Violent offenders in Oklahoma will be required to register with law enforcement agencies starting Nov. 1, the Norman Transcript reports. The measure is the branchild of Jerry Riddle, whose former teacher, friend and “second grandmother,” 89-year-old Mary Rippy, was murdered in her home. Her murderer, a career criminal, was found next door. Riddle was inspired by Rippy's memory and surviving daughters to create a statewide registry of habitual violent offenders.
Operating much like the sex offenders registry does, the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act requires offenders to register with area law enforcement within three days after entering the state or moving to a new location. They must be continuously registered during the term of their sentences and 10 years afterward. They are not allowed to work near children or for any person or business that works on school premises.