On May 20, 2010, Governor Perdue signed into law House Bill 571.It made important changes to Georgia’s sex offender registry laws.If the offense conduct occurred prior to June 4, 2003, the employment and residence restrictions will not apply to the registrant. The place of employment cannot be employed by any child care facility, schoo or church or by or at any business or entity located within 1000 feet of a child care facility, school, or church.If the offense conduct occurred after June 30, 2008, then there are restrictions on place of residence and employment.The registrant must also meet the following criteria: a. Victim did not suffer any intentional physical harm; e.No prior offense which would be a sex offense under Georgia law or similar state or federal law; b. The victim was not transported during the offense; and f.Unclassified Registrants If the person is classified by the Sex Offender Registration Review Board, a petition may be filed, but the court will stay the proceeding and direct the Board to make a classification in the person’s case.
The registrant must have completed all prison, parole, supervised release and probation for the offense which required registration and: (a) is confined to a hospice facility, skilled nursing home, residential care facility for the elderly or nursing home; (b) is totally and permanently disabled; or (c) is otherwise seriously physically incapacitated due to illness or injury.
A registrant who is or becomes homeless must register in person with the sheriff of the county in which he is sleeping within 72 hours of that status change, provide information on the location where he or she sleeps, maintain the required registration information for each sheriff of a county where he or she sleeps, report his or her registration within 72 hours of changing sleeping locations, and annually renew his registration within 72 hours prior to his or her birthday each year.
Registrants are no longer required to provide their email addresses, usernames and user passwords to law enforcement as part of the registration process.
One example is that some registrants were convicted of sodomy prior to July 1, 2006, where the victim was at least 13 years old but less than 16 years old and the registrant was 18 years old or younger at the time of the offense.
These persons would now be eligible to seek removal from the registry.
Some Registrants May Be Eligible to be Removed from the Registry The prior law provided that a person on the sex offender registry could petition to be removed from the registry.