Lawmakers Working on Strict Laws for Sex Offenders

MAY 11, 2006 -- North Carolina lawmakers are coming up with new ideas on how to track sex offenders. The proposed laws are more strict on offenders.

Some of the proposed legislation includes requiring offenders to not just register in the county they live in, but in whatever county they work. The package of bills includes a directive that would allow the DMV to check the national sex offender registry before issuing a license.  A big part of this plan is the internet.  The online registry in North Carolina currently allows for searching of zip codes and counties to see who is a registered sex offender.  One bill would establish a sex offender watch program, allowing citizens to get email alerts when someone moved into their neighborhood. County sheriff's offices work with the state to keep track of sex offenders, but their reach only extends so far.

More extreme measures proposed in this legislation include the use of GPS monitoring and charging offenders a 100 dollar fee when they register. The members of the state house who are introducing these plans hope to improve the methods currently available to track sex offenders and allow for local law enforcement to protect the public easier.

Reported by Joe Keiley