SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — What do you do if a registered sex offender moves into your neighborhood?
That was a question posed to CBS42 by neighbors in Shelby County after they received a flyer in the mail from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, alerting them that a sex offender had recently moved into the Brook Highland area.
“We’re gonna make sure the community knows who you are, we’re gonna make sure the community knows where you live,” Chief Deputy Clay Hammac with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said. “If this is an uncomfortable situation for a convicted sex offender, that’s okay with us.”
Hammac said the alert is a proactive approach to protect the community. Under Alabama law, once a registered sex offender is released from prison and moves into their community, the SCSO sends out a flyer to everyone living within 2,000 feet of their address. Alabama law also mandates that registered sex offenders can’t live within 2,000 feet of school zones or any type of daycare.
However, this tactic is not used for every registered sex offender in the area — generally for those with more serious offenses.