Sex offender registries are strange, right? I’m from California, where we have the Megan’s Law website. It allows users to enter their address and find the homes of nearby sex offenders, and even displays a picture of the offender, their crime, and any other pertinent information (tattoos, DOB, etc.). It functions in a way that’s not dissimilar from Yelp. Anyway, a lot of states have these programs, and they’re fairly uncontroversial (no one wants to say things like “Hey, I think sex offenders should have an easier time!”). Still they creep me out/raise sort of difficult questions about crime and punishment and recidivism and debts to society and haven’t you guys read The Scarlet Letter?
I know the laws are made with good intentions. I just think it’s really weird that someone would be able to drive around and take pictures of houses and then be like “Hey, a guy who forced copulation on a minor under 14 lives here.” To show how unnerving that would be, I did exactly that.