What Should Parents Do With Sex Offender Data?


Sacramento parents learned that a child molester was living across the street from an elementary school their children attended, but didn’t know what to do with the information, says the Sacramento Bee. “Do you leave your kids in school?” one parent wondered. “You can’t protect your kids everywhere.”

Since Dec. 14, when the Megan’s Law list went online in California, the site has logged more than 90 million viewings, as measured by individual searches of the system by zip code, school, offender’s name or other entry point. At its peak, there were up to 1.5 million viewings per day. Law enforcement officials say that since the list went online they have received calls from parents who want action taken against sex offenders in their neighborhoods, but that there is little to be done if the offenders are complying with the law. Says one sheriff’s office official: “We tell the parents, ‘The information is out there so you can know and be aware. It’s not to punish these people anymore.’ ”

Link: http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/12681186p-13534228c.html

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