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Community Notification of Sex Offenders

Very few topics provoke as much emotion and public concern as that of a released sex offender living amongst a given community. In the past two days, media articles, and the Police Minister’s comments, have shown this clearly. Different countries have grappled with this societal anxiety in a number of ways. In historical times, responses to sexual victimisation included mob lynching and capital punishment. More recently, less violent measures have been adopted for the release of sexual offenders such as half-way houses, preventative detention, offender registration and community notification.

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