States Creating Net Registries Of Convicted Meth Makers


Like sex offenders and tax dodgers, methamphetamine makers are now being listed on Internet registries in several states, reports. Tennessee brought the nation's first such registry online in 2005, and it now carries information on almost 400 convicted meth manufacturers. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a law June 4 creating a convicted meth manufacturer registry. The registries mark a new tool for states in combating the abuse and production of the illegal drug. At least four states — Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington and West Virginia — have bills pending that would create a meth-maker registry. An Oregon bill would require the state to alert residents — whether through an Internet registry or other means — when a convicted meth maker is released from prison into their area.

States differ on how they expect their registries to be used. In Tennessee, the registry is posted on a publicly accessible Web site and was established in response to complaints from residents and from landlords whose property had been damaged or destroyed by meth production. The meth-maker registries differ from sex-offender registries. In Tennessee, the names and date of birth — but no picture or current address — of convicted meth manufacturers are sent directly to the registry by the courts. Those on the meth registry can appeal to have their names removed after seven years.


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