly uncontroversial amendments is a proposal to create a public sex offender registry that would be accessible to anyone in Canada. While Canada already has a database of registered sex offenders, this proposal would make the names and personal information of high-risk sexual offenders available to anyone who wishes to seek them out. Full Article

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  1. Q

    Why does everyone seem to know that “public registries of sex offenders have proven to be an abject failure in the United States” except the United States?!?

    I also wonder why everyone knows that” that public sex offender registries create “fear without function;” that the names and addresses of registered sex offenders don’t help to predict the locations of attacks or mitigate rates of sex abuse” except the US.

    I want the nightmare to end!! I feel like an unwanted illegal alien. What’s the use of being a citizen in a land that treats you like a non citizen?

    I think the word “abject” if the most fitting word describing what registries are and what the results are. The article talks about registrants being murdered like it’s no worse than having to wait for a red light! It’s insanity!

    ab·ject adjective \ˈab-ˌjekt\

    : extremely bad or severe

  2. Brubaker

    Let them explain (fool) the public it will fund a proven failure policy..they might also office a department of propaganda like the nazis did to instill the lies..public will believe it better ..much like here when they falsify to jurinstruct jury..they do the same false deception to the public…massive waste of taxpayers money.

    • Q

      Hi Brubaker:

      They already have a propaganda ministry like the Nazi’s did, it’s called the news media!!!

  3. Life on the List

    No research has ever suggested, let alone proved, that public sex offender registries prevent crime or reduce recidivism.

    And research does show that the perennially popular laws restricting offenders’ movement, employment, schooling and home hinder successful reintegration.

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