New Tennessee sex offender registry laws take effect soon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A new laws requiring sex offenders in Tennessee to provide electronic contact information, DNA, and other information to authorities takes effect July 1.

The additions and changes to the Tennessee sex offender registry laws include requiring sex offenders to provide email addresses along with instant message, chat, or any other online identification they use.

Sex offenders, including the homeless, who don't register an address will have to report to their registering agency every month, instead of every three months.

Any names ever used by sex offenders must be reported, including previous married names.

Every sex offender will be required to provide DNA. Previously, the law only required sex offender who committed their crimes after July 1, 1998.

Restrictions on spending time at schools will be made tougher.

Offender convicted of a sex crime against a minor will not be allowed to work where they would come into direct, unsupervised contact with minors.

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  • by Angie Location: Tennessee on Jul 2, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    They do not want sex offenders to live a life period. The violent re-offenders should be punished to the max, but the one time accussed who does not ever offend again should be given a chance to live a semi-normal life. Why don't they pass some laws protecting them. Non-violent sex offenders, who have done their time and paid for it very dearly should be left alone. If a sex offender re-offends repeatedly then punish him. Let the one time KIDS, concenting teens, and falsely accussed alone. There should be exceptions from the registry for those who have not re-offended in 5 years and for kids. KIDS have no business being on a registry for life PERIOD. Soon kids of the future will be cold hearted robots walking around with no feelings for anything or anyone because their normal childhood experiences were taken away from them by the government. Put the sex offender registry where it belongs in the Law Enforcement hands only not in the public eye. If its to protect kids educate parents.
  • by Don Location: Kodak on Jul 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    How does the state expect sex offenders to become successful members of society if they are treated like they have leprosy? Why are not rapists and murderers treated the same way? I have a son who is a convicted sex offender when he was 11 years old...curiosity with another little boy and charges were pressed. His life has been ruined because of these ridiculously over zealous laws. I think if the lawmakers would put themselves in the sex offenders place to the inth degree, the laws would not be so unconstitutional. It's no wonder so many sex offenders are homeless. They can't attain or keep a job, and consequently can't own a car or a place to live. Think about this people...The government is creating the problem and then punishing the defendants for the problem they have created. Is that fair?????


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