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Sarah's Law

I doubt if this would work in America but it appears to be working OK in UK:

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Trials of a new scheme to publish details of sex offenders began last September following campaigning for a "Sarah's Law".

It followed the brutal murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne by convicted sex offender Roy Whiting.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said trials in Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Stockton in Cleveland and Warwickshire were giving children a "better deal".

From Monday, the scheme will be rolled out to more areas in a move that could pave the way for its national implementation.

Despite fears that the scheme could lead to vigilante attacks against sex offenders, there have been no such incidents so far.

More than 150 parents have made inquiries in the four trial areas. Of those, ten were ultimately supplied with details about convicted sex offenders that their children may have come into contact with.

Ms Smith said: "Drawing in families and allowing them to take responsibility and share their concerns with the police is a positive way forward.

"In tackling crime you need people to stand alongside police. And in the police areas where the schemes have been operating I would say we are giving children a better deal."

Sarah's mother Sara Payne, the Government's Victims' Champion, said: "I would say we are giving families a better deal by including them in child protection. They should be, and need to be, involved.

"By next year I hope any problems will have been ironed out. I want to be able to answer anyone who has a downside to the scheme.


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