AR Sex Offenders on Web

August 2, 2003  -- Posted at 7:48 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  --Information on Arkansas sex offenders should be available on the Internet soon.

A law passed by the Legislature this year authorizes making personal information on the state's high-risk sex offenders -- more than 11-hundred of them -- public. Arkansas will be the 38th state to post offenders' names, addresses, photographs and crimes on a Web site.

Civil libertarians argue that the Web sites cause sex offenders to be shamed and harassed even after they've served their sentence. But the U-S Supreme Court has upheld similar Web sites in Alaska and Connecticut, saying they are regulatory -- not punitive -- in nature.

The information will be accessible through links on the state Crime Information Center Web site, w-w-w-dot-A-C-I-C-dot-org.

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