The Central American country of Belize has launched its sex offender registry last week.

Unlike the United States (and like most countries) the registry is non-public. Concerned citizens would be required to complete a questionnaire/application form, and if approved, the authorized individuals would then be granted a password to access the system.

According to this article in the San Pedro Sun,  “most of the information about sex offenders is confidential nature, those granted access would be expected to treat the information in a responsible manner, and to widely publicize data on individuals which could lead to mass community hysteria, and result in unwarranted attacks against the registered offenders by parents concerned about the safety of their children. The object is to prevent crime, not to provoke more crime inadvertently.”

 

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