The public has a genuine right to have access to a person’s conviction records. These have always been public, and are increasingly easy to locate as states and counties move to online data storage. AFTER supervision is complete, however, does the public have the right to:
- Track a person’s every move?
- Receive constant updates of personal information?
- Receive notifications when a former offender moves into the neighborhood?
- Know what vehicles a person owns or drives?
- Know where that person attends school?
- Know where that person is employed?
The constitutionally-correct answer is a resounding “NO.” Until former offenders take a stand against these encroachments on their liberties, however, things will continue to get worse.