On panopticism, criminal records and sex offender registries

Verónica B. Piñero

Abstract


Having explored Foucault’s notion of panopticism, the author highlights some socio-legal implications of criminal records in current Canadian society, such as access to employment, access to insurance, and international travel. She contends that there is a need to rethink the traditional notion of criminal records as a paper file, but as digitized criminal information that flows freely across national and international borders. Finally, she explores the use of sex offender criminal registries and their availability to general public in the Canadian context.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v11i12.1420



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