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COMMUNITY ILL-INFORMED ABOUT SEX OFFENDERS

The recent series of articles on Megan's Law have been informative and thought-provoking. However, to my dismay, the articles have had a decidedly law-enforcement focus. This is surprising given the fact that approximately 60 percent of sex offenders are on parole or probation.

These articles could have been strengthened had they included more information from community-supervision agents, who have more face-to-face contact with known sex offenders on a weekly basis than law-enforcement officers.

These agents have the difficult job of balancing community safety with offender rehabilitation. It is entirely possible, however, that they also have no uniform regulations or procedures for community notification. If this is the case, I sense liability issues looming on the horizon.

KEVIN E. COURTRIGHT
Lake View

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