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Should the media be allowed to report the names of young offenders?

  • Yes

    Votes: 23 59.0%
  • No

    Votes: 4 10.3%
  • Only if it a serious offence (ie: murder)

    Votes: 12 30.8%
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A poll on a local news site sparked this poll. So whadaya think?

I am personally & overwhelmingly in the 'YES' category. :(
 

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your poll doesn't indicate whether the media can report alleged or just convicted offenders
I was copying another web poll title, but the word "offenders", in this poll, indicates youth that are/were convicted.
 

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your poll doesn't indicate whether the media can report alleged or just convicted offenders
Agreed. I voted yes if they are convicted offenders.
 

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Yes, absolutely with pictures. As Dr. Phil likes to say, the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. The public deserves to be warned.
 

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I chose option # 3, then immediately regretted my decision. Although I voted for the last choice I really should have chose the YES option. I don't think there is any way to change my vote.
 

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forget protecting the offenders, protect the potential victims.
 

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Indeed, but we should also stop valuing vermin over ordinary law abiding citizens.
We need to respect the rights of all citizens. When it comes to young offenders, when investigating a crime, police should not be 'handcuffed' when looking for witnesses, suspects, and perpetrators. The media should be allowed to publish names and pictures that will help police solve any crime.

Once a young offender has been tried and convicted, again, that information should be readily available to the general public. It's a safety issue. Yes, some places won't give you a job because of your criminal record, but guess what - that's a major consequence of committing a crime. Businesses should have the right to know they are hiring a young felon.

As for addresses and phone numbers? Never, ever should these be published. Not even for the most vial ex-cons.
 
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