Our View

Aug 282005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Stafff

"Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" is not the only home of sex offenders.

In Fort Collins there are 201 registered sex offenders and one violent sexual predator.

The state of Colorado requires all sexual offenders to register annually and that violent sexual predators register quarterly.

By law, officials must notify residents within a quarter mile radius that a violent sexual predator intends to move into the area. Fort Collins Police Services are required to release information about the offender to the public on request.

Information includes the offender's name, date of birth, physical description, address, conviction(s) and date(s) of conviction(s) resulting in the registrant being required to register.

Some may say that if a sex offender served the sentence, they should be left alone to live life.

A convicted sexual offender probably scarred their victim for life, so why should they get off without a mark?

If someone commits a particularly heinous crime such as a sex offense, they throw their rights to privacy and living a normal life out the window.

If you would be embarrassed if everyone knew about something you did, you shouldn't have done it in the first place.

Registering sex offenders and telling the public about them are good ideas, because they make residents aware of the world they live in. People have a right to know if their neighbors are potentially dangerous.

Maybe knowing that your friends and neighbors know your past and may anticipate history repeating itself would act as a deterrent.

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