Ethics of Criminal Registries; Kate Lovelady, Leader

In February the platform addresses are examining issues related to the American criminal justice system. A relatively recent part of our system are registries – publicly-available lists of people who have been convicted of sexual offenses or suspected of child abuse. Such registries may make sense at first glance, yet they raise many ethical questions about the processes by which names get placed on registries, how the registries are used, what their purposes are and whether they serve those purposes well, and whether they extend punishment beyond sentencing limits. We don’t hear much about registries on the news, but as their use and scope grows, we need to consider the ethical issues of these lists that affect a growing number of people.