The Connecticut Department of Public Safety vs. John Doe
An look at the rights of sex offenders to privacy vs. the interest of public safety through studying a court case on the topic.
This paper studies the court case which dealt with whether the state of Connecticut had the right to post the names of convicted sex offenders on the Internet in the interest of public safety. The paper explains the details surrounding this case and attempts to predict the ruling the Supreme Court will make.
“In 1994 a paroled sex offender raped and killed 7 year old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. The sex offender had been living in the neighborhood prior to the rape without anyone, including Megan’s parents, having knowledge of his past.(Savage, A14) As a result, every state has adopted variations of what are known as Megan’s Laws. These laws state that sex offenders must register with their local authorities. The controversy here is in to what degree the states enforce the Megan’s Laws. In other words, who has to register, how these records are disclosed to the public and how long these records are kept public.”