Community notification: The Dade County Sheriff's web site is maintained separately and independently from Dade County.The web site contains information about the department and its goals and values, as well as sex offender information.High-profile cases of registered sex offenders being accused of re-committing crimes only increases the legislative pressure.Georgia's strict law ran into trouble because it cast too wide a net, targeting sex offenders that committed their crimes years before the tough law was passed in 2006."Turns out I could have waited and bought anywhere." Piercy believes sex offenders' living restrictions should be reviewed case-by-case. Our concern is that this blanket removal is going to potentially leave some of the dangerous people now unmonitored and potentially place the community at risk," he said."We've created bad legislation and now we're trying to fix it.For instance, sex offenders who committed their crimes between June 4, 2003, and June 30, 2006, can live within 1,000 feet of churches and swimming pools, but those who committed their crimes after July 1, 2006, cannot."The bottom line was that the hammer was about to fall on us, and I was deeply concerned that the entire statute was in jeopardy," said state Sen. The changes in the law also allow some offenders to petition to get off the registry, clear the way for disabled and elderly offenders to be exempt from residency requirements and no longer require sex offenders to hand over Internet passwords.
Sex offender registration laws are necessary because: Community Notification – Megan’s Law allows States discretion to establish criteria for disclosure, but compels them to make private and personal information on registered sex offenders available to the public.Those restrictions were then strengthened three years later.The tough restrictions still apply to about 5,000 or so sex offenders who committed their offenses after 2003, but they, too vary.On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan's Law.The Sheriff's Department maintains the Dade County Sex Offender Registry.