Gov. Riley announced a new state policy regarding sex offenders. Sex offenders finishing their prison sentences will be re-arrested when they walk out the prison doors if they haven't provided a verifiable address of where they will be living. Riley says the days of sexual predators slipping anonymously into neighborhoods is over.
State law already requires sex offenders who are getting ready to leave prison to provide a verifiable address where they will be living, but some have given the wrong addresses or the addresses of abandoned homes.
Last month, The Birmingham News checked the addresses given by 127 sex offenders, and 48 offenders were not at the addresses they had given. That's 38 percent.
Not providing a correct address is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a year in jail. The governor and Attorney General Troy king say they will push legislation to make it a felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison. Riley says he would like to include the bill in the special session of the Legislature staring July 19 if it appears the bill has enough support to pass quickly.
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