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Tuesday, March 8, 2005

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What should the government do about repeat child-sex offenders?


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Nicholas Chase
Art assistant, 18
It's a solution to have a list of sex offenders for the police but not the public -- that's insane. It scares people and incites violence. I think that prisoners should be graded on their potential to re-offend.

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Dawn Mostow
ALT, 25
In Florida, we can check on the Internet. If people know they can be more careful. My feeling is that I really wouldn't care about their feelings. I'd just want to protect my family.

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Masukazu Koga
Photographer, 25
There are many perverts in Japan. Japan should make a public list because everyone wants to know who is dangerous. If the list is public then it will discourage people from committing crimes like that.

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Larry Camera
I.T. director, 39
If there's a support network, there shouldn't be any need to put them on a list. They need to integrate into the community. People still have civil rights that need to be respected.

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Sally Jenkin
Mum, 39
I once got a letter saying, "There's a pedophile on your street" but no more information. Knowing more would make me feel unsafe and I wouldn't alter my behavior. It's a disease, but help isn't there.

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Hanae Ogura
Housewife, 36
Well, I wouldn't want to know because I would look at that person and see them just as a sex offender. I wouldn't see their humanity and that would make me more scared.



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