Last year, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdure quietly signed legislation easing restrictions that banned most sex offenders from living and working near schools, parks and places where children gather. There are more than 20,000 sex offenders registered in Georgia, according to the Associated Press.
The law allows sex offenders who are disabled or living in a nursing home to petition for release from the registry after they finish their sentences. It also lets those convicted of kidnapping or false imprisonment of a minor that didn't involve any sexual contact ask for release. Another part allows those whose sentences and probation ended more than 10 years ago to ask a court for removal.
State officials have removed a total of 107 sex offenders from the list at the order of the courts, according to Associated Press. The Sex Offender Registration Review Board is reviewing another 42 applications. The sex offender review board has received 50 court-ordered requests from offenders to take their names off the list, and eight people have so far been removed.
The other 99 sex offenders who were removed from the list after the law took effect didn't have to go through the review board. Those figures include applicants whose probation or parole ended at least a decade ago, reported the Asssociated Press.
It is unclear how many people could take advantage of the new law. What is clear is that the law was not well publicized and many sex offenders are unaware of its enactment.
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