Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sex Offender Bill

Senator Defrancisco held a meeting today to rally support for a state bill that would send email alerts to people when registered sex offenders move into their neighborhoods. The legislation would require sex offenders to register their email addresses and screen names into a database.

Restrictions would be placed on offenders who committed a crime using the internet, who are considered Level 3 offenders or who committed crimes involving minors-those under 18 years old.

The vote passed unanimously in the Senate and will go to the Assembly in the next few weeks for a vote. Senator DeFrancisco said he wants the bill to go even further and create a serious penalty for those offenders who do not register on the database.

"If there's not a serious penalty for doing that then the whole concept would be meaningless," said DeFrancisco.

According to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services there are 1,269 sex offenders living in a four-county area in Central New York.

N-C-C News Reporter Brittni Smallwood spoke with people in the community to get their opinion about the new law.

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