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Sex offender’s driving licenses

Tennessee sex offender’s driving licenses labeled in red

by Brice Simmons/Campus & Features

Current example of a Tennessee driver's license. License example from TN.GOV/STATE OF TENNESSEE

Current example of a Tennessee driver’s license.
License example from TN.GOV/STATE OF TENNESSEE

Sex offenders will have no place to hide in Tennessee anymore if a new bill passes. This bill states that there is a new spot on the driving license card dedicated to registered sex offenders. If this bill passes any place where an individual has to show his or her license, those inside the places will know whether or not the individual is a sex offender.

According to the New York Daily News, the current Tennessee drivers license is blue behind the individuals picture. If the new law is passed, a registered sex offender’s driver’s license will have “sex offender” written in red over the offender’s picture. The red lettering would be written three times on the license.

While it is unsure whether or not this bill will actually pass, there is a definite chance of it. There is a debate whether or not this is a good idea, there obviously being two radically different sides to the argument. The tea party member Matthew Hill supports this idea, while GOP Rep. Vince Dean sees it as a “Scarlet Letter” kind of branding.

Both sides make good points. In this case, do the benefits outweigh the costs? Is it best for sex offenders to be known by the public in any way possible? Or is it better for them to be unknown and unseen?


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