35 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 333 (1997-1998)
Scarlet Letter Sex Offender Databases and Community Notification: Sacrificing Personal Privacy for a Symbol's Sake

handle is hein.journals/amcrimlr35 and id is 343 raw text is: SCARLET LETTER SEX OFFENDER DATABASES AND
COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION:
SACRIFICING PERSONAL PRIVACY FOR A SYMBOL'S SAKE
Alan R. Kabat*

I. THE GENERAL PROBLEM: RELEASE OF SEX OFFENDERS TO
COMMUNITIES AND  RECIDIVISM ...........................
II. THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY OF SEX OFFENDERS VS. THE PUBLIC'S
RIGHT  TO  KNOW  .....................................
III. STATE-LEVEL STATUTORY RESPONSES ......................
A .  Retroactivity  .....................................
B .  D uration  ........................................
C.  Petition  to  End  ...................................
D.  Record  Review  ....................................
E.  Public Records  ...................................
F.  Public Databases ..................................
G. Disclosure Upon Request ............................
H. Community Notification .............................
1. Who is Notified ................................
2. Whether Notification is Discretionary or Mandatory ......
3. Unitary Notification or Levels of Notification ...........
4. What Information is Provided  ......................
I. State Actor Immunity ...............................
IV. FEDERAL STATUTORY RESPONSES ..........................
V. PRIVATE DATABASES AND NON-CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS ......
VI. A CODE OF FAIR INFORMATION PRACTICES FOR SEX OFFENDER
D ATABASES  .........................................
A. Notice Regarding Databases  ..........................
1.  Openness Principle ..............................
2.  Duration Principle  ..............................
3. Collection Limitation Principle  .....................
4. Purpose Specification Principle .....................
B. Reliability  of Information  ............................

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* J.D. Candidate, 1998, Georgetown University Law Center. This Note was written for the Information
Privacy Law Seminar. I thank adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg for his valuable comments towards formulating
my arguments. Subsequently, Leslie Hagin and Michael Subit provided an extensive review which improved this
Note. Any shortcomings remain my own.
The title of this Note was inspired by Chandler v. Miller, 117 S. Ct. 1295, 1305 (1997) (concluding that
[hiowever well meant, the candidate drug test Georgia has devised diminishes personal privacy for a symbol's
sake.).

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