The Nebraska Sex Offender Registry

So apparently according to the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, 20 U.S.C. Sec 1092”, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has to provide information relating to crime statistics and policies concerning campus security to current students, faculty and staff. I got a mail stating that the most current Annual Report is now available online on the website. If anyone’s interested they can check it out here. The relevant info is in a table at the bottom at the page.

The thing that caught my eye, however, was a link to the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. In the US, if you are charged with a sex offence, you have to report where you live, especially when you move to a new county or state. Apparently this data is not only to the local police, but civilians can access this too. The information can be found online and I could easily just type in what city I was living in, and then browse where different sex offenders lived in the region. Not only could you see where they lived, but also their names, personal information and even what vehicles they owned. All this of course along with the crime they were convicted for.

Now what I’m wondering is, is this an effective way to stop the sex offenders from committing sexual assaults in the future? Is this something that should be implemented in countries like Finland (I don’t know, maybe we already have something similar) in an effort to hinder them from doing this in the future? It would be interesting to get some views on this in the comments.

SORI could easily just browse the map for where every convicted sex offender in Omaha lived.

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