Public Notice of Sex Offender Living Near School

TitlePublic Notice of Sex Offender Living Near School
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published02/1996
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
Keywordseducation , Privacy , Privacy and Surveillance , PUBLIC , Public Policy
AbstractRecently Joan Thalmann, principal of Our Lady of Victory School, a grade school on the Northwest side of Chicago, wrote a letter to parents notifying them that a convicted sex offender was living a few blocks from the school. Partly inspired by Principal Thalmann's example, the Chicago City Council is considering an ordinance that would require police officers to disclose publically the addresses of all sex offenders, and the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously approved a similar measure restricted to ex-convicts whose targets had been children. Are notice laws concerning the places of residences of convicted sex offenders, such as the measure enacted by the Illinois House of Representatives, and the ordinance being considered by the Chicago City Council, morally justifiable? If so, why? If not, why not?
NotesCase from the February 24, 1996 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1996.
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