The government should offer a comprehensive, publicly accessible database of sexual offenders and violent felons. In addition to static searches, live location data on registered offenders should be streamed from the felon’s GPS anklet or other tracking device. Private companies should be allowed to cache the data and manipulate it, so that parents can be warned by text or email if a pedophile comes within a certain distance of their child, or if there is a certain grade of violent offender within a certain distance.

This article is an extract from the book ‘Principles of Good Government’ by Matthew Bransgrove