Sex offender registry doomed to die.
March 31, 2001
Proposed legislation that would require publication of a recent
photograph and the home address of convicted sex offenders in
Indiana's sex offender registry is doomed to die in committee,
according to state Rep. Ron Herrell, D-Kokomo.
State representatives voted 95-0 on March 6 in favor of passing House
Bill 1964 and sending the measure to the Senate for approval. Upon
first reading of the bill March 15, the Senate referred the measure to the
Despite strong support for the proposed legislation among state
representatives, Herrell said he expects Sen. Richard Bray,
R-Martinsville, to deny the bill a hearing before the full Senate,
effectively killing the measure.
"Sen. Bray said that he has contacted the Indiana Criminal (Justice)
Institute and they say they don't have the capabilities to put these
pictures on the Internet," Herrell said. "He thinks it's a good idea, he's
for the idea, but the Criminal (Justice) Institute told him that they had
Herrell was unsure what those problems might be. "With technology
the way we have it today and with other states doing it, I certainly don't
see why we wouldn't have the capabilities of being able to do that,
unless they know something I don't know, and that's a good possibility,"
The Criminal Justice Institute is the state agency responsible for
maintaining and updating the registry, as well as publishing it on the
Internet and distributing paper copies. However, state law does not
require the institute to publish in the registry a recent photograph of
the offender or the home address of the offender.
Bray could not be reached for comment Friday, but David Hoppmann,
a fiscal analyst with the state's Office of Fiscal and Management
Analysis, said the Criminal Justice Institute has expressed concerns
that it will experience an increase in expenses if Herrell's bill becomes
According to the March 5 fiscal impact statement he prepared for the
state, in order to comply with the provisions of the measure, "The
institute would be required to enhance its existing database in which it
stores sex offender information.
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Source: Kokomo Tribune