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

[ – 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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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… Read more »

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.

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

The Sheriff sounds like both a bully and scumbag!

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,… Read more »

@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… Read more »

@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… Read more »

“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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