Georgia Gets Internet Help Finding Sex Offenders

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has expanded a Web site seeking public help in finding sex offenders, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The bureau lists 344 offenders who have failed to register.

The site — — has been operational for a week and already has helped locate three offenders, said spokesman John Bankhead. Under state law, a person convicted of any of more than a dozen sex crimes must register with the Sheriff’s Department in their area within 10 days of being placed on probation, paroled, or released from custody.

The state parole board and corrections department also notifies a county Sheriff’s Department when a sex offender is moving into an area. The state investigation bureau can cross-reference the offender with records of 7,683 registrants, for which it has 4,345 matching photos.

This year, the state passed a law requiring offenders to have a new photograph taken each year.


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