In some states when a child sex offender's sentence ends the offender is required to wear a GPS (Global Positioning System) or electronic monitoring device which tells law enforcement officials the exact location of the offender 24 hours a day. In 2005, four states, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma passed laws which required certain high risk child and violent sex offenders to be monitored through GPS devices for the remainder of their life. Sex offenders are already required by law to register or notify local law enforcement when they move into or out of a community. The Department of Justice has a National Sex Offender Public Registry website.
There has been a great debate brewing for many years about whether or not the sex offender's right to privacy is being violated by publishing the offenders name on a sex offender registry list. The argument at the center of the debate argues if the offender has paid their debt to society and completed their sentence, then the offender should not be labeled publicly as a sex offender for the rest of their life. Initially, there were concerns when the sex offender registry began that neighbors, coworkers or complete strangers surfing the internet would use the registry inappropriately, seeking out the offenders in attempts at acts of vigilantism or revenge. There have been relatively few documented cases of sex offenders being targeted or harassed from information obtained from the public domain of a sex offender list.
The newest debate states lifetime electronic monitoring of child and violent sex offenders is too harsh of a stigma for an offender to have to endure, and that the ankle monitors are too uncomfortable for the offender to wear daily on a long term basis, such as in a lifetime. This author would have to agree that in reality monitoring every man or woman who commits a sexual crime may be unrealistic. However, monitoring child sexual predators and violent sexual predators for the rest of their lifetime is not unobtainable, and if GPS or electrical monitoring prevents even ONE more child from being hurt or killed than the plan is a success and will prove to be priceless.
When an adult makes a choice to hurt a child they must be held accountable for that choice. Hurting a child is never acceptable. Sexual exploitation and abuse destroys a child's innocence, as well as their personal sense of self. Children are strong, and often survive where others cannot. Sadly, children have no choice but to live with what happened to them, they cannot escape the harsh reality of their trauma. Any perpetrator choosing to hurt a child must be held accountable. All child and violent sex offenders should be required to wear the GPS system to monitor their location 24 hours a day until death do they part, no exceptions.