“This is why the registry should not be public. It made me an easy and vulnerable target.”
There is little evidence that the sort of public notification practiced by every state delivers benefits that outweigh those costs. Louisiana’s experiment in ritual humiliation, which branded registrants with orange letters they had to display in every transaction that required producing a government-issued ID, compounded those costs without offering any plausible benefits.
The 2011 changes to Michigan law are similar to changes that were enacted in 2009 and put into effect under LB 285 in Nebraska.