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GA: Group confronts Cobb County sheriff over ‘invented requirements’ imposed on sex offenders

[11alive.com – 1/29/20]

ATLANTA — A sex offender rights group is accusing the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office of overstepping Georgia’s sex offender registration laws.

In a letter sent this week to Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, the North Carolina based National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) claims deputies are “imposing invented requirements not contained in Georgia law.”

NARSOL Executive Director Brenda Jones, in the letter, writes the requirements the sheriff’s office is imposing are considered harassment. The letter includes four specific claims against the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

First, registrants are allegedly being required to have personal contact four to 10 times a year at a deputies’ discretion – a requirement NARSOL claims isn’t detailed in state law.

Second, deputies are accused of leaving cards demanding registrants call or face arrest, in excess of required sex offender renewal requirements.

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  1. Clint

    These things go on all the time and have been Since the enception of SORNA !
    with Police Dept. and public !
    My rent to Own Landlord Cursed me out for Not telling him im on The Registry, Police have Cursed at .e and tried in every way possible to stare me dow. ,intimidate, harrass and bully me into saying and doing
    anything ..(PROVOKING me ) they could use against me !
    Saying things like we will be back to check on this or that assumption anytime we want !
    Or that could be a problem your wife supposedly changed the locks on your house ! We will check back !
    Hounding me about personal questions not in ACCORDANCE with The Law !
    Driving past my house or in the corner, vacenity 10 times etc.
    Talking excessively with neighbors to narc on me !
    And on And on and on !

  2. TP

    I hate how they have worded their article… “accused” makes standing up for civil rights of registered citizens in a negative light, in my view.

  3. Anonymous

    It’s the perpetual Punishment of the “Price Club” membership. PUNISHMENT.

  4. USA

    The Sheriff sounds like both a bully and scumbag!

  5. R M

    I realize this issue is about abiding by state laws for registrants and I appreciate the fighting.

    For those on some sort of supervision, what divides the line between what the supervision can do and try/will do? The Department of Community Supervision supervises those under supervision in Georgia. Those under DCS supervision have a set of restrictions imposed by the state and in the case of someone moving to Georgia, have a set of restrictions imposed by Georgia and from their conviction state. Outside of those restrictions, what governs any restriction imposed?

    I have been asking this question for years, with the majority of the answers being… supervision can impose whatever restrictions they want. From what I have researched, supervision has to basically have a reason to impose a new restriction. I have also been told that there’s a 20% chance I’d win.

    It seems DCS can impose whatever restrictions they want on those under supervision; THIS DOES NOT COMPUTE IN MY MIND, nor should it in anyone else’s minds.

    • M C

      @R M, not sure it it is the same for every state but when I was on probation in MN the general rule was that if it wasn’t ordered by the court they couldn’t violate you for failing to comply with additional restrictions. However, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t try and they go back to the judge to change the restrictions if you don’t comply. As an example, I was not ordered to undergo treatment (partly because it was a different environment for sex offenders at the time) initially because the states own evaluator determined that they didn’t think I needed it. A couple years into probation the probation officer became hell bent on me doing treatment. I refused to do this so I was taken back to court not on a violation but so they could have the judge order treatment. My attorney objected based on the original evaluation so Judge had me re evaluated by the same guy who evaluated me in the first place who said the second time that I needed the treatment. Judge then ordered the treatment and it became part of my probation requirements.

      When it comes to crossing state lines to live under interstate compact, the rules are much different. Probation in the new state doesn’t have to follow the judges orders from the state of conviction so they can impose the restrictions they feel necessary and violate you for non compliance. At that point a judge can decide if it’s a reasonable restriction or not but if it’s deemed reasonable then you’re in trouble.

    • AJ

      @R M:
      It all depends on what and how the DCS does it. Being an ICOTS case, you’re right that you are bound by the union of your convicting (NJ? I’ll use that for ease.) and resident States’ probation rules. This means GA can impose things on you, as long as it’s the same things it can/would/does impose on those convicted in GA. Otherwise, GA is limited by the rules the NJ court imposed and the sentencing document. Under ICOTS, the GA DCS is a de-facto or proxy agency of NJ’s probation department. This means GA cannot act without NJ’s approval–including violating you. The other side of that coin is that if you’re a chronic problem or GA sees you as not compliant with what they say, GA can kick you out and send you back to NJ.

      I highly recommend reading the ICOTS documents (again?), including the Bench Book. The Bench Book is the guidebook for judges to use to understand ICOTS better. If you choose to pursue anything regarding ICOTS, it must be done in Federal Court (though whether in GA or NJ, IDK). There is no complaint system within ICOTS.

      Here’s the link to ICOTS, which technically is now called ICOAS: https://www.interstatecompact.org/
      I recommend digging through everything under the “Legal” tab, which includes the above-mentioned Bench Book plus other gems.

      One last tidbit: being an interstate compact, ICOTS supercedes any State laws. (I forget how they stand versus Federal Law, but suspect they may supercede there, too.) There’s a decent, brief write-up about them on the ICOTS site (https://www.interstatecompact.org/bench-book/interstate-compact-law-a-historical-perspective).

      In summary, were it me I would dig deep into how GA is treating me versus others convicted in GA. If treated the same, it waters down my complaint–or it could expose a huge problem in GA’s supervision system.

  6. kat

    “Out of an abundance of caution”, is that a line they teach specifically to sheriff’s, P.O.s, and any other law enforcement?
    They are the only people that I ever hear use that line of bull.

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