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Saturday, April 1, 1995

Some states require notification of local police when a released convict moves into town, including:

Alabama--Those convicted of two or more felonies must register with the town sheriff within 24 hours of moving to a new address.
Florida and Mississippi--All convicted felons must register with the town sheriff within 24 hours of moving to a new address.
Minnesota--Only those convicted of certain crimes must register, such as murder and child molestation. Missouri and Tennessee--Only those on parole need register.
Nevada--All felons who stay for more than 48 hours must register with the police, as must all visiting ex-cons who come to the state five or more times within 30 days. In a number of other states, community-notification laws apply only to sex offenders. Though provisions of last year's federal anti-crime legislation may ultimately require all those convicted of sex crimes to register with state authorities, so far only some states keep track of sex offenders. They include:
Arkansas--The staff of a facility that is releasing a habitual child molester must send state police the offender's new address.
California--Citizens will soon be able to call a state-run 900 number to receive information about those convicted of child molestation.
Connecticut--Released sex offenders must register with state law enforcement.
Delaware--Police may announce a sex offender's release in a newspaper advertisement.
Georgia--As a condition of parole, chronic sex offenders must notify the sheriff in the town to which they move upon release from prison.
Indiana--Police departments must tell any citizen who asks the names of child molesters who live in his or her county.
New Jersey--Sex offenders must notify the police of their home addresses every three months, and in some cases must continue doing so for life.
Oregon--When a child molester goes free, the department of corrections may alert police, churches, convenience stores, neighbors, businesses, or other places where minors congregate.
Washington--Police may post flyers giving the names, photographs, and addresses of chronic sex offenders.

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