On May 20, 2010, Governor Perdue signed into law House Bill 571.It made important changes to Georgia’s sex offender registry laws.Because I believe that it is important for people effected by this legislation to know about it, I have put together a summary. If the offense conduct occurred between June 4, 2003 and June 30, 2006, there are restrictions on the location of the registrant’s residence but not on the registrant’s place of employment.
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.With regard to registrants whose offense conduct occurred after June 30, 2006, there is ongoing litigation about whether the school bus stop provision can be enforced.Most counties do not have designated bus stops and those that do are not enforcing the bus stop provision while the litigation is pending.
The clear purpose of the law seems to be to reduce the number of registrants to those who likely pose some risk to the community. If the offense conduct occurred after June 30, 2006 and on or before June 30, 2008, the registrant has restrictions on place of residence and place of employment.
Employment and Residence Restrictions Were Reduced The restrictions that apply to a person is now based on the restrictions which were in place in the law at the time of the offense conduct. The residence cannot be within 1000 feet of any child care facility, church, school, public park, private park, recreation facility, playground, skating rink, neighborhood center, gymnasium, school bus stop, or public or community swimming pool.