Those convicted will live with their felony record until they die and must remain on the state's sex-offender registry. It's a list that's designed to keep you and your family safe and aware. Part of keeping communities safe is for local law enforcement agencies to determine how many sex offenders are really living where they say they are, and track down those who are not.
Sheriff's departments across the state are committed to making sure streets are safe and offenders are not violating any laws. Right now, the violators are few and far between, but investigators say it takes a team working together on a daily basis to keep those felons in compliance and keep others from becoming innocent victims. As he knocks on a neighborhood door, Investigator Keith Burton explains, "I have a report from the DPS that he's not living where his registered address is.
Investigator Keith Burton with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department says less than two percent of those offenders are in violation. Burton is appointed solely to this division, responsible for all offenders making certain they are in compliance with the guidelines. It's an empty house, but we will do further investigation to find out," says Burton.
Once back in the office Burton is able to use animated maps to determine if this location or any other locations occupied by sex offenders are in violation. And that applies to all sex offenders," says Burton. Deputy Eric Fox with the Rankin County Sheriff's Office says all information is critical in keeping track of offenders and eliminating their threat to society, including vehicle information such as tag numbers and the car make and model.
We give them the game plan up front. We tell them all the plays, all the rules and if they can't follow them, then the sheriff has a place for them to stay," states Fox. The rest are incarcerated either in our jail, at the state prison or at Whitfield.
But, the way the law is set up right now, we have to claim the ones that are incarcerated," explains Sheriff Bailey. Fox says, "We go in and talk to them, make sure they're living where they said they were at according to their registry. If they work, we make sure all that information is updated with the sheriff's office. Sheriff Bailey says it's his ultimate goal to keep you and your children safe.
So, you know, check them out real good before you trust your child with them," said Bailey. At this time, the sheriff says percent of the sex offenders in Rankin County are compliant. As for Madison County, the chief deputy says it has 70 offenders, two of whom are non-compliant due to health reasons. Also, if a school or daycare is built next to a sex offender's home, that person does not have to move.
In January , new laws are expected to be on the books, one of which states sex offenders will have to live more than 3, feet away from a school or daycare. Track the sex offenders in your neighborhood at http: