The year was 1994, seven-year-old Megan Kanka was brutally raped and murdered by a repeat sex offender. The New Jersey General Assembly stepped in and passed a package of seven bills known as Megan's Law. The bills required sex offenders to register in a database tracked by the state with community notification of sex offenders moving into their neighborhood. Sex offenders were put on notice, commit a second assault and you were in jail for life.
In the United States, individual states make the determination on what information will be made available to the public. The information is often placed on public websites, but can also be published in newspapers and pamplets.
While I do not have the stats for The Bahamas, here are some interesting statisitics from the U.S.