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Changes to Alabama sex offender laws

The Children's Safety Act of 2005 will go into effect October first and that means some pretty drastic changes in our current sex offender laws.

"The message that this law sends should chill pedophiles across the state because the message is if you molest our children if you try to abuse the children of alabama now you do so at your own peril," Attorney General Troy King says.

It's hard to even go a week without hearing some story of a child being abused by a pedophile. Often times these criminals are repeat offenders.

"If you prey on a child in this state you are going to prison and you are going to stay there," King says.

Thursday morning local law enforcement officers met in Guntersville to discuss the changes.

"Enable law enforcement to get together so we're operating on the same sheet of music and better able to track these predators," Scottsoboro Police Captain Ron Latimer says. These changes include no parole for sex offenders and is making failure to register a felony.

"There's no probation, there's no parole, there's no split sentences there's no good time you're going to jail and you're going to stay there," King says.

Below are the changes to Alabama's Sex Offender laws:

* Improves the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Program to ensure that sex offenders register, and keep current, where they reside, work and attend school

* Improves verification systems for sex offender information by requiring monthly verification, sex-offender-in-person verification for 6 months, and regular notarized verification mailings

* Requires states to have a uniform, public access sex offender registration web site

* Creates Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Web site to search for sex offender information in each community

* Expands sex offenders to include juvenile sex offenders

* Requires states to notify each other when sex offenders move from state to state

* Expands sex offenses covered by registration and notification requirements to include crimes committed on military bases, tribal lands and overseas

* Expands community notification requirements to include active efforts to inform law enforcement agencies, schools, public housing, social service agencies, and volunteer organizations in areas where a sex offender resides, works or attends school.

* Creates new criminal penalty of mandatory minimum of 5 years to maximum of 20 years for a sex offender who fails to comply with registration requirements

* Expands law enforcement use of DNA to solve sex crimes

* Prevents and deters violent crimes against children and sexual exploitation of children

* Protects foster children from sexual abuse and exploitation

* Creates a demonstration project for tracking devices for 10 jurisdictions over 3 years

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