Sex offenders, advocates push for notice of laws

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2010 at 5:36 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some sex offenders and advocates are pushing for better notification when it comes to laws concerning where offenders can live, work and play.

Unlike some states, Virginia doesn't provide its 16,500 registered sex offenders with a list of restrictions. Instead, registered offenders must search state websites to determine how to comply with laws meant to keep them away from schools, parks and other places where children could congregate.

Officials say it would be too costly to provide copies of the laws to all offenders and that the websites are sufficient.

A bill to require Virginia State Police to give offenders a list of restrictions has failed the past two years. Meanwhile, about a dozen new restrictions or enhanced penalties were enacted.

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