Okay – I’ve got mixed feelings about this one.

One the one hand it (1) publicly marks petty criminals even more as outsiders – ‘them’ – making it even harder for them to try fit into normal society, (2) it potentially increases the notoriety of criminals so they may actually gain from it & (3) doesn’t reflect that the vast majority of non-violent petty crime is done to get money for drugs.

For the last reason alone I am completely sure this will be useless as a deterrent (as I’m sure the government knows – they just want to be see to be "doing something" – no-one even did badly for looking Tough of Crime (or drugs)).

On the other hand all of this information is in the public domain anyway so anyone could make a website listing it – so why shouldn’t the state?

Tricky one.

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