Georgia's old law was challenged by civil liberties groups even before it took effect. After losing court battle after court battle, state legislators were forced to make a change or a federal judge was going to throw out the entire law. Now that the restrictions have been eased, about 13, registered sex offenders — more than 70 percent of all Georgia sex offenders — can live and work wherever they want. Previously, all registered sex offenders were banned from living within 1, feet of schools, parks and other places where children gather, essentially driving them either to desolate areas or out of state. At one point, a tent city of homeless sex offenders was discovered in the woods behind a suburban office park. These guys get into the community, they begin to fantasize as they encounter kids in the community, and they lead to new offenses.
In remarkable turnaround, Georgia softens one of the nation's toughest sex offender laws
Man stuck between clashing sex offender registration laws The Augusta Chronicle. Piercy was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison in exchange for pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. These are offenders, for instance, who are disabled, teens charged with statutory rape for consensual sex or not likely to re-offend.
Georgia joins a small band of states complying with guidelines in a federal law requiring authorities to track Internet addresses of sex offenders, but it is among the first to take the extra step of forcing its 16, offenders to turn in their passwords as well. A federal judge ruled in September that a similar law in Utah violated the privacy rights of an offender who challenged it, though the narrow ruling applied only to one offender who had a military conviction on sex offenses but was never in Utah's court or prison system. Critics worry about privacy No one in Georgia has challenged the law yet, but critics say it threatens the privacy of sex offenders and burdens cash-strapped law enforcement officials. State Sen. Cecil Staton, who wrote the bill, said the measure is designed to keep the Internet safe for children.