Anne Tolley is talking about the creation of a sex offenders register, but it isn;t going to be public…it should be.
A register tracking convicted child sex offenders could be introduced by the end of the year, Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says.
The list would be used by police and Government agencies to keep an eye on paedophiles who had completed their sentences.
“We are looking at anyone who has been sent to prison for an offence against children – so it’s quite a small number of people, probably about 300 to 350 of those either come out of prison or come off a community sentence each year,” Ms Tolley told TVNZ’s Q+A programme today.
Cabinet was yet to decide on who exactly would have access to the register and a decision was also yet to be made on whether serious sex offenders against adults would also be included on the list, she said.
“But we’re proposing that we start with a very small targeted group.”
The legislation could then be evaluated and maybe expanded, Ms Tolley said.
It would be a police managed register, with access by the Corrections Department and other government agencies which dealt with child safety. ¬† Read more »