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For years, Georgia law required lifelong electronic tracking for "sexually dangerous predators" even after they completed their sentence, including their time on probation or parole. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that lifelong monitoring after a completed sentence violates the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable search. The court reasoned that an ankle bracelet feeding location data to law enforcement constituted a never ending search.
Georgia gained a reputation for enacting some of strictest sex offender registration laws in the country. However, an amendment in changed some of the key requirements. An article in The Daily Caller noted the state had uncompromising laws related to sexual offenders over eight years ago.
Because Palmer committed his crimes before June 4,under Georgia law, he is allowed to settle down anywhere with no restrictions. Palmer currently lives at the Big 7 motel on West Hill Avenue in Valdosta, according to the local sex offender registry, but his freedom to live elsewhere highlights a glaring inequity in the way Georgia treats its offenders. Only certain offenses warrant restrictions, and even then, only when those offenses fall into certain time periods. The sex offenders — the molesters and rapists and assaulters — in the SunLight Project coverage area, which includes Valdosta, Dalton, Tifton, Thomasville, and Milledgeville, Ga.
The following article is an opinion piece and reflects the views of only the author and not necessarily those of AllOnGeorgia. The City of Ringgold in northwest Georgia has enacted an emergency ordinance to address sex offenders living under a bridge in the community. Councilman Larry Black brought the idea forward after he learned that five men living under a bridge were sex offenders recently released from prison.
Georgia's Supreme Court is upholding the government's right to put non-sex offenders on the state's sex-offender registry, highlighting a little-noticed but growing nationwide practice. Atlanta criminal defense attorney Ann Marie Fitz estimated that perhaps thousands of convicts convicted of non-sexual crimes have been placed in sex-offender databases. Fitz represents a convict who was charged with false imprisonment when he was 18 for briefly detaining a year-old girl during a soured drug deal.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Mayor of Grovetown Gary E. Jones plans to round up sex offenders on Halloween to house them at city hall.
Department of Justice sent to the governor. One of the shortcomings the federal money would have to address is work to assess the risk that each offender poses to commit another sex crime. Federal law requires that each offender be classified as either Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3, which is done in Georgia by a specially appointed Sex Offender Registration Review Board. The classification system helps local law enforcement focus on monitoring those sex offenders who pose the greatest danger.
A little over two decades ago, Barry Davis stood before a judge and pleaded guilty to aggravated sodomy with a 6-year-old relative. Davis, who was 37 at the time, was sentenced to 10 years, two in prison followed by eight years of probation. Davis served his time.