Where is the list of convicted sex offenders?

About two years ago, the Gender Affairs Department kicked off public consultations on whether the names of people convicted of sexual offences should be made public.

It is was a norm under the previous administration that the names of those convicted of drunken driving are published every month in the Daily News, an initiative based on the persuasive logic that “naming and shaming” offenders is a deterrent to others.  While it is debatable to what extent the naming and shaming of drunken drivers has actually contributed to lower drunken driving incidents, we argue that the publication of sexual offender is a different kettle of fish. Jurisdictions around the world are demonstrating the value of sexual offenders’ registries as an effective deterrent against both new offences and recidivism.

In the US, a country plagued by some of the most horrendous sexual offences, particularly against minors, sexual offenders’ registries are a useful tool in tracking the whereabouts of convicted offenders and monitoring their engagement with broader society.

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It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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