Child sex offender register passes

Stuff reports:

Child Sex offenders released back into the community will now be tracked on a Government register, in some cases for the rest of their lives. 

Parliament has passed a to allow the setup of the register, which Social Development Anne Tolley said would safeguard the community. 

“Currently, these offenders can disappear back into communities when they have completed a sentence or order.

“When the register begins operating these offenders will be required by to provide a range of personal information and inform Police of any change in their circumstances, which will allow a dedicated team of Police and staff to know where they are and track changes in their lives,” Tolley said.

Any changes could be a trigger for reoffending, and authorised staff across a number of approved agencies would have the power to monitor and assess risks and take any necessary action.

The register would operate on a tiered system, with offenders required to be on it for a term of life, 15 years or eight years – depending on their offence and the sentence imposed.

Any failure to give the required information, including giving false information, would land an offender with either a fine or imprisonment.

Very pleased to see this pass.

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