Sexual Offender Registry to Be Enforced

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Attorney General Jim Hood and Public Safety Commissioner Rusty Fortenberry requested help late last week from Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie and five other sheriffs.

On Thursday, the pair announced an initiative to crack down on convicted sexual predators who fail to register under current addresses in the county in which they reside.

This initial effort involved Lauderdale, Forrest, Harrison, Lee, Warren, and Washington counties.

A 1994 law requires individuals convicted of certain sex related crimes to register with the Department of Public Safety.

The law applies to individuals who were convicted in this state as well individuals convicted in another state who later move to Mississippi.

In addition to initially registering as a sex offender, the individuals are required to reregister every ninety days and to notify the Department of Public Safety if they change their address. The Department of Public Safety maintains the registry.