Sex Offender Monitoring System

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Another added strain to states attempting to comply with SONRA requirements was that more law enforcement officials needed to be hired. Additional law enforcement personnel are needed to verify all of the sex offender data collected (nylr). Large sex offender monitoring systems are also almost impossible for law enforcement to monitor. A police captain in Georgia clamed it would take four officers working full time to properly monitor the database in one county. As sex offender registries grow it becomes increasingly difficult for law enforcement to distinguish between dangerous offenders and non-violent offenders (elib). This easily could lead to law enforcement agencies opposing the registry because the registries create such a strain and …show more content…
Public’s perception of sex offenders being strangers that stalk children at playgrounds is also a misconception. Ninety-three percent of sex offenses committed on children are perpetrated by someone who knows the child. Children are more likely to be abused by someone they trust than by someone they do not know. This common misconception is responsible to causing a society that preaches “stranger danger” as a way for parents to feel more comfortable with having their children with people they are familiar with (elib …show more content…
The Alabama Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act requires every individual convicted of a sex offense to register as a sex offender and is subjected to community notification. Unlike Vermont’s statute, Alabama does not distinguish between offenses and all convicted offenders are then subjected to public notification. Alabama’s statute also imposes further impositions on convicted offenders. The statute requires offenders to verify their registration in person every three months, and is enforced for life on certain offenders. Homeless sex offenders have an even more substantial burden placed on them and are forced to verify their registration in person every seven days. If a convicted individual fails to comply with these requirements they may face felony charges. The last imposition the Alabama Statute has imposed is an electronic monitoring system. Individuals who have been found guilty of a Class A felony or are determined to be a sexually violent predator are forced to comply with the electronic monitoring system for at least ten years. The monitoring system supplies law enforcement with reports of sex offender’s movements to determine if they were ever near a crime scene, left their specified area or violated curfew. Convicted sex offenders in Alabama will carry a significant burden for an unspecified amount of time after their release from prison. A

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