It's interesting, in my other criminal justice class we were discussing Megan's Law and similar sex criminal registry legislation. It's amazing how many people think that everyone's entire criminal history
should be available for public online viewing.
I'm agreeing with PavePusher and Doug Huffman here. If a person is so violent and so psychologically deficient that the prison system feels they need to warn his neighbors and permanently strip him of his rights to so much as look at a gun, that person should still be either in prison or in a mental institution, or some other places where they're kept away from the non-criminal part of society. If the person is seemingly rehabilitated, then release them and let them become a normal member of society again. If there is a mistake made and someone is released who is not fully rehabilitated, well folks, that's why the rest of us carry guns.
I also take issue with the nonchalant attitude a large portion of people have toward discrimination against "former" criminals. I hear more often than not that if someone is released from prison and can't find a job, can't find anywhere to live, can't ask anyone for help (because he is shunned) because he's been blacklisted as a human being, it's his fault. That's another reason I believe that criminals should either be kept in jail or have their "records" completely expunged; regardless of the crime, throwing a person into a situation of de facto poverty with next to no chance of getting out is inhumane. Then again, I'm some wacky liberal Democrat who doesn't love Jesus enough to have his opinion matter. Really, though, the punishment philosophy toward crime is yielding a 70% (or so) recidivism rate, which I'm sure is even higher than that when including former inmates who recommit crime but just don't get caught. It can't really get much worse, IMO, so perhaps it's time for something different.