Name them and shame them: Call for Jamaica’s sexual offender registry to be made public

Just last month, Trinidad and Tobago’s government made their sexual offenders registry public, and the CEO of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Gray, is hoping Jamaica will to the same.

The CPFSA reported that there were 2,623 cases of sexual abuse against children in 2019. This is 276 than what was reported in 2018.

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CEO of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Gray

Gray believes that making the sexual offenders registry public, is one way to deter these offenders.

This would alert people if a past offender moves into their neighbourhood. And although private-right advocates have argued that these ex-convicts have a right to privacy, Gray contends that public interest surpasses privacy.