Measure Will Crack Down on Sexual Predators
Washington, DC — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said today that a new bill he fought to pass will help keep children around the country safe from abusers.
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act passed the Senate unanimously late last night. The measure will make it easier for local law enforcement officers to track and catch sex offenders, will increase penalties for certain crimes, and will provide grants to help states set up sexual predator databases.
Reid was instrumental in getting the bill on the Senate floor and ensuring its passage.
“I’m so pleased we’ve passed this bill,” said Reid. “These measures will make it easier to catch the criminals who prey on our most vulnerable citizens. It will help keep our kids safe, and will help parents rest easier.”
Among the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act are the following:
– It will require sex offenders to register before they are released from prison
– It will add using the internet to commit a crime against a minor as an offense that could trigger registration
– It provides for felony charges for sex offenders who violate their registration requirements
– It directs the Attorney General to set guidelines for states’ sex offender registration programs, including a requirement that sex offenders’ photographs be updated annually, and to maintain a National Sex Offender Registry that can integrate information
– It provides grants for participating states that would help local law enforcement agencies establish and integrate sex offender registry systems, including databases to identify individuals in custody
A similar bill recently passed the House of Representatives.