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Sheriff speaks to House Select Committee

Posted Tuesday, March 7, 2006

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Chatham County, NC - Sheriff Webster had the opportunity of speaking to a House Select Committee on Sex Offender Registration Laws on Tuesday, February 28. He spoke to the committee at the request of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association about issues Sheriff’s across the state were having in reference to Sex Offender Registration Laws. The law, adopted in 1996, requires persons convicted of certain sex crimes to register with the Sheriff’s Office in the county where they reside.

 

Sheriff Webster presented 4 major concerns. 1) Sex offenders only are required to verify their address by mail. This means that anyone could verify the offender without the offender actually living at the address. 2) Sex offenders are registered for a period of 10 years. They are then allowed to exit the registry after this period as long as they don’t have additional charges on them. Some sex offenders have failed to verify their address and their location is unknown to law enforcement and warrants for there arrest exist. However, if they are not served with the warrant, they still are removed from the registry. 3) North Carolina Sheriff’s are interested in some type of monitoring device to be attached to sex offenders while they are registered. 4) Sheriff’s would like additional money available to better enforce and track sex offenders.


“The committee seemed very receptive to our concerns”, Sheriff Webster said. “I appreciate the opportunity in representing Sheriff’s all over the state in this extremely important matter”.


The committee meets again on March 15th and it is possible that some draft legislation may be ready for review at that time.


Sex Offender information is public record and can be accessed by anyone at http://sbi.jus.state.nc.us/dojhaht/sor/default.htm

 
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