Quebec says no to provincial sex offender registry

Wednesday, November 21, 2007
CBC News

The Quebec government will not create a public registry of convicted sex offenders in the province because it may spur vigilante justice, the provincial justice minister said.

Opposition party Action Démocratique du Québec presented a petition Wednesday with more than 62,000 signatures demanding a public registry for convicted sex offenders.

Justice Minister Jacques Dupuis was swift to dash hopes of a public registry, citing concerns about vigilantism and the potential of people hunting down offenders after they're released from prison.

"We absolutely know that that was the case in some instances in the United States, where the registry was made public," he said. Full Story

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